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Outcome of the special European Council meeting of 30 June-2 July 2019

After a lengthy meeting, lasting from 30 June to 2 July with interruptions, the European Council agreed on a package of candidates for the EU high-level positions. The German Defence Minister, Ursula von der Leyen, was proposed as candidate for European Commission President, now subject to election by the European Parliament. Continue reading

Outlook for the European Council and Euro Summit meetings, 20-21 June 2019

The June 2019 European Council meeting, the last regular one in the current institutional cycle, has a full agenda. First, EU leaders will discuss, and potentially agree on, high-level appointments to EU institutions. Continue reading

Outcome of the informal meeting of EU-27 leaders on 9 May 2019 in Sibiu

Just two weeks before the European elections, EU-27 Heads of State or Government met on 9 May 2019 in the Romanian city of Sibiu, to discuss the Union’s common future. They adopted the Sibiu Declaration, recalling the achievements and values of the European Union. Continue reading

Journal of Common Market Studies Annual Review– 2019 Lecture: ‘How the EU 27 came to be’

On 4 April, EPRS hosted, in Parliament’s Library Reading Room, the Journal of Common Market Studies Annual Review 2019 Lecture – ‘How the EU27 came to be’, this year delivered by Professor Dr Brigid Laffan, Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence. Continue reading

From Rome to Sibiu

Analysis shows that in the year since the Rome Declaration, and a year before the special summit on the Future of Europe debate, due to take place in the Romanian city of Sibiu on 9 May 2019, substantive progress has been made regarding the debate itself and implementation of the policy priorities identified in the Bratislava Declaration/Roadmap and the Rome Declaration. Continue reading

The Brexit negotiations: Issues for the first phase

Written by  Alessandro D’Alfonso, Eva-Maria Poptcheva, James McEldowney and Laura Tilindyte, Negotiations on the arrangements for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union started on 19 June 2017. The European Commission is negotiating on behalf of the EU, on the basis of the European Council’s guidelines and the subsequent mandate from the Council. The … Continue reading

2014 European elections: national rules

Updated on 10/04/2014 This InfoGraphic looks at the forthcoming European elections, comparing key data for each Member State. The elections to the next European Parliament will be held in all EU Member States between 22 and 25 May 2014. Election day (in some Member States still subject to confirmation) is set by each Member State … Continue reading

Free movement of public documents

The numbers of Europeans working, studying or living in another Member State has grown to over 12 million. As part of daily life they are often required to present formal documents in one Member State which have been issued in another. In most cases, these documents are not accepted automatically but must undergo a process … Continue reading

Free football for everyone, EU court rules

In its ruling of 18 July the Court of Justice dismisses the appeal brought by FIFA and UEFA against the judgments of the General Court on television broadcasts of the World Cup and the EURO. The law The directive89/552/EEC concerning the pursuit of television broadcasting activities authorises the Member States to prohibit the exclusive broadcasting … Continue reading

A More Coherent EU “Peace Policy” – New Impulses in Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

Peacekeeping operations have grown in number exponentially since the end of the Cold War, while also being transformed into what has been termed Peacebuilding 2.0 or the next generation of peacekeeping. A More Coherent EU “Peace Policy”, organised by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, a German political foundation with a social democratic agenda, brought together experts … Continue reading

Customs enforcement of intellectual property rights

During the past ten years the number of shipments detained due to suspected infringement of intellectual property rights (IPR) has been rising sharply. To prevent counterfeits from entering the EU market, the European Commission (EC) has proposed to revise existing customs regulation by broadening its scope and simplifying procedures for their destruction. Facts and figures … Continue reading

Referenda in Member States

A national referendum may be considered direct democracy in its purest form. However for the majority of EU Member States it is a rarely used tool reserved only for matters of high constitutional importance such as accession to the EU. Excluding pre-accession votes, since 1992 only three Member States, Italy, Ireland and Slovenia, have held … Continue reading

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