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Europe 2020

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Snapshot of the EU regions with a view to selected Europe 2020 targets

Written by Frederik Scholaert, Giulio Sabbati and Sorina Silvia Ionescu, Updated on 4.10.2019 In 2014-2020, €461 billion from the EU budget is allocated to EU regions for investments in support of the strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth (Europe 2020). The NUTS 2 classification (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics) divides EU territory into … Continue reading

Consumer protection in the EU: Policy overview

Written by Jana Valant The final consumption expenditure of households currently accounts for 57% of EU gross domestic product. A single market that serves consumers well is therefore an important element to stimulating Europe’s economic growth. The Council Resolution of 14 April 1975 on a preliminary programme of the European Economic Community for a consumer … Continue reading

Employment and social aspects of the Europe 2020 strategy

Written by Marie Lecerf 6 language versions available in PDF format Beschäftigungsbezogene und soziale Aspekte der Strategie Europa 2020 Empleo y aspectos sociales de la Estrategia Europa 2020 Emploi et aspects sociaux de la stratégie Europe 2020 Aspetti occupazionali e sociali della strategia UE 2020 Zatrudnienie i społeczne aspekty strategii „Europa 2020” Employment and social … Continue reading

Reform of the European Network of Employment Services (EURES): Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment

Written by Alexia Maniaki-Griva This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission’s Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the above proposal, submitted on 17 January 2014. In line with the Europe 2020 Strategy, the free movement of workers is considered as a key element in the development of a more integrated … Continue reading

In Focus: Energy Security

Will the people of Europe have difficulty to keep warm this winter? Recent events in Ukraine have highlighted the weakness of the EU’s current energy supply arrangements. This week we take a look at the issue, the alternatives, and the possible actions to be taken. The importance of a secure energy supply to the EU … Continue reading

Structural and Cohesion Funds in the Member States: an overview

EU regional and cohesion 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 Europe’s regions. The overall … Continue reading

Public employment services in the EU: Facilitating mobility and employment

Since the beginning of the financial and economic crisis, high rates of unemployment have been one of the most pressing problems of Member States in the European Union (EU). By matching job-seekers with employment opportunities, including vacancies in other Member States, public employment services (PES) can help to reduce unemployment, increase intra-EU mobility of workers … Continue reading

Youth Employment Initiative

Updated 17 June 2014 The Youth Employment Initiative (‘YEI’) was adopted with the revision of the European Social Fund in December 2013. It provides additional funding of €3 billion from the EU budget and at least another €3 billion from national ESF allocations for existing youth employment measures. The YEI will support direct actions for … Continue reading

EU climate and energy policies post-2020: Energy security, competitiveness and decarbonisation

The European Commission recently presented its proposals for post-2020 climate and energy policies. It is now up to Parliament and Member States to reach an agreement. The current “20-20-20” targets focus on decarbonisation through the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the deployment of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures. The global context for … Continue reading

Reciprocal access to public procurement markets

6 language versions available in PDF format Gegenseitiger Zugang zu den Märkten für öffentliche Aufträge Acceso recíproco a los mercados de contratación pública Accès réciproque aux marchés publics Accesso reciproco ai mercati degli appalti pubblici Wzajemny dostęp do rynków zamówień publicznych Reciprocal access to public procurement markets Effective trade defence instruments are fundamental to the … Continue reading

Public Goods

The expression “public goods” has been part of rural policy discourse for most of the last two decades.  The core features of a public good (or service) are non-rival consumption (i.e. one person’s consumption does not affect that of another) and non-excludability (i.e. it is impossible, or extremely costly, to prevent consumption). According to the … Continue reading

Austerity, labour market and international treaties. Cases of four EU countries in receipt of financial assistance

Due to the global financial crisis and the European sovereign debt crisis several European countries (in particular Greece, Ireland Portugal and Spain) were forced to ask for financial assistance. In return they had to commit to implement so-called austerity measures aimed at reducing their budget deficits. These countries also agreed to implement structural changes such as labour market reforms in order to improve their competitiveness. … 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

Social dimension of austerity measures: Cases of four EU countries in receipt of financial assistance

The economic and financial crisis has been affecting the EU since 2008. The effects of growing budgetary deficits have included the increase in governments’ borrowing costs to unsustainable levels in Greece, Portugal, Ireland and Spain, forcing them to request financial assistance. In return, they committed themselves to reducing the deficits through spending cuts and increases … Continue reading

Horizon 2020: boosting research and innovation

6 language versions available in PDF format Horizont 2020: Förderung von Forschung und Innovation Horizonte 2020: potenciar la investigación y la innovación Horizon 2020: stimuler la recherche et l’innovation Orizzonte 2020: promuovere la ricerca e l’innovazione Horyzont 2020: pobudzanie badań i innowacji Horizon 2020: boosting research and innovation Parliament and Council negotiators have reached a … Continue reading

EU Cohesion Policy 2014-20

6 language versions available in PDF format Kohäsionspolitik der EU 2014 2020 Política de Cohesión de la UE 2014-2020 Politique de cohésion 2014-2020 de l’UE Politica di coesione dell’UE 2014-2020 Polityka spójności UE na lata 2014–2020 EU Cohesion Policy 2014-20 The EU’s Cohesion Policy provides the framework for a wide range of programmes aimed at … Continue reading

What’s happening on energy in the EU?

The aims of the EU energy policy are set in article 194 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. They include reducing energy consumption, implementing the internal energy market, developing new and renewable forms of energy, promoting the interconnection of energy networks, improving technology, protecting consumers and reinforcing the external dimension. The … Continue reading

Europe 2020 Project Bonds Initiative: enhancing European networks, boosting competitiveness

EU 2020 project bonds aim to encourage financing of large European infrastructure projects in the fields of transport, energy and communication technologies. The current economic crises create a particularly challenging environment for financing of such long-term large-scale projects. EU 2020 project bonds have a twofold target. They are designed to mobilise investment by lowering risk … Continue reading

European cooperation in Vocational Education and Training (Europe 2020 strategy)

Vocational education and training (VET) has been an essential part of EU policy since the very establishment of the European Community. Vocational education and training  has a key economic function in up-skilling and integrating young people into the labour market and in providing high quality technical skills. It is also a crucial element of the EU … Continue reading

Hard Times and what the EU is doing about them? Cohesion Week on the Library Blog

EU Regional Policy – aiming for economic growth and social cohesion How does the EU promote economic growth and social cohesion and reduce levels of disparity between EU regions? EU cohesion policy attacks on all fronts: targeting energy efficiency, improvement in transport and internet links to far-flung regions, promoting e-health and innovation, and tackling measures … Continue reading

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