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for European Environmental Policy, the Bio-Based Industries Joint
Undertaking and the European Environmental Bureau. Rounding out the
environment section is a feature on sustainable cities, with views from
the European Commission, industry associations, and the Covenant of
Mayors. Meanwhile, with Ljubljana becoming the European Green Capital
of 2016, the city outlines its ambitions for its year in the spotlight.
In the transport section, innovative and pressing arenas such as smart
ticketing and the deepening of public transport networks are highlighted.
When it comes to road transport, issues such as theft, fuels, innovation
and road haulage are explored, alongside a special focus on road safety
matters. Later, the maritime section touches upon critical issues such
Closing this edition of PEN: Government is a special feature on the fight
against extremism. The tragic terror attacks in Paris shocked the world,
and revelations that they were planned in Brussels, mere kilometres from
the institutions of the European Union, have generated much debate over
radicalisation, security, integration and more. Two respective pieces from
the Council of Europe and the European Forum for Urban Security
consider this issue, while Anne Brasseur, who ended her term as the
president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe at the
end of January, provides a thought-provoking piece on the year ahead.
As ever, I hope that you will find these pages as informative and
interesting a read as I have found in their creation, and I welcome any
comments that you may have.
is set to be a pivotal year for the European
Union: as the migration crisis continues
with no end in sight and a referendum on
the UK’s membership of the Union approaches, questions abound over
the future of Europe. Indeed, as the president of the European Economic
and Social Committee, George Dassis, says in his Foreword, that very
future could actually be at risk. While pessimism may be mounting, the
Paris Climate Agreement reached on 12 December has at least provided
some hope that Mankind can decarbonise and mitigate global warming.
Amidst the backdrop of ongoing humanitarian crises in the EU’s
neighbourhood and around the globe, Brussels continues to channel
resources and energy into humanitarian assistance. The European
Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos
Stylianides, answered PEN’s questions on the key work currently taking
place in the arena, and you can find that article early on in this edition.
Following this, an interview with the International Organization for
Migration’s Eugenio Ambrosi reflects on the continuing migration crisis
and the steps to be taken by European decision makers to better respond
to the situation.
The publication also considers matters around enterprise and innovation,
before moving on to energy, a critical issue for modern Europe. Talking
about the ongoing work to create a positive investment climate, an
interview with the vice-president of the European Investment Bank,
Jonathan Taylor, opens the section, which is followed by a series of
articles on key topics such as wind energy, CCS and energy cabling.
When it comes to environmental concerns, the emphasis in late 2015
fell upon matters around the circular economy, with the Commission
publishing its eagerly awaited revised Circular Economy Package on 2
December. The environment section opens with a short focus on the
circular economy, with articles highlighting the perspective of the Institute
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