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The Unknown Actors of Development

on January 20th, 2009 | Growth

On 29 and 30 June 2005, in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), the Fondation pour l’innovation politique held a conference entitled “The Unknown Actors of Development” in cooperation with Institut Afrique moderne, the United Nations Development Programme, the French Development Agency (AFD), and the French Minister of Foreign Affairs. These recently published proceedings summarize this event, which […]

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Which taxation policy for the UE?

on January 20th, 2009 | Growth

The European Member States just agreed upon the reduced tax rates of VAT to be applied within the EU: any restoration work done on buildings will be taxed at 5.5% until 2010, and Poland could apply this same rate to the majority of its newly built constructions, thanks to a broad definition of “social housing.” […]

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Relaunching the European Union: a Civic Approach

on January 20th, 2009 | Growth

The protest vote of May 29, 2005, showed that the civic and political deficiency of the European Union can no longer remain a haunting leitmotiv, which you just have to expose in the course of any European event, while appraising it as a second rate issue which will eventually be solved in the long run […]

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What tax policy to boost the Single Market?

on January 20th, 2009 | Growth

Europe is going through a major crisis, whose most recent and visible outcome is the French and Dutch rejection of the European Constitution. The “evil” is deep-rooted: economic growth in the European monetary area is inferior to the world growth and our unemployment rate exceeds 10% (versus two times and a half less in the […]

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Strengthening Ties between European Union Countries

on January 20th, 2009 | Growth

In a constantly changing world, the European Union needs to prove that it is not impotent. At a time when treaty reform is being vigorously debated, Sir Stuart Bell, Francis Mer and Frédéric Allemand recommend strengthening ties between European countries in five areas that are critical to the future — whether or not a new […]

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Promoting a European development policy

on January 20th, 2009 | Growth

This study initiates a reflection on what the new European development policy should be: a policy based on cooperation with Africa and breaking new grounds in the fields of decentralization and partnership.The study suggests to rethink this development policy and implement an innovative system based on decentralization and partnership: acquiring a global vision of development […]

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Towards a common European development policy

on January 20th, 2009 | Growth

Development issues are a chief concern to Europe. Yet, these issues do not have a political weight in line with the financial support that they benefit from. Moreover, current European policies have not achieved their goal to reduce the gap between Europe and Africa. It is today crucial to define an economic frame to face […]

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What should the european budget be?

on January 20th, 2009 | Growth

European citizens expect the Union to boost up their economic system. But, in spite of the single market and the euro, the per head European income has, over the last thirty years, only represented 70% of the American citizen’s income. Furthermore, by devoting 1.4% of this income to higher education and 1.9% to research (versus […]

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Europeans and the Globalization Challenge

on January 20th, 2009 | Growth

Are the French the only race to fear globalization? The future of the European Union depends for the most part on the way in which Europeans meet the challenges of globalization. But do all European citizens perceive these challenges in the same way? Which aspects are the focus of national debates? Do Europeans expressing the […]

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Trade Policy and Climate Change: Options for a European Border Adjustment Measure

on January 20th, 2009 | Ecology, Growth

In November 2006, the French government announced the concept of introducing a carbon tax (so called CO2 tax) on imports originating from countries refusing to commit to the Kyoto Protocol. The French initiative stems from the fact that non-compliance with the Kyoto Protocol leads to a competitive disadvantage that would adversely affect European exports. This […]

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