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Managing Migration: A Practical Approach

Managing Migration: A Practical Approach

Author: Business for New Europe

The report aims to make a constructive contribution to the UK debate on immigration. Despite an absence of comprehensive data on many aspects key to discussing immigration, the existing evidence underlines the benefits of immigration to Britain and the UK economy. Nonetheless, a high degree of public concern in many parts of the country means that practical, constructive measures to address concerns must be taken.

Business for New Europe believes that the government should prioritise action to manage immigration at the national level, and not attempt to renegotiate EU legislation on free movement of workers, as this would undermine British membership of the EU. The report makes 10 policy recommendations that could be implemented quickly and simply, and involve no renegotiation at EU level.

Effectively managed immigration is good for business, and migration plays a vital role in creating growth and prosperity in Britain and beyond. However, failing to address public concerns about immigration would damage the argument for EU membership as a whole. The government should prioritise domestic measures to manage local pressures, without putting at risk the substantial benefits of migration for the British economy.

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  • Published November 26, 2014
Europe at Work: Action for Growth and Jobs

Europe at Work: Action for Growth and Jobs

Author: Business for New Europe

This pamphlet offers a snapshot of progress made since our manifesto, and key actions that need to be taken now to drive the agenda forward.

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  • Published September 25, 2014
UK Membership of the EU: Key Facts

UK Membership of the EU: Key Facts

Author: Business for New Europe

A summary of the key facts about Britain's benefits from being a part of the European Union. The publication highlights figures about the domestic economy, trade and the EU's free trade agreements.

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  • Published September 25, 2014

Other publications

A Long and Winding Road? Scottish Independence and EU Accession

Author: Dr Daniel Furby

What should be the policy of the EU towards a country or region within a Member State, if that country or region chooses to become independent from the Member State? Due to the parallel independence debates in Scotland and Catalonia, that question is now the subject of greater focus and attention than ever before. The question is of strategic importance to the EU, as it is not only in the UK-Scotland and Spain-Catalonia contexts that the issue may arise. Independence and autonomy movements also exist in other EU members, including France, Italy and Poland. There is no direct precedent for secession from an existing Member State followed by admission to the EU as a new one, and the EU Treaties do not address the issue. Against this background, a number of different perspectives have been advanced, many of which are or appear to be contradictory. While the analysis contained in this report addresses the case of Scotland, the findings may be of wider interest, precisely because similar situations may arise again in the future.

 

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  • Published June 3, 2014

A Europe that Works: A Business Manifesto for Reform

Author: Business for New Europe

European Union membershipis in Britain's interests. The EU needs to be reformed in order to compete effectively with the rest of the world. That would not just be good for Britain. It is a key element to solving the euro crisis. This Business Manfesto sets out what needs to be done now to make the EU more competitive.

 

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  • Published June 30, 2013

Migration – Making it Work

Author: Business for New Europe

Migration is one of the most divisive issues in British politics today. Migrants bring enormous benefits to the UK, but continue to be the subject of often extremely negative media coverage. This coverage in turn often blames the European Union, because the EU gives people the right to travel, study or marry but not take benefits. This is where there are unfortunately many weaknesses in the UK and EU systems, and they need to be addressed.

The debate has been taken to a new level of intensity by the fact that from 1 January 2014, Romanian and Bulgarian nationals will have same benefit entitlements as any other person for the EU or European Economic Area, i.e. anyone who is a worker, self-employed, a job seeker, self-sufficient or a student.This short paper is a contribution to the immigration debate.

We set out a “Triple Lock” on migration, with possible solutions to some of the most glaring issues, as we see them, in the current system.Some of these are things we could do now, some would require changes to UK law, and some would require changes to EU law. This is obviously a complex area where it is perhaps more than usually hard to find solutions, but we hope that these common-sense ideas help to highlight some of the most important issues. We also set out some of the main ways that migration greatly benefits the UK.

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  • Published May 7, 2013

An Essential Guide: Britain and the European Union

Author: Business for New Europe

This publication is intended as a resource for those looking for an informed and balanced debate about Britain’s membership of the European Union. Business for New Europe is a coalition of pro-European business leaders making a positive case for British leadership in the EU.

We have pulled together facts from our own briefing notes, answers to Parliamentary questions, surveys, and information from other think tanks. The focus is invariably on the economic and business aspects of our relationship with the EU, but also provides information on the enlargement of the EU, foreign policy and defence. 

This document will be updated every quarter with the latest information. If you come across information that is not in this document, which you believe ought to be, please send it to us with its source, and we will include it.  We hope that this will be a useful resource, and a platform to rebut many of the myths about the EU.

 

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  • Published March 25, 2013

Party Conferences 2012

Author: Business for New Europe in association with Aviva

Across this year’s party conferences, Business for New Europe in association with Aviva held a series of events asking questions including whether the EU was part of the solution or part of the problem to the UK’s economic and whether the various political parties ought to commit to holding a referendum at the next general election.

Speakers included Business Secretary Vince Cable, Europe Minister David Lidington and Labour Leader Ed Miliband’s adviser on European affairs, Lord Wood of Anfield.

At each event the speakers and audience were asked for their views on Europe and Britain’s membership, BNE also presents here the results of that polling. The questions were:

  1. Is the European Union part of the solution or part of the problem to the UK’s economic and political challenges?
  2. Thinking with your HEAD should the UK be in the EU?
  3. Thinking with your HEART should UK be in EU?
  4. Should this party commit to holding a referendum on the UK’s membership of EU in its next manifesto?
  5. Do you think Britain will be in the EU in 5 years’ time?

Overall, the results showed that an overwhelming majority across party lines believed it likely that Britain will be in the EU five years from now. And despite a little variation, the vast majority at all events thought with both their head and heart that Britain should be a member of the European Union. However, on the desirability of a referendum the parties were much more divided. Asked whether their respective party should put a commitment to hold a referendum in their next manifesto, both Labour and the Liberal Democrats were largely against the idea, with 74% and 68% respectively, whereas almost the same number, 66% attending the Conservative party event believed that the party should commit to holding a referendum in the next election manifesto. (See pages 22-26 for full voting results.)

 

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  • Published November 2, 2012

Position Paper on European Banking Union

Author: BNE

This paper seeks to set out the background, the key issues and recommendations for the UK government in forthcoming European Council negotiations in October and December which are taking place with a view to the creation of a European Banking Union.

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  • Published October 18, 2012

BNE Review - August 2012

Author: BNE

This month's issue includes comment on the UK's eurozone exposure, upcoming details on BNE's party conference programme, events and much more. 

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  • Published August 7, 2012

BNE Party Conference Programme 2012

Author: BNE

We will be holding two series of panel discussions across the three main party conferences this autumn: “We need to talk about Brussels: Is Europe part of the solution or part of the problem? and “Europe: From crisis to growth”. 

 

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  • Published August 7, 2012

BNE’s Written Evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee

Author: BNE

In July 2012, Business for New Europe submitted written evidence to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee for their Inquiry into ‘The Future of the EU: UK Government Policy’. The evidence outlines what BNE views as the key priorities.   

 

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  • Published July 26, 2012

BNE Review - July 2012

Author: BNE

In this issue, we have details of BNE Advisory Council members Sir Roger Carr and Malcolm Sweeting speaking to the Financial Times, and analysis of David Cameron's indications about a possible renegotiation and referendum on Britain's relationship with the EU. There is also information about our forthcoming event on EIOPA and the future of insurance supervision in Europe and news of our updated publication on Global Trade.

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  • Published July 13, 2012

Global Trade: The fall of Doha and the rise of bilateral agreements

Author: Daniel Furby

With the continuing economic crisis and the search for new sources of economic growth, trade policy is becoming an increasingly important area of EU activity. Simultaneously, the rise of emerging economies, especially in Asia, is confronting Europe with new opportunities and new challenges, whilst the prolonged impasse in the Doha Round casts questions over the future role of the WTO.

This updated BNE policy paper examines the shift from multilateralism to bilateralism in EU trade policy that has taken place during the past decade. It argues that in the context of a stalled Doha Round, the EU has little alternative but to press ahead with bilateral Free Trade Agreements, and that an ambitious EU-US trade deal should be given high priority.

The multilateral system remains of great importance to European interests, however, and the EU should seek to reinvigorate the WTO's capability to deliver liberalising trade agreements. To this end, the paper advocates greater use of plurilateral agreements and abandoning the 'single undertaking' approach to multilateral negotiations. By promoting a more piecemeal approach, the EU can ensure that the WTO remains central to the management of global trade well into the 21st century.

 

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  • Published June 21, 2012

BNE Review - June 2012

Author: BNE

This month's issue includes BNE Chairman Roland Rudd's letter in The Times in response to Lord Owen's call for a referendum on Britain's future relationship with the European Union, news of a new look All Party Parliamentary Group on the European Union, details of our recent publication on Global Trade, and reports on our recent events in London and Brussels.

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  • Published June 12, 2012

Trading with the New India, Jo Johnson MP

Author: BNE

The EU is the world’s largest trading block, but negotiations to agree a Free Trade Agreement with India, launched in June 2007, have not yet managed to produce the wide ranging easing of tariffs that was envisaged. This piece, by Jo Johnson MP, looks at the current state of play, and what needs to be done to complete the FTA.

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  • Published May 14, 2012

BNE- April 2012

Author: BNE

This issue includes details of our upcoming events in London and Brussels, comment  pieces on Scottish independence and how UKIP's view on the impact of the EU in UK employment does not hold up under scrutiny, as well as our regular monthly features 'News in Brief' and 'The Month Ahead in EU Affairs'. 

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  • Published April 13, 2012

In Depth: Scottish Independence and EU Accession

Author: Daniel Furby

This In Depth paper focuses on the scenarios an independent Scotland might face in constructing its European policy, with particular regard to membership of the European Union.

Even though the referendum may not take place until 2014, debate has started in earnest.  There is a need for a full and objective analysis of the opportunities and challenges that an independent Scotland would face in relation to the euro, the Schengen free movement area, Justice and Home Affairs, Fisheries and the EU budget.

This paper looks at those issues, and the political and legal challenges that a newly independent Scotland would face in seeking to become the 29th member of the EU, after Croatia.  Those range from the precedent that Scottish independence may set for other independence movements in the EU, to how the requirement for unanimous approval of any new member by the existing members would work in Scotland’s case.

While much remains unclear – the answers to many questions would be the product of negotiations within the EU, and between the EU and Scotland – this paper aims to provide a nuanced understanding of the political environment in which an independent Scotland would pursue its European objectives.

 

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  • Published March 7, 2012

The economic case for language learning and the role of employer engagement

Author: Education and Employers Taskforce with foreword by BNE Chairman Roland Rudd

In this Education and Employers Taskforce publication, BNE Chairman Roland Rudd stresses the importance of language learning for British Business.

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  • Published February 8, 2012

BNE Review - January 2012

Author: BNE

This month's issue predominantly looks at the UK/EU relationship following Cameron's EU treaty decision, from media to blogs, and is packed with the regular pieces 'News in Brief' and 'The Month Ahead in EU Affairs'.

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  • Published January 10, 2012

BNE Review - December 2011

Author: BNE

This month's issue is is packed full with blogs on the eurozone crisis and the single market, BNE event information and much more. 

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  • Published December 8, 2011

Will the Euro Crisis Split the EU? - Contributions from the 2011 Party Conference Season

Author: Business for New Europe

At the political party conferences this autumn, we ran a series of panel discussions on the eurocrisis in partnership with the Centre for European Reform.

The discussions brought together commentators and politicians to discuss the euro crisis. This electronic publication is a collection of abstractsfrom these discussions.

We held these debates before the agreement reached at the European Council of 23 and 24 October, where heads of government agreed a three pronged plan to stabilise the euro area.

The package has been well received by the markets, but as our speakers pointed out, the most important reforms are perhaps the hardest, and those are structural reforms to the economies ofthe peripheral countries.

The demands that are being made of Greece and Italy are onerous, and it remains to be seen whether those governments are capable of delivering the privatisation, tax reform, public sector reform and opening of numerous closed professions that has eluded administrations of the past.

This series of discussions was a snapshot of what experts believed was needed before the summit, and can be used as a yardstick to measure leaders’ success in the coming months.

Other solutions were also discussed, such as euro bonds, which may be just around the corner, once the European Stability is in Place from 2013.

The European Council of 8 and 9 December is likely to be decisive and see the next step towards a final resolution in 2012.

We were grateful for the support of both Citi and Linklaters in making this series of discussions possible.

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  • Published December 5, 2011

Full Conference Programme for 26 Oct -  European Growth and Competitiveness

Author: BNE

Full programme for the BNE and Polish Embassy one day conference on "European Growth and Competitiveness"

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  • Published October 17, 2011

BNE Summary of Activities 2010 - 2011

Author: BNE

A 2010-2011 summary of BNE's activities, including events, publications and more. 

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  • Published October 14, 2011

Rethinking the EU Budget: An Alternative Financial Perspective - 2014-2020

Author: BNE

Under our alternative budget long-term competitiveness is prioritised and member states’ contribution to the EU reduced. This publication reduces the next MFF by 10%, saves the EU about €100bn, cuts €10bn from the UK's contribution but boosts spending in areas such as research, innovation, venture capital funds and humanitarian aid.  

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  • Published October 10, 2011

BNE Review - October 2011

Author: BNE

This month's review is packed with upcoming BNE events, summaries of our fringes at Party Conferences, BNE in the media and a blog on the EU's proposed Financial Transaction Tax. 

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  • Published October 7, 2011

BNE Review - August 2011

Author: BNE

Content in this month's issue also includes analysis of the recent developments in the euro zone and the EU's new supervisory structures in financial services.

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  • Published August 3, 2011

BNE Party Conferences Programme 2011

Author: BNE

BNE has a comprehensive programme of events for this year's party conference season. Amongst others, we are holding two series of events across all three conferences, one on the ageing demographic and the the other on the euro crisis.  We would be delighted to welcome you there and please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like further information. Please note that this document will be updated as speakers confirm their participation. 

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  • Published July 29, 2011

Policy Statement on Economic Governance

Author: Business for New Europe

A position statement setting out BNE's support for the Economic Governance compromise to be voted on by the European Parliament 23 June 2011.

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  • Published June 22, 2011

Competitiveness - What the EU needs to do

Author: BNE

This publication makes numerous suggestions as to what EU policymakers should do to bolster the EU’s competitiveness.  Certain themes emerge with particular strength.  Completion of the single market in services, energy and the digital arena is listed as a priority, along with labour market reform, investment in infrastructure, providing incentives for innovation and green growth and simplifying access to venture capital.

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  • Published June 17, 2011

BNE Review - June 2011

Author: BNE

The headlines continue to tell a story of Europe in a state of crisis and the euro allegedly close to collapse.  There is a crisis, but the more dire predictions are pretty wide off the mark.  They ignore the more important underlying story of a battle in European capitals over how to set the EU on the path to economic recovery.  We will examine this question in the publication we will be releasing on the 17 June.

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  • Published June 6, 2011

Economic Ideas Forum

Author: BNE

Full programme for the Economic Ideas Forum on 26 May, including theme of each panel discussion, list of speakers and timings.

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  • Published May 13, 2011

BNE Review - May 2011

Author: BNE

This issue includes comment on Bin Laden's death, the Arab Spring and recent euro zone developments, including BNE Director, Phillip Souta, discussing the Portuguese bail-out on Jeff Randall Live. The review also looks ahead to our upcoming two day conference, the second annual Economic Ideas Forum, speakers include Christine Lagarde, French Minister for Economic Affairs and Mark Hoban MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury. 

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  • Published May 13, 2011

BNE Summary of Activities in 2010

Author: Business for New Europe

A summary detailing BNE's activities throughout 2010. 

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  • Published December 1, 2010

The Case for a UK Sovereignty Bill - Options and Analysis

Author: Business for New Europe

This publication examines the case for a UK Sovereignty Bill.  The government coalition agreement states: “We will examine the case for a United Kingdom Sovereignty Bill to make it clear that ultimate authority remains with Parliament”.  It outlines the relationship between EU and Member States’ laws, the current position in the UK, and other member states such as France and Germany.  The document goes on to examine a number of options from maintaining the status quo to wholesale constitutional reform.

 

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  • Published July 29, 2010

BNE Party Conference Programme

Author: Business for New Europe

BNE has a comprehensive programme of events this coming Party Conference season - two and the Liberal Democrats, two at Labour and three at the Conservatives' conferences.  Please do come along, and contact us if you have any questions.  This document will be updated as speakers confirm their participation.

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  • Published July 26, 2010

BNE Business Manifesto

Author: Business for New Europe

At the start of the 21st century, the UK faces an ever greater challenge to have its voice heard in a world increasingly defined by America and China. What the UK has to say, however, matters. The principles the UK stands for, of openness, competition and democracy are as important now as they ever have been.

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  • Published April 16, 2010

Turkey in Europe: The economic case for Turkish membership of the European Union

Author: Various

Edited by Adam Hug

Prefaces by David Miliband MP and William Hague MP

Contributions from Commissioner Olli Rehn, Dr. Mehmet Ugur, Professor Refik Erzan, Dr Bahadir Kaleagasi (TUSIAD), Roland Rudd, Sir Julian Horn-Smith and Dr Gareth M. Winrow

With annual growth rates of 7.5% over the last five years, Turkey’s economy has been the envy of many EU Member States. Turkish people have felt the benefits, with per capita income having doubled since 2003. Add to the picture a young, well-educated population, the importance of Turkey to our energy security, and its success as a democratic majority-Muslim state and the conclusion is clear: we have in Turkey a partner of immense promise.

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  • Published April 9, 2010

Obama and Europe: Building Closer Transatlantic Economic Relations

Author: Various

Introduction by Roland Rudd with contributions from senior business leaders such as Sir Richard Branson, Sir Win Bischoff and Andrew Moss.

As President Obama becomes the 44th President of the United States, we are delighted to publish this collection of short articles from Europe-based business leaders. They focus on the potential for transatlantic economic cooperation and are essentially optimistic about the future even against a difficult overall economic backdrop.

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  • Published April 8, 2010

A Climate Mission for Europe: Leadership and Opportunity

Author: Various

Forewords by Stavros Dimas and Roland Rudd

Introduction by Ben Moxham and Zaki Cooper with contributions by senior business leaders

This publication surveys the EU’s recent track record on energy and climate policy leading up to the crucial Copenhagen climate talks later this year, the most important to be held in more than a decade.

Unusually for a subject as controversial as the EU, there is now a near-universal consensus in place on the importance of a Europewide approach on energy and climate change (considered together because burning fossil fuels is by far the biggest source of manmade greenhouse gas emissions). This is one of the themes to emerge from this collection of articles by twenty of Europe’s most influential business leaders.

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  • Published April 8, 2010

The Emerged market: Business and the enlargement of the European Union

Author: Business For New Europe

Enlargement of the European Union has consistently been one of the underlying drivers of growth for the European economy. The enlargement process has benefited old and new member states, and the EU as a whole, since new capabilities, expertise, products and markets are added every time a country joins the Union.

The fact that the EU of 27 member states and of 500 million people has become the world's largest economic zone is a direct result of our commitment to a carefully managed enlargement policy. Our internal market has both helped to achieve this and is also evidence of that great success story. It did that through increased trade, common standards, partnerships, exchange of best practices, business incentives, new and better jobs, and a Europe-wide industrial restructuring by cross-national production networks which has resulted in more growth and enabled Europe to play a leading role in the global market.

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  • Published October 14, 2008

Executive Summary and Principles on Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs)

Author: Business For New Europe

Executive Summary and Principles to the Full Report - cf. Full Report

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  • Published October 1, 2008

Full Report on Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs)

Author: Business For New Europe

Background:

On 11 October 2008, the International Working Group of Sovereign Wealth Funds (IWG) will publish a set of principles aimed at allaying mounting concerns among Western nations that SWFs – funds that are owned or controlled by foreign governments – are simply the instruments of state policy of the governments that own them rather than genuine investment vehicles.

The reaction these principles generate will be crucial in determining whether the European Union will open its doors to SWFs or pull up the protectionist drawbridge. Business for New Europe has been reviewing the appropriate framework towards SWFs, and believes that it is in the EU’s interest to be open to SWFs, rather than attempt to exclude them.

BNE’s review examined the size, investment policies, transaction history, transparency and accountability of SWFs in order to assess the contribution they have made towards global financial markets at this febrile time, and explores how a balance can be struck between the interests of SWFs and the recipient countries.

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  • Published October 1, 2008

EU-Russia Relations (Policy Paper)

Author: Business For New Europe

On 26 and 27 June in Siberia the EU and Russia will start talks on a new partnership agreement. These talks are 18 months overdue because of opposition first from Poland, over a Russian ban of its meat products, and later by Lithuanian criticism of Russia’s behaviour towards Georgia and Moldova. The talks were also stalled by general concern about the EU’s over-reliance on Russian energy imports. Due to the varying interests of the EU member states when it comes to the relationship with Russia, some having been part of the Soviet Union not so long ago, the EU sometimes struggles to come to a common position. The EU’s task for the future of the EURussia relationship is therefore to identify the common ground.

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  • Published June 15, 2008

A Budget for Business:  the corporate community’s recipe for a new EU funding regime

Author: Business For New Europe

Business for New Europe welcomes the review of the EU’s budget, as a genuine attempt to assess whether the budget is fit for the EU’s purpose. Any Chief Executive or Chairman, of course, has a particular interest in budgetary affairs from their own experience of balancing the books in their boardrooms. We recognise the progress that has already been made, for example reducing the proportion of money spent on the Common Agricultural Policy, but would like to see further reform. These negotiations will not be easy, but President Sarkozy’s intimation that France would be ready to discuss CAP reform on his recent state visit to the UK was especially welcome.

This report commissioned by Business for New Europe sets out the background to the budget review and some specific views from business leaders. Amongst the British business community with a view on these issues, there is a solid consensus on the need for reform. Business wants less money on agriculture and more investment in the knowledge economy. It sees the case for greater expenditure on global challenges like poverty and climate change. It wants to see continued vigilance, with a ceiling on expenditure, so that the EU can provide value for money.

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  • Published April 14, 2008

We are all Europeans now

Author: Business For New Europe

“We are all Europeans now” highlights the growing integration between Britain and the rest of Europe. It maps the economic and cultural linkages between the UK and the rest of Europe.

Many of the links are quiet and some are even hidden, but the UK’s has become increasingly influenced by Europe. That does not mean that the job has been completed – it has not and there is much more than can be done to increase integration and reduce further the barriers to the free flow of goods, services, trade, investment and people throughout Europe. On the UK’s 35th anniversary we can reflect on some of the ways life has changed in the UK as a result of closer economic and cultural integration with the rest of Europe.

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  • Published January 14, 2008

A Europe Roadmap from business for the Prime Minister

Author: Business For New Europe

In the assortment of policy issues facing the incoming Brown-led UK government, we are anxious that the European dimension is given adequate attention from the perspective of policies relevant to UK business. It is important that at an early stage positive signals are sent to our European partners about the willingness to cooperate on common policy challenges.

Business for New Europe was established in March 2006 to articulate a positive case for reform in Europe. We believe passionately in the economic relationship that exists between the UK and the rest of Europe, and we would also like to see the process of economic reform continue and accelerate.

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  • Published June 1, 2007

Why treaty change matters for business and for Britain (Policy Brief)

Author: Centre for European Reform

With a new generation of reform-minded leaders in charge of France, Germany and the Commission, Britain has an opportunity to help lead the EU towards a more pragmatic, economically liberal future. But if Britain blocks an agreement on a new treaty, its voice in future negotiations – such as those on the budget and farm policy – will count for less. An EU riven by internal conflict would become more introspective and less able to forge coherent policies on climate change, Russia, the Middle East and much else.

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  • Published May 14, 2007

European Union Jack: the UK’s leadership in the EU

Author: Business For New Europe

The current European Commission in its approach and policies is the most aligned with the UK’s thinking since the UK joined the European Communities in 1973. On Europe Day in 2007, the 50th anniversary of the EU, the UK should celebrate the influence that it has exerted over the EU, and it should continue to be ambitious to do this.

Business for New Europe argues that, over the past 25 years, the UK has led the way on issues such as:

The development of the single market, championed by Margaret Thatcher in the mid-1980s

Enlargement of the Union to 27 member states

Services liberalisation championed by Tony Blair

Regulatory reform

And most recently action on climate change and energy

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  • Published May 9, 2007

Berlin Declaration for Business

Author: Business For New Europe

The European Commission, President Jose Manuel Barroso has called for a Berlin Declaration to mark the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which established what is now the European Union.

As part of the EU since 1973, the UK economy has benefited enormously from the Single Market, and the UK’s business sector has taken advantage of new economic opportunities.

The expansion of the EU to Eastern Europe has brought further economic opportunities, along with the extension of democracy and the rule of law to previously Communist states.

With 50 years of economic success behind it, Europe must address the contemporary economic challenges, which includes a shift towards the service sector and the rising importance of innovation.

Europe faces growing competition from markets such as China and India, and must be equipped to deal with this.

The EU must continue with its agenda for change to fully capitalise on the economic situation of today. This agenda includes strengthening the Single Market, embracing better regulation, bolstering the Services Directive and maintaining the battle against economic nationalism.

It is time for the European Union to return to its central mission, of promoting prosperity and opportunity. On order to achieve this, it should be guided by the following principles: openness, leadership, competition, fairness, accountability and devolution.

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  • Published March 14, 2007

A Europe we can do business wtith, 2nd Edition (BNE Pamphlet)

Author: Business For New Europe

Contributions from 50 major business leaders to celebrate 50 years of the EU

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  • Published March 14, 2007

Europe means Business

Author: Business For New Europe

With the publication of “Europe Means Business”, we are delighted to bring together a number of distinguished business leaders and representatives to reflect on a number of topics, focusing on how business can meet the business and policy challenges of the twenty first century. In their contributions, some have focused on the bilateral relationship between the UK and Germany, some on the policy agenda facing the European Union and others on the areas that business needs to focus on in the modern global economy. They discuss an eclectic range of topics, encompassing the importance of innovation for European business, the EU’s better regulation agenda and the significance of climate change. What underpins all the contributions is a commitment to British-German relations and a feeling that the business communities from both countries can and should shape the debate about the future of Europe.

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  • Published March 14, 2007

A Europe we can do business wtith (BNE Pamphlet)

Author: Business For New Europe

The views contained in our pamphlet are not uncritical. There are significant concerns about regulation, the different interpretation of EU laws, gold platting in member states, measures that have curtailed innovation and a concern that enterprise still lags the US. These concerns, however, are made by industrialists who wish to see the pace of reform accelerate because they want the European Union to succeed.

“A Europe we can do business with” contains a series of articles from distinguished business leaders in the UK. They often draw on their own business and sectoral experience in their writings. They come from many areas of the economy which are affected by the EU’s policies: from banking, airlines and telecoms to manufacturing, consultancy and healthcare

The direction of travel is clear. Britain must engage in Europe to fight for the liberal agenda which is growing stronger by the day. We should be more determined, more involved and more optimistic.

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  • Published November 14, 2006

The Case for Free Movement in Europe

Author: Business For New Europe

Business for New Europe (http://www.bnegroup.org), the UK's leading voice for business on Europe, believes that opening the UK’s labour market to workers from Bulgaria and Romania is the right decision for our economy. This briefing explains why in ten key points

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  • Published September 26, 2006

The Changing Character of Brussels: Charting the UK’s Influence

Author: Business For New Europe

When French President Jacques Chirac walked out of a meeting in Brussels in protest at the use of English by a compatriot, Ernest-Antoine Seillière (President of the employers' association UNICE) in March 2006, it symbolised a wider trend.

Observers of the European scene have long identified a shift towards an “Anglo-Saxon” approach, not only in terms of policy but also in terms of working culture and personnel. This report applies an analytical and empirical lens to this phenomenon.

The report examines the UK’s representation and influence in the EU, with a particular focus on the European Commission and the European Parliament.

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  • Published September 15, 2006
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