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The first part of the STOA study 'A framework for technology foresight intelligence', this report includes a set of five horizon-scanning reports or 'radars', built with the resources of Futures Platform and covering several areas, including the world after Covid-19, disruptive futures, the Green Deal, food, and geoengineering. Horizon scanning is a discipline that could be harnessed to inform the future activities of the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) at both strategic and ...

Boosting rail freight transport is an essential pillar of the European Union's long-term policy to make transport more sustainable by cutting greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonising the sector. However, rail freight transport has faced numerous barriers in its development, and its growth is held back by its lack of competitiveness with other modes of transport such as road transport. Regulation (EU) 913/2010 was designed to facilitate rail freight transport across the EU rail network, through ...

Free movement of people and goods is a fundamental freedom of the EU and its single market. While a well-functioning EU transport system is critical for the EU economy and growth, the negative externalities associated with transport in the EU today (emissions, noise, road crashes and congestion) need to be tackled as a matter of urgency. Intelligent transport systems (such as, journey planners, travel information services, intelligent message signs and traffic lights, safety applications and traffic ...

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 ...

Following the adoption of the 2015 strategy for a digital single market in Europe and the 2020 communication on a European strategy for data, both of which sought to establish the right conditions for developing the EU data economy, several additional policy and legislative initiatives were undertaken. Their common goal was to provide the necessary legal, technological and economic conditions so data access, data-sharing and data re-use could foster innovation, business competitiveness and public ...

European green bond standard

Briefing 21-10-2021

The IA assesses elements to be added to the 2019 TEG report on a European Green Bond Standard (EU-GBS). The range of options is therefore limited to these additional aspects and does not cover the entire set of rules for green bonds. The IA is based on reliable internal and external research, international data and several stakeholder consultations. While the definition of the objectives could have been more specific, the problem analysis and the assessment of options are overall logical and thorough ...

The European Commission proposed to improve the Schengen evaluation and monitoring mechanism established by Regulation (EU) No 1053/2013. The accompanying impact assessment (IA) provides a well defined problem definition, substantiated with evidence. Furthermore, the stakeholder opinions are reported consistently throughout the IA and are used as input for the combination of measures under the preferred option. Moreover, the data sources underpinning the IA are recent, reliable, consistently referenced ...

In December 2019, Eurojust became the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation. The agency aims at fighting serious cross-border crimes by strengthening coordination and cooperation among the competent judicial authorities of the Member States. The agency's most recent activity report shows that criminal activities are increasing despite the restrictions brought about as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, since the outbreak of the pandemic, the Agency has worked on 3 240 ...

As a component of the Schengen Strategy that the European Commission intends to adopt in 2021, the revision of regulation (EU) No 1053/2013 will aim at making the Schengen Evaluation and Monitoring Mechanism more efficient, by revising current practices - for example, by shortening the adoption processes of the evaluation reports and recommendations, and ensuring a timely follow-up by Member States.

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the LIBE Committee, assesses the operation and impact of the Schengen evaluation and monitoring mechanism in its first multiannual programme (2014-19), with the aim of identifying what has worked well and developing recommendations to strengthen it. The past decade has presented multiple controversies involving the governments of Schengen states as well as EU institutions ...