Culture for national sustainable growth: EU-wide perspectives

Contemporary findings have shown that culture in all its forms, expressions and meanings, must be at the heart of any transformational path for human development. Specifically, it is time to think of culture as a vital “instrument” in reaching for optimal SDG’s implementation. No doubt, culture will become a key to building inclusive and cohesive […]

Sustainability in modern political economy agenda

Due to several historic reasons, sustainability has not been in the national priorities for socio-economic development. But that doesn’t mean it has to be sidelined in decision-making: still the states have to reach the SDG-targets by 2030. Although half the way to “final destination”, the outcomes in most countries are pessimistic… 

Sustainability in the Baltic Sea region: EUSBSR in action

Specific sub-regional cooperation among the EU states has been acknowledged only during the last decade: i.e. in 2009 the first EU strategy for the countries around the Baltic Sea area was adopted, which presently successfully integrated into its agenda the sustainability, digital and circular economy issues. Presently, regional and local authorities in the Baltic Sea […]

European strategy for the Baltic Sea region: planning and practical implementation

The annual forum of the European Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSBSR is the largest event in the strategy’s development which takes place for the 13th time in Finland. The event brings together not only the stakeholders implementing various strategies’ policies, but also those interested in the Baltic Sea regional growth issues. Among the […]

The EU political priorities for 2023 – part I

The Commission President’s annual State of the Union-22 (SOTEU) address has unveiled present main five-six political priorities for the next working year. Due to the SOTEU’s complexities, our Institute’s analysis is divided into two parts: one on the Commission attention to present multiply-dimensional crises, reforms in the states, global issues and that of democracy, etc.; […]

Modern EU’s energy strategy: discussions going on…

Complicated and cross-sectoral energy issues in modern national political economy occupy presently a very important place. Being a shared competence, the EU institutions are making their share of the work. Five main issues were discussed at the informal Energy Ministers Council with the member states last week. It seems that it is not so easy […]

European Union in modern geopolitics

Global geopolitics has undergone major changes and even fragmentation over a very short period of time in the beginning on the 21st century. These changes and present challenges affect fundamentally the European in general and the member states, in particular, political economy. In the latter, the aspects of sovereignty (e.g. in resources’ sufficiency and technology), […]

External agro-trade: EU assists member states

Management in the European agricultural sector is a shared competence between the EU institutions and the states. Hence, the Commission’s task is to support the member states in facilitating export in the world and ensure that foreign consumers can benefit from high-quality EU products. The Commission hopes to build on this success and develop similar […]

Renewables in EU: off-shore wind farms in the Baltic Sea area

Fossil fuel component occupies one of the central roles in present energy crisis: hence, the states need an efficient use of existing sources of energy, coped with “green transition” in circular economy and active use of renewables, e.g. hydrogen and wind power. The EU recent REPowerEU plan is an integral part of a general solution […]