The Monthly Highlights publication provides an overview, at a glance, of the on-going work of the policy departments, including a selection of the latest and forthcoming publications, and a list of future events.

The legislative frameworks for victims of gender-based violence
23-11-2022 - 11:22

One in three women will experience sexual or physical violence in their lifetime, says Robert Biedroń, Chair of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality. To combat and prevent gender-based violence, FEMM has commissioned a study “The legislative frameworks for victims of gender-based violence (including children) in the 27 Member States”. The study assesses how the proposed directive on combatting violence against women and domestic violence addresses current gaps in legislation.

European Schools System (ESS) is an inter-governmental system of educational establishments that offers multicultural and multilingual education to children across EU Member States.
13-10-2022 - 14:09

Although the European Schools System (ESS) in general functions well, it faces challenges in pedagogical quality assurance and language learning, says Sabine Verheyen, Chair of the CULT Committee. CULT has commissioned an in-depth study examining the progress that the ESS has made during the past decade and to overview its state of affairs as of 2022, both in its educational and operational dimension. The study also provides recommendations on how to overcome the challenges that the ESS faces.

Tax with abstract high speed technology
13-09-2022 - 12:00

A list of tax scandals, with the Pandora Papers as a recent low point, show that our tax systems are open to abuse. To respond to the challenge, evidence is key, says Paul Tang, Chair of FISC Subcommittee, in the latest edition of the MH newsletter. Two recent studies commissioned by FISC deal with the issues of regulation of tax intermediaries by conducting a comparative analysis of five countries, and the removal of taxation-based obstacles to cross border business activity in the EU.

concept illustration of slave work
04-07-2022 - 12:01

European Parliament has dealt with disturbing reports about modern slavery practices and has diverse instruments to respond, says Maria Arena, Chair of DROI committee, in the latest edition of the MH newsletter. To assess the efficiency of the instruments at hand DROI commissioned studies that present external policy measures and look at the problem from the human rights perspective.

Golden coins in soil with young plants
06-06-2022 - 10:20

With the new unexpected budgetary needs, the MFF 2021-2027 is reaching the limits of its flexibility. It is important to make sure that the common borrowing under the NGEU will be paid through the EU’s own resources and not by cutting the budget funding, says Johan Van Overtveldt, Chair of BUDG committee, in the latest MH newsletter. The studies on the revision of the Financial Regulation and on the new EU own resources provide important background information when assessing the policy choices.

Word cloud with map of Europe
02-05-2022 - 10:10

Management of unpredictable crises, such as Ukraine or COVID-19, challenging public safety and health or the stability of a society’s socio-economic foundations, requires rapid decisions, says Antonio Tajani, Chair of AFCO committee in the latest MH editorial. In order to draw lessons from past urgency situations, Parliament commissioned a new study to provide recommendations on how to improve the existing set-up and Parliament’s emergency procedures.


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