Bert Koenders: The alternative

In the autumn of last year, the Dutch government nominated as a European commissioner its foreign minister, Frans Timmermans, from the centre-left Partij van de Arbeid (PvdA). To replace him in the government, the PvdA went outside the country, summoning Bert Koenders, who had effectively left national politics three years earlier and was working for the United Nations in Mali.

People & Places

A much-awaited strategy on completing the EU's energy union has now been adopted. This special report looks at the obstacles the EU faces in its quest for energy harmony.

  • A high-energy proposal?
  • The European Commission’s forthcoming strategy on energy union will be an indication of the Commission’s ambition and commitment.

  • Imagining an EU energy union
  • There are many issues the European Commission will have to address if it is to achieve its ambitions of cross-border co-operation on energy.


European Food Safety Summit

24 March 2015

Paris, FR

Improving business performance and securing the global supply chain from farm to fork.

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Creating Europe's digital highways

Creating Europe’s digital highways: Competition, innovation and investment in high-speed broadband

24 March 2015

Résidence Palace, Brussels, BE

The debate will focus on whether there is sufficient competition in the European telecoms market, whether planned policy initiatives will boost or reduce the level of competition and how this affects innovation and investment.


With: Andrus Ansip, Marvin Ammori, Steven Tas, Mario Mariniello