Happiness in Europe and the world: lessons to learn

Global attention to “happiness” has already a decade’s history: analytics assemble data on peoples’ lives in most of the countries around the world. Some trends are somehow quite remarkable recently: i.e. importance of income and GDP has been decreasing in the pools, while happiness was more often associated with the general aspects of wellbeing in […]

Perspective “federalism” in the member states’ recovery and resilience

European integration is proceeding presently along certain “federal lines”: i.e. new division of competence between the EU institutions and the member states has been fixed in the EU basic law (in effect for already a couple of decades) is slowly but decisively entering the states’ socio-economic sectors. These “federal lines” have to be in the […]

Global and European vision on modern challenges and solutions

Global and European governance is facing similar challenges: thus main international bodies’ vision and guidelines (e.g. Davos Forum, OECD and EU) specify common priorities and solutions in such spheres as digitalisation, measures affecting climate changes and post-pandemic recovery. Priorities in sub-regional entities, for example in the Baltic Sea States are not drastically different too; however […]

Supporting member states’ priorities in the EU’s new “federalism”

European integration is proceeding presently along certain “federal lines”: i.e. in some socio-economic sectors the states are responsible for growth directions; in others, the EU shares with the states developmental competences; thirdly, the EU is “supplementing” the states’ measures with financial and administrative support. In modern EU-states interrelations the federal approach means that states have […]

Modern European industrial policy through challenges and reforms (I)

Industry is a key and important part of the EU and the member states growth: the sector includes tens of vital industries: in energy and aviation, construction and health, in motors and tourism, etc. Together with the twin transition through climate neutrality and digital economy, new European industrial strategy ensures increased role of industrial sectors […]

Post-covid effects on modern governance and political economy

The European and the member states efforts towards recovery and resilience are including new approaches to decision-making, governance and political-economy’s components in reforms; the latter are concentrated on three main “transitional components”: a) labour and workforce, b) business and entrepreneurship, and c) regional and national governance, which are analysied in the EII’s research project.   […]

State of the Union: effect for the European scientific community

The State of the Union address (SOTU-20, 16.09.20) formulated some main challenges and solutions for perspective rather numerous and urgent socio-economic issues. Commission’s orientation for scientific community includes the directions with serious implications for national recovery and resilience. Although the main priorities for years to come are those on strengthening the European social market economy, […]

Strategic planning in the European integration: Commission’s complex approach

Perspectives in the European integration have been always in minds of EU’s governance; presently, the “future” -called strategic foresight – is being formulated in seemingly plain words, i.e. towards a more resilient Europe. The latter is approached through four main directions: socio-economic, geopolitical, green and digital. However, European integration’s political economy – more than ever […]

“Post-covid’s” political economy: facing inevitable changes

Most complicated for central and local governance in the EU states are the issues of the so-called “new normal” and changing economy’s patterns: i.e. already visible and those only slightly seen in the transitional post-pandemic period. Shortly, these changes could be formulated in a fundamental line of changes – drafting new national political economy structures […]

Baltic States perspective strategy in view of the European financial resources

The EU’s multi-annual budget for 2021-27 with about € 1,2 trillion and allocated € 750 bn as a “rescue package” for the states need the European Parliament and the national decision-makers to “prove” that the Commission’s expected set of measures and reforms is worth the investment. The rescue package’s “division” into loans (€360 bn) and […]