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European Investment Stabilisation Function (EISF) [EU Legislation in Progress]

The idea behind the Commission’s proposed European Investment Stabilisation Function is to use dedicated financial means from the EU budget to help Member States stabilise their economies in the event of a major asymmetric shock. Continue reading

COP24 climate change conference: Outcomes

The COP24 climate change conference, held in Katowice, Poland, from 3 to 15 December 2018, agreed detailed rules for the implementation of the Paris Agreement, with the exception of rules on market mechanisms, a subject on which international negotiations will continue throughout 2019. Continue reading

Citizens interested in space exploration [What Europe does for you]

If you feel unsettled by national politics or climate change on Earth, to the point of considering relocating to another habitable planet, there is good news for you – such places do exist. Continue reading

Mountaineers [What Europe does for you]

The European mountains offer breath¬taking natural landscapes that attract many visitors and are home to a wide range of plants and animals. Continue reading

Canny shoppers / Bargain hunters [What Europe does for you]

According to EU rules, sellers must indicate product prices clearly, including price per unit, to enable you to compare products easily. Continue reading

Champagne and sparkling wine producers [What Europe does for you]

If you are one of the 15 800 producers of champagne in the Champagne region of France or a producer of sparkling wine in another EU country, such as Spain or Italy, you are perhaps concerned about the sector’s development. So is the European Union and it is working to secure the sector’s long-term viability. Continue reading

EPRS Event: Europe’s challenges in 2019: Ten issues to watch

How can collective intelligence help tackle social inequalities? What is Europe’s role in the current trade wars? How can the EU27 move forward? These questions and many more were discussed during the EPRS roundtable discussion ‘Europe’s challenges in 2019’ following the publication of the third edition of the annual EPRS ‘Ten issues to watch’. After … Continue reading

EU policies – Delivering for citizens: Promoting equality between women and men [Policy Podcast]

The European Union (EU) is committed to eliminating inequalities and promoting gender equality ‘in all its activities’ and has made considerable advances over the years. Continue reading

EU policies – Delivering for citizens: Human Rights [Policy Podcast]

In the 70 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – the first international document to set common standards of achievement for all states – the pivotal role and moral, legal and political significance of human rights in the international arena have become indisputable. Continue reading

European Parliament Plenary Session, January 2019

January is traditionally the month to look forward, and consider the issues to watch for the year ahead. The President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, will speak in the session on Wednesday morning, for the latest instalment in the series of debates on the Future of Europe. Continue reading

EU policies – Delivering for citizens: Industrial policy [Policy Podcast]

Through its industrial policy, the European Union (EU) has been striving to create conditions conducive to increasing industry growth and competitiveness since 1992. Continue reading

EU policies – Delivering for citizens: Promoting European culture [Policy Podcast]

The concept of cultural diversity lies at the heart of the European project. Recent years have seen renewed interest in the sector’s potential for promoting social cohesion, unity and tolerance, on the one hand, with continued recognition of its valuable economic role, on the other. Continue reading

Unlocking the potential of the EU Treaties: An article-by-article analysis of the scope for action

The Treaty of Lisbon is the current legal foundation for the work of the European Union and its institutions. Although there is at present no general debate within the institutions on the revision of the Treaties, senior EU politicians have recently hinted at the possibility of expanding Parliament’s powers. Continue reading

Ten issues to watch in 2019

This annual publication offers up-to-date insight from policy analysts in the European Parliamentary Research Service on ten key issues and policy areas that are likely to feature prominently on the political agenda of the European Union (EU) in 2019. Continue reading

The US Congress in 2019: What to expect

Following the mid-term elections of 6 November 2018, the new United States Congress will start work on 3 January 2019 with a Republican majority in the Senate and a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. The shift of power in the House is likely to affect key issues including oversight and immigration. Continue reading

Astronomers [What Europe does for you]

European astronomers have always been leaders in exploring the final frontier. The EU helps to continue this tradition, regardless of whether astronomers are amateur or professional. Continue reading

Watersports enthusiasts [What Europe does for you]

European rivers, lakes and seas offer plenty of opportunities to practise watersports. Swimming is by far the most popular activity, but you can also dive, surf or sail, or paddle in a canoe or on a stand-up board. Continue reading

Refugees [What Europe does for you]

People who flee war and persecution in their own country have a right to apply for protection in another country as refugees. International refugee law obliges countries to provide access to protection and adequate reception conditions that respect applicants’ human rights. Continue reading

People travelling with cash [What Europe does for you]

If you are travelling to or from the EU by air, road, rail or sea with €10 000 or more in cash you must declare it to the customs authorities. Continue reading

Cross-border creditors [What Europe does for you]

Around 50 % of all consumers shop online, and the number of cross-border transactions in the internal market is growing steadily. Continue reading

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