On the occasion of the European Parliament’s Open Days, the Policy Department for Economic and Scientific Policies is organising a mini-conference about themes related to the Digital revolution. With the participation of MEP Kaja Kallas, there will be a debate on digital issues and the Digital Single Market. During the conference there will be screening of the movie on the European Parliament and Digital Revolution. The conference will take place Saturday, 28 May 2016 at 15:00, room PHS 3C050.
The aim of the note is to briefly present the state of play with the MFF review/ revision and the key issues being discussed in the EP Committee on Budgets. The note gives background information on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and presents the state of play of the preparations in the European Parliament’s (EP) Committee on Budgets and the planned actions for the coming months in relation to the mid-term review/revision of the MFF 2014-2020.
EU tools for Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) have been enhanced over recent years, but more progress is needed, not least in view of the Sustainable Development Goals. The workshop publication summarises different views from practitioners and researchers about the EU’s progress in ensuring policy coherence for development. Most experts agree that high level political engagement is needed to achieve more results.
Reducing business costs and regulatory and market barriers is necessary to complete the Single Market but monitoring of barriers and costs in the EU is piecemeal. The study prepared for IMCO finds that quantification and clear identification of barriers and costs is lacking, which makes prioritisation of policy actions difficult. Resulting costs of slow reform process and vague initiatives with uncertain time horizons in the area of e-commerce alone amount to €748 billion.
The EU is giving increasing attention to automated and connected vehicles as they could have huge impacts on road safety, travel behaviour and urban development. The study for TRAN Committee provides an analysis of the development of automated vehicles, including both the technologies which are already on the market and those under testing and research. It reports on state of the art key research projects and large scale testing in this area and discusses future pathways.
Failure to adequately guard the external borders and manage refugee flows has resulted in the reinstatement of controls at the internal borders of a number of Member States. The study for LIBE charts the key changes proposed by the Commission and the essential challenges they pose. While the basic premise of external border management remains the same - Member States retain executive powers - shared responsibility is not matched with shared accountability, increasing fundamental rights concerns.