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Towards a binding international treaty on business and human rights

08-11-2018

With its extended value chains, economic globalisation has brought numerous opportunities while also creating specific challenges, including in the area of human rights protection. The recent history of transnational corporations contains numerous examples of human rights abuses occurring as a result of their operations. Such corporations are known to have taken advantage of loose regulatory frameworks in developing countries, corruption, and a lack of accountability resulting from legal rules shielding ...

With its extended value chains, economic globalisation has brought numerous opportunities while also creating specific challenges, including in the area of human rights protection. The recent history of transnational corporations contains numerous examples of human rights abuses occurring as a result of their operations. Such corporations are known to have taken advantage of loose regulatory frameworks in developing countries, corruption, and a lack of accountability resulting from legal rules shielding corporate interests. This situation has created a pressing need to establish international norms regulating business operations in relation to human rights. So far, the preferred approach has been 'soft', consisting of the adoption of voluntary guidelines for businesses. Several sets of such norms exist at international level, the most notable being the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Nevertheless, while such voluntary commitments are clearly useful, they cannot entirely stop gross human rights violations (such as child labour, labour rights violations and land grabbing) committed by transnational corporations, their subsidiaries or suppliers. To address the shortcomings of the soft approach, an intergovernmental working group was established within the United Nations framework in June 2014, with the task of drafting a binding treaty on human rights and business. After being reluctant at the outset, the EU has become involved in the negotiations, but has insisted that the future treaty's scope should include all businesses, not only transnational ones. The 'Zero Draft' published in July does not reflect the EU's position on this point. It has been welcomed by experts for its more precise focus on prevention, on effective remedies and access to justice for victims, and on companies' liability for their subsidiaries and suppliers in third countries. The European Parliament is a staunch supporter of this initiative and has encouraged the EU to take a positive and constructive approach. This is a further updated edition of a Briefing published in April 2018, PE 620.229.

Mise en œuvre de l’accord d’association UE-Moldavie

07-11-2018

Quatre ans après la signature de l’accord d’association comportant une zone de libre-échange approfondi et complet entre l’Union et la Moldavie, le Parlement évalue aujourd’hui sa mise en œuvre. Le rapport de la commission des affaires étrangères rend compte d’un certain nombre de problèmes. Le Parlement débattra à ce sujet lors de sa première session de novembre.

Quatre ans après la signature de l’accord d’association comportant une zone de libre-échange approfondi et complet entre l’Union et la Moldavie, le Parlement évalue aujourd’hui sa mise en œuvre. Le rapport de la commission des affaires étrangères rend compte d’un certain nombre de problèmes. Le Parlement débattra à ce sujet lors de sa première session de novembre.

Mise en œuvre de l’accord d’association entre l’Union européenne et la Géorgie

07-11-2018

Quatre ans après la signature, en 2014, de l’accord d’association entre l’Union européenne et la Géorgie, et deux ans après son entrée en vigueur, le Parlement européen évalue le degré de mise en œuvre de cet accord et de l’accord de libre-échange approfondi et complet (ALEAC). La commission des affaires étrangères (AFET) du Parlement européen a rendu une évaluation positive, mais encourage dans le même temps la Géorgie à remédier à certaines lacunes dans des domaines tels que les normes en matière ...

Quatre ans après la signature, en 2014, de l’accord d’association entre l’Union européenne et la Géorgie, et deux ans après son entrée en vigueur, le Parlement européen évalue le degré de mise en œuvre de cet accord et de l’accord de libre-échange approfondi et complet (ALEAC). La commission des affaires étrangères (AFET) du Parlement européen a rendu une évaluation positive, mais encourage dans le même temps la Géorgie à remédier à certaines lacunes dans des domaines tels que les normes en matière de travail, la protection de l’environnement et les discriminations à l’égard des groupes vulnérables et des femmes. Le Parlement examinera ce sujet lors de sa session plénière de novembre I.

Réglementation de l’Union européenne sur le contrôle des exportations d’armements

07-11-2018

La position commune de l’Union sur les exportations d’armements constitue la seule disposition juridique contraignante à l’échelle régionale sur les exportations d’armes classiques. Si la position commune a renforcé l’échange d’informations et la transparence en matière d’exportations d’armements par les États membres, il est encore néanmoins possible de faire converger davantage les politiques nationales et d’appliquer plus rigoureusement les critères définis dans la position commune. À la suite ...

La position commune de l’Union sur les exportations d’armements constitue la seule disposition juridique contraignante à l’échelle régionale sur les exportations d’armes classiques. Si la position commune a renforcé l’échange d’informations et la transparence en matière d’exportations d’armements par les États membres, il est encore néanmoins possible de faire converger davantage les politiques nationales et d’appliquer plus rigoureusement les critères définis dans la position commune. À la suite de la publication, en février 2018, du 19e rapport annuel de l’UE sur les exportations d’armes, le Parlement européen doit examiner un rapport sur la mise en œuvre de la position commune au cours de la première période de session de novembre (novembre I).

A new association of the Overseas Countries and Territories (including Greenland) with the European Union

06-11-2018

On 14 June 2018, in preparation for the new multiannual financial framework (2021 to 2027 MFF), the European Commission published a proposal for a Council decision on the Association of the Overseas Countries and Territories, including Greenland, with the European Union. For Greenland the main source of EU funding is currently the EU budget, while for the other overseas countries and territories, it is the European Development Fund, a financial instrument outside the EU budget. The proposed decision ...

On 14 June 2018, in preparation for the new multiannual financial framework (2021 to 2027 MFF), the European Commission published a proposal for a Council decision on the Association of the Overseas Countries and Territories, including Greenland, with the European Union. For Greenland the main source of EU funding is currently the EU budget, while for the other overseas countries and territories, it is the European Development Fund, a financial instrument outside the EU budget. The proposed decision would bring together the funds for all EU overseas countries and territories under the EU budget, as part of new Heading 6 'Neighbourhood and the world'. First edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.

From post-truth to post-trust?

25-10-2018

Is the 'very concept of objective truth' fading out of the world, as George Orwell wrote in his Homage to Catalonia in the 1930s? Or is truth even 'dead', as Time magazine asked in 2017? Can we draw clear lines between objective facts, spin and lies? What are the consequences of 'truth decay' for trust, democracy and multilateralism?

Is the 'very concept of objective truth' fading out of the world, as George Orwell wrote in his Homage to Catalonia in the 1930s? Or is truth even 'dead', as Time magazine asked in 2017? Can we draw clear lines between objective facts, spin and lies? What are the consequences of 'truth decay' for trust, democracy and multilateralism?

Migration from Central America

25-10-2018

Although not a new phenomenon, migration flows from Central America, in particular from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras (also called the Northern Triangle of Central America, NTCA), have grown exponentially since 2014, with a considerable increase in the number of adults and a huge one in the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the borders. And the ‘caravan’ of Central American migrants that has recently reached Mexico on its way to the US border has again turned public and media attention ...

Although not a new phenomenon, migration flows from Central America, in particular from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras (also called the Northern Triangle of Central America, NTCA), have grown exponentially since 2014, with a considerable increase in the number of adults and a huge one in the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the borders. And the ‘caravan’ of Central American migrants that has recently reached Mexico on its way to the US border has again turned public and media attention towards this silent exodus. The push factors that have been fuelling migration from these countries include poverty, unemployment and under-employment, rampant crime and violence – in particular gang violence – but also institutional weakness and corruption. The pull factors include family re-unification, migrants' perceptions of more permissive immigration laws in destination countries, and the existence of well-organised smuggling networks. Their main destination countries are the United States and Mexico, but other neighbouring countries such as Belize and Costa Rica are receiving growing numbers of NTCA migrants, as are some European countries, including Spain, Italy and France. Countries of origin, transit and destination have set up new instruments for alleviating the problem, such as Mexico´s Southern Border Programme, and the regional Alliance for Prosperity, which have produced mixed results. International organisations, such as the EU and the United Nations, have been providing help, and the European Parliament has also expressed its concern on the situation of these migrants and their human rights.

Canada: Economic indicators and trade with EU

23-10-2018

Canada is looking to diversify its trade partners in order to reduce its dependence on the US business cycle. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada entered into force provisionally in September 2017. What goods and services is the EU exporting to Canada? How do the growth rates of Canada and the EU compare over the last decade? Who has a higher female labour market participation rate? How much have the FDI net inflows dropped since the financial crisis? You ...

Canada is looking to diversify its trade partners in order to reduce its dependence on the US business cycle. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada entered into force provisionally in September 2017. What goods and services is the EU exporting to Canada? How do the growth rates of Canada and the EU compare over the last decade? Who has a higher female labour market participation rate? How much have the FDI net inflows dropped since the financial crisis? You can find the answers to these and other questions in our infographic, prepared in close cooperation between EPRS and GlobalStat. This is an updated edition of an ‘At a Glance’ note published in February 2017.

Future EU-Turkey relations

23-10-2018

In June 2018, Recep Tayyip Erdogan was re-elected as president of Turkey, this time with extended powers under the revised Turkish Constitution. Over the previous couple of years, his country's relationship with the EU had been challenged by issues such as the ongoing management of the migration crisis and the EU-Turkey Agreement, the attempted military coup in Istanbul and Ankara, and the ensuing purge, which the EU and international organisations criticised for its disproportionate severity. With ...

In June 2018, Recep Tayyip Erdogan was re-elected as president of Turkey, this time with extended powers under the revised Turkish Constitution. Over the previous couple of years, his country's relationship with the EU had been challenged by issues such as the ongoing management of the migration crisis and the EU-Turkey Agreement, the attempted military coup in Istanbul and Ankara, and the ensuing purge, which the EU and international organisations criticised for its disproportionate severity. With the constitutional referendum and the subsequent parliamentary and presidential elections, President Erdogan further reinforced his position at the helm of the institutional system and raised concerns among the EU and NATO about his commitment to Western institutions. Turkey deepened its relations with Russia, buying military equipment and coordinating with it on Syrian policies on the ground. At the same time, US-Turkish relations worsened due to the Syrian conflict and the imprisonment of a US pastor by Turkey, although he was subsequently released. Negotiations on Turkey's accession to the EU have nevertheless continued, despite an increasingly lively debate in some Member States about whether or not they should be halted. Some have proposed striking an economic agreement with Turkey as an alternative to membership. Others believe the outcome of the negotiations on the UK's future relationship with the EU might also provide a possible model for Turkey. Despite the numerous hurdles before it, accession not only remains the ultimate objective of EU-Turkey relations, endorsed by both the European Council and by Turkey, but it also provides potential for reform and dialogue regarding common standards, not least in the area of civil liberties.

Madagascar: vers une sortie des crises politiques à répétition?

19-10-2018

Depuis l’indépendance de Madagascar, malgré l’absence de conflit majeur et sa richesse en ressources tant humaines que naturelles, sa population continue de s’appauvrir. Cette 'énigme malgache' s’accompagne d’un paradoxe: chaque fois qu’une reprise économique s’amorce, une crise politique vient l’interrompre. La clef de l’énigme réside dans les jeux de pouvoir entres les réseaux des élites, qui se créent au gré des circonstances autour des leaders aspirant au poste du chef d’État. La culture politique ...

Depuis l’indépendance de Madagascar, malgré l’absence de conflit majeur et sa richesse en ressources tant humaines que naturelles, sa population continue de s’appauvrir. Cette 'énigme malgache' s’accompagne d’un paradoxe: chaque fois qu’une reprise économique s’amorce, une crise politique vient l’interrompre. La clef de l’énigme réside dans les jeux de pouvoir entres les réseaux des élites, qui se créent au gré des circonstances autour des leaders aspirant au poste du chef d’État. La culture politique, tout en gardant une apparence démocratique, soutient implicitement les institutions informelles fondées sur la personnalisation du pouvoir, au détriment des institutions formelles, dont l’équilibre est censé stabiliser le système politique. Les institutions étatiques sont constamment (re)façonnées au profit des réseaux au pouvoir pour ne pas menacer la mainmise de l’exécutif. La déception de la population, dont le pouvoir d’achat ne cesse de diminuer depuis des décennies, se confirme dans les enquêtes d'opinion et dans la baisse constante de la participation électorale. En effet, il existe un clivage profond entre les élites, prises dans l’auto-préservation, et la population, désabusée et tiraillée entre les aspirations démocratiques et une soumission fataliste, dérivée des valeurs ancestrales. L’aide internationale, bien que vitale pour la population, vivant en majorité dans une grande pauvreté, est insuffisante pour un développement durable du pays. Au-delà du renforcement des institutions démocratiques et du développement de corps intermédiaires qui pourraient mieux répondre aux aspirations populaires, un sursaut plus profond est nécessaire pour bâtir une démocratie au-delà de la façade. Son fondement: un nouveau contrat social entre la population et les élites du pays, basé sur une reformulation commune de la culture politique malgache, entre tradition et modernité.

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European Youth Hearing (follow-up of the EYE2018) in LIBE Committee
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