Strategic activities

November 2010

Regenerative medicine in Europe: New knowledge for the challenges ahead

Global advances in regenerative medicine have medium and long-term implications that have yet to be addressed in Europe, according to the REMEDiE (Regenerative Medicine in Europe) research project. The pace of change in this complex area of biotechnology affects stakeholders such as national and European regulators, scientific, corporate and clinical sectors, and patients in different Member States....more

March 2011

Are faith-based organisations taking the place of the welfare state?

Faith-based organisations (FBOs) may be filling the gap left behind after the withdrawal of the welfare state. The FACIT research project is exploring the role of FBOs in matters of urban poverty and social exclusion with a view to making them more effective. Generally FBOs appear to reach vulnerable groups and have good relations with public authorities. If supported and monitored appropriately, their role could become more valuable, especially with the possible increasing levels of social exclusion due to the current economic crisis....more

May 2011

Effective challenges to internet counterfeiting, piracy and illegal file-sharing

Instant exchange of music, video and computer games through online file-sharing technologies pose policy challenges which are further complicated by the increasing array of user-generated content (UGC) available through the internet. The COUNTER research project highlights the need for more effective strategies aimed at combating counterfeiting, piracy and file-sharing. COUNTER recommends that education, while essential, should be balanced by engagement with consumer perceptions, practices and demand. It also needs to be balanced by innovation in legal online distribution channels for media content and retail of physical products....more

June 2011

A trans-national approach needed to support South Asian minorities

With increasing globalisation, human and minority rights are becoming an important supranational policy issue. The EURASIA-Net research project investigated the knowledge base on minority protection, comparing current European and South Asian approaches, and creating a framework for future research cooperation between Europe and South Asia. It suggests a more coherent and pan-regional research policy in relation to human and minority rights, and an inter-disciplinary approach that stresses globalisation and trans-nationality....more

September 2011

EU development policy at stake

Europe plays a major role internationally through its development policy. However, the EDC2020 research project indicates that its successful current role will be challenged in the near future. Among the several issues of concern, three were thoroughly analysed by the project....more

April 2012

Family-friendly policies needed as women are still the major carers in society

The increased involvement of women in the European workforce, while in tune with the Europe 2020 agenda to raise employment, and reduce poverty and social exclusion, results in a greater burden on women since they are also mainly responsible for child and elder care. Family-friendly measures to allow for reconciliation, including those to enable fathers to increase their share of caring roles, should be encouraged....more