Publications

The Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin publishes policy papers (short research papers including evaluations and analyses, max. 10 pages), reports (longer position papers with a stronger analytical focus and policy recommendations) and blog posts. In addition, the institute will also post links to the publications by Notre Europe – Institut Jacques Delors in Paris.

Policy Papers

A Guide to Brexit and Data Flows

Post-Brexit relations regarding data transfers and data protection are going to exercise one of the biggest economic impacts on the UK and the EU27 over the longer term. In this policy paper, Paul-Jasper Dittrich provides an overview of the role of data and data exchanges in modern economies, and how Brexit endangers this exchange, and describes different scenarios for the transfer of personal data post-Brexit. more

What’s Wrong with EU Information Systems & How to Fix It

The terror attacks in Paris, Brussels and Berlin have exposed the shortcomings of EU information systems. The EU and its member states are now discussing practical proposals for better connecting single databases. What are the current weaknesses and how do the proposals seek to remedy them? Which opportunities does a more integrated architecture offer? Which challenges could be encountered along the way and how can they be overcome? more

How the ‘Migration Crisis’ Affected Funding Under the MFF

Ahead of negotiations over the Commission’s proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), this Policy Paper explores how the ‘migration crisis’ affected funding for asylum and migration. In the Paper Lucas Rasche analyses the structural deficiencies in the EU’s most relevant funding instrument for migration, the Asylum, Migration & Integration Fund (AMIF), and argues that a reform of the political framework underpinning funding in the field of asylum and migration is necessary. more

EU-NATO: Distinguishing Narrative from Substance

At the NATO Summit in Brussels, the EU and NATO have committed to deepen their cooperation. This was an important political signal as it came after revived fears that the EU’s defence cooperation efforts might lead to decoupling, duplication and discrimination.. The policy paper by Nicole Koenig reviews the political tensions around this cooperation and delineates them from progress in terms of substance. more

Online platforms and how to regulate them: an EU overview

The rapid rise of online platforms has characterized the digital transformation of the last decade. In this paper, Paul-Jasper Dittrich provides an overview of existing regulation of online platforms in the Single Market, examines current regulatory challenges for the EU and proposes policy recommendations for the future European debate on platform regulation. more

Blog Posts

Moving forward on the tightrope of EU asylum reform

As EU heads of states gather in Brussels, migration is once more on top of the agenda. Only four months after they agreed on yet another compromise to manage the arrival and processing of asylum seekers, these latest proposals have already hit a dead end. Instead of walking into the next trap of short-lived solutions and symbolic displays of unity, EU leaders should this time focus on two longer-term approaches that represent ways out of the current political deadlock.  more

InvestEU Fund: A Rebranded Juncker Fund?

Almost four years ago, EU leaders endorsed the idea of the then recently appointed president of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker to launch an “Investment Plan for Europe.” Main element of this plan was the creation of a new type of instrument, the “European Fund for Strategic Investments” (EFSI), popularly known as the “Juncker Fund.” In June 2018, the Commission released its proposal of an “InvestEU Fund”, which will replace the EFSI after 2020. Is the „InvestEU“ just a rebranding of the „Juncker Fund“ or are we facing a new and different instrument? more

The European answer to the digital revolution

Over the years following the birth of the iPhone in 2007, the EU has become a digital laggard. The tech giants dominating the European digital economy in 2018 hail from the US, and their main competitors are Chinese, not European companies. How can the EU keep its competitive advantage in such a changing environment? What is the European answer to the digital revolution? Paul-Jasper Dittrich and Jan Krewer explain two fundamental measures to ensure Europe’s competitiveness in the face of the digital revolution. more

“Es ist Zeit!” – Jacques Delors

At the conference “Making Europe’s Economic Union work”, organized by the Hertie School of Governance in cooperation with the Jacques Delors Institutes in Berlin and in Paris and the Bertelsmann Stiftung on September 19th, Jacques Delors delivered a clear message, which was read out by Pascal Lamy: “The time has come to be, once again, audacious. To continue to construct a Europe that is more effective, more balanced and more united. Now is the time to decide, now is the time to act, now is the time to move forward. Es ist Zeit!" more

Defending EU Values: a Puzzle With Missing Pieces

On 12 September the European Parliament warned of a clear risk of a serious breach of the EU’s common values by Hungary. Which instruments does the EU have to defend its values internally? What are their weaknesses? Can newer proposals provide remedy? more