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Common agricultural policy

After World War II, Europe was in pieces, devastated and facing a shortage of food. The main objective of the European Coal and Steel Community, a new institution set up in 1952, was therefore to work to unite a fragmented Europe. Continue reading

The Brexit process [What Think Tanks are thinking]

The EU’s Heads of State or Government gave the green light in December 2017 to the second phase of negotiations on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU. They agreed that ‘sufficient progress’ had been made in talks on issues in the first phase. Continue reading

EU efforts on counter-terrorism – Capacity-building in third countries [Policy podcast]

In the European Union (EU), responsibility for counter-terrorism lies primarily with Member States. However, the role of the EU itself in counter-terrorism has grown significantly in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks that have hit Europe in the post-‘9/11’ era. 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

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

The Brexit process: Moving to the second phase of negotiations

The first phase of Brexit talks between the EU and UK negotiating teams needed six rounds of discussion over seven months. Finally, on Friday 8 December, an agreement in principle on the three priority issues – citizens’ rights, a financial settlement and Northern Ireland – was reached. Continue reading

United States Congress: Facts and Figures

This EPRS Briefing is designed to provide key facts and figures about the US Congress as an institution, including relevant comparisons with the European Parliament (EP). The back page contains a map showing the location of the various Congressional buildings on Capitol Hill, home to the Congress in Washington DC. Continue reading

Recent migration flows to the EU

This infographic aims to present the latest available data on migrant flows to the EU in the years 2016 and 2017. It covers the detection of illegal crossings on the EU’s external borders, numbers of deaths of migrants on those crossings, the number of asylum applications in EU Member States and their decisions on those applications. Continue reading

How the EU budget is spent: Development Cooperation Instrument

The Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) is the main financial instrument in the EU budget for funding aid to developing countries. Continue reading

Outlook for the meetings of EU leaders on 14-15 December 2017

On 14 and 15 December 2017, EU leaders will convene in four different settings with varying compositions and levels of formality: a regular summit of the European Council, a Leaders’ meeting on migration, a European Council (Article 50) meeting, and an enlarged Euro Summit. 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

Revision of the Eurovignette Directive [EU Legislation in Progress]

The Commission adopted a legislative proposal for a directive amending Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures (known as the Eurovignette Directive) in May 2017. 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

Priority dossiers under the Bulgarian EU Council Presidency

Bulgaria will hold the EU Council Presidency from January to June 2018. Its Presidency is part of the Trio Presidency composed of Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria. This will be the first time Bulgaria has held the rotating presidency since it joined the EU in 2007. 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

European defence [What Think Tanks are thinking]

The European Union is moving closer to developing integrated European defence after 23 of its 28 Member States agreed in November on joint military investment in equipment, research and develop¬ment through Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), an enhanced-cooperation mechanism enshrined in the 2009 Lisbon Treaty. Continue reading

Revising the European Citizens’ Initiative [EU Legislation in Progress] [Policy Podcast]

The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) enables European citizens to invite the Commission to table a proposal for a legal act. Continue reading

A Europe for mobile and international families

Cross-border aspects of family and succession law form part of EU judicial cooperation in civil matters (Article 81, Treaty on the Functioning of the EU – TFEU). Continue reading

Euro-area reform [What Think Tanks are thinking]

The heads of state and government of the countries sharing the euro currency will hold a summit on 15 December 2017 to discuss ways to improve the functioning of the euro area. Continue reading

International procurement instrument [EU Legislation in Progress]

Over the years, the EU has opened up its public procurement markets to third countries to a large degree, yet many of these countries have not granted the EU a similar privilege. Continue reading

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