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Exceptional coronavirus support measures of benefit to EU regions

02-12-2020

The coronavirus pandemic is severely impacting the European population and the economy. Consequently the social and economic impact of the crisis is being felt in all EU regions. Although it is still too early to make concrete predictions about the long-term economic impact, the risks of increased disparities and the unravelling of previous years' progress are real. Furthermore; the consequences of the Covid 19 pandemic could well further impede the social, economic and territorial cohesion of the ...

The coronavirus pandemic is severely impacting the European population and the economy. Consequently the social and economic impact of the crisis is being felt in all EU regions. Although it is still too early to make concrete predictions about the long-term economic impact, the risks of increased disparities and the unravelling of previous years' progress are real. Furthermore; the consequences of the Covid 19 pandemic could well further impede the social, economic and territorial cohesion of the EU, by exacerbating existing divisions between EU regions. The European Commission has put forward a number of proposals to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on EU territories. The European Parliament has been generally supportive of the Commission's proposals, triggering urgent procedures to approve them swiftly so that EU citizens could benefit immediately. Actions under various EU funds and policy instruments are now geared towards health-related purposes and the rekindling of the economy. In these critical times, cohesion policy is increasingly drawn upon to provide emergency relief and liquidity support to affected small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and companies. Amendments to the regulation governing the European structural and investment (ESI) funds were approved by Parliament to allow flexible use of the funds in addressing the challenges posed by the crisis. A number of additional regulations and policy instruments meanwhile complement the ESI funds in the fight against the pandemic's negative consequences. Local and regional authorities are at the forefront of the pandemic, as they are often responsible for providing much of the emergency response. They can use the adopted EU measures to reinforce their coronavirus action and to support their economic sectors. This briefing is an update of an earlier edition, published in May 2020.

Los principios de igualdad y no discriminación, una perspectiva de Derecho Comparado - Perú

02-12-2020

Este documento se integra en una serie de estudios que, desde una perspectiva de Derecho Comparado, tienen como objeto analizar los principios de igualdad y de no discriminación en diferentes Estados. Tras la explicación de la normativa y la jurisprudencia de aplicación, se examinan el contenido, los límites y la posible evolución de dichos principios. El presente estudio tiene por objeto el caso del Perú. Las páginas describen, en lo relativo al Perú, y con relación al objeto de estudio, una breve ...

Este documento se integra en una serie de estudios que, desde una perspectiva de Derecho Comparado, tienen como objeto analizar los principios de igualdad y de no discriminación en diferentes Estados. Tras la explicación de la normativa y la jurisprudencia de aplicación, se examinan el contenido, los límites y la posible evolución de dichos principios. El presente estudio tiene por objeto el caso del Perú. Las páginas describen, en lo relativo al Perú, y con relación al objeto de estudio, una breve reseña sobre la evolución del concepto igualdad (entendida primero únicamente en un sentido formal) y la progresiva incorporación del principio de no discriminación, para luego pasar a, siquiera en grandes rasgos, describir lo hecho por el Tribunal Constitucional peruano al respecto, efectuando una evaluación crítica de lo avanzado hasta hoy, y poniendo especial énfasis en anotar los retos a enfrentar.

External author

Excmo. Sr. Dr. D. Eloy ESPINOSA-SALDAÑA BARRERA

Amending letter No 1 to the EU draft general budget 2021

02-12-2020

Following the 10 November 2020 political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021 to 2027, the Commission adopted an amending letter (AL 1/2020) to adjust its draft EU budget for the year 2021, presented in July 2020. Moreover, AL 1/2020 also includes updated estimates for agricultural expenditure, other adjustments and technical updates. Overall, AL 1/2020 decreases commitment appropriations by €2 608.8 million and increases ...

Following the 10 November 2020 political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021 to 2027, the Commission adopted an amending letter (AL 1/2020) to adjust its draft EU budget for the year 2021, presented in July 2020. Moreover, AL 1/2020 also includes updated estimates for agricultural expenditure, other adjustments and technical updates. Overall, AL 1/2020 decreases commitment appropriations by €2 608.8 million and increases payment appropriations by €2 609.3 million on the July 2020 draft budget. The AL 1/2020 changes are incorporated in the draft 2021 budget, which is currently being discussed between Parliament and Council negotiators in the ongoing budgetary conciliation.

State of play of EU-Australia FTA talks

02-12-2020

In May 2018, the Council authorised the Commission to negotiate a free trade agreement (FTA) with Australia. Negotiations were officially launched in June 2018. Between July 2018 and September 2020, eight negotiation rounds took place. The first chapter of the prospective EU-Australia FTA, concluded at the technical level, is on small and medium-sized enterprises. The ninth negotiation round started on 30 November 2020.

In May 2018, the Council authorised the Commission to negotiate a free trade agreement (FTA) with Australia. Negotiations were officially launched in June 2018. Between July 2018 and September 2020, eight negotiation rounds took place. The first chapter of the prospective EU-Australia FTA, concluded at the technical level, is on small and medium-sized enterprises. The ninth negotiation round started on 30 November 2020.

Nominations for Members of the European Court of Auditors

02-12-2020

On the occasion of the nomination of a new Polish member for the Court of Auditors, this briefing describes the national nomination process and the roles of EP and Council.

On the occasion of the nomination of a new Polish member for the Court of Auditors, this briefing describes the national nomination process and the roles of EP and Council.

Setting the 2030 GHG emissions reduction target

02-12-2020

The Commission proposed to set the 55 % greenhouse gas emissions reduction target (compared to 1990 levels) by 2030. The supporting impact assessment is in line with the requirements of the Better Regulation Guidelines when it comes to the combined use of qualitative and quantitative methods and tools, as well as taking on board the Regulatory Scrutiny Board's recommendations. However, the discussion of the socio-economic or environmental implications of the problem identified, the formulation of ...

The Commission proposed to set the 55 % greenhouse gas emissions reduction target (compared to 1990 levels) by 2030. The supporting impact assessment is in line with the requirements of the Better Regulation Guidelines when it comes to the combined use of qualitative and quantitative methods and tools, as well as taking on board the Regulatory Scrutiny Board's recommendations. However, the discussion of the socio-economic or environmental implications of the problem identified, the formulation of objectives, the range of scenarios and their comparison based on the mandatory criteria of efficiency, effectiveness, coherence and proportionality and the impact on SMEs fall short of the Better Regulation Guidelines.

Climate change and its impact on food and nutrition security

30-11-2020

There is mounting evidence for negative consequences of climate change on human health worldwide, from both direct and indirect effects, mediated by ecosystems and socioeconomic systems. The impacts are being experienced in the EU, and the effects of climate change on food systems are a critical part of the overall impacts on human and planetary health. This document was provided by the Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies at the request of the committee on Environment ...

There is mounting evidence for negative consequences of climate change on human health worldwide, from both direct and indirect effects, mediated by ecosystems and socioeconomic systems. The impacts are being experienced in the EU, and the effects of climate change on food systems are a critical part of the overall impacts on human and planetary health. This document was provided by the Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies at the request of the committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

External author

Robin FEARS

Recommendation on the economic policy of the euro area - December 2020

02-12-2020

This note looks at the 2021 recommendation on the economic policies of the euro area proposed by the Commission. It also provides an overview of the follow up of the 2020 recommendations, making use of public information and based on proxies such as on how the Eurogroup has integrated euro area recommendations concerns in their “thematic discussions” and work programmes. In addition, the note provides a review of the euro area recommendations from an institutional perspective and includes broad comparisons ...

This note looks at the 2021 recommendation on the economic policies of the euro area proposed by the Commission. It also provides an overview of the follow up of the 2020 recommendations, making use of public information and based on proxies such as on how the Eurogroup has integrated euro area recommendations concerns in their “thematic discussions” and work programmes. In addition, the note provides a review of the euro area recommendations from an institutional perspective and includes broad comparisons to earlier recommendations, to illustrate how policy concerns have evolved over time. This is an update of similar note on the 2020 recommendations and it will be regularly updated.

Ending the cage age: looking for alternative

30-11-2020

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the PETI Committee, presents alternatives for cage housing of farm animals and laying hens and sows in particular. Cage-free housing has a positive effect on the behavioural freedom and welfare of animals. No major problems arise with regard to other aspects of sustainability. Research shows that cage-free housing is currently possible or will be in the future. ...

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the PETI Committee, presents alternatives for cage housing of farm animals and laying hens and sows in particular. Cage-free housing has a positive effect on the behavioural freedom and welfare of animals. No major problems arise with regard to other aspects of sustainability. Research shows that cage-free housing is currently possible or will be in the future. A shift towards cage-free housing systems may be achieved by financial and policy measures in the short term and legislation in the long term.

External author

Prof. dr. ir. T. Bas RODENBURG, Professor of Animal Welfare1,5, Maite A.A.M. VAN GERWEN MSc, Project leader and PhD candidate2, Dr. Ellen MEIJER, Assistant Professor1, Dr. Tijs J. TOBIAS, Assistant Professor3, Dr. Mona F. GIERSBERG, Researcher1, Dr. Vivian C. GOERLICH-JANSSON, Assistant Professor1, Dr. Rebecca E. NORDQUIST, Assistant Professor 1, Dr. Franck L.B. MEIJBOOM, Associate Professor 2,4,5, Prof. dr. Saskia S. ARNDT, Professor of Animal Behaviour11Animals in Science and Society, Department Population Health Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, Utrecht, 2Centre for Sustainable Animals Stewardship, Department Population Health Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, 3Farm Animal Health, Department Population Health Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, Utrecht, 4Ethics Institute, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University, Utrecht, 5Adaptation Physiology Group, Department of Animal Sciences, Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Proceedings of the workshop on Open spaces at EU institutions versus traditional work spaces: justification, evolution, evaluation and results

30-11-2020

The Budgetary Control Committee (CONT) organised the workshop on ‘Open spaces at EU institutions versus traditional work spaces: justification, evolution, evaluation and results’ on 29 October 2020. This document consists of the proceedings of the workshop, the briefing on ‘Open Plan Offices - The new ways of working’, biographies of the speakers and the PowerPoint slides of the presentations.

The Budgetary Control Committee (CONT) organised the workshop on ‘Open spaces at EU institutions versus traditional work spaces: justification, evolution, evaluation and results’ on 29 October 2020. This document consists of the proceedings of the workshop, the briefing on ‘Open Plan Offices - The new ways of working’, biographies of the speakers and the PowerPoint slides of the presentations.

External author

Alexandra Pouwels.

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