This database contains the research papers produced by the European Parliament’s various research services, in particular studies, in-depth analyses and briefings produced by policy departments, the Economic Governance Support Unit and the Directorate for Impact Assessment and European Added Value. These documents aim to support the work of the various parliamentary bodies.
The policy departments are responsible for providing expertise and policy advice to support the activities of various parliamentary bodies, most notably the committees. Based on analyses carried out either in-house or externally, policy departments provide independent, specialised, objective, high-quality and up-to-date information in all areas of Parliament’s activities.
Policy departments deliver policy analysis in a wide variety of formats, most frequently in response to a request from a Parliament committee or delegation. In this database you will find texts ranging from studies and in-depth country- or issue-specific analyses to briefings. This written output serves a variety of purposes by feeding directly into the legislative work of a specific committee or serving as a briefing for delegations of members.
The Economic Governance Support Unit provides briefing papers for Economic Dialogues and Accountability Hearings organised by the competent committee of the Parliament. Moreover, it produces background documents and tables, on a regular basis, in this domain.
The Directorate for Impact Assessment and European Added Value within the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) provides research on various aspects of ex-ante or ex-post evaluation of EU legislation and policies. In this database you will find: detailed appraisals of impact assessments (IAs) produced by the European Commission; complementary or substitute IAs; IAs on parliamentary amendments; ‘European Implementation Appraisals’ on the implementation and effectiveness of EU law and policies in practice; ‘Cost of Non-Europe’ reports in policy areas where greater efficiency or collective benefits could be achieved through common action at European level; and ‘European Added Value Assessments’ setting out the rationale for legislative initiative reports put forward by committees.
The Scientific Foresight Unit (STOA) carries out interdisciplinary research and provides strategic advice in the field of science and technology options assessment and scientific foresight. It undertakes in-depth studies and organises workshops on developments in these fields, under the guidance of the STOA Panel of 24 MEPs.
Summary : The European Union’s institutions and bodies, and the powers conferred on them, derive from the founding Treaties. The Union’s powers have evolved considerably over the years through the successive Treaties, as have its decision-making procedures. This compilation of Fact Sheets describes the sources and the scope of EU law, the various decision making procedures, as well as the procedure related to the adoption of the EU budget.
Bodies : Constitutional affairs, Legal affairs, Budgets
Summary : The European Union is committed to supporting democracy and human rights worldwide, in accordance with its founding principles of liberty, democracy and respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law. As the only directly elected EU institution, the European Parliament is particularly committed to promoting democracy. The two Fact Sheets in this booklet present the EU’s role and engagement in promoting democracy.
Bodies : Human rights, Foreign affairs
Summary : The promotion of employment, improved living and working conditions, proper social protection, dialogue between management and labour, the development of human resources with a view to lasting high employment and the combating of exclusion, are the common objectives of the EU and its Member States in the social and employment fields. This booklet includes Fact Sheets on these issues as well as on health and safety at work and equality of men and women in the marketplace.
Bodies : Employment and social affairs, Women's Rights and Gender Equality
Summary : This booklet presents issues related to the fundamental rights of EU citizens. The Charter of Fundamental Rights gathers all the rights of individuals in a single document, grouping them around several major principles: human dignity, fundamental freedoms, equality, solidarity, citizens’ rights and justice. EU citizens have the right to move freely within the EU and to petition Parliament or present Citizens’ Initiatives to the Commission on any matter in a field in which the EU has competence.
Bodies : Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Petitions, Women's Rights and Gender Equality
Summary : The aim of EU asylum policy is to harmonise asylum procedures in the Member States by establishing common arrangements. The Fact Sheet on asylum policy gives an overview of its legal basis and objectives, and of the achievements made. This compilation further includes Fact Sheets on: the EU immigration policy - which intends to establish a balanced approach to dealing with both regular and irregular immigration; and on border management policy.
Bodies : Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Summary : Upon request by the AFCO Committee, the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs has commissioned this in-depth analysis on the impact of Brexit on the devolved territories of Scotland and Wales as well as the Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. It examines the economic and political implications of Brexit on these territories, the consequences of the possible return to devolved administrations of formerly ‘Europeanised’ competencies and looks at how Brexit might affect their future status within the UK as well as their relations with the EU.
Authors : Michael KEATING
Bodies : Constitutional affairs
Summary : The single market is the EU’s greatest achievement. It is an area without internal borders in which the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital is, in principle, guaranteed. This compilation presents the issues related to the employment of workers, freedom of establishment and providing services and mutual recognition of diplomas and professional qualifications.
Bodies : Internal market and consumer protection, Culture and education
Summary : This booklet contains a compilation of Fact Sheets on cultural aspects of the Union. These include: the dissemination of culture, the preservation of the European cultural heritage, multilingualism and linguistic diversity, the promotion of quality education and vocational training, the promotion of mutual recognition of diplomas, and the support of exchanges of young people within the EU and with third countries.
Bodies : Culture and education
Summary : This briefing gives an overview of the recent European Commission (COM) assessments of eight Member States (Spain, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Cyprus, Lithuania, Slovenia and Finland) whose 2017 Draft Budgetary Plans (DBPs) are considered to be “at risk of non-compliance” with their current obligations under the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP). This briefing will be updated as further assessments by the COM become available regarding compliance with the SGP.
Authors : Jost ANGERER, MARIE THERESE BITTERLICH
Bodies : Economic and monetary affairs
Summary : This table prepared by the Economic Governance Support Unit includes Euro Area key indicators and latest forecasts from the Commission, IMF, ECB and OECD.
Authors : Javier María VEGA BORDELL
Bodies : Economic and monetary affairs
Workshops enable Members to put questions to and exchange views with experts on subjects associated with parliamentary business or subjects of current interest.
The Fact Sheets provide an overview of European integration and of the European Parliament’s contribution to that process.
The Assessment of Scientific and Technological Policy Options for the European Parliament.
The Think Tank page provides access to all the expertise sources available in the Parliament.