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With an estimated value of US$151 billion, book publishing gradually evolved into a truly global business early in the 21st century. As yet, however, e-books are nevertheless significant only in a relatively small number of markets. These are led by the United States (13% of the book market) and the United Kingdom (11.5%), with Germany (5%) developing more recently. The e-book market in the EU has taken off only in recent years, and in 2014 it still represented only 1.6% of the total book market ...

A New Deal for energy consumers

Briefing 05-01-2016

On 15 July 2015, the European Commission adopted a Communication on Delivering a New Deal for energy consumers ('New Deal'), as part of the Summer Energy Package. The New Deal is one of several consumer-related actions envisaged in the Energy Union strategy, and is designed to inform future actions in this field, including proposed legislation. The New Deal highlights the need for greater transparency around energy prices: wholesale and retail prices are diverging as taxes account for a growing ...

TThis study, produced for the ENVI Committee by Policy Department A, investigates the possibility of a harmonised EU approach concerning the assessment of the added therapeutic value (ATV) of medicinal products. It reviews the current EU legal and policy framework and looks at the state-of-play within all 28 Member States. In addition, it presents the results of an in-depth analysis on the use of ATV in six selected EU countries. The study closes with policy recommendations on how a possible European ...

The Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC introduced a strategic legislative framework designed to tie together the various strands of water policy and provide a more holistic and integrated approach to water management and conservation. The use of economic instruments within each River Basin, may be appropriate as part of a programme of measures to ensure environmental, economic and social objectives are met cost-effectively. The success of the implementation relies on the will of the Member States ...