Disrupt Europe! How to turn the challenges of the digital world into opportunities? Innovation is not a new concept, but in the digital world, the most innovative companies seem to get called "disrupters". The current regulatory environment however impedes innovation: new services are pushed into the black market, and established companies feel threatened by newcomers. In a time where economic growth remains sluggish, and unemployment unacceptably high, the digital world has already created, and keeps creating huge opportunities for citizens and businesses. This event will demonstrate how the digital world is redefining our lives, and explore ways in which the digital challenges that arise can be turned into opportunities for jobs and growth, thus increasing the quality of life of European citizens. Now is the time to implement the Digital Single Market strategy, and along with Vice President Ansip and Innovators behind companies like Skype and TransferWise, we will discuss what needs to be done, so that Europe may lead in the Digital sector and not fall behind.
More defence for less money. ALDE Roadmap towards an integrated EU military. The EU is facing a dramatically aggravated security environment in the East and South of its borders. At the same time, the financial crisis has led to drastic uncoordinated cuts in the defence budgets of the EU Member States. The EU's ability to project power into its neighbourhood is weak, most of its CSDP (Common Security and Defence Policy) operations are just too little, too late. While territorial defence of Western Europe continues to depend heavily on the US, several consecutive American administrations have been urging Europeans to take more responsibility for their own security within NATO.
The European Council has so far taken only small steps to encourage greater cooperation among Member States – clearly insufficient, if one looks at the alarming and deteriorating circumstances.
On the eve of the European Council on Defence of 25th June, ALDE will present its 'Roadmap towards an Integrated EU Military' to show the way how to achieve more European defence for less money,
IORPs: will my children have a pension? On 27th March 2014, the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal for new rules on Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision, or pension funds (IORPs). The proposal aims at improving governance and transparency of these funds in Europe, promoting cross-border activity, and helping long-term investment.
Different categories of stakeholders would be affected by the new rules: first of all citizens in general but in particular those who are mobile across borders in the course of their careers.
Multinational companies would also benefit from the consolidation of their existing pension schemes (possibly in different Member States) into one occupational pension fund.
Member States would benefit because well-governed occupational pension funds, and wider geographic coverage, are expected to reduce some of the fiscal pressure on state pension systems.
Finally, employers, including SMEs, are expected to benefit through the reduced cost of joining an existing occupational