Thinking Lab on Sustainable Growth
Vanta-Vasiliki Kyriakou is a PhD candidate in the Democritus University. Since 2015 she participates in the “Europe Growth Initiative” under the Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform. Vanta-Vasiliki gained her experience working on research projects at Aristotle University (AUTH) and for the municipality of Thessaloniki. She has received a diploma in Architecture from the Polytechnic School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and holds an MSc in "Environmental Planning" and an MSc in "Renewable Energy".
The Interconnection of Greek islands: Another Perspective on the EU’s Security of Energy Supply and Economic GrowthHow Greece's tremendous natural resources could contribute to foster clean energy on a European level
Greece disposes of considerable natural resources to foster clean energy in the country itself but also on a European level. Yet, this potential remains unrealised to a large extent. The interconnection of the so-called Greek Non-Interconnected Islands (NII) opens up new opportunities in this direction. In this interview, Dr. Theodore Panagos explains the possible economic, social and even geopolitical repercussions.
On 13-15 October 2017, #DialogueOnEurope contributors from eight European countries will meet in Rome for the third and last European Thinking Lab Summit. This three-day meeting will give them the opportunity to further discuss the four main topics of the project, namely Migration & Integration, Populism, Social Cohesion and Sustainable Growth, and to finalise their policy recommendations for European decision-makers through various work and exchange sessions. (more…)
Greek non-interconnected islands are small isolated systems bearing the great potential to become autonomous in terms of energy, using renewable and intelligent systems. Is there a potential for small islands to drive Europe’s transition into a sustainable, low-carbon and inclusive economy? What role can Greek islands play in this process?
The development of Local Energy Communities is a vision which aims to address the pressing future global issues of energy efficiency, healthy food sources and water management. The fact that a very large percentage of EU regional development funds remain unused represents an opportunity for the Member States to review the European energy market strategy and develop a policy program aimed at funding these projects.
The one-fits-all approach does not fit the current socioeconomic environment. It is imperative that we develop horizontal policies, in cooperation with all involved players, to tackle multiple problems effectively.
The political mainstream thinks that this crisis is conjunctural, not structural. But the trouble with austerity policies is, that they increase the crisis in a cumulative way. With austerity one can only enlarge the probability to maintain the crisis, not to rule out it. And politicians don’t solve this problem – they preserve it.
On 28 June 2016, the German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, together with the German Federal Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth, officially launched the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE-project at the Europasaal of the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. (more…)
The Thinking Lab on Sustainable Growth aims to provide guidance on the challenge of shaping economic growth in Europe in a more ecologic, inclusive and social way. The issue of Sustainability is not limited to the field of ecology, but has to be tackled within a cross-sectoral approach, incorporating topics such as energy policy, innovation and start-up policy, digitalisation, social security and national debt policy.