Memo to the 17-18 July European Council

On the eve of the first “in-person” European Council since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Alessandro Leipold, chief economist of the Lisbon Council, calls on European leaders to get the governance mechanism right for the Next Generation European Union recovery plan. In a hard-hitting three-page policy note, Mr Leipold draws lessons from the 12-year-old eurozone crisis and urges European leaders to build the recovery fund on a solid governance structure.

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European Stability Mechanism Missing in Action

Hit by the COVID-19 outbreak, the European economy is faced with an unprecedented economic and financial crisis. The response by the European Central Bank has been significant, and other European institutions are pitching in as well. But the European Stability Mechanism – the very institution set up for Europe to be ready for the next crisis – remains conspicuously absent. Against this backdrop, the Lisbon Council launches European Stability Mechanism: Missing in Action? Why and How the ESM Needs to Be Mobilised: A Three-Step Programme, a new policy brief by Chief Economist Alessandro Leipold. The policy brief proposes a three-point programme for deploying Europe’s crisis fighting arm in the response to the economic fallout of COVID-19.

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The State of ‘Co-Creation’: How Countries, Cities and Regions are Using New Thinking to Deliver Better Services

Together with the Understanding Value Co-Creation in Public Services for Transforming European Public Administrations (Co-VAL) consortium, the Lisbon Council launches The State of “Co-Creation:” How Countries, Cities and Regions are Using New Thinking to Deliver Better Services. The policy brief is based on a data-driven dashboard tracking the progress of innovative public administration in 27 European Union member states (plus the United Kingdom) and in five leading municipalities (Amsterdam, Athens, Madrid, Milan and Turin). It provides a comprehensive look at how progressive governments and leading municipalities are using new thinking to revolutionise the way public services are created and proposes an eight-point programme for delivering co-creation at scale.

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‘Whatever it Takes:’ Why Urgent Fiscal Action is Key to Eurozone Success

In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on economic growth, Europe is faced with a clear and present danger of economic slowdown. But is it only COVID-19 that threatens the European economy? With central banks running low on ammunition, Chief Economist Alessandro Leipold calls for a Copernican Revolution in European policymaking. Fiscal policy – and the council of economic and financial affairs ministers who guide it – must step up and do “whatever it takes.” He proposes a five-point programme to shore up the European economy, including adopting a European unemployment benefit reinsurance programme, agreeing the Budgetary Instrument for Convergence and Competitiveness (BICC) mechanism, “embracing counter-cyclical fiscal stimulus centred on investment” and a putting a calculated end to indecision and meandering discussion.

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Public-Data Opportunity: Why Governments Should Share More

As Europe grapples with citizens’ demands for better, more targeted public services, the Lisbon Council launches The Public-Data Opportunity: Why Governments Should Share More, a discussion paper that looks at the state of play for public-sector data sharing – and calls for better protocols and procedures to deliver more data-driven public services to all Europeans. The discussion paper analyses the importance of data-sharing between European Union public agencies, identifies the barriers and proposes seven policy recommendations that will help lift them.

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The 2019 Future of Work Index: How the World of Work is Changing – and How Policy Needs to Change with It

The Lisbon Council launches The 2019 Future of Work Index: How the World of Work is Changing – and How Policy Needs to Change with It, a policy brief that examines how the workplace is changing and the way social policy needs to evolve along with it. The product of two years of roundtables and quantitative research, it highlights six key trends in the evolving workplace – Changing Workforce, Evolving Workplace, New Careers, Global Economy, the Rise of Independent Working and Policy Lags. It then measures and ranks all 28 European Union members on the success with which they are transitioning to modern ways of working – and the effectiveness of their social systems to provide genuine social security and adapt to changing social needs. The policy brief includes the Future of Work Policy Bank at http://policybank.eu/, which tracks reform efforts in EU member states in the domains of social protection, accessible labour markets and entrepreneurship.

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