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Ex-ante impact assessment in the EU

Laws and regulation affect all areas of people’s lives and businesses’ activity. ‘While good regulation is conducive to economic growth and wellbeing, inadequate regulation endangers both’, according to the OECD. Continue reading

Citizens’ enquiries on the Patrick Zaky case

Citizens often send messages to the President of the European Parliament (or to the institution’s public portal) expressing their views on current issues and/or requesting action from the Parliament. Continue reading

European Parliament Plenary Session – May 2020

Parliament meets again in plenary from Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 May 2020, using the temporary alternative electronic voting procedure introduced since the coronavirus outbreak, with the agenda including up to three voting sessions. Continue reading

What role for the European Parliament’s committees and how do they work?

The European Parliament’s committees carry out detailed examination of proposed EU laws and draw up proposed changes, upon which Members subsequently debate and vote. The committees are fundamental to EU decision-making systems and to the powers of the European Parliament. The European Parliament has 20 parliamentary committees composed of Members. Each committee is headed by … Continue reading

Listening to the experts: ESMH interviews with scientists on coronavirus

Accurate, reliable and timely information about scientific or health topics has always been important, but in a pandemic, it becomes critical. The demand for credible and science-based data today is enormous, as people seek analysis and expert opinion in response to the crisis. Continue reading

STOA meets experts on coronavirus: Challenges, opportunities and the way forward

Striking the right balance between managing the health-related risks of the Covid‑19 pandemic and mitigating the possible socio-economic impacts of the containment measures is a delicate political exercise, being performed on the basis of imperfect data. Continue reading

Rethinking education in the digital age

The digital transformation is fully under way, transforming the European economy and Europe’s society as a whole. New technical and soft skills are gaining in importance both in the labour market and as a means for fully participating in society. Continue reading

European Parliament Plenary Session – April, 2020

Pursuing its efforts to uphold vital democratic functions during this critical time, the European Parliament is again holding an extraordinary plenary session on 16 and 17 April 2020, using the temporary alternative voting procedure first used in March, and with a large amount of voting time on the agenda. Continue reading

What is the European Parliament’s position on the situation in Syria?

In a resolution adopted on 15 March 2018, the European Parliament strongly condemned ‘… the widespread violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed during the conflict, and in particular the acts perpetrated by forces of the Assad regime, including with the support of its allies Russia and Iran, as well as by the UN-listed terrorist organisations’. Continue reading

3 Key questions on the potential of Social Europe

Listen to Nora Milotay, an EPRS policy analyst, explaining the issues in 3 key questions on the potential of Social Europe. Continue reading

Citizens’ enquiries on the situation at the EU’s external borders with Turkey following a large attempted influx of migrants

The President of the European Parliament has received a large number of messages calling on the EU to adopt a clear and humane migration and external border policy. Continue reading

EU Budget 2021-2027: Challenges and opportunities

The European Council of 20-21 February 2020 failed to reach agreement on the EU’s next multiannual financial framework (MFF) at the level of EU Heads of State or Government. Although the date of the next European Council meeting devoted to the topic has not yet been decided, with the ongoing coronavirus crisis occupying leaders’ attention, the shape and function of the post-2020 MFF is still an urgent issue, since the current framework comes to an end in December. Continue reading

Citizens’ enquiries on the EP resolution on the fundamental rights of people of African descent in Europe

The President of the European Parliament has received a large number of messages calling on the Parliament to revoke its resolution on the fundamental rights of people of African descent in Europe. Continue reading

Citizens’ enquiries on the European Citizens’ Initiative ‘Stop extremism’

The President of the European Parliament has received a large number of messages calling on the Parliament to reject, if submitted for a vote, an ‘Anti-Extremism Directive’. Continue reading

Citizens’ enquiries on rules concerning lead concentration in PVC

The President of the European Parliament has received a large number of messages calling for the European Parliament to reject a Commission proposal to amend the rules concerning lead concentration in PVC. Continue reading

European Parliament Plenary Session – March II, 2020

Responding to the novel coronavirus outbreak demands flexibility from everyone, and the European Union, and the European Parliament in particular, are no exceptions. Continue reading

Citizens’ enquiries on the import and transport of wildlife into Vietnam

The President of the European Parliament has received a large number of messages on the import and transport of wildlife into Vietnam.
You can find below, in English and Dutch, the reply sent to citizens who wrote to the President of the European Parliament on this matter. Continue reading

Covid-19 – Novel coronavirus outbreak in Europe and the EU response

As the coronavirus crisis develops, and the European Union and its Member States take ever-more stringent action, the European Parliamentary Research Service is continuing to publish papers on the various aspects of the crisis and response to it. Continue reading

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‘Mind the gap’ between drug development and clinical practice

For a drug to be prescribed to a patient, it must first be rigorously tested for efficacy and safety and subsequently be approved by relevant authoritative bodies, such as the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Continue reading

European Parliament Plenary Session March I 2020

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the plenary session is limited to two days, with a revised agenda. Members will hear Council and Commission statements on the migration situation at the Greek-Turkish border, and the EU response, where weaknesses in the Dublin system of international protection applications are likely once again to come to the fore. Continue reading

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