Maritime transport plays an essential role in the European economy, transporting 75% of its external trade. Yet, as the EU strives to move towards a climate-neutral economy that acts in harmony with the environment, the sector must play its part in the transition.
After 13 consecutive years of decline in democracy and freedom around the world, it is necessary to closely examine the trends that underpin this troubling development – as well as challenge some long-held assumptions.
The nature of work has always undergone profound changes. But the Fourth Industrial revolution has drastically accelerated the pace of labour market transformations. This paper zooms into some of the biggest challenges facing Europe as it transitions into a new world of work.
As global warming causes the Central Arctic Ocean’s ice to melt at an unprecedented rate, never has the region’s importance for human and planetary survival been clearer. But the changing Arctic environment is also opening lucrative new opportunities for resource extraction, transport and connectivity, attracting a whole host of new actors, with the potential to aggravate environmental fallout and to turn the region into a geopolitical hotspot.
In the 21st century, those who control digital technologies are increasingly able to influence economic, societal and political outcomes. In this context, the growing ‘geopoliticisation’ of technology implies a paradigm change for the notion of strategic autonomy.
This paper makes the case for identifying and prioritising policy areas where the EU can add tangible value and provide greater global weight to Member States pursuing their joint strategic interests – so-called 'European Common Goods'.
Artificial Intelligence and robotisation are already well and truly transforming our daily lives. But many questions remain as to the impact that they will have on economy and society. What will be the impact on job creation and labour markets? What implications for education systems? Are our societal values at risk? This in-depth study takes a close look at these key questions for Europe’s future.
This publication was put together in the context of the High-Level Conference ‘Sustainable Europe 2030: From Goals to Delivery’ and presents a short collection of insightful, forward-looking essays on the topic.
The next decade will be defining for the future of Europe and Europe’s role in the world. The European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) report Global Trends to 2030: Challenges and Choices for Europe is a forward-looking contribution to support policy- and decision-makers in the upcoming 2019-2024 EU institutional cycle, which promises to hold new challenges, but also opportunities.
Delivering on sustainable development is about far more than ticking the boxes of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Taking the EU and the world on a sustainable path requires a deep economic and societal transformation across the board. Above all, it means recognising the unique sustainability struggles that Europe faces: those of a highly-advanced economy in which citizens have become accustomed to certain levels of social protection and private consumption, but which today faces significant structural challenges.