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Posted on 06-02-2017

Intellectual, industrial and commercial property

01-01-2017

Intellectual property includes all exclusive rights to intellectual creations. It encompasses two types of rights: industrial property, which includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs and models and designations of origin, and copyright, which includes artistic and literary property. For many years the European Union has had an active policy in this area, aimed at harmonising legislation between Member States. Since the entry into force of the Treaty on the Functioning of the ...

Intellectual property includes all exclusive rights to intellectual creations. It encompasses two types of rights: industrial property, which includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs and models and designations of origin, and copyright, which includes artistic and literary property. For many years the European Union has had an active policy in this area, aimed at harmonising legislation between Member States. Since the entry into force of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) in 2009, the EU has had explicit competence for intellectual property rights (Article 118).

Eastern partners

01-11-2016

Six post-Soviet states form part of the EU’s ‘Eastern Partnership’ policy: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Inaugurated in 2009, the Partnership was created to support political, social and economic reform efforts in these countries aimed at increasing democratisation and good governance, energy security, environmental protection, and economic and social development. All the members except Belarus are part of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly.

Six post-Soviet states form part of the EU’s ‘Eastern Partnership’ policy: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Inaugurated in 2009, the Partnership was created to support political, social and economic reform efforts in these countries aimed at increasing democratisation and good governance, energy security, environmental protection, and economic and social development. All the members except Belarus are part of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly.

Posted on 02-02-2017

The Integrated Maritime Policy

01-01-2017

The Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) is a holistic approach to all sea-related EU policies. Based on the idea that the Union can draw higher returns from seas and oceans with less impact on the environment by coordinating its policies, the IMP encompasses fields as diverse as fisheries and aquaculture, shipping and seaports, marine environment, marine research, offshore energy, shipbuilding and sea-related industries, maritime surveillance, maritime and coastal tourism, employment in the maritime ...

The Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) is a holistic approach to all sea-related EU policies. Based on the idea that the Union can draw higher returns from seas and oceans with less impact on the environment by coordinating its policies, the IMP encompasses fields as diverse as fisheries and aquaculture, shipping and seaports, marine environment, marine research, offshore energy, shipbuilding and sea-related industries, maritime surveillance, maritime and coastal tourism, employment in the maritime sectors, development of coastal regions, and external relations in maritime affairs.

The Enlargement of the Union

01-12-2016

On 1 July 2013, Croatia became the 28th Member State of the European Union. Croatia’s accession, which followed that of Romania and Bulgaria on 1 January 2007, marked the sixth enlargement. Negotiations are being conducted with Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are also candidate countries, while Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo are potential candidate countries.

On 1 July 2013, Croatia became the 28th Member State of the European Union. Croatia’s accession, which followed that of Romania and Bulgaria on 1 January 2007, marked the sixth enlargement. Negotiations are being conducted with Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are also candidate countries, while Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo are potential candidate countries.

The European Neighbourhood Policy

01-12-2016

The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) applies to Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine. It aims to strengthen the prosperity, stability and security of all. It is based on democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and is a bilateral policy between the EU and each partner country, enriched by regional cooperation initiatives: the Eastern Partnership and the Union for the Mediterranean ...

The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) applies to Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine. It aims to strengthen the prosperity, stability and security of all. It is based on democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and is a bilateral policy between the EU and each partner country, enriched by regional cooperation initiatives: the Eastern Partnership and the Union for the Mediterranean[1].

Asia-Pacific

01-12-2016

Asia is the largest and most populated continent and the Pacific has huge geostrategic importance for the EU, notwithstanding serious security concerns, such as the Kashmir conflict, Afghanistan, North Korea with its nuclear challenge, and the disputed South China Sea. The region has four EU strategic partners (China, India, Japan and the Republic of Korea), some of the world’s fastest-growing economies, emerging global powers, and two-thirds of the world’s poor.

Asia is the largest and most populated continent and the Pacific has huge geostrategic importance for the EU, notwithstanding serious security concerns, such as the Kashmir conflict, Afghanistan, North Korea with its nuclear challenge, and the disputed South China Sea. The region has four EU strategic partners (China, India, Japan and the Republic of Korea), some of the world’s fastest-growing economies, emerging global powers, and two-thirds of the world’s poor.

Posted on 31-01-2017

Promoting democracy and observing elections

01-12-2016

Supporting democracy worldwide is a priority for the European Union. Democracy remains the only system of governance where people can fully realise their human rights and is a determining factor for development and long-term stability. As the only directly elected EU institution, the European Parliament is particularly committed to promoting democracy.

Supporting democracy worldwide is a priority for the European Union. Democracy remains the only system of governance where people can fully realise their human rights and is a determining factor for development and long-term stability. As the only directly elected EU institution, the European Parliament is particularly committed to promoting democracy.

The Western Balkans

01-12-2016

The EU has developed a policy to support the gradual integration of the Western Balkan countries with the Union. On 1 July 2013, Croatia became the first of the seven countries to join, and Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania are official candidates. Accession negotiations and chapters have been opened with Montenegro and Serbia. Bosnia and Herzegovina (which submitted its membership application in early 2016) and Kosovo are potential candidate countries.

The EU has developed a policy to support the gradual integration of the Western Balkan countries with the Union. On 1 July 2013, Croatia became the first of the seven countries to join, and Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania are official candidates. Accession negotiations and chapters have been opened with Montenegro and Serbia. Bosnia and Herzegovina (which submitted its membership application in early 2016) and Kosovo are potential candidate countries.

Southern Partners

01-12-2016

The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) covers Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia. It consists of bilateral policies between the EU and the 10 individual partner countries, plus a regional cooperation framework, the Union for the Mediterranean. The EU boosted support for democratic transformation under the ENP in 2011, in response to the uprisings in its southern neighbourhood. It further reviewed the ENP in 2015.

The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) covers Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia. It consists of bilateral policies between the EU and the 10 individual partner countries, plus a regional cooperation framework, the Union for the Mediterranean. The EU boosted support for democratic transformation under the ENP in 2011, in response to the uprisings in its southern neighbourhood. It further reviewed the ENP in 2015.

Gulf Countries, Iran, Iraq and Yemen

01-12-2016

The EU has concluded a Cooperation Agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council (a regional organisation grouping Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates), another with Yemen, and a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Iraq. Currently, the EU has no contractual relations with Iran but recognises that there is great potential for deeper relations.

The EU has concluded a Cooperation Agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council (a regional organisation grouping Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates), another with Yemen, and a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Iraq. Currently, the EU has no contractual relations with Iran but recognises that there is great potential for deeper relations.

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