Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

Ein Haushalt für die Eurozone – was soll das?

Am Donnerstag und Freitag treffen sich die Staats-und Regierungschefs der EU in Brüssel zum Gipfel. Neben der alles überlagernden Frage der europäischen Migrationspolitik wird es vor allem um eine Frage gehen: Bekommt der französische Präsident Emmanuel Macron nun seinen Eurozonenhaushalt oder nicht? Dabei ist in der Debatte völlig unklar, was das eigentlich genau sein soll –ein Eurozonenhaushalt. Zeit für eine kurze Einführung in vier Fragen. read more

Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin; Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

Online Platforms and how to regulate them: An EU Overview

The rapid rise of online platforms has characterized the digital transformation of the last decade. Their meteoric growth has caused concerns about market dominance and the widening information and power asymmetry between platforms and citizens, businesses and regulators alike. How should the EU react to these challenges? In this paper, Paul-Jasper Dittrich provides an overview of existing regulation of online platforms in the Single Market, examines current regulatory challenges for the EU and proposes policy recommendations for the future European debate on platform regulation. read more

Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

La proposition de CFP: Quelle Continuté, quelles Nouveautés, quelles Suites?

Le 2 mai 2018, la Commission européenne a publié sa proposition de nouveau cadre financier pluriannuel (CFP) pour la période 2021-2027. Selon ses propres termes, elle a proposé « un budget à long terme nouveau et moderne, fortement axé sur les priorités politiques de l’Union à 27 ». Cet article analyse les véritables nouveautés de la proposition actuelle mais aussi les éléments déjà existants, et évoque les prochaines étapes ainsi que les dynamiques de négociation envisageables. read more

Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, Bertelssmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

Missions for EU innovation policy: why the right set-up matters

The introduction of research and innovation missions in “Horizon Europe” will be one of the most significant changes on previous EU research programmes. In the past governments used missions to steer technology breakthrough in various fields ranging from defence to climate policy. In this policy paper Philipp Ständer argues that the proposed missions are a promising tool for EU innovation policy, as long as they get sufficient political support and the underlying governance is right. read more

Jacques Delors Institut - Berlin, Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

The MFF proposal: What’s new, what’s old, what’s next?

On 2 May 2018, the European Commission released its proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), covering the years 2021-27. In its own words, the Commission tabled ‘a new, modern long-term budget, tightly geared to the political priorities of the Union at 27’. This article analyses how much change and how much continuity the current proposal truly contains and discusses the next steps and possible negotiation dynamics. read more

Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

Takes two to tax. On fair taxation of the digital economy

The ongoing digital transformation poses enormous challenges to current tax law. This is, because value creation through intangibles raises problems to two core paradigms of international tax rules: where to tax and what to tax. In order to solve these problems, the European Commission published two proposals, a so-called interim tax and a comprehensive solution. In this blogpost, Pola Schneemelcher assesses the proposals and makes the case that they do not sufficiently address the crucial question of how to value data. read more

Jacques Delors Institut - Berlin; Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

Should Bulgaria join the euro now? Why being a Maastricht model student isn't enough

The answer is: no – not yet. While the Bulgarian case for joining the euro seems compelling on first sight, neither Sofia nor Brussels should jump the gun now. Not only does Bulgaria still lack the institutional capacity to be a reliable member of the club; it would also loose important degrees of freedom to foster growth and deal with crises at home. This Blog Post argues that the Maastricht criteria may be a necessary, but by no means a sufficient condition for stable euro membership. Bulgaria’s accession should be based on prudence, rather than precipitation. read more

Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin; Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

No Escape from Politics: Four Tests for a Successful Fiscal Instrument in the Euro Area

With his proposal for a euro area budget, Emmanuel Macron has put a common fiscal Instrument back at the center of the euro area reform debate. The discussion about whether or not the euro area needs more fiscal integration may be older than the currency union itself, but there is good reason to believe that the coming months will be a critical juncture for European fiscal policy. read more

Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Looking for the silver bullet

The debate about the future of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) has taken a centre stage in the discussion about the future of economic and monetary union (EMU). This is partly due to the possible departure of the IMF from European programmes and to the idea to make the ESM a permanent backstop for banking union. But this is also because changing the ESM treaty is seen by many as a quick-fix alternative to a proper overhaul of EMU architecture that would include EU Treaty change. Here, the cart is put often before the horse: Discussions on the precise vehicle of a reform (in this case the ESM) take priority over properly assessing the need of a tool itself. The question how to reform the ESM is not the most fundamental one facing EMU today; but ESM reform can nevertheless contribute to making EMU more stable. This paper argues that the discussion on ESM reform in fact subsumes four separate policy debates. These debates are only loosely linked functionally, but are often being connected politically. The paper gives an overview and assessment of the most important proposals in each of these four debates. read more