Monthly Archives: April 2015

Knowledge Partnership: College of Europe & European Business Summit #EBS2015


Following the fruitful collaboration carried out in 2014, the College of Europe and the European Business Summit have now established a three-year knowledge partnership and will cooperate to promote public debate and analysis of European policy-making with an impact on business.

In the framework of this cooperation, the students of the European Economic Integration and Business (EEIB) specialisation together with other College of Europe students have been invited to act as discussants at the European Business Summit and to edit reports on workshop discussions.

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TTIP: what to expect from EU/U.S. regulatory convergence? Enhanced Compatibility, maybe.

Transatlantic trade negotiations constitute a very complex dossier requiring high-level political decisions on a multitude of diverse and extremely technical matters which are likely to impact every industry and affect investors’ incentives.

EUUSbridgeShutteDifferently from any previous trade agreement, the principal aim of TTIP is not only to dismantle border restrictions such as tariffs and quotas. Rather, it seeks regulatory convergence. Harmonization and mutual recognition of regulations and standards can lead to a substantial cut in red tape and consequently it can have a significant impact on production costs. Continue reading

“How we learned to love the EU”: three scenarios for the ongoing revision of the European Neighborhood Policy

By Dario Sabbioni, EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies, 2014-15 Falcone and Borsellino promotion, College of Europe

The jargon related to the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) is likely to be expanded this year. The second review (the first “official” one) of this policy is going to be put forward later in 2015 by Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations and Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative. Both seem to be already well acquainted with their new job, after only a few months in office. Continue reading