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New STOA study ‘Carbon-free steel: Cost reduction options and usage of existing gas infrastructure’

Written by Andrés García Higuera. To assess the prospects of success for Europe’s Green Deal policies (most importantly, the transition to a carbon-neutral EU economy by 2050), it is necessary to address the evolving technological and behavioural trends and their impact on the implementation of the Green Deal. With this in mind, the European Parliament’s … Continue reading

President Biden’s visit to the EU – a new start for transatlantic relations

Eager to shore up US democratic institutions, President Biden has promised to pursue a ‘foreign policy for the middle class’, and insisted that American citizens’ future prosperity can be maximised through intensified international cooperation. Continue reading

The new EU Roma Strategic Framework: Towards equality, inclusion and participation

In his welcome speech, Director of the EPRS Members’ Research Service Etienne Bassot recalled that the EU Roma Strategic Framework for Equality, Inclusion and Participation was adopted by the European Commission on 7 October 2020. Continue reading

Disinformation and science – How gullible are young Europeans with regard to false science news?

Misinformation is not new – but the information ecosystem within which it is now spreading is. The public sphere has evolved into a completely new phase, where information filtering mechanisms are often ineffective. Continue reading

Citizens’ enquiries on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the European Union

The President of the European Parliament has recently received a large number of messages regarding a non-binding own-initiative report on the ‘situation of sexual and reproductive health and rights in the European Union, in the context of women’s health’. Continue reading

New STOA series of podcasts on artificial intelligence, in partnership with the OECD

In the context of this partnership, we are currently producing a series of podcasts examining various aspects of AI development and policy with key experts from the field. Continue reading

European Parliament Plenary Session – June I 2021

Over 60 % of European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which employ 100 million people, have reported a fall in turnover in 2020. Members will take part in a joint debate on the State of the SMEs Union on Monday evening and have already called for the EU strategy for a sustainable and digital Europe to take the impact of Covid‑19 into account. Continue reading

Youthideas.eu – Young Ideas for Europe 2021

Your ideas will enrich the biennial European Youth Event (EYE) programme, and also provide inspiration and input for other European Parliament youth initiatives. Moreover, Youthideas.eu will forward a selection of the ideas to the Members of the European Parliament and other policy-makers, inviting them to join the debate. Continue reading

Apply for a Robert Schuman traineeship in the EPRS

If you hold a university degree you can apply from 1 June onwards for a Robert Schuman Programme traineeship in the European Parliament. You can apply for 26 traineeship positions in the EPRS. The deadline is 30 June for a traineeship to start on 1 October 2021. A paid traineeship will enhance your education and … Continue reading

What is the European Union doing to fight cancer?

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have shown a genuine interest in the fight against cancer. They hold informal discussions in cross-party groupings such as the Cancer Intergroup (see the list of Members) and ‘MEPs Against Cancer (MAC) Interest Group’. Continue reading

The new agenda for the Mediterranean: Building peace and resilience through dialogue and cooperation

In her keynote speech, Roberta Metsola (EPP, Malta), First Vice-President of the European Parliament, emphasised the strategic importance of the Mediterranean region at the convergence between three continents and several global powers. Continue reading

Prioritising ethical principles in the governance of disruptive technologies

In view of the (now published) legislative proposal on artificial intelligence (AI), the workshop focused on identifying the main ethical challenges associated with the development of disruptive technologies and the best practices for mitigating the related risks. Continue reading

How EU policies can improve healthcare across Europe

The event, held online on 22 April 2021, was jointly organised by STOA, the Biomedical Alliance in Europe (BioMed Alliance), the European Hematology Association (EHA), the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM), and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). It included speakers from a range of backgrounds, including policy-makers, experts from the European Commission and health professionals representing medical associations. Continue reading

European Parliament Plenary Session – May 2021

A full agenda features measures to move forward on meeting EU climate ambitions, data protection, and votes on a number of programmes under the 2021 2027 multiannual financial framework, among other issues. Continue reading

Beethoven’s Ode to Joy: From musical masterpiece to European anthem

A lively EPRS online roundtable entitled ‘Beethoven’s Ode to Joy: From musical masterpiece to European anthem’ on 5 May 2021 gathered members of Parliament, historians, musicologists and journalists, who paid tribute to the great composer. Continue reading

Principled governance of online platforms to safeguard social and labour rights

Online platforms such as Google, Amazon and Facebook play an increasingly central role in the economy and society and are recasting the relationships between customers, advertisers, workers and employers. Continue reading

Delivering the 2021-27 MFF and NGEU: How to, match strategy, resources and expectations?

On 4 May 2021, EPRS held a second online policy roundtable dedicated to the new multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2021‑2027. Continue reading

Countering hybrid threats and disinformation campaigns

Disinformation campaigns begin with the manipulation of content, usually addressing real facts from a distorted perspective, rather than presenting audiences with entirely fabricated stories. Continue reading

European Parliament Plenary Session – April 2021

Members of the European Parliament certainly have their work cut out for them this month with a very full agenda, featuring budgetary discharge in respect of EU financial management in 2019, spending plans for a number of EU programmes in 2021‑2027, and a number of other legislative proposals, including on the proposed digital green certificate. Continue reading

EPRS debates the MFF negotiations with President Sassoli

On 14 April 2021, the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) hosted an online policy round table with the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, discussing exactly this question. Continue reading

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