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. Library Reading room at the EP 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.

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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 four Directorates and three horizontal units (Strategy and Innovation Unit, Linking the Levels Unit and Strategic Foresight and Capabilities Unit):

Members’ Research Service

Public opinion on the eve of the EP2014The 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.

Impact Assessment and European Added Value

Five 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 and Scientific Foresight (STOA) unit.

Library and Knowledge Services

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 ‘Ask EP’ Service.


The Resource Directorate is one of the four directorates within DG EPRS and its most recent one. Its overarching objective is to assure an optimal resourcing of DG EPRS’ priorities, notably at times of increasing resource scarcity. The latter involves a reinforced alignment and integration of resource management into strategic decision-making and a continued search for innovative, resource-efficient, solutions.

See a more detailed description of the service on the EP website.

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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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27 thoughts on “About

  1. Good morning. I was wondering if on the leaflet ”What Europe does for me” in Romanian you could include projects done in Romania? Because now it includes projects from other countries. I think the impact and relevance for the Romanian public would be bigger. Thank you.

    Posted by Raluca Ene | May 2, 2019, 09:01
  2. Hello, would it be possible to amend this webpage: https://what-europe-does-for-me.eu/en/portal/2/B89
    The Europe cultural mobility funding guides for the mobility of artists and cultural professionals are not funded by the European Commission but coproduced by the cultural mobility information network, On the Move.
    Thank you,
    The On the Move team

    Posted by otmonthemove | February 26, 2019, 14:17
  3. Europa is nu in 2 kampen verdeeld, de ene wil altijd de zomertijd, de ander wil altijd de wintertijd. De een klaagt over ochtend depressies, de ander over avond depressies. Welnu, waarom niet gewoon het hele jaar door het GEMIDDELDE van zomer en wintertijd nemen Zo is iedereen tevreden. Dus gewoon komende maart de klok een HALF uur vooruit en dat voor altijd zo laten staan. De EU (en massief Afrika) is immers een zeer brede tijd-zone. Die kan dus wel wat nuance/bijschaving gebruiken qua precieze tijd. Er zijn verder meerdere tijdzones op de wereld die een half uur verspringen met de buur-zone. Groet, Dalt

    Posted by Dalt | November 4, 2018, 22:33
  4. Could you check out the correct pdf hyperlinks to recent EPRS Briefings please:

    European Council: Facts and Figures , July 2018
    Alcide De Gasperi: Democracy beyond borders , May 2018

    They both seem to be: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2018/621874/EPRS_BRI(2018)621874_EN.pdf

    Thank you.

    Posted by Ian Thomson | July 6, 2018, 09:41
  5. Dear Sir or Madam,
    I’m Lohan BERRIAU, a french student in International Trade.
    As part of my studies, i have to do a research and a presentation about the ENGLISH organic vegetables sector.
    I was wondering if you could share with me some information about this topic.
    For example :
    – The supply of organic vegetables
    – The organic vegetables production
    – The evolution of consumption
    – The main organic vegetables eaten
    – The national production of organic vegetables
    – The import of organic vegetables
    – The distribution channels of these vegetables
    – And every usefull information about this topic.
    Thanks for considering my request.
    I am looking forward to hearing from you.
    Best regards
    Lohan BERRIAU

    Posted by Lohan BERRIAU | December 4, 2017, 11:31
  6. Dear EPRS Team,

    I am looking for this study which was presented at the last ITRE Meeting on 23 March

    Study on “The European Implementation Assessment on Horizon 2020”, presentation by the EPRS experts

    📄Miscellaneous - EPRS_STUDY_Horizon_2020
    - Study on "The European Implementation Assessment on Horizon 2020", presentation by the EPRS experts

    Is this published anywhere?

    Thank you!


    Posted by Paul | March 30, 2017, 15:33
  7. Dear colleagues, hi.
    Just a note for you to know. In this factsheet http://www.europarl.europa.eu/atyourservice/en/displayFtu.html?ftuId=FTU_5.3.8.html please update this reference “joint, cross-cutting calls under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research for an integrated approach to maritime affairs,” to Horizon 2020 Programme. Although it should be the reference in the legal text, in 2014-2020, you no longer have the Seventh Framework Programme.
    Best regards,

    Posted by Carlos Medeiros | January 2, 2017, 08:30
  8. perhaps the assets of the library are not shared in the best way. how would one access more information?

    Posted by Ge Malagaris | November 14, 2013, 16:03


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