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European Semester: why it matters

Economic and monetary affairs20-01-2014 - 14:08

MEPs and 140 of their national counterparts at the second inter-parliamentary meeting are discussing economic governance and related issues, and more particularly ways to ensure adequate parliamentary scrutiny, and hence the democratic legitimacy of common policies adopted and national “ownership” of the economic reforms to be undertaken. (Read more: European Semester: why it matters )


New EU-rules on public procurement will ensure better quality and value for money when public authorities buy works, goods or services, thanks to new award criteria which will put more emphasis on quality, environmental considerations, social aspects and innovation. The new rules will also make it easier for small and medium-sized firms to bid and include tougher rules on subcontracting. (Read more: New EU-rules on public procurement - ensuring better value for money )


External financing instruments

Enlargement / Development and cooperation / External relations09-12-2013 - 20:11

MEPs are set to approve the compromise reached with the Council on the rules governing EU foreign policy spending for 2014 to 2020 when they vote on 11 December. The deal was endorsed on 4 and 5 December by the Development and Foreign Affairs Committees. (Read more: External financing instruments )


Plans to freeze the auctioning of some CO2 permits, so as to raise their price and thus encourage firms to invest in low-carbon innovation, will be put to a final vote on Tuesday, after EU ministers endorsed Parliament’s July 2013 proposal setting stricter conditions for the freeze. The aim is to restore the incentive effect of the Emissions Trading System, which is designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change. (Read more: ETS backloading: carbon market schemes at a turning point )


Common Fisheries Policy reform

Fisheries09-12-2013 - 17:34

Despite several improvements after the 2002 overhaul of the common fisheries policy (CFP), there was a general consensus that the CFP urgently needed further reform, because it had failed to make fishing sustainable, as EU member states’ fleets still catch far more than marine ecosystems can replace. (Read more: Common Fisheries Policy reform )


Horizon 2020 Q&A

Industry19-11-2013 - 12:01

MEPs are set to give their final approval to the EU's framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020, for 2014-2020, on Thursday 21 November, Parliament’s priorities in negotiating this programme included stepping up support to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), including measures to attract new participants and enhancing transparency. (Read more: Horizon 2020 Q&A )


The EU's Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) sets out spending ceilings for each policy category or "heading". The MFF, also known as the "Financial Perspectives"), helps to ensure that EU funding is spent in an orderly fashion. It also limits overall spending to a percentage of EU Gross National Income (GNI). (Read more: An introduction to the EU's Multi-annual Financial Framework )


Connecting Europe: Trans-European Networks

Trans-European networks18-11-2013 - 18:25

"Connecting Europe Facility" (CEF) is the EU's new funding mechanism for infrastructure projects of common interest for trans-European transport, energy and telecoms networks with an overall budget of about € 29.3 billion for 2014-2020 (at constant 2011 prices). The CEF should accelerate the completion of trans-European networks and help to leverage funding from both the public and the private sector. (Read more: Connecting Europe: Trans-European Networks )



Culture / Education / Youth / Sport15-11-2013 - 15:57

Erasmus+ is the new EU umbrella programme for education, training, youth and sport from 2014 to 2020. It brings together all the existing education and training programmes as well as the Youth in Action Programme, and adds sport, for the first time in an EU programme. Having a single, simplified programme should make management more transparent and easier, ensure swifter access to funding and reduce administrative costs. (Read more: ERASMUS+ )


Over the last three years, annual budget for payments needed to foot the bills handed in by member states* were always tight. A number of member states - confronted with budget constraints at home - were reluctant to provide the amounts needed to fulfil the Union's legal obligations. (Read more: Explanatory note MFF, Budgets 2013/2014 and Amending Budgets 6,7,8,9 )