The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will follow EU and US recent trade policy practice to include labour provisions. The study requested by the EMPL committee concludes that the EU could take a precautionary stance and employ various instruments that increase the chances that TTIP will have positive social consequences. TTIP may combine the strengths of the EU and US approaches to labour provisions, while improving their weaknesses.
EU law provides a specific legal framework only for certain types of cross-border mergers, namely for limited liability companies. This study analyses if and to what extent there is a need to legislate with respect to cross-border mergers, divisions and transfers of seat. It is recommended to extend the Cross-Border Mergers Directive into a single Cross-Border Mobility Directive containing revised rules on cross-border mergers, transfers and divisions.
Cross-border restitution of art looted during past and present armed conflicts remains a major issue for our societies giving rise to considerable legal difficulties. This study requested by JURI committee examines the legal difficulties related to art restitution claims and proposes policy recommendations for States and EU institutions to overcome these difficulties and seek to achieve just and fair solutions.
Economic Dialogues with the Council (i.a. implementation of the Semester) and the Commission (the proposed Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs)) took place on 14 June. The briefings prepared by the Economic Governance Suppport Unit give an overview of the recent developments related to the Stability and Growth Pact, the Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure, the Banking Union as well as provide information on implementation of 2015 CSRs and describe 2016 draft CSRs.
Public Hearing with Danièle Nouy, Chair of the SSM took place on 13 June in ECON. The briefing prepared by the Economic Governance Suppport Unit describes the increase in SSM supervisory fees, a state-of-play regarding National Options and Discretions, the Comprehensive Assessment of four banks in 2016, two external papers requested in advance of the hearing, banking-related 2016 draft CSRs.