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Posted on 12-06-2017

Climate change and the environment

01-06-2017

At the UN climate conference in Paris in December 2015, Parties worldwide agreed to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The EU is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, while improving energy efficiency by 27% and increasing the share of renewable energy sources to 27% of final consumption. A key mechanism in fighting climate change is the EU Emissions Trading System.

At the UN climate conference in Paris in December 2015, Parties worldwide agreed to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The EU is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, while improving energy efficiency by 27% and increasing the share of renewable energy sources to 27% of final consumption. A key mechanism in fighting climate change is the EU Emissions Trading System.

Posted on 07-06-2017

Multiannual Financial Framework

01-05-2017

There have been five multiannual financial frameworks (MFFs) to date. The Treaty of Lisbon transformed the MFF from an interinstitutional agreement into a legally binding act. Established for a period of at least five years, an MFF must ensure that Union expenditure develops in an orderly manner and within the limits of its own resources, and sets out provisions with which the annual budget of the Union must comply, thus laying down the cornerstone of financial discipline.

There have been five multiannual financial frameworks (MFFs) to date. The Treaty of Lisbon transformed the MFF from an interinstitutional agreement into a legally binding act. Established for a period of at least five years, an MFF must ensure that Union expenditure develops in an orderly manner and within the limits of its own resources, and sets out provisions with which the annual budget of the Union must comply, thus laying down the cornerstone of financial discipline.

Workers’ right to information, consultation and participation

01-06-2017

The European Union complements the Member States’ activities with regard to workers’ right to information and consultation through measures designed to encourage cooperation between the Member States, or by adopting minimum requirements by means of directives.

The European Union complements the Member States’ activities with regard to workers’ right to information and consultation through measures designed to encourage cooperation between the Member States, or by adopting minimum requirements by means of directives.

Social dialogue

01-06-2017

Social dialogue is a fundamental component of the European social model that gained full recognition in the Treaty with the Amsterdam reform. The social partners (representatives of management and labour) are thus able to contribute actively to designing European social policy.

Social dialogue is a fundamental component of the European social model that gained full recognition in the Treaty with the Amsterdam reform. The social partners (representatives of management and labour) are thus able to contribute actively to designing European social policy.

Posted on 06-06-2017

The European Neighbourhood Policy

01-03-2017

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].

Three Eastern Partnership neighbours: Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus

01-03-2017

The EU’s Eastern Partnership policy, inaugurated in 2009, covers six post-Soviet states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It was created to support political, social and economic reform efforts in these countries with the aim of 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.

The EU’s Eastern Partnership policy, inaugurated in 2009, covers six post-Soviet states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It was created to support political, social and economic reform efforts in these countries with the aim of 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.

Russia

01-06-2017

EU-Russia relations have been strained since 2014, because of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, support to the rebels in East Ukraine, policies in the neighbourhood and internal developments. In 2016 Russia adopted more assertive international positions and tensions worsened over Russian bombing in Syria. The EU has regularly renewed restrictive measures against Russia since 2014. Still, the EU and Russia remain closely interdependent and the EU applies a ‘selective engagement’ approach.

EU-Russia relations have been strained since 2014, because of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, support to the rebels in East Ukraine, policies in the neighbourhood and internal developments. In 2016 Russia adopted more assertive international positions and tensions worsened over Russian bombing in Syria. The EU has regularly renewed restrictive measures against Russia since 2014. Still, the EU and Russia remain closely interdependent and the EU applies a ‘selective engagement’ approach.

South Asia

01-03-2017

Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent, of great geostrategic importance to the EU. The EU is forging closer ties with countries in South Asia. India is now a strategic partner of the EU. The EU has security concerns in the region, such as the Kashmir conflict and Afghanistan. The EU is a strong economic player and major development and aid donor, working to foster institution-building, democracy, good governance and human rights.

Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent, of great geostrategic importance to the EU. The EU is forging closer ties with countries in South Asia. India is now a strategic partner of the EU. The EU has security concerns in the region, such as the Kashmir conflict and Afghanistan. The EU is a strong economic player and major development and aid donor, working to foster institution-building, democracy, good governance and human rights.

Three Eastern Partnership neighbours in the South Caucasus

01-06-2017

The EU’s Eastern Partnership policy, inaugurated in 2009, covers six post-Soviet states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It was created to support political, social and economic reform efforts in these countries with the aim of 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.

The EU’s Eastern Partnership policy, inaugurated in 2009, covers six post-Soviet states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It was created to support political, social and economic reform efforts in these countries with the aim of 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.

Central Asia

01-06-2017

The EU’s Central Asia strategy, which was last reviewed in 2015, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. It aims to achieve stability and prosperity, while promoting open societies, the rule of law, democratisation, and cooperation on energy security and diversification. The EP has highlighted the importance of human rights, good governance and social development. Levels of development and democratisation in these countries vary greatly and the EU tailors its approach accordingly.

The EU’s Central Asia strategy, which was last reviewed in 2015, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. It aims to achieve stability and prosperity, while promoting open societies, the rule of law, democratisation, and cooperation on energy security and diversification. The EP has highlighted the importance of human rights, good governance and social development. Levels of development and democratisation in these countries vary greatly and the EU tailors its approach accordingly.

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