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Structural and Cohesion Policies

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CO2 emissions from aviation [Policy Podcast][EU Legislation in Progress]

In February 2017, the European Commission proposed a regulation to prolong the derogation for extra-EEA flights, gradually reduce the number of aviation allowances from 2021 onwards, and prepare for the implementation of the GMBM Continue reading

Recognition of professional qualifications in inland navigation [EU Legislation In Progress]

While inland navigation is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly mode of transport, it is not used to its full capacity. Apart from the need for significant infrastructure improvements, the sector is affected by limited labour mobility and shortage of qualified workers. Continue reading

Arts, culture, and cultural awareness in education [Policy Podcast]

Cultural and educational policies can contribute to the development of skills needed to cope with the complexity of contemporary multicultural societies, and to qualify for jobs in the fast-growing creative and cultural industries. Continue reading

Professional qualifications in inland navigation [Plenary Podcast]

As part of its efforts to reduce transport emissions, the EU wants to make better use of inland navigation. This requires addressing the limited labour mobility and shortage of qualified workers in the sector. Continue reading

Disinformation, ‘fake news’ and the EU’s response

The impact of the online spread of mis- and disinformation – including false news posing as factual stories – became increasingly visible in the context of the crisis in Ukraine, and gained notoriety as a global phenomenon during the 2016 presidential election campaign in the United States. Continue reading

The EU’s beekeeping sector

Every year, the EU’s 600 000 beekeepers and their 16 million beehives produce 200 000 tonnes of honey. This is not however sufficient to cover demand on the EU market, and the shortfall is made up by imports, above all from China. Continue reading

Fish labelling for consumers

Since the end of 2014, consumers in the European Union (EU) have had access to better information when buying fishery and aquaculture products. Continue reading

Road transport: Driving, breaks, rest times and tachographs [EU Legislation in Progress]

Road haulage is important for the EU transport economy: in 2015, it accounted for almost 50 % of freight transport. Continue reading

Cities: Front line of climate action

Cities have a crucial role to play in addressing the climate change challenge and delivering on the ambitions of the Paris Agreement. Continue reading

European Solidarity Corps [EU Legislation in Progress]

The Commission launched the European Solidarity Corps in a December 2016 communication, and this proposed regulation aims to set the legal basis for the Corps, defining the budgetary and implementation arrangements for the initiative as well as setting specific objectives and defining key terms. Continue reading

European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) [EU Legislation in Progress][Policy Podcast]

Strengthening the EU’s external borders is key to ensure internal security and to preserve freedom of movement in the Schengen area. Continue reading

Inspections of ro-ro ferries and high-speed passenger craft [EU Legislation in Progress]

The European Commission, in line with its regulatory fitness and performance programme (REFIT), has evaluated existing EU legislation on passenger ship safety and presented three proposals for directives, aimed at simplifying rules and cutting administrative costs, while at the same time making sea travel safer. Continue reading

Safety rules and standards for passenger ships [EU Legislation in Progress]

The European Commission, in line with its regulatory fitness and performance programme (REFIT), has evaluated existing EU legislation on passenger ship safety and presented three proposals for directives, aimed at simplifying rules and cutting administrative costs, while at the same time making sea travel safer. Continue reading

Safety rules and standards for passenger ships [Plenary Podcast]

After a review of the EU legislation on passenger ship safety, the European Commission proposed a number of changes to simplify the existing rules and cut administrative costs, while making sea travel safer. This proposed directive clarifies technical requirements for construction, stability and fire protection of vessels travelling on domestic routes. The newly defined standards should provide for uniform national interpretations and make the rules easier to update, monitor and enforce. Continue reading

Intelligent urban transport systems: a new technology which could change our lives [Science and Technology Podcast]

Over 70 % of all Europeans live in cities, and as this percentage continues to increase, cities become even more congested. Inhabitants suffer from increasingly poor air quality and more noise, as their cities become generally less liveable. Continue reading

A European strategy to enhance the competitiveness of the tourism industry, a key driver for job creation

On the occasion of World Tourism Day on 27 September, the European Parliament is organising a high-level conference under the initiative of its President, Antonio Tajani, to promote a European strategy on tourism as a key driver of growth and job creation. Continue reading

Transposing international measures for Atlantic tuna fisheries into EU law [EU Legislation in Progress]

Following the approval, in June 2017, of the outcome of interinstitutional negotiations by the Committee on fisheries, the European Parliament is due to vote on a proposal for a regulation concerning the conservation of tuna and tuna-like species, and the management of fisheries targeting these stocks in the Atlantic Ocean (including adjacent seas such as the Mediterranean), with a view to reaching a first-reading agreement. Continue reading

Celebrating the European Day of Languages

Following the success of the European Year of Languages (2001), the Council of Europe designated 26 September as the European Day of Languages. Since then, annual celebrations of this day have been held to promote the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe. The European Parliament has consistently acted to support endangered languages and linguistic diversity in the EU, calling on the EU and the Member States to commit resources to their protection and promotion. Continue reading

EU response to the Caribbean hurricanes

The scenes of devastation caused by recent hurricanes in the Caribbean are a stark reminder of the destructive force of nature. As residents struggle to rebuild their lives following the passage of the latest storms, attention turns to the relief efforts. The EU can help through emergency humanitarian assistance and a variety of funding mechanisms, depending on the status of the territories concerned and their relationship with the EU. Continue reading

Safeguarding competition in air transport [EU Legislation in Progress]

The issue of fair competition between EU and third country airlines and the importance of guaranteeing a level playing field has been recognised for some years by the various EU institutions as key for the future of European aviation. Continue reading

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