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Data di pubblicazione: 23-09-2019

Overview of the parliamentary hearings

23-09-2019

This infographic presents an overview of the schedule of hearings of the Commissioners-designate of the von der Leyen Commission. The parliamentary committees take the lead for the hearings, with each Commissioner-designate invited to a single hearing of three hours duration. All the hearings are to be held in the József Antall building, in rooms 2Q2 and 4Q2, in the period from 30 September to 8 October 2019.

This infographic presents an overview of the schedule of hearings of the Commissioners-designate of the von der Leyen Commission. The parliamentary committees take the lead for the hearings, with each Commissioner-designate invited to a single hearing of three hours duration. All the hearings are to be held in the József Antall building, in rooms 2Q2 and 4Q2, in the period from 30 September to 8 October 2019.

ICAO Agreement on CO2 emissions from aviation

23-09-2019

At its 39th triennial Assembly in 2016, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) reached an agreement to tackle international aviation emissions. The first agreement of this type applying to a specific sector of the economy, its key component is the establishment of a global market-based measure to offset CO2 emissions from international aviation. Work is going on, at both EU and ICAO level, in order to have the new system operational in 2021.

At its 39th triennial Assembly in 2016, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) reached an agreement to tackle international aviation emissions. The first agreement of this type applying to a specific sector of the economy, its key component is the establishment of a global market-based measure to offset CO2 emissions from international aviation. Work is going on, at both EU and ICAO level, in order to have the new system operational in 2021.

Casa Jean-Monnet: un luogo europeo della memoria

23-09-2019

Tenendo fede al desiderio di Jean Monnet e dei suoi più stretti collaboratori, che sognavano di trasformare la sua casa di famiglia in un luogo dedicato all'accoglienza dei giovani, il Parlamento europeo ha reso questo edificio europeo della memoria aperto al pubblico il luogo ideale per apprendere il funzionamento dell'Unione europea e scoprire l'ambiente di vita e di lavoro di uno dei padri dell'Europa moderna. È qui che sono stati sviluppati numerosi progetti fondamentali per il futuro della Francia ...

Tenendo fede al desiderio di Jean Monnet e dei suoi più stretti collaboratori, che sognavano di trasformare la sua casa di famiglia in un luogo dedicato all'accoglienza dei giovani, il Parlamento europeo ha reso questo edificio europeo della memoria aperto al pubblico il luogo ideale per apprendere il funzionamento dell'Unione europea e scoprire l'ambiente di vita e di lavoro di uno dei padri dell'Europa moderna. È qui che sono stati sviluppati numerosi progetti fondamentali per il futuro della Francia e dell'Europa. Vicino a Parigi, ma al contempo appartato dalla vita effervescente della capitale francese, in questi luoghi Jean Monnet ha potuto elaborare la sua visione della pace e dell'unità europea. Il Parlamento europeo ha acquistato la casa nel 1982. Attualmente gestita direttamente dalla Casa della Storia europea, la casa Jean Monnet mostra contemporaneamente sia la vita privata di Monnet che il suo percorso e il suo impegno, grazie a un'esposizione multimediale permanente. La casa Jean Monnet, che dal 2013 è stata insignita del titolo francese "Maison des Illustres", fa parte anche della rete di case e fondazioni politiche di europei illustri gestita dal Parlamento europeo. Il Parlamento europeo dà oggi nuova vita alla casa Jean Monnet per far conoscere meglio l'operato di Monnet e trasmettere a un vasto pubblico i suoi valori di pace e solidarietà, organizzando nuove attività e ospitando numerosi eventi a Houjarray.

Audizioni parlamentari dei Commissari designati: Una fase decisiva della procedura di investitura

23-09-2019

Le audizioni dei Commissari designati dinanzi alle commissioni del Parlamento europeo sono un passaggio necessario per consentire al Parlamento di decidere se approvare o respingere il Collegio di commissari proposto. Ciascun Commissario designato deve essere ascoltato in un'audizione dedicata, cui partecipano una o più commissioni parlamentari, dopo aver risposto a un questionario scritto e presentato la propria dichiarazione di interessi. Nelle precedenti audizioni, le principali critiche espresse ...

Le audizioni dei Commissari designati dinanzi alle commissioni del Parlamento europeo sono un passaggio necessario per consentire al Parlamento di decidere se approvare o respingere il Collegio di commissari proposto. Ciascun Commissario designato deve essere ascoltato in un'audizione dedicata, cui partecipano una o più commissioni parlamentari, dopo aver risposto a un questionario scritto e presentato la propria dichiarazione di interessi. Nelle precedenti audizioni, le principali critiche espresse sono state la mancanza di conoscenze specialistiche da parte dei candidati riguardo al portafoglio, la vaghezza delle risposte e la riluttanza ad assumere impegni, l'esistenza di possibili conflitti di interesse in relazione al portafoglio assegnato e le preoccupazioni in merito all'integrità del candidato. Dall'investitura del 2004 in poi, il Parlamento europeo si è avvalso del proprio ruolo nella nomina della Commissione per esercitare pressioni finalizzate alla sostituzione di alcuni candidati controversi e all'adeguamento di determinati portafogli, sebbene il Parlamento abbia soltanto la facoltà di rifiutare o accettare il Collegio nel suo insieme. Mentre alcuni esperti mettono in guardia rispetto all'eccessiva politicizzazione delle audizioni, altri accolgono con favore l'accresciuta responsabilità della Commissione nei confronti del Parlamento e vedono il rafforzamento del legame politico tra le due istituzioni come un ulteriore passo verso una maggiore democratizzazione del processo decisionale dell'UE. Le audizioni sono diventate fondamentali in vista dell'obbligo della Commissione di rendere conto al Parlamento e stanno acquisendo importanza come strumento che consente al Parlamento di svolgere un ruolo più incisivo nella definizione dell'agenda a livello dell'UE.

Data di pubblicazione: 20-09-2019

Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, September 2019

20-09-2019

Highlights of the September plenary session included statements and debates on the preparation for the Climate Action Summit and the Sustainable Development Goals Summit in New York, on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe, and on the implementation of anti-money laundering legislation. A further debate on the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU was held, Parliament’s first since the change of prime minister in the UK. Parliament also debated statements made on behalf ...

Highlights of the September plenary session included statements and debates on the preparation for the Climate Action Summit and the Sustainable Development Goals Summit in New York, on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe, and on the implementation of anti-money laundering legislation. A further debate on the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU was held, Parliament’s first since the change of prime minister in the UK. Parliament also debated statements made on behalf of the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on the political situation in Hong Kong, Burkina Faso, Colombia and Kashmir. Debates also took place on Council and Commission statements on the fires in the Amazon, forests in the EU, and cases of breaches of human rights. Members voted to approve Christine Lagarde's nomination as President of the European Central Bank, and voted on a series of reports on amendments to the 2019 budget.

How EU Treaties are changed

20-09-2019

The EU's founding Treaties have been revised by the Member States in numerous rounds of reforms. Such Treaty revision is a way to ensure that EU primary law evolves, adapts, and responds to new developments and changing needs. The last comprehensive Treaty reform dates back to the Lisbon Treaty, which entered into force on 1 December 2009. While another comprehensive Treaty change is not yet on the agenda, the recent debates on the 'Future of Europe' triggered a number of reform proposals, some of ...

The EU's founding Treaties have been revised by the Member States in numerous rounds of reforms. Such Treaty revision is a way to ensure that EU primary law evolves, adapts, and responds to new developments and changing needs. The last comprehensive Treaty reform dates back to the Lisbon Treaty, which entered into force on 1 December 2009. While another comprehensive Treaty change is not yet on the agenda, the recent debates on the 'Future of Europe' triggered a number of reform proposals, some of which would necessitate revision of the EU Treaties. Such revision is governed by Article 48 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU), which provides for two main procedures: the ordinary and the simplified revision procedures. The former applies to the TEU, to the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU) and to the Euratom Treaty; the latter only to part of the TFEU.

Climate change [What Think Tanks are thinking]

20-09-2019

The United Nations’ Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, will convene a special summit on climate change on 23 September, during the annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York. The meeting, entitled ‘Climate Action Summit 2019: A race we can win, a race we must win’, is meant to encourage world leaders to do more to limit emissions of greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. Guterres has said the meeting will seek to challenge states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens ...

The United Nations’ Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, will convene a special summit on climate change on 23 September, during the annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York. The meeting, entitled ‘Climate Action Summit 2019: A race we can win, a race we must win’, is meant to encourage world leaders to do more to limit emissions of greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. Guterres has said the meeting will seek to challenge states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens to step up action in the areas of energy transition, climate finance and carbon pricing, industry transition and nature-based solutions. This note offers links to a series of recent commentaries and reports from major international think tanks and research institutes on climate change and ways to mitigate it. Earlier reports on trade can be found in a previous edition of 'What Think Tanks are thinking' published in April 2019.

EU sports policy: Going faster, aiming higher, reaching further

20-09-2019

Sport has a growing impact both on the European Union (EU) economy and on society as a whole. Over 7 million people work in sport-related jobs, and sport-related goods and services amount to nearly 3 % of total EU gross value added. It was not until 2009, with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, that the Union received a clear mandate to build up and implement an EU-coordinated sports policy supported by a specific budget, and to develop cooperation with international bodies in the area of ...

Sport has a growing impact both on the European Union (EU) economy and on society as a whole. Over 7 million people work in sport-related jobs, and sport-related goods and services amount to nearly 3 % of total EU gross value added. It was not until 2009, with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, that the Union received a clear mandate to build up and implement an EU-coordinated sports policy supported by a specific budget, and to develop cooperation with international bodies in the area of sport. However, EU competence in sport is limited and only allows the EU to support, coordinate or complement sports policy measures taken by national governments. This rules out the adoption of legislation or any other legally binding measure. The EU has therefore opted to act via 'soft' policy tools, such as guidelines, recommendations and – most importantly – funding, to support its sport-related objectives. Over the years, the EU has been actively involved in tackling transnational issues such as doping, match-fixing and lack of physical activity. In recent years, various health-related EU initiatives have grown increasingly popular. In 2018, the European Week of Sport attracted nearly 14 million people to over 50 000 events across Europe, with the Western Balkans and the countries from the Eastern Partnership joining the initiative in 2019. The #BeActive Night, a new feature first introduced in 2018, will continue encouraging participants to discover and try the different sports activities available in their area. None of this would have been possible without the introduction of a specific budget for sport, in which the European Parliament played a key role. As the popularity of sport-related initiatives grows, so do the Commission's plans and ambitions for the broader role of sport in society. The executive's proposal for the 2021-2027 Erasmus programme confirms this ambition. Accordingly, the amount available for Erasmus would be doubled, to reach €30 billion, with €550 million dedicated to sport.

The European Systemic Risk Board – Main features, mandate and accountability

19-09-2019

This briefing provides an overview of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB), its’ main features, mandate and accountability. It also includes the overview of recent review of the ESRB mission, mandate and organisation as part of the review of European System of Financial Supervision.

This briefing provides an overview of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB), its’ main features, mandate and accountability. It also includes the overview of recent review of the ESRB mission, mandate and organisation as part of the review of European System of Financial Supervision.

The European Systemic Risk Board – systemic risk update, stress tests and work in progres

20-09-2019

This note is prepared in view of a regular public hearing with the Chair of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB), Mario Draghi, which will take place on 23 September 2019. The briefing provides an overview of recent actions by the ESRB, such as systemic risks identified, input for recent stress testing exercise, and assessment of compliance with public ESRB recommendations.

This note is prepared in view of a regular public hearing with the Chair of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB), Mario Draghi, which will take place on 23 September 2019. The briefing provides an overview of recent actions by the ESRB, such as systemic risks identified, input for recent stress testing exercise, and assessment of compliance with public ESRB recommendations.

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