Government Issue 15

Issue 15 of Government focuses on the current geopolitical challenges faced by the EU, including a special feature on the unfolding migration crisis, the question of international development, and internal concerns such as the dire conditions facing Greece’s economy, even after a new deal was struck. It also profiles a number of innovations that will shape the future of European cities, impacting every sector from construction, to lighting, to digital technologies; talks defence in light of increasingly aggressive moves by Russia; and recaps European Green Week 2015.

What key challenges is the EU facing?

How are digital innovations changing Europe?

  • Robert Jan-Smits, director general of DG Research, offers his thoughts on how the green agenda will impact Horizon 2020;
  • Jos Delbeke, director general of DG Climate Action, highlights his priorities ahead of the COP21 meeting in Paris;
  • EUROCITIES secretary general Anna Lisa Boni details the progress made in the push towards ‘smart’ cities;
  • The EU-funded IMPACT2C project explains its efforts to understand the dynamics of climate change;
  • Paul Meller of the eSkills for Jobs initiative talks about developing digital skills for the European workforce; and
  • Antonio Avenoso of the European Transport Safety Council warns of the urgent need to reduce avoidable deaths in road traffic collisions.