Conference “Post-Crimea shift in EU-Russia Relations” – 11th July 2019

On thursday the 11th of July 2019, the Estonian foreign policy institute, international center for defence and security and Konrad Adenauer shifting were organizing a conference about the book Post Crimea shift in EU-Russia relations: from fostering interdependence to managing vulnerabilities. The authors of the book are Kristi Raik & Andras Rácz.

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First anniversary of the GDPR: an overview of the changes

Just over a year ago, on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (commonly known as the GDPR) was adopted by the European Union (EU) Member States. This regulation marked not only an important development for the field of data protection and its harmonisation across the Union, but also highlighted the debate between security and privacy in this new digital age. A year after its entry into force, academics, policy-makers and company owners reflect upon the changes undertook to comply with the regulation and its impacts. Although positive developments can be observed as going in the right direction, there is still much work left to do. This article reflects upon the first year of the GDPR and assesses the positive and more difficult developments it engaged as well as its current position not only in the EU, but equally across the globe.

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The role of new technologies in preventing and mitigating humanitarian disasters: To what extent can this be achievable and efficient in the long-term?

In November 2017, The European Commission launched the contest “Challenge to Solve” which invites citizens and scientists to rethink the way new technologies are used in the context of humanitarian aid[1]. With this contest that ends in January 2020, the EU sheds light onto the “Agenda for Humanity” brought forward by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon during the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit[2]. In the light of increasing humanitarian crisis across the globe, this agenda emphasises the necessity to innovate and explore the role of new technologies to overcome humanitarian problems. Therefore, this paper seeks to explore the meddling of the technological and humanitarian fields and provide insight into the extent these new technologies could tackle serious humanitarian disasters.

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Le nouveau corridor transcontinental ferroviaire des ”Routes de la Soie” catalyse une dynamique nouvelle au coeur de l’Eurasie (2/2) – Le corridor Eurasiatique : un atout pour la nouvelle Stratégie UE- Asie Centrale

2. L’impact multiplicateur puissant du nouveau corridor ferroviaire eurasien en Asie centrale. 2. 1 Accélération des réformes économiques  En devenant un nœud ferroviaire opérationnel au cœur de la liaison rail…

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July 2019: three new citizens’ initiatives open for signatures

July 2019, four citizens’ initiatives are on the news. Three of them have been registered and the last one has been refused. Since the citizens’ initiative system has been simplified, this tool of transnational direct democracy is more and more relevant. The protection of the environment is the main topic tackled by these citizens’ initiatives. In July 2020, whether the initiatives succeed in collecting at least one million signatures in seven different member states of the European Union (EU), the European Commission will translate them into proposition of regulation.

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Putin Proclaims the End of the Liberal Idea

Shortly before taking off to Japan for the G20 summit in late June, Russian President Vladimir Putin took the time for an extensive interview with the Financial Times. He was asked about current international hot topics such as the Middle East, North Korea, trade relations, and Venezuela as well as Russian domestic challenges. Putin seized the opportunity to comment on the state of Western democracies and proclaimed the end of the liberal idea. While music to the ears of European populists, his words resonate as cynicism, maybe even a threat, with those who believe in freedom and democracy.

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Le nouveau corridor transcontinental ferroviaire des ”Routes de la Soie” catalyse une dynamique nouvelle au cœur de l’Eurasie (1/2) – Une nouvelle liaison transcontinentale Eurasiatique a vu le jour

Avec le nouvel axe ferroviaire transcontinental eurasiatique, l’Asie centrale se retrouve désenclavée. L’Union européenne peut y trouver un atout majeur pour la réussite de la mise en œuvre de sa nouvelle “Stratégie pour un partenariat renforcé UE Asie Centrale“ adoptée lors du Conseil européen du 17 Juin 2019. Le dialogue et la coopération de l’UE avec tous les acteurs engagés dans l’essor du corridor transcontinental sont essentiels pour réaliser le potentiel ouvert par cette connexion pour la sécurité et prospérité durables de toute la région, au cœur de l’Eurasie.

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The cost of non-Europe in legal migration

The European Union (EU) has sought to build a comprehensive immigration policy in which legally residing non-EU nationals, referred to as third-country nationals (TCNs), should be treated fairly and in a non-discriminatory manner. However, a number of gaps and barriers in the legislation adopted can still be identified. This concerns notably the lack of incorporation and implementation of international and EU human rights as well as labour standards. Different treatment between TCNs and further barriers lead to missed opportunities (so to an unoptimal situation) which lower revenue collection for individuals and for society (via taxes). Further EU action in this area could address these gaps by reinforcing existing standards and ensuring a better implementation of immigration policies.

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Conférence « Enlargement day »: 19 juin 2019

Mercredi 19 juin 2019, le Comité des Régions de l’Union européenne a organisé une conférence sur le thème de l’élargissement vers les Balkans occidentaux et la Turquie. C’est la cinquième fois qu’elle organise cette conférence en partenariat avec les pays candidats. La conférence avait pour but de traiter de diverses situations et notamment celles de l’Albanie, la Bosnie-Herzégovine, le Kosovo, la Macédoine du Nord, le Monténégro, la Serbie et la Turquie.

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