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The Impact of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union on Scotland, Wales and Gibraltar

26-04-2017

Upon request by the AFCO Committee, the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs has commissioned this in-depth analysis on the impact of Brexit on the devolved territories of Scotland and Wales as well as the Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. It examines the economic and political implications of Brexit on these territories, the consequences of the possible return to devolved administrations of formerly ‘Europeanised’ competencies and looks at how Brexit might affect their ...

Upon request by the AFCO Committee, the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs has commissioned this in-depth analysis on the impact of Brexit on the devolved territories of Scotland and Wales as well as the Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. It examines the economic and political implications of Brexit on these territories, the consequences of the possible return to devolved administrations of formerly ‘Europeanised’ competencies and looks at how Brexit might affect their future status within the UK as well as their relations with the EU.

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Michael KEATING

Thematic Overview: Member States whose 2017 Draft Budgetary Plans Were Assessed To Be "At Risk of Non-Compliance" with the Stability and Growth Pact

25-04-2017

This briefing gives an overview of the recent European Commission (COM) assessments of eight Member States (Spain, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Cyprus, Lithuania, Slovenia and Finland) whose 2017 Draft Budgetary Plans (DBPs) are considered to be “at risk of non-compliance” with their current obligations under the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP). This briefing will be updated as further assessments by the COM become available regarding compliance with the SGP.

This briefing gives an overview of the recent European Commission (COM) assessments of eight Member States (Spain, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Cyprus, Lithuania, Slovenia and Finland) whose 2017 Draft Budgetary Plans (DBPs) are considered to be “at risk of non-compliance” with their current obligations under the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP). This briefing will be updated as further assessments by the COM become available regarding compliance with the SGP.

Politique et législation de l'UE sur les pesticides: Produits phytopharmaceutiques et biocides

19-04-2017

Les substances qui contrôlent, détruisent ou préviennent les organismes considérés nuisibles sont regroupées sous le terme de pesticides. Celui-ci inclut à la fois les produits phytopharmaceutiques (utilisés sur les végétaux dans l'agriculture, l'horticulture, les parcs ou les jardins) et les produits biocides (utilisés dans d'autres applications, par exemple pour protéger les matériaux ou désinfecter). L'utilisation de pesticides présente une série d'avantages, comme la lutte contre les maladies ...

Les substances qui contrôlent, détruisent ou préviennent les organismes considérés nuisibles sont regroupées sous le terme de pesticides. Celui-ci inclut à la fois les produits phytopharmaceutiques (utilisés sur les végétaux dans l'agriculture, l'horticulture, les parcs ou les jardins) et les produits biocides (utilisés dans d'autres applications, par exemple pour protéger les matériaux ou désinfecter). L'utilisation de pesticides présente une série d'avantages, comme la lutte contre les maladies et des rendements agricoles plus élevés. Cependant, elle présente également une série d'inconvénients, notamment les impacts sur l'environnement, les risques pour la santé humaine et les impacts en termes de protection des cultures. La législation de l'Union européenne sur les pesticides vise à assurer un niveau élevé de protection de la santé humaine et de l'environnement, et à améliorer le fonctionnement du marché intérieur. Les produits phytopharmaceutiques et biocides font l'objet d'un double processus d'agrément: les substances actives sont approuvées au niveau de l'Union européenne, et les produits sont ensuite autorisés principalement au niveau des États membres. Par ailleurs, des limites maximales harmonisées sont établies en ce qui concerne les résidus de produits phytopharmaceutiques dans les aliments, et un cadre d'action vise une utilisation durable des pesticides. Plusieurs aspects de la politique de l'Union européenne en matière de pesticides peuvent être considérés comme des opportunités ou des défis, notamment en qui concerne les coûts pour le secteur, les procédures d'agrément et la durabilité. La Commission européenne mène une évaluation de la législation sur les produits phytopharmaceutiques et leurs résidus, dont les conclusions sont attendues fin 2018.

From Bratislava to Rome: The European Council’s role in shaping a common future for EU-27

18-04-2017

The Rome Declaration of 25 March 2017, issued by the Heads of State or Government of the EU-27 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, marked the end of a process that started after the UK referendum on EU membership on 23 June 2016. The aim of this In-depth Analysis is to assess the outcomes of the various EU-27 and European Council meetings in the period between the Bratislava summit of 16 September 2016 and the Rome summit of 25 March 2017, in relation to the objectives ...

The Rome Declaration of 25 March 2017, issued by the Heads of State or Government of the EU-27 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, marked the end of a process that started after the UK referendum on EU membership on 23 June 2016. The aim of this In-depth Analysis is to assess the outcomes of the various EU-27 and European Council meetings in the period between the Bratislava summit of 16 September 2016 and the Rome summit of 25 March 2017, in relation to the objectives laid out in the Bratislava Declaration and Roadmap. The analysis shows that substantial progress has been made on the Bratislava commitments for all three policy priorities listed – migration, security, and the economy. It also reflects on how the Rome Declaration and Bratislava process were shaped by the overall context of the growing concerns of EU citizens and their attitude towards the EU and demonstrates how the views of the different EU institutions and the various Member States have converged during this process, leading to a consensual Rome Declaration.

The Training of Judges and Legal Practitioners - Ensuring the Full Application of EU Law

31-03-2017

The workshop, organised by the Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs upon request by the Committees on Legal Affairs and on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament, provides an opportunity to discuss about the training of judges and of other legal professionals in EU law and in the law of other Member States. The European Commission, in its 2011 Communication on "Building trust in EU-wide justice", set the objective of enabling half of the ...

The workshop, organised by the Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs upon request by the Committees on Legal Affairs and on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament, provides an opportunity to discuss about the training of judges and of other legal professionals in EU law and in the law of other Member States. The European Commission, in its 2011 Communication on "Building trust in EU-wide justice", set the objective of enabling half of the legal practitioners in the EU to participate in European judicial training activities by 2020. The workshop will be an forum to discuss to what extent this objective is being attained, as well as to understand the existing challenges and good practices that have been developed in the training of several categories of legal professionals.

External author

Tatiana TERMACIC, Eva PASTRANA, EJTN, Pier Giovanni TRAVERSA, Sieglinde GAMSJÄGER, Roberta RIBEIRO OERTEL, Peter I.B. GOLDSCHMIDT

The role of national fiscal bodies: State of play (March 2017)

31-03-2017

This briefing provides an overview of the role played by national fiscal institutions in the preparations of forthcoming budgets in EU Member States. As part of the scrutiny of the implementation of the economic governance framework in the European Union, the objective of the briefing is twofold: 1) to give and overview of the extent to which the Stability or Convergence Programmes and the Draft Budgetary Plans contain information about the involvement of independent national fiscal bodies in the ...

This briefing provides an overview of the role played by national fiscal institutions in the preparations of forthcoming budgets in EU Member States. As part of the scrutiny of the implementation of the economic governance framework in the European Union, the objective of the briefing is twofold: 1) to give and overview of the extent to which the Stability or Convergence Programmes and the Draft Budgetary Plans contain information about the involvement of independent national fiscal bodies in the preparation of these programmes/plans; and 2) to give an overview of the current set-up and role of these independent fiscal bodies based on the most recent assessment by the European Commission.

UK withdrawal from the European Union: Legal and procedural issues

27-03-2017

Following the United Kingdom's referendum in June 2016, which delivered a majority vote in favour of the country leaving the European Union, a period of uncertainty has begun for both the UK and the EU. Although the process of withdrawing from the EU is outlined by Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, a number of issues remain unclear in practice, all the more so since there is no precedent of a Member State withdrawing from the Union. This in-depth analysis considers the legal and procedural ...

Following the United Kingdom's referendum in June 2016, which delivered a majority vote in favour of the country leaving the European Union, a period of uncertainty has begun for both the UK and the EU. Although the process of withdrawing from the EU is outlined by Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, a number of issues remain unclear in practice, all the more so since there is no precedent of a Member State withdrawing from the Union. This in-depth analysis considers the legal and procedural issues surrounding UK withdrawal, focusing in particular on the formal exit process under Article 50 TEU and the EU institutions' preparations for negotiations. It also sets out some possible templates for future EU-UK relations, as well as the details of existing frameworks for cooperation between the EU and third countries.

Workshop on EU-Turkmenistan Relations

27-03-2017

EU-Turkmenistan relations are in a position to be redefined by the proposed EU-Turkmenistan Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, which will require the consent of the European Parliament (and of the national parliaments of the EU member states). This workshop served as a debate platform with the intention of clarifying the understanding of the current political and societal dynamics in Turkmenistan. Such an agreement should represent a basis to enforce better standards of human rights, rule of ...

EU-Turkmenistan relations are in a position to be redefined by the proposed EU-Turkmenistan Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, which will require the consent of the European Parliament (and of the national parliaments of the EU member states). This workshop served as a debate platform with the intention of clarifying the understanding of the current political and societal dynamics in Turkmenistan. Such an agreement should represent a basis to enforce better standards of human rights, rule of law, and democracy in Turkmenistan, as well as for more intensive economic cooperation between the EU and Turkmenistan, which currently faces an economic crisis. The two concepts are apparently complementary but deciding which one constituted the more useful approach for engagement was the central point that structured the discussion. Regardless of the angle from which they approached the issue, however, a majority of participants in the workshop debate expressed support for adoption of the treaty, while some NGO representatives took a more cautious view.

External author

Sébastien Peyrouse and Luca Ancheschi

Towards new rules on sales and digital content: Analysis of the key issues

22-03-2017

In 2015, the Commission presented two proposals for directives: on the online sale of goods to consumers, and on the supply of digital content to consumers. The two proposals need to be analysed in the context of the existing Consumer Sales Directive from 1999, which is currently under revision as part of the REFIT exercise. If the two proposals enter into force, consumer sales transactions will be regulated by three instruments: with regard to tangible goods sold face to face – by the Consumer Sales ...

In 2015, the Commission presented two proposals for directives: on the online sale of goods to consumers, and on the supply of digital content to consumers. The two proposals need to be analysed in the context of the existing Consumer Sales Directive from 1999, which is currently under revision as part of the REFIT exercise. If the two proposals enter into force, consumer sales transactions will be regulated by three instruments: with regard to tangible goods sold face to face – by the Consumer Sales Directive, with regard to tangible goods sold at a distance – the Online Sales Directive, and with regard to the sale of digital content – the Digital Content Directive. Not surprisingly, the three texts have much in common as regards their structure and subject matter. They all deal with such issues as conformity (lack of defects), the consumer's remedies in cases of defects, the time limit for bringing such remedies and the burden of proof. They also have two other systemic issues in common: the choice between minimum and maximum harmonisation, on the one hand, and between mandatory and default rules, on the other. The existing Consumer Rights Directive is a minimum harmonisation instrument, and allows Member States to grant consumers a higher level of protection, especially when it comes to the period of seller's liability or the freedom of choice of remedies to be pursued in the event of defects. Similarly, the absence of any EU legislation specifically addressing contracts regarding the sale or rental of digital content or the provision of digital services means that Member States have been free to protect consumers to the extent they see fit. Since the two proposals are framed as maximum harmonisation instruments, the question of the exact extent of consumer rights and the way they should be exercised is crucial.

Economic Dialogue with Croatia

22-03-2017

This note presents selected information on the current status of the EU economic governance procedures and related relevant information in view of an Economic Dialogue with Zdravko Maric, Croatia’s Minister for Finance, in the ECON committee of the European Parliament. The invitation for a dialogue is in accordance with the EU economic governance framework.

This note presents selected information on the current status of the EU economic governance procedures and related relevant information in view of an Economic Dialogue with Zdravko Maric, Croatia’s Minister for Finance, in the ECON committee of the European Parliament. The invitation for a dialogue is in accordance with the EU economic governance framework.

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