Simon Bryceson’s Speech at the European Commission

HLC’s Chairman, Simon Bryceson, spoke to the European Commission interns on the 50th Anniversary of the stagiare programme. Other speakers included Commissioner Štefan Füle, DG Enlargement; Paula Pinho, Cabinet of Commissioner Oettinger, DG Energy, and Michel Doumont, entrepreneur in the field of project development.

Speaking on the theme “The Future of Europe”, Simon offered his thoughts on some of the challenges that the EU is facing, which lie at the nexus between the European institutions, national governments, businesses, and international pressure groups.

Simon’s thesis is that there exists a gap between what is politically possible to accomplish, and what actually needs to be done. Due to changes in culture and technology, this gap has been widening during the last decades, and it will continue to get ever wider. It will prevent political leaders from tackling complex issues and adopting meaningful and necessary legislation, and this in turn will force legislation into the private sphere. We have already seen examples of the Gap in the Common Fisheries Policy, the global (in)action to combat climate change, and retailers as gatekeepers.

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Mind the Gap: Simon Bryceson speaking to the European Commission interns on the 50th Anniversary of the stagiare programme.

July 2010