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On the back of a number of high profile cases and alleged cases of money laundering, this briefing presents current initiatives and actions aiming at reinforcing the anti-money laundering supervisory and regulatory framework in the EU. This briefing first outlines (1) the EU supervisory architecture and the respective roles of European and national authorities in applying anti-money laundering legislation that have been further specified in the 5th AML Directive and (2) ways that have been proposed ...

International trade agreements have the potential to help breaking the vicious circle of corruption in economies based on privileged connections rather than fair competition. They increase competition in the removal of tariffs and so diminish the power of rentier companies which influence domestic regulation in their favour. They also contribute to a fairer business environment through their transparency provisions. Trade openness, red tape reduction and fiscal transparency, especially transparency ...

Comisión de investigación PANA

De un vistazo 05-12-2017

En junio de 2016, el Parlamento Europeo creó la Comisión de Investigación Encargada de Examinar las Alegaciones de Infracción y de Mala Administración en la Aplicación del Derecho de la Unión en relación con el Blanqueo de Capitales y la Elusión y la Evasión Fiscales (Comisión PANA). Su informe y la recomendación que ha presentado para su aprobación en el Pleno de diciembre del Parlamento Europeo allanan el camino para nuevas actuaciones de supervisión y seguimiento.

The impact of the online spread of mis- and disinformation – including false news posing as factual stories – became increasingly visible in the context of the crisis in Ukraine, and gained notoriety as a global challenge during the 2016 United States presidential election campaign. Ahead of the European elections in 2019, the EU is now stepping up its efforts to tackle 'fake news'. This is a further updated version of an 'at a glance' note published in April 2017: PE 599.384.

La Comisión Europea ha propuesto la revisión del Reglamento sobre la cooperación en materia de protección de los consumidores para ampliar su ámbito de aplicación y reforzar las competencias de las autoridades nacionales que cooperan en casos de infracción transfronteriza de la legislación de la Unión en este ámbito. Tras tres rondas de diálogos tripartitos, en 2014 se llegó a un acuerdo provisional que actualmente está a la espera de una votación en primera lectura en el Pleno de noviembre.

En octubre, el Parlamento Europeo tiene previsto debatir un informe de propia iniciativa sobre las medidas legítimas destinadas a proteger a los denunciantes de irregularidades. Estos denunciantes han demostrado ser un recurso vital en la revelación de perjuicios para el interés público. En el informe se pide a la Comisión que presente una propuesta legislativa horizontal con vistas a proteger a los denunciantes de manera eficaz en la Unión.

Renewing the approval for glyphosate

De un vistazo 23-10-2017

Glyphosate, one of the world's most widely used active substances in herbicides, has recently become the subject of controversy. The European Commission now proposes to renew its approval for 10 years. The ENVI committee has adopted a motion for a resolution calling for glyphosate to be phased out by 2020, and a vote on this issue is expected during the October II plenary session.

In April 2017, European Energy Commissioner, Maroš Šefčovič, commented that no commercial project has ever been so intensely debated as the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Opponents of the pipeline are above all worried about its geopolitical and energy security implications.

Through advances in technology, big data has become a major asset and can open up numerous opportunities in all areas, but how can we use this in the context of health care and ensure it benefits everyone?

South Korea has been shaken by a succession of corruption scandals involving politicians, judges, senior officials, businessmen and even academics. Impeachment of the country's first female president, the conservative Park Guen-hye, was confirmed by the Constitutional Court, and snap Presidential elections take place on 9 May 2017. Moon Jae-in, a liberal politician and a leading Minjoo (Democratic Party) personality, leads the polls and is the prospective next President of South Korea. Whoever will ...