As the migrant crisis shows no sign of ending, issue 17 of Government presents a variety of perspectives on the issue and how it is impacting everything from the environment to the economy. It also delves into the fight against terror and extremism, the technology solutions disrupting transportation, and the response to the European Commission’s recent revisions to its Circular Economy Package.
What are the EU’s priorities for humanitarian aid?
- European Commissioner Christos Stylianides deliberates on the EU response to an increasing number of man-made and natural emergencies;
- Eugenio Ambrosi of the International Organization for Migration outlines the causes behind forced migration; and
- The European Economic and Social Committee’s George Dassis warns of a number of existential threats facing the European Union.
How is the energy transition being managed?
- Jonathan Taylor from the European Investment Bank talks about the business case for investing in renewables;
- Jan Hyllenberg of the Danish Wind Industry Association writes about Denmark’s success in developing wind energy; and
- SolarPower Europe explains the contribution solar power can make towards the EU’s ambitious climate change targets.
How is technology changing transportation?
- John Verity of the Smart Ticketing Alliance details the evolution of integrated, interoperable transport;
- Karen Vancluysen, secretary general of Polis, assess the EU’s smart cities strategy and its approach to urban mobility;
- Stefan Micallef of the International Maritime Organization offers an insight into the move away from fossil fuels in the wake of the Paris Climate Agreement;
- FuelsEurope’s director general, John Cooper, reviews the European Commission’s approach to decarbonising transport; and
- Christian Friis Bach of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe highlights efforts to promote road safety.
How will the ageing population affect Europe?
- Anne-Sophie Parent of the AGE Platform Europe debates how prepared the EU is to face the continent’s emerging demographic challenge;
- The European Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing shares its perspective on facing this challenge; and
- Dr João Breda of the WHO Regional Office for Europe talks about the organisation’s agenda on physical activity and obesity.