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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 )


Making tobacco less attractive to young people

Public health07-10-2013 - 15:18

A proposed law to make tobacco less attractive to young people, inter alia by banning sweet or fruity flavours, is to be put to a vote on Tuesday. The draft, as amended by the Public Health Committee, would also require more health warnings on packets and subject electronic cigarettes to EU rules on medicinal products. (Read more: Making tobacco less attractive to young people )


Návštěvnické centrum Evropského parlamentu - Parlamentarium - je největším parlamentním návštěvnickým centrem v Evropě a úplně první expozicí plně přístupnou ve 24 jazycích. Občané, místní obyvatelé a turisté mají příležitost získat díky nepřeberné řadě interaktivních multimediálních nástrojů jedinečný přehled o Evropském parlamentu a dalších evropských institucích. (Přečtěte si více: Parlamentarium Návštěvnické centrum Evropského parlamentu )


Cohesion policy background note

Regional policy08-07-2013 - 16:13

This note sets out the key EU regional investment policy changes to be made by the the cohesion policy reform package for 2014-2020. (Read more: Cohesion policy background note )


EU farm policy reform as approved by Parliament

Agriculture28-06-2013 - 16:20

Following the political agreement on EU farm policy reform struck by Parliament, the Council and the Commission in two steps - in June and September 2013, MEPs approved the final form of the post-2013 common agricultural policy (CAP) on Wednesday. Most of the new rules will enter into force on 1 January 2014. (Read more: EU farm policy reform as approved by Parliament )


Common European Asylum System: what's at stake?

Justice and home affairs07-06-2013 - 11:02

On 12 June, MEPs are expected to approve the architecture of the new EU asylum policy, which lays down common procedures and deadlines for handling applications, ensures a basic set of rights for asylum seekers from the moment they enter the EU and bans transfers of asylum applicants to member states unable to ensure decent living conditions for them. (Read more: Common European Asylum System: what's at stake? )


EU rules on awarding concession contracts - Q and A

Competition14-05-2013 - 10:50
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On 15 January 2014 MEPs will vote on draft rules setting out minimum EU requirements for the award by public authorities of "concession" contracts to procure works or services from private suppliers. These contracts are typically high-value, complex and long-term. These Q&A deal with certain aspects of the draft text which was negotiated with the Council in June 2013 and confirmed by EP Internal Market Committee on 5 September. (Read more: EU rules on awarding concession contracts - Q and A )


EU Bank Capital Requirements Regulation and Directive

Economic and monetary affairs15-04-2013 - 19:25

The EU Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) and Directive (CRD) aim to stabilise and strengthen the banking system by making banks set aside more and higher quality capital as a cushion against crises. The new rules should also foster a convergence of supervisory practices across the EU. Banks that are better able to withstand future crises should be more capable of financing investment and growth. (Read more: EU Bank Capital Requirements Regulation and Directive )


Economic governance "two pack" background note

Economic and monetary affairs07-03-2013 - 13:23

The "two pack" is the latest piece of the EU's economic governance revamp. It joins other instruments such as the European Semester, the "six pack" and the Fiscal Compact in ensuring that the EU's economic and monetary union is less fragmented and that its component countries run fiscally sound policies. (Read more: Economic governance "two pack" background note )


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 spending takes place in an orderly fashion and remains within the limits of the EU's "own resources" income. 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 )