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The international dimension of European Urban Policy

Written by Isabel Moran Vidal Cities in the European Union Nowadays, 71.7% of the population of the European Union (EU) lives in urban areas . Cities play an important role in implementing policies related to culture, economic and social development, climate and environment. Moreover, in order to achieve the goals stated in Europe 2020 , … Continue reading

Macro-regional strategies across Europe

Written by Isabel Moran Vidal The European Economic and Social Committee held in October a public hearing titled ‘ Macro-regional Strategies across Europe ‘ aiming to look for a common denominator in the problems macro-regional strategies  face, as well as those points which make macro-regional strategy successful. The objective is to prepare an opinion which … Continue reading

Prospects for e-cigarettes go up in smoke

Written by Nicole Scholz The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently published a report on Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) . The report, which includes a negative appraisal of e-cigarettes and cautions on their use, informed the discussions on one of the main agenda items at the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP6) … Continue reading

EU lagging behind in fast broadband

Written by Mar Negreiro The high speed broadband gap between the EU and U.S is widening as the U.S performs better than the EU in most broadband metrics: this is the main message from the publication: U.S. vs. European Broadband Deployment: What Do the Data Say?, presented by its author in a meeting at the … Continue reading

Summary: Panel Discussion on ‘Cost of Non-Europe’ study

Written by Kristina Svobodová and Zsolt Pataki A Panel Discussion on ‘Cost of Non-Europe: A Route to Growth without Debt?’ took place on 10 October in the EPRS Library Reading Room. The main goal was to present and discuss the Mapping the ‘Cost of Non-Europe’, 2014-19 study, focusing on the topic of whether, and to what … Continue reading

Panel Discussion on ‘Cost of Non-Europe: A Route to Growth without Debt?’

Written by Zsolt Pataki Friday 10 October 2014 from 10.00 to 12.00 hours, Altiero Spinelli Building – EPRS Library Reading Room (ASP 05D) Introduction by Klaus WELLE, Secretary General of the European Parliament Guest Speakers: Fabrizio CORICELLI, Paris School of Economics Dr Thieß PETERSEN, Bertelsmann Stiftung Dr Marius-Cristian FRUNZA, Laboratoire d’Excellence Régulation Financière Moderator: Joe DUNNE, … Continue reading

Additional hearings for Commissioners-designate

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva A debate has been launched as to whether additional parliamentary hearings for Commissioners-designate – beyond the initial scheduled three hours – have any legal basis. The subject was raised when Jonathan Hill was called back for an additional hearing after Members of the Economic Affairs Committee registered their dissatisfaction with the … Continue reading

Public debate following the hearing of EU Commissioner-designate for trade Cecilia Malmström before the European Parliament

Written by Cornelia Vutz Now that Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has put together his desired team of Commissioners, they all appear before the competent European Parliament (EP) Committee for scrutiny. To mark the start of the ‘grillings’ (hearings, the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR) at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and … Continue reading

#EPHearings2014: Meet the Commissioners-designate!

Updated on 16 October 2014 Hearings of Commissioners-designate seem like a standard practice in modern democracies, however, it was not until the Maastricht Treaty that the European Parliament finally obtained the power to formally vote on the appointment of the Commission as a whole. The first such hearings took place in 1995. Interestingly enough these … Continue reading

Making smart cities come true: EU funds for our future mobility and transport

During this mobility week we also would like to raise awareness on the EU funds available for research and innovation projects. You might not know, but for many years EU money has co-funded research teams to develop new modes of transport in our cities: whether we are talking about intelligent transport systems such as connected … Continue reading

Photonics: An industry moving at the speed of light

Written by Stephen O’Sullivan, STOA trainee Photonics is all around us; it is an integral part of modern human society, contributing to our daily lives. The science of photonics is the study an utilisation of light or photons. Consequently due to its interdisciplinary nature it crosses the fields of physics, chemistry and electrical engineering. The … Continue reading

Social media freedom in Turkey

After a two-month ban, the Turkish government restored access to the video-sharing website YouTube in June 2014. This move was necessary to comply with a Constitutional Court (CC) ruling, which judged blocking the site as a breach of freedom of expression. In April Turkey’s highest court had ruled in a similar case, overturning the controversial … Continue reading

Arts and Culture: Is it about money and competitiveness?

A new support program for the cultural and creative sectors, Creative Europe was adopted by the European Council on 3 December 2013 and entered into force on 1 January 2014. It has two sub-programs (Culture and Media) and a cross-sectoral strand. It provides opportunities for cooperation between cultural and creative organisations from different countries and … Continue reading

Brand protection: new trends in EU case-law

At present, EU law and especially the case-law of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) provides wide-ranging protection of brands, which are considered as trademarks in law, covering such functions of trademarks as their use for the purposes of advertising, investment and communication with consumers. However, this approach causes controversy because it broadens … Continue reading

Caribbean slavery reparation claims against some European countries

Winning the Oscar ®for best picture in March 2014, the acclaimed movie “12 Years a Slave” recently brought slavery back under the spotlight. Around the same time, but far less noticeably, a group of Caribbean countries brought forward a concrete action plan to seek compensation from some European countries which took part in the slave … Continue reading

Voting makes a difference – but for whom to vote?

Who will best represent my views in the new European Parliament, elected in a couple of weeks? Voting advice applications (VAA) are tools designed to help make that decision. They present a tailor-made proposal of political parties and/or candidates that would best match the voters’ preferences. They are fun to use, and getting more and … Continue reading

International Court of Justice rules on Japanese Antarctic whaling programme

The United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on 31 March 2014 that Japan’s large-scale whaling programme in the Antarctic was in breach of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, as well as other international obligations for the preservation of marine mammals and the marine environment. International Conventions on Whaling Whaling is … Continue reading

Russia’s import ban on EU pork meat

In January 2014, four cases of wild boar affected by African Swine Fever (ASF) were identified in Lithuania and Poland, near the Belarusian border. Russia reacted immediately: only five days later it banned all imports of livestock, fresh pork and certain pig products coming from the European Union. What seemed to be an unfortunate and … Continue reading

Judicial review of EU sanctions

The EU can adopt restrictive measures – popularly known as sanctions – in three different situations. It implements all sanctions imposed by the UN; it may reinforce UN sanctions by applying stricter and additional measures, and third, the EU may decide to impose autonomous sanctions in other cases. Sanctions may include travel bans, asset freezes … Continue reading

Trade Promotion Authority – TPA (Fast Track)

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is an authority on trade agreements that Congress can grant to the President. This way implementing bills can be treated under a faster legislative procedure. TPA defines how Congress exercises its constitutional authority over a particular aspect of trade policy. At the same time it gives the President more leverage to … Continue reading

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