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Economic and Social Policies

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Free movement of goods within the EU single market

The free movement of goods is one of the four fundamental freedoms of the EU – together with services, capital and people – and a cornerstone of the single market. Continue reading

Economic and Budgetary Outlook for the European Union 2018

In 2017, the EU and euro-area economies continued their moderate growth (slightly over 2 %) in a context of global improvement (3.5 %) underpinned by a strong rebound in world trade, continuing growth in China and a return to growth in countries such as Brazil and Russia. Continue reading

Understanding artificial intelligence [Policy podcast]

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems already permeate daily life: they drive cars, decide on mortgage applications, translate texts, recognise faces on social networks, identify spam emails, create artworks, play games, and intervene in conflict zones. Continue reading

What if editing genes could fight rare diseases? [Science and Technology Podcast]

A new technique to simplify gene editing might herald a new era of genetic modification. What are the benefits and potential dangers of this technique, and how should policy-makers respond? Continue reading

Future of the euro area [Ten issues to watch in 2018]

The euro area twice came under immense pressure in recent years: in 2007, when the US financial crisis spilled over to Europe, and then, when the European sovereign debt crisis broke out, peaking in 2010-2012. The latter clearly revealed weaknesses in the original architecture of economic and monetary union (EMU). Continue reading

Youth empowerment [Ten issues to watch in 2018]

According to Eurostat data, there are currently 88.6 million young Europeans between 15 and 29 years old. They constitute 17.4 % of the total population, a slow but steady decline from 19.6 % (96.6 million) in 2006. Continue reading

Rising inequalities [Ten issues to watch in 2018]

Inequalities are a deep-rooted and persistent problem in the EU and globally. While across the EU the Gini-co-efficient of equivalised disposable income has been somewhat stagnant both for individual Member States and for the EU-28 as a whole, there are major territorial and developmental differences. Continue reading

ENISA and a new cybersecurity act [EU Legislation in Progress]

On 13 September 2017 the Commission adopted a cybersecurity package with new initiatives to further improve EU cyber resilience, deterrence and defence. Continue reading

Social Summit – Gothenburg 2017 [Topical Digest]

Deepening economic and monetary union (EMU) and achieving ‘Social Triple A’ status, which should be a tool to contribute to fair and balanced growth, decent jobs and labour protection, is one of the priorities of the current Commission. Continue reading

Implementing the Paris Agreement – EU and global climate action [Topical Digest]

A year after the entry into force of the Paris Agreement, implementation by the EU, its Member States and other parties, is well under way. Continue reading

Tax: tackling tax avoidance and fighting tax evasion [Topical Digest]

Tax avoidance and tax evasion have once again hit the headlines, with an outcry across the world over the leaked ‘Paradise Papers’. Continue reading

EU policy for persons with disabilities [Topical Digest]

Estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO) suggest that 15 % of the world’s population live with some form of disability. Continue reading

High-level conference on clean energy financing [Topical Digest]

The EU has ambitious targets for reducing carbon emissions, improving energy efficiency and leading in renewable energies. Continue reading

Euro Summits: Role and expectations ahead of the meeting of 15 December 2017

Since 2008, Euro Summits have brought together the Heads of State or Government of those countries whose currency is the euro, providing policy guidance to assure the smooth functioning of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and the euro area. Continue reading

Tax transparency for intermediaries [EU Legislation in Progress]

The situations highlighted by the ‘Panama papers’ leak in April 2016 show how certain intermediaries and other providers of tax advice appear to have facilitated companies and individuals in avoiding taxation, often through complex cross-border schemes involving routing assets to, or through, offshore entities. Continue reading

One Planet Summit in Paris to accelerate climate action

Two years after the Paris Agreement on climate change was concluded, world and business leaders gather in Paris today for the One Planet Summit, an initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron together with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Continue reading

Free flow of non-personal data in the European Union [EU Legislation in Progress]

One of the 16 key elements of the Commission’s digital single market strategy, presented in 2015, was a legislative proposal to facilitate the free flow of non-personal data. Continue reading

Mapping the Cost of Non-Europe, 2014-19 – Fourth edition

This paper embodies work-in-progress on a long-term project being undertaken by the European Parliament’s European Added Value Unit, in conjunction with the office of the Secretary-General, to try to identify and analyse the ‘cost of non-Europe’ in certain policy fields. Continue reading

Proportionality test for new national regulations for professions [EU Legislation in Progress]

In the EU, professions are regulated at Member State level. Qualification requirements can differ widely between Member States, due to their respective historical development and experience. Continue reading

What if mini-brains could help us understand dementia? [Science and Technology Podcast]

Organoids are artificially grown organs that mimic the properties of real organs. What new possibilities for treating diseases, drug development, and personalised and regenerative medicine do organoids provide? Continue reading

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