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European Council: Facts and Figures

The European Council is one of the most important European Institutions and receives a lot of media attention when it meets. However, many aspects of this institution are less well known, and citizens ask themselves who are the Members of the European Council, since when does the European Council exist and how did its role evolve and the number and type of participants change over time. Continue reading

Rules for EU institutions’ processing of personal data [EU Legislation in Progress]

In the context of the comprehensive reform of the EU’s legal framework for data protection, the Commission tabled a proposal in January 2017 for a ‘regulation on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and the free movement of such data’ and repealing the existing one (Regulation No 45/2001). Continue reading

EU and UK positions on citizens’ rights: First phase of Brexit negotiations

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva and Laura Tilindyte, Negotiations on the arrangements for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU started on 19 June 2017, with citizens’ rights being one of the top priorities. However, the EU and the UK positions differ considerably. The EU aims at a withdrawal agreement which safeguards the existing right to … Continue reading

What is Europe doing for its citizens? European Parliament Open Days 2017

Written by Etienne Bassot, Has the European Union made a difference to your life? If you are an EU citizen, the answer is certainly ‘yes’. The European Union is constantly working to improve the lives of European citizens. More than 500 million people in the EU Member States see their work, study, leisure and family … Continue reading

The European Union at 60 [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, Heads of State or Government of the EU-27 marked the 60th anniversary of the European Union’s founding Treaty of Rome on 25 March 2017, with pledges to seek closer unity, improve internal and external security, boost economic growth and employment, reduce social inequalities and bolster the bloc’s global role. Their Rome … Continue reading

Places in Brussels of symbolic significance for Europe

Although Brussels is often referred to as the de facto ‘capital of Europe’, the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas has argued that the city suffers from an ‘iconographic deficit’, because the way the space is organised, together with the architecture of EU buildings is insufficiently distinctive to be particularly memorable. Continue reading

The Balance of Competences Review in the United Kingdom, 2012-2014

Written by David Eatock Against a backdrop of continuing and often intense political debate in the United Kingdom about its relationship with the rest of the European Union (EU), the Coalition Agreement of May 2010, underpinning the 2010-2015 Conservative–Liberal Democrat government, stated that the new administration would ‘examine the balance of the EU’s existing competences’, … Continue reading

The European Commission’s right to withdraw a legislative proposal

Written by Eva Poptcheva On 14 April 2015, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) delivered a judgment on the power of the Commission to withdraw a legislative proposal during the legislative procedure. The Court confirmed, for the first time, that the right of the Commission to withdraw legislative proposals is inseparable from its … Continue reading

Election of the European Ombudsman

Written by Nikolai Atanassov The European Parliament is set to elect the European Ombudsman for the new parliamentary term. The only candidate is Emily O’Reilly, who was elected Ombudsman last year to see out the remainder of the term of Nikiforos Diamandouros, following his early retirement in 2013. What does the European Ombudsman do? The … Continue reading

Changed rules for qualified majority voting in the Council of the EU

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva and Conall Devaney From 1 November 2014, decisions in the Council of the EU (Council of Ministers) requiring a ‘qualified majority’ are adopted by means of the new ‘double majority’. The change lowers the threshold required for adoption by Council, and is intended to increase the speed and efficiency of Council … Continue reading

In Focus: EU institutions

Written by Nicole Zandi Since the European Parliament elections in May and the new Commission taking office in November; an atmosphere of change in the EU institutions has highlighted 2014 as an important year. So far we have seen widespread aspirations to create a more balanced, fairer and transparent EU, which is perhaps a good … Continue reading

European Parliament: Facts and Figures

Written by Giulio Sabbati, Updated on 11 April 2018 This Briefing, published by the European Parliamentary Research Service, is designed to provide key facts and figures about the European Parliament, both today – during the current 2014 to 2019 parliamentary term – and in the seven previous terms since direct elections were introduced in June … Continue reading

2015 EU budget negotiation

Written by Fabia Jones and Giulio Sabbati The charts in this infographic illustrate the different positions adopted by the Parliament, Council and Commission on the draft 2015 EU budget. Those positions were the starting point for the conciliation talks between Parliament and Council – the two arms of the EU’s budgetary authority – which failed … Continue reading

Stoiber Group on administrative burdens in EU law: better law-making in action

Written by Stéphane Reynolds and Anita Orav The High-Level Group on Administrative Burdens or the Stoiber Group was established in 2007 as an independent body to advise the European Commission on its planned Action Programme for administrative burden reduction (ABR) in respect of EU legislation. The latter programme set a 25 per cent reduction target … Continue reading

The New European Commission – ready to take office on 1 November

Written by Conall Devaney On Wednesday 22 October the European Parliament formally endorsed the new Commission proposed by Jean-Claude Juncker, President-elect of the Commission, for the period 2014-19. There had been growing doubt some 10 days before that as to whether or not the new Commission would be able to begin work on 1 November … Continue reading

Šefčovič and Bulc: Additional hearings of Commissioners-designate

Written by Nicole Zandi, trainee in the Members’ Research Service The Conference of Presidents of the political groups in the European Parliament has confirmed that additional confirmation hearings will be held in Strasbourg on Monday 20 October. Maroš Šefčovič (Slovakia) and Violeta Bulc (Slovenia) will have concurrent hearings, both starting at 7 pm. This speedy … Continue reading

Discharge to the Council and European Council

6 language versions available in PDF format Entlastung für den Rat der Europäischen Union und den Europäischen Rat  Aprobación de la gestión del Consejo y del Consejo Europeo  La décharge au Conseil et au Conseil européen Discarico al Consiglio e al Consiglio europeo Absolutorium dla Rady i Rady Europejskiej Discharge to the Council and European … Continue reading

EP-Commission Joint Transparency Register

The European Transparency Register was set up in June 2011 and is operated jointly by the European Parliament and the European Commission. The Council of the European Union supports this initiative, although it does not participate in the register for the time being. The aim of the register is to offer citizens a fully transparent … Continue reading

European Schools

In 1953 the first European School was established in Luxembourg as a school for children of staff of the European Coal and Steel Community. The six different governments and Ministries of Education co-operated in matters of curricula, appointment of teachers, inspection and recognition of levels attained. On 12 April 1957 the Luxembourg School (with the … Continue reading

Parliament’s legislative initiative

The European Commission has a near monopoly on legislative initiative in the European Union (EU), with special initiative rights for other institutions applying only in certain specific cases. However, the European Parliament (EP), and the Council, have the right to invite the Commission to present legislative proposals. Whilst this ‘indirect’ initiative right does not create … Continue reading

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