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The 75th World Health Assembly will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 22 to 28 May 2022. The main topic is “Health for peace and peace for health”. It will discuss and treat matters focusing on four pillars, three of which contribute to the “triple billion targets”: Pillar 1: One billion more people benefiting from universal health coverage ; Pillar 2: One billion more people better protected from health emergencies ; Pillar 3: One billion more people enjoying better health and well-being ; ...

During its May I plenary session, the European Parliament is due to vote on whether to grant discharge for the 2020 financial year to the EU's various institutions and bodies. First in line is the report on the European Commission and six executive agencies, responsible for the bulk of EU budget spending. Separate discharge is granted for management of the European development funds (EDFs). Parliament's Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) recommends that Parliament grant the Commission and all ...

During the May I plenary session, as part of the discharge procedure for the 2020 financial year, the European Parliament is due to vote on discharge for each of 32 EU decentralised agencies and nine joint undertakings. The Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) proposes that Parliament grant discharge to all except the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, for which it proposes to postpone the discharge decision.

The EU's common foreign and security policy (CFSP) is the basis for the Union's external action, including the promotion of EU values internationally. The 2021 annual report of the Committee for Foreign Affairs on the implementation of the CFSP names five areas that play a central role in the EU's external action: strengthening multilateral partnerships; improving decision-making and making use of the EU's soft and hard powers alike; interlinking the EU's external and internal actions; developing ...

The European Parliament is expected to adopt its yearly resolution on the EU's annual report on human rights and democracy in the world during its February 2022 plenary session. The report, approved by the Council of the EU in June 2021, focuses on the challenges human rights and democracy faced across in the world in 2020, and on the EU response, in the context of rising authoritarianism and democratic decline, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

The annual rule of law reports, launched by the Commission in September 2020, are a new addition to the European institutions’ rule of law toolbox. The exercise can be described as a monitoring tool, as it collects data on the state of the rule of law in each of the 27 EU Member States but without drawing legal conclusions or giving specific recommendations. The second rule of law report was published in July 2021 and the third is expected in 2022, with the annual exercise becoming a permanent mechanism ...

The original full study is a structured analysis of the current scientific evidence on the effects of sustainability reporting including non-financial performance indicators, stand-alone sustainability reporting as well as integrated reporting. It discusses the benefits and challenges particularly related to internal decision-making, external transparency as well as financial and non-financial/environmental, social and governance effects. Further, it offers policy recommendations in view of the ...

During its July plenary session, Parliament is set to discuss the Committee on Budgetary Control's report on the control of the European Investment Bank's financial activities in 2019. The report highlights the role of the Bank in financing the European Green Deal, and its gradual shift towards being 'the EU Climate Bank'. It also looks into the implementation of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and the Bank's external operations, among other things. As last year, the report strongly ...

On 3 September 2020, the European Commission published its 31st annual report on the fight against fraud affecting EU financial interests, covering the year 2019. In total, 11 726 irregularities were reported to the Commission, 2 % fewer than in 2018. They involved approximately €1.6 billion, 34 % less than in the previous year. Parliament's Committee on Budgetary Control has adopted a report on the Commission's annual report, which is due to be discussed and voted during the July plenary session ...

This note is prepared in view of an ordinary public hearing with the Chair of the Single Resolution Board (SRB), Elke König, which will take place on 1 July 2021. The Chair will present the SRB’s annual report for 2020. This briefing addresses (i) the review of the crisis management framework, and in particular the SRB’s input to the Commission’s public consultation; (ii) MREL policy and statistics; (iii) liquidity in resolution; (iv) the relationship with the United Kingdom: contractual recognition ...