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Public opinion and EU action on economic policy and taxation: exploring the expectations gap

Written by Clare Ferguson, Economic policy has recently been a matter of some concern to all European citizens, with the consequences of the economic crisis hitting hard. In order to test the public mood concerning economic policy and the fight against tax fraud, the European Parliament recently commissioned a Eurobarometer survey on EU action, including … Continue reading

Public opinion and EU action on industrial policy, energy supply and security: exploring the expectations gap

Written by Clare Ferguson, The European Parliament, the only directly elected EU institution, recently commissioned a Eurobarometer survey to gauge citizens’ attitudes to EU action in a range of policy fields, including industry, energy supply and energy security. Although industrial policy appears to be a low priority for citizens, ensuring a secure supply of energy … Continue reading

The EU, the Middle East and North Africa [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is of strategic importance for the European Union because of its proximity, historic links, energy resources, trade routes and ability to export instability that results from wars, political volatility and poverty in the region. The EU wants to contribute to stability in MENA through … Continue reading

Public opinion and EU action on the environment, and agriculture: exploring the expectations gap

Written by Clare Ferguson, As over half of EU territory is rural, the vitality of the European countryside is a subject close to citizens’ hearts. The twin objectives of protecting the environment and promoting EU agriculture are thus high on the EU political agenda. A recent Eurobarometer survey demonstrates that citizens have a largely positive … Continue reading

Public opinion and EU action on social protection: exploring the expectations gap

Written by Clare Ferguson, Following the financial crisis, fears for the levels of social protection for EU citizens in the areas of health and social security, employment, and equality were at the forefront of much of the debate leading up to the recent United Kingdom EU referendum. Published in the wake of the British vote … Continue reading

Snapshot of the EU regions: looking at selected Europe 2020 targets

Written by Giulio Sabbati and Sorina Silvia Ionescu The NUTS classification (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics) is a system to divide the territory of Member States (MS) into regions for the purpose of collection and harmonisation of statistics and for socio-economic analysis. There are three NUTS: 1, 2 and 3 respectively, moving from smaller to … Continue reading

Public opinion and EU action on migration and border management: exploring the expectations gap

Written by Clare Ferguson, EU action on migration and the subsequent pressures on the Schengen area of free movement is of great interest to European citizens. The European Parliament, the only directly elected EU institution, recently commissioned a Eurobarometer survey to find out how citizens perceived EU action on migration and border management. Identifying the … Continue reading

Public opinion and EU security: exploring the expectations gap

Written by Clare Ferguson, Security and the fight against terrorism have been headline news for many months now, with terrorist attacks on European soil bringing security policy to the forefront of EU citizens’ minds. A recent Eurobarometer survey looked at the perceptions and expectations of Europeans regarding EU action on security and defence matters, including … Continue reading

The cost of banking – Recent trends in capital requirements

Written by Andrej Stuchlik As the European Banking Authority gets set to release the results of the latest stress tests on 51 major EU banks, EPRS looks at the developing rules on capital requirements for financial institutions in the EU. Capital and liquidity requirements are provisions to make banking activities safer through measures to cover … Continue reading

The European Council in 2015

Written by Suzana Elena Anghel, Izabela Cristina Bacian, Ralf Drachenberg and Susanna Tenhunen Designed to be the first in a series of annual publications, this In-Depth Analysis by the European Council Oversight Unit of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) examines in detail the activity of the European Council in 2015, in all of the … Continue reading

Public opinion and EU foreign policies: exploring the expectations gap

Written by Clare Ferguson, A recent Eurobarometer survey looked at the perceptions and expectations of Europeans regarding EU action, including the foreign policy, and global promotion of democracy and peace policy fields. The survey, commissioned for the only directly elected European Union institution, the European Parliament, identifies the gaps between citizens’ expectations and EU performance … Continue reading

Public opinion and EU policies: exploring the expectations gap

Written by Clare Ferguson with Alina Dobreva and Eva-Maria Poptcheva, Public opinion is key in any representative democracy, and none more so than the only directly elected European Union institution, the European Parliament. Commissioned for the European Parliament, and published shortly after the United Kingdom referendum vote to leave the European Union, a special Eurobarometer … Continue reading

Freedom of panorama

Updated on 09 August 2016. Written by Helmut Masson and Sarah Watson, Creative works, including buildings, sculptures or street art are, as a matter of principle, subject to copyright protection under EU law. However, Article 5(2)(h) of the 2001 Copyright Directive states that Member States may limit copyright for the use of such works located … Continue reading

How the EU budget is spent: Common Agricultural Policy

Written by Gianluca Sgueo, Francesco Tropea and Marie-Laure Augere-Granier, With 52% of the European Union (EU) territory classified as predominantly rural, more than 170 million hectares of agricultural land, and 113 million people (nearly one quarter of the EU population) living in rural areas, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) represents one of the largest shares of expenditure from … Continue reading

Structural reform support programme 2017-2020 [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Agnieszka Widuto (1st edition), Structural reforms have been identified as crucial to accelerating economic recovery, boosting growth and reducing unemployment. In November 2015, the European Commission proposed to establish the Structural Reform Support Programme 2017-2020, to provide Member States with technical assistance in designing and implementing structural reforms, with a budget of €142.8 million … Continue reading

Geo-blocking and discrimination among customers in the EU [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Tambiama Madiega (1st edition), Geo-blocking practices commonly restrict cross-border sales of tangible goods as well as of electronically supplied services and electronically delivered content services in the EU. The Commission has therefore proposed a regulation which would prohibit traders from blocking access to their online interfaces to customers in another Member State or … 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

The EU and innovation [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, The European Union has long sought ways to foster innovation, starting with support for research and industrial policies in the 1970s, through action plans in the 1990s and the Lisbon Strategy of 2000, to the Europe 2020 strategy of 2010, now updated by the 10 priorities of European Commission President Jean-Claude … Continue reading

Combating terrorism [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Sofija Voronova (1st edition), The phenomenon of foreign fighters travelling to conflict zones, mostly in Syria and Iraq, represents a growing threat for the EU and its Member States. Most of the recent terrorist attacks in Europe were perpetrated by ‘home-grown’ terrorists, and at least some of the perpetrators proved to be returned … Continue reading

EU-US negotiations on TTIP: State of Play

Written by Laura Puccio, At the conclusion of the 13th round of negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), held in New York in April 2016, discussions between the European Union and the United States had succeeded in covering all of the agreement’s chapters. The 14th round of negotiations takes place in Brussels from … Continue reading

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