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InvestEU programme: The EU’s new investment support scheme [EU Legislation in Progress]

The InvestEU programme is a single investment support mechanism for the 2021-2027 period. It would bring together various EU financial instruments for internal policies that are currently supported by different funds and programmes of the EU budget. Continue reading

Coronavirus and the shadow pandemic of violence against women

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November is a time to take stock of what has been done to root out this violation of women’s and girl’s human rights. Continue reading

UK Internal Market Bill and the Withdrawal Agreement

On 9 September 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) government tabled a bill in the House of Commons which would govern the country’s internal market after the Brexit transition period ends. Continue reading

Decarbonising maritime transport: The EU perspective [Policy Podcast]

International maritime transport is the backbone of the global economy. However, vessels release emissions that pollute the air and contribute significantly to global warming. Continue reading

Sustainable consumption: Helping consumers make eco-friendly choices [Policy Podcast]

Household consumption in the EU has major environmental impacts, which in a number of cases exceed planetary boundaries. Two thirds of consumers in the EU realise that their consumption habits have negative effects on the environment, and the solution that they mention most often is to change consumption habits and production patterns. Continue reading

European Parliament Plenary Session – November II 2020

Parliament’s second plenary session of November 2020 sees Members again able to speak in debates from the Parliament’s external offices in EU countries (and as has been the case since March, they can follow the debates and vote from home) Continue reading

Recent trends in female employment [Policy Podcast]

Statistics and research results show that in recent decades, before the coronavirus pandemic, the EU’s labour market witnessed an increase in female employment rates. Continue reading

Violence against women in the EU: State of play

Violence against women is a violation of human rights and a form of gender-based discrimination. Rooted in inequalities between men and women, it takes many forms. Estimates of the scale of the problem are alarming. Such violence has a major impact on victims and imposes a significant cost burden on society. Continue reading

Prospectuses for investors – Simplifying equity-raising during the pandemic [EU Legislation in Progress]

A prospectus is a legally required document presenting information about a company and the securities that it offers to the public or seeks to admit to trading on a regulated market. Continue reading

Screening of third-country nationals at the EU external borders [EU Legislation in Progress]

In September 2020, the Commission put forward a new pact on migration and asylum, setting out a comprehensive approach to European Union (EU) migration policies that links external borders, asylum, return systems, the Schengen area of free movement and the external dimension of migration. Continue reading

LUX Prize 2.0: Pan-European Audience Film Award

The only parliament in the world to award a film prize, the European Parliament has been shining a spotlight on European cinema every year since 2007. Continue reading

Plenary round-up – November I 2020

During the first November 2020 plenary session, the main debate followed Council and Commission statements on the multiannual financial framework (including own resources), on a rule of law conditionality mechanism and the recovery fund for Europe, subsequent to the agreements recently reached by Parliament’s negotiators in trilogue negotiations. Continue reading

Trade negotiations between the EU and ASEAN member states

In 2017, the European Union–Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) dialogue partnership celebrated its 40th anniversary. Continue reading

Thirty years of European territorial cooperation [Policy Podcast]

Established in 1990, the first European territorial cooperation initiative, Interreg I, focused on cross-border cooperation. Continue reading

Important projects of common European interest: Boosting EU strategic value chains [Policy Podcast]

Article 107(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union provides for the possibility of approving state aid for ‘important projects of common European interest’ (IPCEIs). Continue reading

Technical Support Instrument [EU Legislation in Progress]

On 28 May 2020, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a regulation on a Technical Support Instrument that would provide Member States with technical support to strengthen their institutional and administrative capacity in designing and implementing reforms. Continue reading

Palm oil: Economic and environmental impacts

Economical and versatile, palm oil has become the world’s most widely used vegetable oil. Although palm oil can be produced sustainably, rising consumption increases the risk of tropical rainforests being cut down to make way for plantations. Continue reading

European Parliament Plenary Session – November I 2020

The first item on Parliament’s agenda for the November I session, now that the outcome of the US presidential elections is clear, is to take stock of the results, which are likely to have considerable impact on political and trade relations worldwide. Continue reading

Understanding farm structure

Farm structure refers to the composition and organisation of an agricultural productive unit, typically for growing crops and rearing farm animals. Continue reading

2021: European Year of Rail

Every year since 1983, the EU has chosen a special annual theme to celebrate and to bring to public attention. The idea is to raise awareness on the issue, encourage public debate on it across the EU and underline its political importance. Continue reading

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