Government Issue 22

In issue 22 of Government, the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome and the rising tide of far-right Euroscepticism allow for much reflection on the state of Europe. This edition focuses on Europe’s world-leading research and innovation efforts, the changes and improvements being made to transport systems all over the continent, and Europe’s relationships with third countries, both in scientific collaboration and in defence.

How is research changing European policy?

  • Jasper Wesseling of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs offers an insight on the Netherlands’ research and development landscape;
  • Jen Rae of Nesta explains how new solutions are changing the European business landscape; and
  • Timo Cantell and Teemu Vass of the City of Helsinki highlight the advantages of open data for the city.

How is innovation affecting regional mobility?

  • Kalle Toivonen of the FinEst Smart Mobility project talks about improving regional mobility and transport links;
  • Veera Mustonen and Natalia Reen of Forum Virium Helsinki outlines the growth of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Finland;
  • Brian Cookson of Union Cycliste Internationale explains how his organisation is partnering with local authorities to encourage cycling for health and the environment;
  • Isabelle Ryckbost of the European Sea Ports Organisation explains how the three part agenda of competitiveness, digitalisation and sustainability is impacting Europe’s ports; and
  • Professor Dr Tom van Woensel of Technische Universiteit Eindhoven describes how innovation is changing freight and logistics.

How is Europe responding to defence challenges?

  • Ambassador Alexander Vershbow of the Atlantic Council discusses the US’ changing priorities and relationship with Europe following June’s NATO summit;
  • Óscar Úbeda Caballero of Spain’s National Institute of Aerospace Technology outlines the country’s progress in defence innovation;
  • Hilde Vautmans MEP explains how European countries are responding to the growing threat of domestic terror incidents;
  • The EU Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) details the need for urgent innovation in cybersecurity; and
  • Kathryne Bomberger of the International Commission on Missing Persons talks about efforts to locate the estimated 60,000 persons displaced by the civil war in Syria.