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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2019: EU contribution to the fight against child poverty

Over recent decades, there has been marked progress in reducing poverty worldwide. The research conducted by this year’s Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences laureates, Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer, has considerably improved the ability to fight global poverty. Continue reading

EPRS workshop: the view of early career researchers on the EU’s post-2020 cohesion policy proposals

Outreach with experts and the wider policy-making community represents a key part of our work here at the EPRS. That’s why we were delighted to be involved once again in the organisation of a specialist workshop as part of the European Week of Regions and Cities’ Master Class for early career researchers, which took place in Brussels from 8 to 11 October 2018. Continue reading

People living on islands [What Europe does for you]

With European elections coming up in May 2019, you probably want to know how the European Union impacts your daily life, before you think about voting. In the latest in a series of posts on what Europe does for you, your family, your business and your wellbeing, we look at what Europe does for people living on islands. Continue reading

How the EU budget is spent: Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs (COSME)

Written by Martin Svasek, COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Allocated a financial envelope of EUR 2.3 billion for the 2014-2020 period, it is designed to improve SMEs’ access to finance and markets. It should also support entrepreneurship and provide more favourable conditions for business creation and … Continue reading

Cohesion Policy support for migrants and refugees

Written by Sorina Silvia Ionescu, Migration-related issues are primarily within the competence of the Member States but the EU can support Member States, local authorities and civil society organisations in dealing with many of the associated challenges. In the European Commission Communication on a ‘European Agenda for Migration’, Cohesion Policy is highlighted as an important funding source … Continue reading

Cohesion policy and marginalised communities

Written by Christiaan van Lierop Marginalised communities largely live on the fringes of European society, often with little access to the services that the rest of the population take for granted. The responsibility for marginalised groups lies primarily with the Member States, yet the objective of social cohesion also calls for an EU-level response. While … Continue reading

EPRS and OPEN DAYS – open for business

Written by Christiaan van Lierop Attracting some 6 000 participants from across Europe, the four day OPEN DAYS event is Europe’s largest annual get-together of regional movers and shakers. Launched in 2003, the event has grown to become the EU’s leading networking platform for experts in local and regional development. But it’s about much more than … Continue reading

How the EU budget is spent: Creative Europe: encouraging creative growth and employment

Written by Matthew Parry and Magdalena Pasikowska-Schnass Cultural and audiovisual operators in Europe face not only the challenges of the shift towards digitalisation, market fragmentation, global competition and a difficult financial climate. They are also confronted with a linguistically fragmented European cultural and audiovisual market. The Creative Europe programme creates favourable conditions for multilateral and … Continue reading

EU rural development policy

Written by Marie-Laure Augère-Granier The rural development concept has evolved significantly over recent decades to become a fully-fledged policy at European Union level. It has adapted to an enlarged Europe which, from 2004, welcomed 13 new countries, adding much diversity to an already strongly contrasted rural Europe. Adaptation was also needed to cope with important … Continue reading

Overview of EU Funds for research and innovation

Written by Vincent Reillon European funding for research activities was envisaged in the first Community Treaties, related to coal and steel and nuclear energy, and was extended in the early 1980s with the establishment of a European framework programme for research. Research policy was subsequently progressively integrated in the Treaties, to become a shared competence … Continue reading

Cohesion Policy implementation in the EU28

Written by Sorina Ionescu and Christian Dietrich EU Regional Policy is an investment policy. Via various funding programmes, it supports job creation, competitiveness, economic growth, improved quality of life and sustainable development. These investments contribute to the delivery of the Europe 2020 strategy. Regional policy also aims to reduce the economic, social and territorial disparities between … Continue reading

Revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework (Article 19, MFF Regulation) [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Sidonia Jędrzejewska (final edition) Final Edition – July 2015. As a consequence of the late agreement on the overall 2014-20 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), the various legal acts setting out the provisions for implementing the funds throughout that period were adopted much later than planned. As a result, the funds allocated for 2014, … Continue reading

From external threats to taxes – March II plenary session

Written by Tessa Tumbrägel Parliament’s next plenary session takes place on Wednesday 25 March in Brussels. Even though the session is for one day only, the agenda will cover a wide range of subject areas from EU external relations to tax transparency to budget concerns. Whilst the 19-20 March European Council meeting will demonstrate what EU … Continue reading

World Down Syndrome Day 2015

Written by Nicole Scholz 21 March is World Down Syndrome Day, and this year marks its tenth anniversary. Down syndrome is a genetic condition that results in physical and learning disabilities. Early therapy and social support have proven beneficial for people with Down syndrome. The EU promotes their inclusion in society through the European Disability … Continue reading

Community-led local development

Written by Marie-Laure Augère-Granier Community-led local development (CLLD) is an approach to territorial development whereby local actors, who are best placed to identify challenges and make the most of local assets, work in partnership to design and implement their own strategies in order to meet development needs in their area. Having supported this approach in rural … Continue reading

How the EU budget is spent: AMIF, the EU Fund devoted to asylum and migration issues

Written by Alessandro D’Alfonso. In a context of increasing challenges in the policy area of home affairs, the European Parliament has, on many occasions, called for an integrated EU approach to migration, asylum and external borders, endowed with sufficient resources as well as appropriate tools to handle emergency situations. The Treaty on the Functioning of … Continue reading

Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD)

Written by Christiaan van Lierop Launched in 2014, the FEAD helps support Europe’s most vulnerable citizens. Worth a total of €3.5 billion for the 2014-20 period, this assistance includes food, clothing and essential goods along with activities promoting social inclusion. Background With one in ten Europeans suffering from severe material deprivation in 2012, the FEAD was … Continue reading

How the EU budget is spent: LIFE, EU budget for addressing environmental and climate issues

Written by Alessandro D’Alfonso LIFE, the EU’s only funding programme entirely devoted to environmental objectives, is meant to act as a catalyst for developments in this policy area. Responsibility for environmental issues is shared between the European Union (EU) and its Member States. At EU level, the European Parliament (EP) and the Council agree on … Continue reading

EU Funds for asylum, migration and borders

Migration and asylum are significant phenomena in today’s world. Traditionally, each EU Member State has built its own policies in these sensitive areas. But developments such as the removal of internal border controls across most of the EU have made the case for greater coherence. This relatively recent cooperation has resulted in the development of … Continue reading

EU budget for growth and employment – In Focus

The EU has recently set its budgetary priorities for the next seven years, adopting the 2014-20 Multiannual Framework Programme (MFF). Two briefings present the key points of the agreement and its flexibility provisions allowing some additional room for maneuver in multi-year planning to promote growth and to fight unemployment. Overall, the 2014-20 MFF allocates up … Continue reading

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