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Posted on 23-06-2017

Research for AGRI Committee - CAP implementation: Flexibility given to Member States - state of play and perspectives

15-05-2017

This study discusses flexibility of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) from various angles. The current flexibility does not create major conflicts with the objectives of the CAP. It makes decision-making more dispersed over the Member States, but also more effective. There may be small adverse effects on the level playing field. On the positive side, flexibility allows Member States to address specific problems and pursue heterogeneous and/or geographically bound goals. This should be regarded ...

This study discusses flexibility of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) from various angles. The current flexibility does not create major conflicts with the objectives of the CAP. It makes decision-making more dispersed over the Member States, but also more effective. There may be small adverse effects on the level playing field. On the positive side, flexibility allows Member States to address specific problems and pursue heterogeneous and/or geographically bound goals. This should be regarded as bounded targeting, not renationalisation.

External author

Ida Terluin, Petra Berkhout, Tuomas Kuhmonen

Skills development and employment: Apprenticeships, internships and volunteering

14-04-2017

This study discusses participation, outcomes, quality and challenges of apprenticeships, internships/traineeships and volunteering schemes. Though important, all three forms face challenges that need attention in the related existing and planned EU-level initiatives (such as the planned Quality Framework for Apprenticeships). Issues concern, for example, providing clarity on the employment status (mainly for apprenticeships) and on fair remuneration, thus limiting the risk of being sources for cheap ...

This study discusses participation, outcomes, quality and challenges of apprenticeships, internships/traineeships and volunteering schemes. Though important, all three forms face challenges that need attention in the related existing and planned EU-level initiatives (such as the planned Quality Framework for Apprenticeships). Issues concern, for example, providing clarity on the employment status (mainly for apprenticeships) and on fair remuneration, thus limiting the risk of being sources for cheap labour. The note was prepared by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) to support the Committee’s work on the New Skills Agenda.

External author

Simon Broeki, Terence Hogarth, Liga Baltina, Amerigo Lombardi (Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini)

Posted on 22-06-2017

Council discharge by the European Parliament - Finding solutions

15-06-2017

This study synthesises the main arguments behind the disagreement between the Parliament and the Council over the issue of whether the discharge procedure allows the Parliament to hold the Council to account concerning the management of its own administrative budget. It then examines the discharge procedure as an accountability mechanism and its impact on the EU legitimacy. It concludes that significant improvement is needed, regardless of which exit to the conflict is chosen. Four scenarios to break ...

This study synthesises the main arguments behind the disagreement between the Parliament and the Council over the issue of whether the discharge procedure allows the Parliament to hold the Council to account concerning the management of its own administrative budget. It then examines the discharge procedure as an accountability mechanism and its impact on the EU legitimacy. It concludes that significant improvement is needed, regardless of which exit to the conflict is chosen. Four scenarios to break the deadlock are put forward, assessing their respective advantages and shortcomings.

External author

Dr Maria-Luisa Sanchez-Barrueco (Senior Lecturer in EU Law, University of Deusto) ; Dr Paul Stephenson (Assistant Professor, Maastricht University)

Posted on 20-06-2017

European Council Conclusions: A Rolling Check-List of Commitments to Date (12th edition)

20-06-2017

The European Council's role – to 'provide the Union with the necessary impetus for its development' and to define its 'general political directions and priorities' - has developed rapidly over the past seven years. Since June 2014, the European Council Oversight Unit within the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), the European Parliament's in-house research service and think-tank, has been monitoring and analysing the European Council's delivery of the various commitments made in the conclusions ...

The European Council's role – to 'provide the Union with the necessary impetus for its development' and to define its 'general political directions and priorities' - has developed rapidly over the past seven years. Since June 2014, the European Council Oversight Unit within the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), the European Parliament's in-house research service and think-tank, has been monitoring and analysing the European Council's delivery of the various commitments made in the conclusions of its meetings. This overview, presented in the form of a regularly updated Rolling Check-List of Commitments to Date, is designed to review the degree of progress in realising the goals which the European Council has set itself since January 2010 and to assist the Parliament in exercising its important oversight role in this field.

Posted on 15-06-2017

RESEARCH FOR REGI COMMITTEE – Indicators in Cohesion Policy

15-05-2017

GDP per capita is the sole criterion for identifying specific conditions of eligibility to the benefit of the structural funds. This criterion does not reveal really the well-being of local people. This study examines alternative measures, like final consumption expenses or a more sophisticated synthetic index, and their impact on the eligibility of the regions. The impact of the UK Referendum is examined, either using the present criterion or the alternative ones.

GDP per capita is the sole criterion for identifying specific conditions of eligibility to the benefit of the structural funds. This criterion does not reveal really the well-being of local people. This study examines alternative measures, like final consumption expenses or a more sophisticated synthetic index, and their impact on the eligibility of the regions. The impact of the UK Referendum is examined, either using the present criterion or the alternative ones.

External author

Christian VANDERMOTTEN and Gilles VAN HAMME

RESEARCH FOR PECH COMMITTEE – Common Fisheries Policy and BREXIT

15-06-2017

This is the reference document of the Workshop on “Common Fisheries Policy and BREXIT” of 21th June 2017, organised by the Committee on Fisheries (COMPECH) and the Policy Department B (PECH Research) of the European Parliament. It is structured in three parts: 1. Legal framework for governance 2. Trade and economic related issues 3. Resources and fisheries

This is the reference document of the Workshop on “Common Fisheries Policy and BREXIT” of 21th June 2017, organised by the Committee on Fisheries (COMPECH) and the Policy Department B (PECH Research) of the European Parliament. It is structured in three parts: 1. Legal framework for governance 2. Trade and economic related issues 3. Resources and fisheries

External author

José Manuel SOBRINO HEREDIA, Bertrand LE GALLIC, Simon MARDLE, Sébastien METZ , Thünen-Institut of Sea Fisheries in Hamburg: Doering Ralf;Kempf Alexander;Belschner Tobias;Berkenhagen Jörg;Bernreuther, Matthias;Hentsch Solveig;Kraus Gerd;Raetz Hans-Joachim;Rohlf Norbert;Simons Sarah;Stransky Christoph;Ulleweit Jens

RESEARCH FOR REGI COMMITTEE – Lessons learnt from the Closure of the 2007-13 Programming Period

15-06-2017

This study analyses the closure process for programmes funded under the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund in 2007-13. It details the regulatory provisions, guidance and support provided for closure in 2007-13 and assesses the closure experiences of programme authorities before drawing lessons and developing conclusions and recommendations for EU-level institutions and programme authorities.

This study analyses the closure process for programmes funded under the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund in 2007-13. It details the regulatory provisions, guidance and support provided for closure in 2007-13 and assesses the closure experiences of programme authorities before drawing lessons and developing conclusions and recommendations for EU-level institutions and programme authorities.

External author

Martin Ferry and Stefan Kah

Posted on 14-06-2017

The impact of Brexit in relation to the right to petition and on the competences, responsibilities and activities of the Committee on Petitions

14-06-2017

Upon request by the PETI Committee, this study considers issues raised in petitions to the European Parliament by citizens concerned about the way Brexit will impact on their rights. In particular, it first looks at the changes that Brexit will determine in relation to voting rights, the right to petition, the right to apply to the European Ombudsman and the European Citizens’ Initiative. It then focuses at length on the way Brexit will affect UK citizens in the EU-27, and EU citizens living in the ...

Upon request by the PETI Committee, this study considers issues raised in petitions to the European Parliament by citizens concerned about the way Brexit will impact on their rights. In particular, it first looks at the changes that Brexit will determine in relation to voting rights, the right to petition, the right to apply to the European Ombudsman and the European Citizens’ Initiative. It then focuses at length on the way Brexit will affect UK citizens in the EU-27, and EU citizens living in the UK. In this respect, it considers challenges and risks for both citizens who have resided in the EU-27 or the UK for less than 5 years, and for those who have already acquired the right to permanent residence at the time of Brexit.

External author

Professor Eleanor SPAVENTA, Durham Law School, Durham University, UK

The Commission Insolvency Proposal and its Impact on the Protection of Creditors

10-06-2017

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the JURI Committee compares the preventive insolvency restructuring regimes of various Member States and sets forth the scope of the Commission proposal for a draft Directive of 22 November 2016, the transposition of such proposal and policy recommendations in connection therewith.

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the JURI Committee compares the preventive insolvency restructuring regimes of various Member States and sets forth the scope of the Commission proposal for a draft Directive of 22 November 2016, the transposition of such proposal and policy recommendations in connection therewith.

External author

Dr. Reinhard DAMMANN

Private international law in a context of increasing international mobility: challenges and potential

12-06-2017

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the JURI Committee, will be presented during a Workshop dedicated to potential and challenges of private international law in the current migratory context. While Private International Law governs private relations between persons coming from or living in different States, migration law regulates the flow of people between States. The demarcation between these ...

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the JURI Committee, will be presented during a Workshop dedicated to potential and challenges of private international law in the current migratory context. While Private International Law governs private relations between persons coming from or living in different States, migration law regulates the flow of people between States. The demarcation between these two areas of law seems clear, but in practice it is not. Rights related to migration are often linked to private relations (marriage, parentage) or personal status (age). The EU should have a coherent approach in these areas, both internally and in relations with third States. Authorities active in the different areas must coordinate their work.

External author

Sabine Corneloup (coordinator), Professor at the University Paris II Panthéon-Assas, France, member of TEE Bettina Heiderhoff, Professor at the University of Münster, member of TEE Costanza Honorati, Professor at the University of Milano-Bicocca, member of TEE Fabienne Jault-Seseke (coordinator), Professor at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin, France, member of TEE, member of GEDIP Thalia Kruger, Professor at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, member of TEE Caroline Rupp, Junior Professor at the Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg, Germany, member of TEE Hans van Loon, Former Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, member of GEDIP Jinske Verhellen (coordinator), Professor at the Ghent University, Belgium, member of TEE

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