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The Future Belongs to Cities – but we’re not ready yet

01 Jul 2015

The importance of trust between citizens and government and the effects of urbanisation were central themes in an address to the IIEA by Chief Information Officer for the City of Palo Alto, California, Dr. Jonathan Reichental.

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The Priorities for the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union from July 2015–December 2015

01 Jul 2015

Luxembourg will assume the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 July 2015. Luxembourg’s Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn, presented the priorities for the Luxembourg Presidency at a TEPSA conference on 4 June 2015.

He identified the seven key priority areas of this Presidency as: migration, the economy of the EU, investment in the EU, social Europe, the single market, justice and combating fraud.

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Next Steps for Europe’s Capital Markets Union

23 Jun 2015

On 15 June 2015 Jonathan Hill, European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union gave a keynote address at the IIEA on the Capital Markets Union. Other issues included in his address were Brexit, the dynamics of the Juncker Commission and Ireland’s economic recovery. This blogpost examines Commisioner Hill’s comments in relation to Capital Markets Union and anticipates what might happen in this area over the coming months. 

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Update on the development of Germany’s Foreign and Security Policy documents

27 May 2015

Two parallel policy processes are being conducted in Germany and Ireland. 

In Ireland, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, T.D., published a review of Irish foreign policy in February 2015: The Global Island: Ireland's Foreign Policy for a Changing World. The Irish Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney, T.D., is preparing a White Paper, also for publication in 2015. 

In Germany, meanwhile, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs also completed its foreign policy review in February 2015, earlier than expected, while the German Defence Ministry is currently preparing its White Paper on the Security Policy and Future of the German Armed Forces. 

Below, Horst Siedschlag, Member of the IIEA Germany Group, provides a timely briefing on the policy process in Germany. 

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Connecting the dots on mitigation: How to achieve greater coherence between interrelated negotiations on climate change in 2015?

21 May 2015

This blog is based on a presentation by IIEA Senior Research Follow, Joseph Curtin, to a United Nations event entitled, “Connecting the Dots in 2015: How to achieve greater coherence between interrelated policy processes on climate change”.

Delivered 12:30pm (EDT), 20 May 2015

 

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International Survey Findings: Climate-smart agriculture important for developed economies but no clear global leader has emerged

15 May 2015

The IIEA/RDS Leadership Forum on Climate-Smart Agriculture conducted a survey of key international stakeholders in agriculture and climate change. The survey findings suggest that the vast majority of respondents think that Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) is equally important and appropriate in both developed and developing countries.

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Take our climate-smart agriculture survey now!

28 Apr 2015

This survey is now closed, stand by for analysis and results.

The IIEA & RDS Leadership Forum on Climate-Smart Agriculture invites you to participate in an online survey exploring the implications of climate-smart agriculture. We have two surveys: one for Irish and one for international stakeholders. 

 

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Britain and Europe: The Endgame – An Irish Perspective

01 Apr 2015

The IIEA has launched a new publication which analyses Britain’s fraught relationship with the EU. It has been welcomed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs and has received conserable attention in the media.

 

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European Energy Union: Living up to its name?

27 Mar 2015

On Thursday, 19 March 2015, the European Council of Heads and State and Government met to discuss the European Commission’s proposals for an ‘Energy Union’. The President of the Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, has identified the reform and reorganisation of Europe’s energy policy as one of his major priorities. He even created a new position, that of Vice President for Energy Union, to make this reform a reality. In this new role, Maros Sefcovic has maintained a high-profile approach,announcing that Energy Union “is undoubtedly the most ambitious European project since the foundation of the coal and steel community”.

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A Climate-Smart Island: Developing a Coherent Irish Response to the Climate and Food Security Challenges

24 Mar 2015

We are a food producing island. Last year our food and drink exports amounted to €10.5 billion, which is €200 million a week. The largest contributor to this was the dairy and ingredient sector at €3b. And this sector has ambitions to increase this figure significantly in the coming years.

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Civilian Drone Regulation, Ready for Take-Off?

19 Dec 2014

The market for privately owned and operated drones is expanding. This blog examines the regulatory role the European Commission will play in integrating civilian drones into European airspace.

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