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Since its adoption, EU legislation on blood, tissues and cells has ensured an upward convergence in the quality and safety of these substances from donation to human application. Following an evaluation of the legislation, shortcomings have become apparent, primarily in light of scientific and technical developments in this area. Socio-demographic trends and new epidemiological risks have further consolidated the view that certain provisions of this legislation need to better reflect the current ...

Under the current EU rules, haulage companies can use hired vehicles, but Member States can also restrict this. In 2017, the European Commission proposed to soften these restrictions. During its April plenary session, the European Parliament will consider in second reading the adapted rules agreed with the Council. These would give transport operators more flexibility while maintaining some restrictions.

Temporary Protection Directive

Briefing 22-03-2022

Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, over 3.4 million people have already been forced to seek refuge, mostly in neighbouring countries. The European Commission estimates that Russia aggression may have displaced up to 6.5 million people. In response, the European Union swiftly decided to grant EU-wide temporary protection to people arriving from Ukraine. The EU Temporary Protection Directive (Directive 2001/55/EC) enables EU Member States to move rapidly to offer protection and ...

Victims of terrorism

At a Glance 10-03-2022

On 11 March, Europe commemorates all those who lost their lives or loved ones to terror. The European Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism was inaugurated after the 2004 Madrid bombings. Protection of victims of terrorism is an essential part of the EU's efforts to address all dimensions of the terrorist threat. In response to the wave of attacks that have hit Europe in recent years, the rules and sanctions related to terrorist activities have been strengthened. Moreover, action at EU level ...

The Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive is being updated for the fourth time, as part of the fight against cancer and to protect the health of workers in a number of industries. A trilogue agreement on the proposal sets new exposure limits for a range of hazardous substances. The European Parliament is expected to vote on the provisional agreement during its plenary session in February.

In 2017, as part of a mobility package aimed at making road transport more sustainable, the European Commission proposed to review the Eurovignette Directive and adapt the rules on charging heavy goods vehicles. Parliament is expected to vote during its February plenary session on the agreement reached in trilogue.

Directive 2003/109/EC (the Long-term Residents Directive, or LTRD) sets out the conditions under which a non-EU citizen ('third-country national') who has legally and continuously resided in a European Union (EU) Member State for at least five years can acquire 'EU long-term resident status'. This residence status is permanent, grants these individuals equal treatment rights with EU citizens in several areas, ensures reinforced protection against expulsion, and gives them the (conditional) possibility ...

In 2014, the Commission presented a proposal for a regulation on medicated feed with the aim to update and harmonise rules that dated from 1990 and were laid out in a directive. Patchy national implementation was causing difficulties for producers, animal holders and the single market. Due to the strong correlation between the proposal on medicated feed and the draft regulation on veterinary medicinal products, legislative work on both acts was being coordinated to assure consistency between their ...

Several European Union (EU) legal instruments support Member States' efforts to ensure employees are informed of and participate in decision-making processes at work. While European Works Councils (EWCs) provide important facilitation of industrial relations, EU-level rules on workers' representation have proven difficult to understand, with a sometimes contradictory structure. The European Parliament's Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) Committee has drafted an own-initiative report that seeks ...

Directive 2008/99/EC on the protection of the environment through criminal law – the Environmental Crime Directive (ECD) – was aimed primarily at improving environmental protection by means of harmonised criminal legislation. Despite noticeable progress on setting up a common legal framework and the undisputed relevance of the directive, there are shortcomings with regard to the uncertain scope of application of the directive, the uneven system for sanctions and the fact that implementation is still ...