06 June 2013
As the debate on Europe’s crisis fighting strategy deepens with the leak of a critical IMF document pointing to deep flaws in the European decision-making process, the Lisbon Council launches a new policy brief, Lessons from Three Years of Euro-Area Crisis Fighting: Getting It Right Next Time. Written by Alessandro Leipold, chief economist of the Lisbon Council and former acting director of the European Department at the International Monetary Fund, the policy brief offers a nine-point strategy for improving decision making and fighting the European crisis more effectively.
29 May 2013
Ian Hargreaves, professor of digital economy, University of Cardiff; author, Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth ("the Hargreaves report") and senior fellow at the Lisbon Council; and Bernt Hugenholtz, professor of intellectual property law; director of the Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam and academic adviser to the Lisbon Council, look at the need for modernising Europe’s copyright regime, and propose eight ideas for reform – seven evolutionary, one revolutionary. The paper was launched in Brussels at the High-Level Roundtable on Making the Copyright Regime Fit for the Digital Age.
28 May 2013
In 2012-2013, 12 students from the College of Europe were competitively selected to take part in a project on state transformation. They were divided into three teams of four students. Working together with Accenture, the staff and faculty of the College of Europe and the Lisbon Council, each team was asked to evaluate the challenges of a state agency.
17 March 2013
Alessandro Leipold, chief economist of the Lisbon Council, weighs in with real-time analysis of the 14-15 March European Council. Mr. Leipold — who joined the Lisbon Council in 2010 after a distinguished career in economics, international finance, banking, the European institutions and the International Monetary Fund, where he served as acting director of the European Department until 2008 — discusses the story behind the headlines, and analyses the implications for the European economy of the European Council’s key decisions.Economic Intelligence 02/2013
12 March 2013
On the eve of the European Council Spring Summit on 14-15 March, the Lisbon Council launches a new policy paper series — Economic Intelligence, Up-to-the-Minute Analysis from Chief Economist Alessandro Leipold. In this series, Mr. Leipold — who joined the Lisbon Council in 2010 after a distinguished career in economics, international finance, banking, the European institutions and the International Monetary Fund, where he served as acting director of the European Department until 2008 — will offer real-time analysis on European political and economic developments. His first Economic Intelligence commentary is devoted to the upcoming European Council meeting, in which he examines key issues on the European Council agenda and proposes a four-point "will-do" programme to restore confidence and drive growth.Economic Intelligence 01/2013
07 March 2013
The Lisbon Council and Berenberg Bank published The Euro Plus Monitor Spring 2013 Update. The Euro Plus Monitor is the premier competitiveness ranking of eurozone economies, as well as Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The update -- which ranks eurozone economies based on the speed with which they are coping with structural challenges and their ability to overcome the crisis -- was launched at The Europe 2020 Summit, a high-level policy gathering organised in collaboration with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, prime minister of Ireland, and José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, were on hand to receive copies of the Update.The Euro Plus Monitor Spring 2013 Update
29 November 2012
The 2012 Euro Plus Monitor, the authoritative competitiveness ranking jointly published each year by Berenberg Bank and the Lisbon Council, ranks the 17 eurozone countries on a range of key macro-economic indicators. It provides a comprehensive view of progress – and retreat – throughout the European currency zone. Specifically, this innovative ranking is based on two key indicators: 1) the Fundamental Health Indicator, which looks at individual countries’ overall economic health, and 2) the Adjustment Progress Indicator, which measures the speed with which countries are adjusting to the challenges posed by the financial and economic crisis. This year, The 2012 Euro Plus Monitor expands to include three major non-eurozone economies – Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom – and assesses these countries’ performance on key criteria vis-à-vis their eurozone counterparts.Policy Brief Vol. VI, No. 4 (2012)
10 October 2012
In the presence of European Commissioner Michel Barnier, the Lisbon Council launched SMEs in the Single Market: A Growth Agenda for the 21st Century. In this timely report, eight thought leaders – including Commissioner Barnier, who provided a far-seeing Foreword – offer strategic advice on how to unleash the potential of the single market to European entrepreneurs and SMEs – and in turn drive growth and create much-needed jobs. The study was launched at The 2012 Single Market Entrepreneurs Summit, just days before Single Market Week, a celebration of 20 years of the internal market.Policy Brief Vol. VI, No. 3 (2012)
10 September 2012
In the presence of European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, the Lisbon Council launched Intellectual Property and Innovation: A Framework for 21st Century Growth and Jobs. In this timely report, ten leading European intellectual property thought leaders offer strategic advice on how to enhance the existing intellectual property regime for the digital age – and in turn boost innovation, encourage creativity and generate much-needed growth and jobs. Ian Hargreaves, professor of digital economy at Cardiff University and author of the high-level Digital Opportunity report prepared for UK Prime Minister David Cameron, contributed the Foreword. The study was co-edited by Prof. Hargreaves and Paul Hofheinz, president of the Lisbon Council.Policy Brief Vol. VI, No. 2 (2012)
Press ReleasesWatch Interview with Prof. Ian Hargreaves
Wired for Growth and Innovation: How Digital Technologies are Reshaping Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses
18 April 2012
Executive Director Ann Mettler and Senior Fellow Anthony D. Williams explain the potential of the Internet – and greater adoption of information and communication technology in small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – to dramatically raise competitiveness, improve productivity and create 21st century jobs. The policy brief sets out a “to-do” list for policy makers to unleash the potential of the single market for SMEs and the economy at large, which in turn offers conceivable and powerful way out of the crisis, given that 99% of all European companies are SMEs.Interactive Policy Brief 12/2012