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Priority Dossiers under the Austrian EU Council Presidency

Austria will hold the EU Council Presidency from July to December 2018. Its presidency comes at the end of the Trio Presidency composed of Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria. The last time Austria held the Council Presidency was in 2006. Continue reading

Priority dossiers under the Bulgarian EU Council Presidency

Bulgaria will hold the EU Council Presidency from January to June 2018. Its Presidency is part of the Trio Presidency composed of Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria. This will be the first time Bulgaria has held the rotating presidency since it joined the EU in 2007. Continue reading

Priority dossiers under the Estonian EU Council Presidency

Written by Lucienne Attard (The Directorate-General for the Presidency), Estonia will hold the EU Council Presidency from July to December 2017. Its presidency will herald a new Trio Presidency, composed of Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria. This will be the first time Estonia holds the rotating presidency. Estonia is currently led by a government coalition consisting … Continue reading

Lobbying, Parliament & public trust – EU Transparency Register workshop of 10 May 2017

Written by Marie Thiel, Elisabeth Bauer and Irene Vlad (Transparency Unit). On 10 May 2017 a public workshop entitled ‘EU Transparency Register – lobbying, Parliament & public trust’ to exchange best practices and models for lobby regulation at national and EU level took place at the European Parliament in Brussels. The event was hosted by … Continue reading

Priority dossiers under the Maltese EU Council Presidency

Written by Lucienne Attard (The Directorate-General for the Presidency), Malta will hold the EU Council Presidency from January to July 2017. Its Presidency will bring to an end the Trio Presidency composed of the Netherlands, Slovakia and Malta. This is the first time Malta holds the rotating presidency. Malta is currently led by a Socialist … Continue reading

Slovakia to take over Council of the EU Presidency – 1 July 2016

Written by Dora Boytha (Office of the Deputy Secretary-General), On 1 July 2016, Slovakia will take over the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU from The Netherlands, as part of the Dutch-Slovak-Maltese ‘Trio Presidency’. The Slovak “coalition of historic compromise” was only sworn in on 23 March 2016 and Prime Minister Robert … Continue reading

Priority dossiers under the Dutch EU Council Presidency

Written by Dora Boytha (Office of the Deputy Secretary-General), From January to June 2016, The Netherlands will hold the Presidency of the EU Council for the 12th time, kicking off the Dutch-Slovak-Maltese Trio Presidency. The Dutch Council of Ministers, also called the Cabinet of the Netherlands, consists of the Prime Minister (Mark Rutte), 13 Ministers … Continue reading

The Importance of Statistics in Public Health Sector Analysis

Written by Caterina Francesca Guidi and Gaby Umbach, both GlobalStat In cooperation with Nicole Scholz, EPRS Accurate, comprehensive, high-quality data and statistics are not only central elements of evidence-based public health policy. By raising health awareness among the general public, they can also help achieve better social and health outcomes and reduce health inequalities. The health … Continue reading

Empowerment Through Knowledge: GlobalStat database available soon on the EPRS website

Written by Laura Bartolini and Gaby Umbach (both GlobalStat) Statistical data are vital in many domains of our political and societal life. They play a key role in the measuring our societies, they inform policy-making, and empower people by providing knowledge. The recent proliferation of statistics and the increasing use of indexes and indicators to … Continue reading

Luxembourg EU Council Presidency: Overview of priority dossiers

Written by Dora Boytha (Office of the Deputy Secretary-General) Luxembourg will hold its 12th Presidency of the Council, concluding the Italian-Latvian-Luxembourg Trio Council Presidency in the second half of 2015. Luxembourg last presided over the Council of the EU in 2005. The official programme of the Presidency will be presented to the Conference of Committee Chairs by … Continue reading

The European year for development : Women and girls

Written by Marika Lerch (Directorate-General for External Policies). Graphics and statistics by Eulalia Claros (European Parliamentary Research Service) In many developing countries women and girls are disproportionately affected by poverty and exclusion. Although the UN adopted the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in 1979, women and girls still face … Continue reading

The European year for development : Education

Written by Manuel Manrique Gil (Directorate-General for External Policies). Graphics and statistics by Eulalia Claros (European Parliamentary Research Service) Access to quality education is essential for development. Not only does education provide children, youth and adults with the knowledge and skills to be active citizens and to fulfil themselves as individuals, literacy in particular contributes … Continue reading

The European year for development: Europe in the world

Written by Manuel Manrique Gil (Directorate-General for External Policies). Graphics and statistics by Eulalia Claros (European Parliamentary Research Service) The world has changed rapidly in recent years: the rapid growth of emergent economies and the slow recovery of the European Union after the 2008-2009 economic crisis have diluted the ‘North/South’, ‘developed/developing’ divisions that sustained the … Continue reading

The Library of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia: One Library serving 7 states over the decades

By Milana Stekovic During the month of October the library of the European Parliament hosted a fellow from the newly established Pre-Accession Fellowship Programme 2013, Milana Šteković, from the Serbian Parliamentary Library. It was a period of mutual learning highly beneficial for both sides. Milana explains how the Library of the National Assembly of the Republic of … Continue reading

The EU Parliament and the Battle to Secure Our Common Future

By Eric Lowitt This guest blog post is a pre-cursor to the upcoming debate on The Collaboration Economy scheduled for 16 October 2013 at 18.00 to take place in the EU Parliament Library in Brussels. Worldwide we are engaged in a conflict that we must win. This conflict has three components: math, trust, and economic … Continue reading

Library event: Lithuania in Europe, and Europe in Lithuania

by Kristina Sabaliauskaité To mark the Lithuanian Presidency we will be holding a talk on 24th of September which will focus on literature, history and arts, but mostly – on Lithuania in Europe, and Europe in Lithuania. Lithuania often prides itself being at the geographical centre of Europe, yet not many Europeans would locate it … Continue reading

To write a book of Memoirs / Escribir un libro de Memorias

By former president of the EP Enrique Barón Crespo Writing one’s Memoirs, telling a story in the first person, has both advantages and risks. How to ensure a balance between recounting your own role and a true narration of experiencing important events first-hand? In my introduction, I define what drives me: “In my public life prevail … Continue reading

Growing up under siege: “War Childhood” by Jasminko Halilović

By MEP Doris Gisela Pack (DE/EPP) What was it like to grow up in a Sarajevo under siege? Now that we are some years on from the terrible events of the early nineties, I thought it was time for some reflection. In cooperation with Mr Dino Elezović of the Sarajevo Canton – Regional Representation in … Continue reading

The Reunification of Europe

By MEP Tunne Kelam (EE/EPP) Subtitled “anti-totalitarian courage and political renewal”, Ludger Kühnhardt’s “The Reunification of Europe” has recently been published by the EPP Group in a Spanish language version. The book brings together a collection of narratives documenting the struggle to overthrow Communist totalitarianism in ten Central and Eastern European countries (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, … Continue reading

Librarians Demonstrating Value

By Erica Anderson, Research Librarian, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Canada When I first agreed to write about the topic of librarians “demonstrating value” for my local law librarian association I have to admit that I didn’t really know what it meant, and the more I researched it the more the definition of value seemed to slip from … Continue reading

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