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Society and governance: what does the future hold?

Written by Eamonn Noonan, Global Trends Unit No one can know for sure what 2030 will look like. There is plenty of debate on the matter, with at least two differing camps. Some stress the positives – the prospect of better lives, less hard work, new solutions to global pollution and chronic disease. Others stress … Continue reading

EPRS Roundtable on ‘Europe’s Migration and Security Nexus: The role of the EU and the UN’

Written by Joanna Apap, In the face of ongoing migration challenges and the growing focus on external and internal security threats, growing rifts have opened up between Member States, hampering attempts to renew discussion on shared European values as enshrined in the Article 2 of Treaty on the European Union. At international level, the United … Continue reading

EU Global Strategy: turning a vision into action

Written by Patryk Pawlak, Graphics by Christian Dietrich, It was not invasion by a foreign army, or conflict between great powers, but increased migration of civilians escaping war, injustice or simply looking for better opportunities that demonstrated the fragility of the European Union’s security stance when confronted with a rapidly evolving security environment. The EU … Continue reading

Science meets Parliaments – Launch of the MEP-Scientist Pairing Scheme 2016

Written by Zsolt G. Pataki, Expert information on scientific and technological developments is crucial to MEPs’ policy-making role. Ensuring MEPs have regular access to reliable information is an essential part of the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel’s mission. It is in this context that STOA is co-organising, with the European Commission’s … Continue reading

Technology and inequality: Can computers help or is it ‘all their fault’?

Written by Dr Mihalis Kritikos, On 11 October 2016, the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel will host a workshop, chaired by Panel member Georgi Pirinski (S&D, Bulgaria), to discuss the effects of new technologies on labour markets. The workshop will bring together policy-makers, experts from academia, industry representatives and NGOs to assess … Continue reading

The future of Jewish communities in Europe

Proceedings of an event held in the framework of Article 17 TFEU dialogue between the EP and representatives of the Jewish community in Europe. Continue reading

European Council and CSDP: success or failure?

The European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) will organize a roundtable discussion on ‘The European Council and CSDP: success or failure?’ on 27 September 2016, 13h30-15h00, in the European Parliament’s Library main reading room in Brussels. Participants at this roundtable debate are: Elmar Brok MEP, Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, General Jean-Paul Perruche, Former Director-General of the European Union Military Staff, Professor Alexander Mattelaer, Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), and Elena Lazarou, Policy Analyst, EPRS. Continue reading

EU Cohesion: How can EU regions meet the demographic challenges?

A short report from the roundtable discussion on the demographic challenges facing Europe’s regions, held at the European Parliament Library Reading Room on Tuesday 6 September 2016. Continue reading

Saving the lives of critically ill children

Written by Gianluca Quaglio with Sarah McCormack, Approximately one in seventy children face critical illness or injury each year in Europe. While there has been substantial improvement in the survival rates of critically ill children in EU Member States over the past three decades, more can be done. Opening a workshop on ‘Improving Outcomes for … Continue reading

EP-EUI policy roundtable on ‘Media Pluralism in the EU’

Written by Alina Dobreva, Contemporary democracies cannot function without the media. Therefore, guarantees for a free and pluralistic media are essential to the legitimacy of our political systems. Monitoring the risks to media pluralism was the central topic of an EPRS-EUI workshop, which took place on 21 June in Brussels. In her opening speech, Mairead … Continue reading

EUI/EP Policy roundtable discussion on transformations in the Middle East and North Africa – the EU’s response

Written by Beatrix Immenkamp On 14 June, the European Parliament library hosted a round-table discussion on transformations in the Middle East and North Africa, chaired by MEP Pier Antonio Panzeri, member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries (DMAG) and the Arab Maghreb Union, and … Continue reading

Improving the outcomes for critically ill children

Workshop hashtag: #PaediatricSTOA Webstreaming: http://eptwitter.eu/PaediatricSTOA Registrations: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/stoa/cms/home/workshops/pediatric Written by Gianluca Quaglio and Sarah McCormack, Major progress has been made in the care of critically ill children since paediatric intensive care units (PICUs) were implemented in the 1960s in Europe. Despite this progress, mortality and morbidity rates in PICU have not significantly improved in the last … Continue reading

European elections: Past and Future

Written by Richard Freedman, In the opening remarks of the roundtable discussion on the European elections: past and future, held in the Brussels Library Reading Room, Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness touched on the fact that citizens wanted a better definition of what was meant by ‘more Europe’. In fact, often what was … Continue reading

Waste management: Which way for the circular way?

Workshop hashtag: #EndWasteSTOA Registrations: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/stoa/cms/home/workshops/waste Webstreaming : http://eptwitter.eu/EndWasteSTOA Written by Nera Kuljanic with Sarah McCormack, On 15 June 2016, the EP Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel, represented by its First Vice Chair Eva Kaili (S&D, EL), will host a workshop to discuss waste management in the EU. It will bring together policy-makers, experts … Continue reading

Innovation policy mix: can we get it right in Europe?

Written by Vincent Reillon, In the last decade, innovation has been seen at the EU level as a key process in order to achieve the objectives of economic, sustainable and inclusive growth. Strategies, policies and instruments have been developed mainly by the European Commission in order to support all the activities of the innovation process. … Continue reading

MEPs will be meeting scientists once again in 2016

Written by Sarah McCormack and Zsolt G. Pataki, Ensuring that MEPs are informed about scientific and technological developments is crucial for their policy-making role and an essential part of the mission of the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel. STOA will host, on 8 November 2016, the second ‘Science meets Parliaments’ event, … Continue reading

Investing in health in the developing world

Written by Sarah McCormack and Gianluca Quaglio, Investing in health in the developing world: an introduction Many challenges face healthcare in the developing world. The Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) workshop entitled ‘The case for investing in health within the developing world‘ provided an opportunity for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), international experts … Continue reading

EU Lobbying Transparency Public Debate – ‘Have Your Say!’

Written by Lisa Bauer and Marie Thiel, To hear the views of all interested parties on the performance of the current joint Transparency Register for interest groups and its possible evolution towards a mandatory scheme, Parliament Vice-President Sylvie Guillaume and Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans together hosted a conference on Monday 2 May 2016. This is … Continue reading

Chernobyl 30 years on: impact and response

Written by Didier Bourguignon, In the early hours of 26 April 1986, an incident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and subsequent explosions released nuclear radioactive material into the atmosphere. Some 600 000 people took part in the containment operations and around 350 000 people were displaced in the years following the accident. Radioactive material was scattered … Continue reading

Can Europe lead the Second Quantum Revolution?

Written by Sarah McCormack, Zsolt G. Pataki, and Nera Kuljanic, It is thought that quantum technologies will lead a new wave of revolutionary developments in Europe. With the Quantum Manifesto due to be officially released in May 2016 with wide-ranging EU backing, now is a good time to investigate the challenges facing quantum technologies and … Continue reading

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