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Exploring the carbon implications of Ireland’s strategic investments

12 Aug 2015
The annual report on Ireland’s Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) was released in July 2015. Irish taxpayers may be surprised to discover that they are making millions of euros of investments in some of the most polluting companies on the planet.
 
 

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Hybrid Warfare: An Unfamiliar Challenge for the EU

12 Aug 2015

Hybrid warfare poses an unfamiliar challenge to the EU and its Member States. The question for policy makers is how to respond.

 

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How Startups Transform the Economy

23 Jul 2015

In a seminar entitled: How Startups Transform the Economy, Neelie Kroes, The Netherlands Special Envoy for Startups, and Ms Sigrid Johannisse, Director of StartupDelta, addressed the issues of change, disruption and innovation, which they see as crucial elements for success in European economies.

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Climate Hero or Villain? An Analysis of China’s Plans for Low Carbon Transition

20 Jul 2015
Climate Hero or Villain? An Analysis of China's Plans for Low Carbon Transition, written by Joseph Curtin is now available for download.
 

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Costing Election Manifestos – Scaling-up Ireland’s Capacity

17 Jul 2015
On 3 July 2015 Laura van Geest, Director of CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis gave a keynote address at the IIEA on The Costing of Political Manifestos  - The Dutch Experience. Based on that presentation, this blogpost will try to answer three questions: How does the CPB independently cost election manifestos in the Netherlands? Is there a need for such a system in Ireland? How would such a system be introduced in Ireland?  
 

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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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