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EVAL has written 13 posts for European Parliamentary Research Service Blog

Golden visa, free ports and letterbox companies from a money laundering and tax evasion perspective

Today’s meeting of the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Financial Crimes, Tax Evasion and Tax Avoidance (TAX3) will be devoted to ‘golden visa’, ‘free ports’ and ‘letterbox companies’ from a money laundering and tax evasion perspective. Continue reading

Drinking Water Directive

Written by Ivana Kiendl Kristo, The Drinking Water Directive (DWD) sets quality standards for drinking water and requires that Member States ensure monitoring and compliance with these standards. By and large, it has been successful, best exemplified by the high, and increasing, levels of compliance across the European Union (EU) with the microbiological, chemical and … Continue reading

Money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion: Research papers and a video

Written by Amandine Scherrer, In April 2016, after months of intense work, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, and over 100 other media partners, published the first news stories on the now infamous ‘Panama Papers’. In the light of the leaks, the European Parliament decided, on 8 June 2016, to establish a … Continue reading

Evaluation and ex-post impact assessment at EU level

Parliament has its own ex-post impact assessment tool at its disposal, in the form of so-called implementation reports. This specific type of own-initiative report, provided for in Parliament’s Rules of Procedure (Annex XVII, Article 1, indent 1(e)), allows parliamentary committees to scrutinise how EU legislation, soft law instruments and international agreements have been transposed into national law, implemented and enforced. Continue reading

The inclusion of financial services in EU free trade and association agreements: Effects on money laundering, tax evasion and avoidance

Written by Isabelle Ioannides, The EU has increasingly opened up market opportunities for European business by negotiating trade and association agreements, as well as investment agreements, with key countries. Services, which account for approximately 70% of EU GDP, are an increasingly important part of international trade, especially with the growing role of technology and the … Continue reading

European Parliament and Erasmus+

Written by Denise Chircop (Members’ Research Service) and Anna Zygierewicz (Ex-Post Impact Assessment), Erasmus+ was launched in 2014 as a single programme in the field of education, training, youth and sport under the multiannual financial framework (MFF) package for 2014-2020. It brings together previous programmes and introduces sport as a new area of activity. A single … Continue reading

Food Contact Materials – Regulation (EC) 1935/2004: European Implementation Assessment

Written by Ekaterina Karamfilova, Food contact materials (FCMs) are widely used in everyday life in the form of food packaging, kitchen utensils, tableware, etc. When put in contact with food, the different materials may behave differently and transfer their constituents to the food. Thus, if ingested in large quantities, FCM chemicals might endanger human health, … Continue reading

The Employment Equality Directive – European Implementation Assessment

Written by Jan Tymowski, Equality is one of the fundamental values that the European Union is founded upon, and it is duly reflected in the Treaties, as well as in national laws of the Member States. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU states explicitly that any discrimination based on – among other grounds … Continue reading

Review of the EU copyright Framework: European Implementation Assessment

Written by Stéphane Reynolds This ‘European Implementation Assessment’ study aims to provide briefing for the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) ahead of the publication of the Commission’s legislative proposals concerning the modernisation of the EU copyright framework, which are expected towards the end of 2015. Its objective is to help JURI Members achieve a better … Continue reading

European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (2012): European Implementation Assessment

Written by Jan Tymowski Executive summary Viewing an ageing European society as both a challenge and an opportunity, the European Union declared 2012 as the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. The Decision adopted by the European Parliament and Council in September 2011 established the objectives, content of measures, and the budget for this initiative. … Continue reading

Implementation of the European Citizens’ Initiative: The experience of the first three years

Written by Irmgard Anglmayer Revised in April 2015 The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) has been in operation since April 2012. Observers have identified a number of shortcomings in its implementation, which impact negatively on the effectiveness and acceptance of this relatively new instrument of transnational participatory democracy. Against this background, stakeholders are calling for simplification and … Continue reading

Adapting the EU copyright rules to the digital transformation

The initiative to modernise the EU copyright framework was launched in May 2011 in the European Commission’s strategy on “A Single Market for Intellectual Property Rights” and pursuant to actions in the Commission’s Digital Agenda for Europe. In December 2012, the Commission then published a “Communication on Content in the Digital Single Market” in which it aims … Continue reading

Update on the European Commission’s REFIT Programme

Background In December 2012, the European Commission’s Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT) committed the institution to attempt to establish a simple, clear, stable and predictable regulatory framework for business, workers and citizens, as well as to ensure EU legislation brings benefits at the lowest cost and with the least bureaucracy (COM(2012)746). The Commission undertook … Continue reading

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