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Posted on 22-10-2020

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

22-10-2020

Este estudio forma parte de un proyecto destinado a sentar las bases de una comparación integrada y correlacionada de la regulación del principio de igualdad y no discriminación entre diferentes ordenamientos jurídicos positivos. Las siguientes páginas contienen, en lo relativo a España, el análisis de su legislación vigente, de la jurisprudencia constitucional, así como un paralelo estudio dogmático sobre el concepto y naturaleza de ese derecho, prestando particular atención a sus distintos límites ...

Este estudio forma parte de un proyecto destinado a sentar las bases de una comparación integrada y correlacionada de la regulación del principio de igualdad y no discriminación entre diferentes ordenamientos jurídicos positivos. Las siguientes páginas contienen, en lo relativo a España, el análisis de su legislación vigente, de la jurisprudencia constitucional, así como un paralelo estudio dogmático sobre el concepto y naturaleza de ese derecho, prestando particular atención a sus distintos límites y a las políticas sectoriales positivas o pro activas. Se pasa asimismo revista a sus múltiples desafíos, y a la problemática de la extensión indiscriminada de ciertas medidas de discriminación positiva e inversa que puedan desvirtuar el alcance general del principio de igualdad. La Constitución española de 1978 concibe el principio de igualdad y no discriminación como una piedra angular de todo el edificio constitucional, especialmente en el ámbito de los derechos y libertades públicas, lo que supuso que toda situación de desigualdad existente, al momento de su entrada en vigor, fuera considerada ya incompatible con el nuevo orden de valores. Las disposiciones jurídico-constitucionales sobre la igualdad son, por lo demás, varias. En primer lugar, el art. 14 de la Constitución consagra la igualdad ante la ley (igualdad formal) de todos los españoles, excluyendo toda clase de discriminación, con mención expresa de determinados motivos que son considerados supuestos de discriminación cualificada (nacimiento, raza, sexo, religión, opinión). En segundo término, el art. 1.1 de la Norma fundamental concibe la igualdad como uno de los valores superiores del ordenamiento jurídico español. Finalmente, el art. 9.2 del Texto constitucional recoge la ineludible igualdad material, que se aúna así a la igualdad formal, como un mandato dirigido a los poderes públicos para la remoción de todos los obstáculos que impidan su efectiva realización. La jurisprudencia dictada por el Tribunal Constitucional es de enorme importancia y significación, puesto que desde sus inicios prefiguró su ámbito de aplicación hasta llegar a su delimitación actual, al tiempo que posibilitó su desarrollo y protección más generosa.

External author

Prof. Dr. Pedro GONZÁLEZ-TREVIJANO SÁNCHEZ

The environmental impacts of plastics and micro-plastics use, waste and pollution: EU and national measures

22-10-2020

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the Committee on Petitions (PETI), focuses on the pervasive use of plastics and reviews the rising consensus on the potential eco-toxicological impacts of these materials, in particular of smaller plastic particles, dubbed microplastics. It discusses possible mitigation strategies aimed at curtailing the prevalence of (micro)plastics, as well as emerging alternatives ...

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the Committee on Petitions (PETI), focuses on the pervasive use of plastics and reviews the rising consensus on the potential eco-toxicological impacts of these materials, in particular of smaller plastic particles, dubbed microplastics. It discusses possible mitigation strategies aimed at curtailing the prevalence of (micro)plastics, as well as emerging alternatives and their environmental adequacy. Propelled by increasing awareness of the impacts of plastics and by public opinion, in recent years a multitude of norms, regulations, laws and recommendations have been proposed and/or implemented. These vary greatly across local, national, regional and international levels, and it is not clear what the beneficial impacts of these tools are. This study assesses these existing instruments, analyses whether they are based on sound scientific data, and discusses foreseeable challenges that could restrain the relevance and suitability of existing and future legislative proposals.

External author

João PINTO DA COSTA (lead author), Teresa ROCHA-SANTOS, Armando C. DUARTE, Department of Chemistry and CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Posted on 21-10-2020

The role of Points of Single Contact and other information services in the Single Market

20-10-2020

This study analyses the role and development of Points of Single Contact and other information services. It reviews recent policy documents, and identifies a range of weaknesses for the provision of contact points. The main recommendations are to improve monitoring (using the indicators and the Single Market Scoreboard) and make use of infringement proceedings in case of non-compliance. The actions could build on the instruments available under the recent Single Digital Gateway Regulation. This ...

This study analyses the role and development of Points of Single Contact and other information services. It reviews recent policy documents, and identifies a range of weaknesses for the provision of contact points. The main recommendations are to improve monitoring (using the indicators and the Single Market Scoreboard) and make use of infringement proceedings in case of non-compliance. The actions could build on the instruments available under the recent Single Digital Gateway Regulation. This document was provided by the Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies at the request of the committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO).

External author

Pau SALSAS-FORN et al.

Posted on 20-10-2020

Corporate due diligence and corporate accountability

20-10-2020

This study analyses the potential European Added Value of a measure requiring companies to carry out due diligence on social, environmental and governance risks in their own operations and supply chain. There is evidence of human rights violations and environmental negative impacts related to business activities. This measure could increase firm compliance to international principles of responsible business conduct, increase access to remedy for victims, improve legal certainty and create a level ...

This study analyses the potential European Added Value of a measure requiring companies to carry out due diligence on social, environmental and governance risks in their own operations and supply chain. There is evidence of human rights violations and environmental negative impacts related to business activities. This measure could increase firm compliance to international principles of responsible business conduct, increase access to remedy for victims, improve legal certainty and create a level playing field for businesses. This study reviews possible sources of costs and benefits for companies and, based on original analysis, suggests that stronger environmental and social accountability practices could contribute to improving EU firms' performance. From a qualitative analysis, it suggests a potential significant impact in addressing risks of environmental damages and human rights violations in global value chains, thus supporting EU commitment to human rights and environmental protection.

RESEARCH FOR PECH COMMITTEE: Impact of the use of offshore wind and other marine renewables on European fisheries

20-10-2020

The study provides an overview of general impacts of the development of offshore wind farms and other marine renewables on the European fishing sector. It further highlights pathways for possible co-existence solutions of both sectors, a description of best practice examples and lessons learnt, the identification of research gaps and last but not least the presentation of policy recommendations.

The study provides an overview of general impacts of the development of offshore wind farms and other marine renewables on the European fishing sector. It further highlights pathways for possible co-existence solutions of both sectors, a description of best practice examples and lessons learnt, the identification of research gaps and last but not least the presentation of policy recommendations.

External author

Vanessa STELZENMÜLLER, Antje GIMPEL, Jonas LETSCHERT, Casper KRAAN, Ralf DÖRING

Posted on 19-10-2020

Die Grundsätze der Gleichheit und der Nichtdiskriminierung, eine rechtsvergleichende Perspektive - Schweiz

19-10-2020

Dieses Dokument ist Teil einer Reihe von Studien, mit denen die Grundsätze der Gleichheit und der Nichtdiskriminierung in verschiedenen Staaten aus rechtsvergleichender Sicht dargestellt werden sollen. Nach einer Erklärung der einschlägigen Rechtsvorschriften und Rechtsprechung werden der Inhalt, die Grenzen und die mögliche Entwicklung dieser Grundsätze analysiert. Die vorliegende Studie hat den Fall der Schweiz zum Gegenstand. Die Schweiz verankert die Rechtsgleichheit und die Nichtdiskriminierung ...

Dieses Dokument ist Teil einer Reihe von Studien, mit denen die Grundsätze der Gleichheit und der Nichtdiskriminierung in verschiedenen Staaten aus rechtsvergleichender Sicht dargestellt werden sollen. Nach einer Erklärung der einschlägigen Rechtsvorschriften und Rechtsprechung werden der Inhalt, die Grenzen und die mögliche Entwicklung dieser Grundsätze analysiert. Die vorliegende Studie hat den Fall der Schweiz zum Gegenstand. Die Schweiz verankert die Rechtsgleichheit und die Nichtdiskriminierung in der Bundesverfassung sowie in mehreren Spezialgesetzen, die sich ihrerseits auf bestimmte Diskriminierungsgründe und Rechtsbereiche beschränken. Diese werden hier dargestellt, bevor in einem dritten Teil die reichhaltige Rechtsprechung des Schweizer Bundesgerichts wiedergegeben wird. Abschliessend wird der Rechtsrahmen kritisch analysiert, es wird auf bestehende Lücken sowie auf derzeitige und künftige Reformen hingewiesen.

External author

Dr. Nula FREI, Universität Freiburg

EU Defence Package: Defence Procurement and Intra-Community Transfers Directives

19-10-2020

This study examines the implementation of the European Union (EU) defence package, which consists of the Defence Procurement Directive 2009/81/EC and the Intra-Community Transfers Directive 2009/43/EC, during the period from 2016 to 2020. It is organised in two parts. The first part of the study, prepared internally, examines the evaluations carried out on the implementation of the two directives to identify persisting challenges. It surveys institutional and policy novelties in the field of EU defence ...

This study examines the implementation of the European Union (EU) defence package, which consists of the Defence Procurement Directive 2009/81/EC and the Intra-Community Transfers Directive 2009/43/EC, during the period from 2016 to 2020. It is organised in two parts. The first part of the study, prepared internally, examines the evaluations carried out on the implementation of the two directives to identify persisting challenges. It surveys institutional and policy novelties in the field of EU defence cooperation so as to place the implementation of the two directives in context, and then examines Parliament's oversight work. It goes on to lay out the main elements that are likely to affect the future of EU defence industrial cooperation, and provides options for moving forward. The second part of the study, which was outsourced, is based on primary research (a survey and interviews) and aims to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance and added value of the Defence Procurement Directive and the Intra-Community Transfers Directive. It also seeks to identify limitations and challenges, and explore – where possible – the links between the implementation of the two directives.

Posted on 15-10-2020

Key issues in the European Council: State of play in October 2020

15-10-2020

This EPRS publication, 'Key issues in the European Council', is updated quarterly to coincide with European Council meetings. It aims to provide an overview of the institution’s activities on major EU issues, by analysing twelve broad policy areas, explaining the legal and political background and the main priorities and orientations defined by the European Council in each field. It also assesses the results of European Council involvement in these policy areas to date, and identifies future challenges ...

This EPRS publication, 'Key issues in the European Council', is updated quarterly to coincide with European Council meetings. It aims to provide an overview of the institution’s activities on major EU issues, by analysing twelve broad policy areas, explaining the legal and political background and the main priorities and orientations defined by the European Council in each field. It also assesses the results of European Council involvement in these policy areas to date, and identifies future challenges in the various policy fields.

Posted on 14-10-2020

The gendered impact of the Covid-19 crisis and post-crisis period

30-09-2020

Outbreaks affect men, women and other genders differentially. This can be both the direct infections with a pathogen, or the secondary effects of public health response policies. COVID-19 is no exception, and the gendered impacts thus far and in the future are numerous. This study outlines some of the key gendered effects thus far and suggestions for how these may extend into the post-crisis period based on currently available data on COVID and longer-term effects of previous outbreaks. This includes ...

Outbreaks affect men, women and other genders differentially. This can be both the direct infections with a pathogen, or the secondary effects of public health response policies. COVID-19 is no exception, and the gendered impacts thus far and in the future are numerous. This study outlines some of the key gendered effects thus far and suggestions for how these may extend into the post-crisis period based on currently available data on COVID and longer-term effects of previous outbreaks. This includes the lack of sex-disaggregated data, the role of healthcare workers and care workers, domestic violence, the impact of quarantine on feminised sectors of the economy, the additional unpaid labour on women as a result of lockdown, access to maternity, sexual and reproductive health services. This study commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the FEMM Committee.

External author

Clare WENHAM, Department of Health Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, United Kingdom

Posted on 13-10-2020

Die Grundsätze der Gleichheit und der Nichtdiskriminierung, eine rechtsvergleichende Perspektive - Österreich

13-10-2020

Dieses Dokument ist Teil einer Reihe von Studien, mit denen die Grundsätze der Gleichheit und der Nichtdiskriminierung in verschiedenen Staaten aus rechtsvergleichender Sicht dargestellt werden sollen. Nach einer Erklärung der einschlägigen Rechtsvorschriften und Rechtsprechung werden der Inhalt, die Grenzen und die mögliche Entwicklung dieser Grundsätze analysiert. Die vorliegende Studie hat den Fall Österreich zum Gegenstand. Die Grundsätze der Gleichheit und der Nichtdiskriminierung sind in Österreich ...

Dieses Dokument ist Teil einer Reihe von Studien, mit denen die Grundsätze der Gleichheit und der Nichtdiskriminierung in verschiedenen Staaten aus rechtsvergleichender Sicht dargestellt werden sollen. Nach einer Erklärung der einschlägigen Rechtsvorschriften und Rechtsprechung werden der Inhalt, die Grenzen und die mögliche Entwicklung dieser Grundsätze analysiert. Die vorliegende Studie hat den Fall Österreich zum Gegenstand. Die Grundsätze der Gleichheit und der Nichtdiskriminierung sind in Österreich umfassend gewährleistet. Auf verfassungsgesetzlicher Ebene binden der allgemeine Gleichheitssatz und die zu diesem ergehende verfassungsgerichtliche Rechtsprechung das gesamte staatliche Handeln an diese Grundsätze. Der VfGH hat dabei eine Dogmatik entwickelt, die insbesondere eine rechtlich ungleiche Behandlung aufgrund von in der Person gelegenen Merkmalen nur in äußerst engen Grenzen zulässt. Demgegenüber ist das Konzept der „positiven bzw umgekehrten Diskriminierung“ nur wenig ausgeprägt und beschränkt sich im Wesentlichen auf die Herstellung faktischer Gleichheit von Frauen und Männern. Private werden durch die Grundsätze der Gleichheit und der Nichtdiskriminierung lediglich sektoral gebunden, wobei im Wesentlichen unionsrechtliche Vorgaben innerstaatlich umgesetzt werden.

External author

Ass.-Prof. Dr. Markus VAŠEK, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz

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