The European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) provides comprehensive research and analytical support to the Members of the European Parliament, its parliamentary committees and the European Parliament as a whole. The EPRS philosophy is to provide independent, objective and authoritative information. We aim to provide a comprehensive research and analysis capacity of the kind to be found in many parliamentary democracies worldwide. We always try to adapt our products to best meet the needs of the Members of the European Parliament. What suits their needs today, may be of low value for them tomorrow. Nevertheless, on this website you will come across certain standard products that have proved particularly valuable throughout the years. Each of them has a corresponding tag and treats a topic in a unique way.
The EPRS was established on 1 November 2013, bringing together several analytical and support services for Members of the European Parliament and/or parliamentary committees. Today, the EPRS is organised in three Directorates:
Members’ Research Service
The central task of the Members’ Research Service is to ensure that all Members of the European Parliament are provided with analysis of, and research on, policy issues relating to the European Union, in order to assist them in their parliamentary work.
The Library provides on-site and online services, access to internal and external publications on European and national issues, and online access to news and information services. It also offers certain public services, in the form of the Historical Archives of the European Parliament, the ‘Ask EP’ Service, and access to documents and the Transparency Register.
Impact Assessment and European Added Value
These services contribute to identifying the need for action at European level and provide scrutiny and oversight of EU legislation in practice. This Directorate is supported by research and analytical capacities in all areas of policy, drawing if necessary on outside expertise. It covers the following activities: Ex-Ante Impact Assessment, European Added Value, Ex-Post Impact Assessment, Policy Performance Appraisal, European Council Oversight, Global Trends and Scientific Foresight (STOA) unit.
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On an occasional basis, EPRS welcomes guest blogs from other services within the European Parliament community. Contributors include:
The Policy Department of the Directorate General for External Policies, which provides the European Parliament’s official bodies with specialist information, analysis and advice. They prepare policy advice, briefing notes, speaking points and oral briefings for the President, as well as information notes and analytical documents at the specific request of Committees or Delegations. Where necessary, the Policy Department commissions studies by external experts. They also publish all European Parliament Fact-Sheets on External Relations, and participate in the preparation of delegations and meetings.
The Deputy Secretary General (DSG), who is responsible for legislative coordination and planning both within the Parliament and in relation to other Institutions, particularly the Council and the Commission. In carrying out these tasks, the DSG is assisted by the Inter-institutional Relations Unit and the Legislative Planning and Coordination Unit (and is also responsible for the Classified Information Unit). The DSG’s services assist the President and the Parliament’s governing bodies with briefing and background notes on specific dossiers and procedures, prepares the preliminary draft agendas of plenary sessions, as well as other documents in relation to strategic programming, such as on activities of the Commission and the Council.
GlobalStat, a project of the EUI’s Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and the Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation aims to offer the best available gateway to statistical data. It is easily accessible, intuitive to use, and free of charge. In just three clicks it offers data from 1960 onwards for 193 UN countries, five continents and 12 political and regional entities – including the European Union – gathered from over 80 international sources. The project, presents data as diverse as income distribution, water resources, housing, migration, land use, food production, nutrition, or life expectancy, which contributes to a better understanding of the interrelations between human living conditions and globalisation trends.
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