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Posted on 24-05-2016

Energy Union: Key Decisions for the Realisation of a Fully Integrated Energy Market

24-05-2016

The aim of this study Energy Union: Key Decisions for the Realisation of a Fully Integrated Energy Market is to assess whether, and to what extent, the EU’s internal energy market objectives can effectively and efficiently be reached with the current policies and instruments. Link to the original publication: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2016/578968/IPOL_STU(2016)578968_EN.pdf

The aim of this study Energy Union: Key Decisions for the Realisation of a Fully Integrated Energy Market is to assess whether, and to what extent, the EU’s internal energy market objectives can effectively and efficiently be reached with the current policies and instruments. Link to the original publication: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2016/578968/IPOL_STU(2016)578968_EN.pdf

External author

Koen Rademaekers and Luc Van Nuffel (Trinomics)

Energy poverty: Protecting vulnerable consumers

24-05-2016

Between 50 million and 125 million people in the EU are at risk of energy poverty – unable to keep their homes warm or pay their bills. The underlying causes are generally considered to be low incomes, high energy prices and poor energy efficiency of the living space, with market conditions and social environment also playing a role. The EU deals with this issue most directly through the Electricity and Gas Directives, which require Member States to define vulnerable customers in their energy market ...

Between 50 million and 125 million people in the EU are at risk of energy poverty – unable to keep their homes warm or pay their bills. The underlying causes are generally considered to be low incomes, high energy prices and poor energy efficiency of the living space, with market conditions and social environment also playing a role. The EU deals with this issue most directly through the Electricity and Gas Directives, which require Member States to define vulnerable customers in their energy market and protect them. The Directives do not include a common EU definition of energy poverty. But the European Commission suggests it could be defined as households spending too much – possibly twice as much as the average – on energy products, and households that have difficulties in paying their energy bills. Member States use various measures to fight energy poverty, including payments through their general social systems, social energy tariffs, limitations on disconnection due to non-payment, improvements in energy efficiency, better information and protection of vulnerable customers. However, a number of studies warn that, without robust energy efficiency measures, EU energy and climate policy could increase the risk of energy poverty, primarily due to the costs of financing the transition to renewable energies through utility bills. The Parliament has warned about this danger and has recently asked the Commission and the Member States to introduce a winter heating disconnection moratorium, as well as no interest credits for energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy investments for low income households.

EU Innovation Policy – Part II: EU policies and instruments supporting innovation

24-05-2016

This publication aims to provide an overview of the measures and instruments that make up the EU's innovation policy mix. The paper focuses on current EU innovation initiatives and considers some issues limiting the development of an EU innovation policy. The EU innovation policy mix comprises, on the one hand, key policies targeting the actors of the innovation process (research and development, industrial, education and regional policy); on the other, it includes key framework conditions covering ...

This publication aims to provide an overview of the measures and instruments that make up the EU's innovation policy mix. The paper focuses on current EU innovation initiatives and considers some issues limiting the development of an EU innovation policy. The EU innovation policy mix comprises, on the one hand, key policies targeting the actors of the innovation process (research and development, industrial, education and regional policy); on the other, it includes key framework conditions covering policies and instruments shaping the interactions and organising the flows of knowledge, skills and funds between the innovation players (funding, taxation, single market and competition, regulation, standards, intellectual property rights, etc.). Most measures taken at EU level aim to address the fragmentation of the European innovation landscape resulting from the diversity of national and regional policies. Although progress has been made in addressing the barriers created by fragmentation, there is a need to renew the governance of innovation policies in order for innovation to reach its full potential in Europe.

Social Economy

16-05-2016

This study assesses the important role the social economy plays in the EU. Priority policies identified to reach its full potential include: 1) digital transformation of social economy, 2) enabling EU cross-sectorial regulatory and financial frameworks, and 3) improving definitions and developing indicators - alternatives to GDP - to focus policies on EU added-value. This document has been commissioned by Policy Department A on behalf of European Parliament´s Committee on the Internal Market and ...

This study assesses the important role the social economy plays in the EU. Priority policies identified to reach its full potential include: 1) digital transformation of social economy, 2) enabling EU cross-sectorial regulatory and financial frameworks, and 3) improving definitions and developing indicators - alternatives to GDP - to focus policies on EU added-value. This document has been commissioned by Policy Department A on behalf of European Parliament´s Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection.

External author

Quentin LIGER

The Role of the Financial Sector in Tax Planning

20-05-2016

This document was prepared by Policy Department A at the request of the TAXE2 Special Committee of the European Parliament. The study reviews common principles behind financial sector practices that may feature in tax avoidance or evasion. Mechanisms include the exploitation of mismatches in international taxation and financial sophistication; and the exploitation of the qualification of corporate cash flows. The paper issues concrete recommendations with respect to international cooperation, and ...

This document was prepared by Policy Department A at the request of the TAXE2 Special Committee of the European Parliament. The study reviews common principles behind financial sector practices that may feature in tax avoidance or evasion. Mechanisms include the exploitation of mismatches in international taxation and financial sophistication; and the exploitation of the qualification of corporate cash flows. The paper issues concrete recommendations with respect to international cooperation, and the completion of Banking Union.

External author

Karel Volckaert

Posted on 23-05-2016

Delivering a new deal for energy consumers

23-05-2016

In July 2015 the European Commission published a communication 'Delivering a New Deal for Energy Consumers', outlining its views on the role of consumers in the Energy Union. This argues that retail energy markets in the EU have not kept up with broader transformations in the energy sector and need to be improved so that consumers can play a more active role and benefit more fully from the single market, renewable energies and new technologies. At the May II plenary session the Parliament is due ...

In July 2015 the European Commission published a communication 'Delivering a New Deal for Energy Consumers', outlining its views on the role of consumers in the Energy Union. This argues that retail energy markets in the EU have not kept up with broader transformations in the energy sector and need to be improved so that consumers can play a more active role and benefit more fully from the single market, renewable energies and new technologies. At the May II plenary session the Parliament is due to vote an own-initiative resolution concerning the 'New Deal'.

EU priorities for the 71st UN General Assembly

23-05-2016

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly's adoption of two international treaties: the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) which are cornerstones of international human rights. The European Union is very committed to multilateralism and to deepening its cooperation with the United Nations. During its second May plenary session, the European Parliament is due to ...

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly's adoption of two international treaties: the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) which are cornerstones of international human rights. The European Union is very committed to multilateralism and to deepening its cooperation with the United Nations. During its second May plenary session, the European Parliament is due to debate the Committee on Foreign Affairs' report setting out proposals for the Parliament's recommendation to the Council on the EU's priorities for the 71st General Assembly, which takes place from 13 until 26 September 2016, in New York.

Non-tariff barriers in the Single Market

23-05-2016

The Single Market was launched more than 20 years ago, yet a considerable number of non-tariff barriers (NTBs) still exist, despite the fact that this should no longer be the case. NTBs come in many, often disguised, forms and substantially reduce the benefits of the Single Market.

The Single Market was launched more than 20 years ago, yet a considerable number of non-tariff barriers (NTBs) still exist, despite the fact that this should no longer be the case. NTBs come in many, often disguised, forms and substantially reduce the benefits of the Single Market.

The Single Market Strategy

23-05-2016

Following the Commission Communication 'Upgrading the Single Market: more opportunities for people and business', presented on 28 October 2015, the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) adopted its own-initiative report on the Single Market Strategy on 21 April. The report is due to be discussed and voted in plenary in May.

Following the Commission Communication 'Upgrading the Single Market: more opportunities for people and business', presented on 28 October 2015, the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) adopted its own-initiative report on the Single Market Strategy on 21 April. The report is due to be discussed and voted in plenary in May.

Measures to address the crisis in the dairy sector

23-05-2016

The milk crisis in the EU has persisted since 2015. In light of the situation facing the dairy sector and recognising that the outlook for milk prices is not encouraging, Parliament has requested the Commission and the Council to provide an update in plenary on measures to address the situation.

The milk crisis in the EU has persisted since 2015. In light of the situation facing the dairy sector and recognising that the outlook for milk prices is not encouraging, Parliament has requested the Commission and the Council to provide an update in plenary on measures to address the situation.

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