Gold-plating describes rules and regulatory obligations that go beyond the ESIF requirements set out at EU level, and make the implementation more costly and burdensome. One of the key findings on the presence of gold-plating is that it happens irrespective of the administrative level and time of ESIF management processes. Although one would expect that inconsistent regulatory frameworks would be the most prominent reason, other reasons tend to be more important.
The challenges facing Europe in the field of drugs are still significant and have increased in complexity in recent years. The study requested by the LIBE Committee provides an overview of the drug policies in international fora, at EU level, in seven Member States and in three non-EU countries. The study highlights the very different approaches taken and their varying level of effectiveness.
It’s important for the EU to preserve its unity towards the new assertive and aggressive strategy by Russia. The study requested by SEDE investigates violations of international law and military activity by Russia with the aim of providing recommendations for the possible engagement with Russia.
The UK’s withdrawal from the Union will affect a great number of EU-27 nationals working in the UK, and of UK nationals working in EU-27 Member States. This EMPL study provides facts and figures relating to worker migration between the UK and the rest of the EU. It also examines the impact of the EU-27 population on the UK’s social security and health care system and gives information on the UK’s uptake of EU social funding.