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Reactions to President Trump’s executive order on the entry ban

Written by Jan Bäverström, The new US administration’s ban on entry of citizens from seven North-East African and Middle East states has met with concern among both US and European politicians. Some European leaders have openly criticised the President’s executive order. On 30 January Washington State Attorney General Ferguson sought to halt the Executive Order. … Continue reading

Renewal of the authorisation of the use of the herbicide substance glyphosate

Many citizens want to know what is the European Parliament’s position on the renewal of the authorisation of the use of glyphosate. On November 2015, the European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) declared that glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans and the evidence does not support classification with regard to its … Continue reading

Comments on new US trade policy

Written by Jan Bäverström, This is a collection of comments from think tanks and newspapers on the possible effects of a new US trade policy. There are also comments on the new US Trade Representative as well as links to the White House foreign policy pages and to the nomination hearings in the US Senate. White House The … Continue reading

Plastic bags: EU’s response to reducing consumption

Citizens want to know what the EU is doing to reduce the consumption of plastic bags given the negative impact on marine wildlife and the environment. In the EU, plastic carrier bags are considered as packaging under Directive 94/62/EC. The use of plastic carrier bags result in littering and an inefficient use of resources. Moreover, … Continue reading

Work-life balance in the EU

Written by Ulla Jurviste and Rosamund Shreeves, Finding a suitable balance between work and daily life is a challenge that all workers face. Families are particularly affected. The ability to successfully combine work, family commitments and personal life is important for the well-being of all members in a household. The EU recognises the importance of reconciliation … Continue reading

Citizens’ questions to the European Parliament in 2016

In both European and international politics, 2016 was a memorable year, and this was reflected in over 87 000 questions put by citizens to the President of the European Parliament or to its Citizens Enquiries Unit/Ask EP unit. Top topics: Poland, EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement and Migration The most pressing issue for citizens in 2016 was … Continue reading

European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility

Written by Balazs Hopp, In 2014 the EU agreed to a clear commitment : to collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions of at least 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels across all sectors of the economy. As transport is responsible for 33% of final energy consumption and 23% of total EU emissions, the transition to low-emission … Continue reading

Effort Sharing Regulation

Written by Dessislava Yougova, The European Union aims to reduce at least 40% of its greenhouse gases emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. The main instruments to achieve this target are the EU ETS and the effort sharing exercise that covers the non-ETS sectors, mainly transport, buildings, waste and agriculture. On 20 July 2016 … Continue reading

Rural areas and poverty

Written by Ana Martinez Juan, A definition… When it comes to poverty, one of the key issues is defining what it means and how it can be measured. Two types of poverty are generally categorised: absolute or extreme poverty, that identifies the number of people below a fixed real poverty threshold (euros/person/day) and relative poverty, … Continue reading

Comments on future US Foreign and Trade Policies

Written by Jan Bäverström, This is an overview of initial remarks on transatlantic relations, US-Asia (TPP) and US-Mexico relations following the US elections. It also includes EU leaders’ first reactions to the outcome of the 2016 US presidential elections. US comments on US Foreign and Trade policies Will Foreign Aid get cut on Trump’s chopping … Continue reading

EU actions to combat wildlife crime

What are the EU actions to combat wildlife crime and on the import of wild animal parts into the EU?  The European Parliament has, on many occasions, denounced the illicit trafficking of wild animal parts and strives to support the protection and welfare of wild animals.  The European Union seeks to protect and conserve endangered … Continue reading

EU Transparency Register: bridging the North Atlantic divide

Written by Marie Thiel and Elisabeth Bauer, with Piotr Pielucha The beginning of October marked an historical moment for the EU Transparency Register, with a symbolic ten-thousandth entry recorded on 5 October 2016. Due to the continuing high influx of new registrations, another significant moment came about, this time however on a much more global … Continue reading

Roundtable Discussion on Economic Governance and Options for a Fiscal Capacity

Written by Andrej Stuchlik, with Philipp Wegner On 20 October 2016, the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) jointly hosted a roundtable debate with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to discuss current challenges for the euro area and potential options for a fiscal capacity. Unfolding in 2010, the sovereign debt crisis exposed weaknesses in the economic … Continue reading

Society and governance: what does the future hold?

Written by Eamonn Noonan, Global Trends Unit No one can know for sure what 2030 will look like. There is plenty of debate on the matter, with at least two differing camps. Some stress the positives – the prospect of better lives, less hard work, new solutions to global pollution and chronic disease. Others stress … Continue reading

Wintertime: why change the clocks?

Citizens recurrently turn to the European Parliament with comments on the changing of the clocks. Some citizens are in favour of the summertime /wintertime arrangements; others call on the Parliament to abolish it. On Sunday 30 October clocks go back one hour, but why? In fact, twice a year the clocks in all EU Member … Continue reading

Fight against corruption

Citizens recurrently turn to the European Parliament to comment on various cases of alleged corruption. Furthermore, they request information on how to lodge a complaint and to ask the EU to act in the fight against corruption.  Corruption remains a challenge for society as a whole and is one of the serious crimes that can … Continue reading

A guide to the Sakharov Prize (2016)

Find out more on the procedure related to the European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and how its nominees are chosen. Each year the European Parliament awards the Sakharov to honour individuals or organisations for their efforts on behalf of human rights and fundamental freedoms. This prize was set up in 1988 in … Continue reading

Technology and inequality: Can computers help or is it ‘all their fault’?

Written by Dr Mihalis Kritikos, On 11 October 2016, the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel will host a workshop, chaired by Panel member Georgi Pirinski (S&D, Bulgaria), to discuss the effects of new technologies on labour markets. The workshop will bring together policy-makers, experts from academia, industry representatives and NGOs to assess … Continue reading

Freedom of panorama

Updated on 09 August 2016. Written by Helmut Masson and Sarah Watson, Creative works, including buildings, sculptures or street art are, as a matter of principle, subject to copyright protection under EU law. However, Article 5(2)(h) of the 2001 Copyright Directive states that Member States may limit copyright for the use of such works located … Continue reading

How will robots change our lives? New study on the Ethics of Cyber-Physical Systems

Updated on 20 July 2016 Written by Lieve van Woensel, Christian Kurrer and Mihalis Kritikos, Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are defined as technical systems of networked computers, robots and artificial intelligence that interact with the physical world. In order to support the Members of the European Parliament in their anticipation of possible future concerns regarding developments … Continue reading

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