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Statute for social and solidarity-based enterprises

27-06-2018

Social enterprises combine entrepreneurial activity with a positive social, environmental or community impact. However, they also struggle with regulatory obstacles, access to funding and visibility. No consensus exists on a definition of 'social enterprise', which makes their regulation and funding problematic across various systems. The European Parliament is expected to vote in July 2018 on an own-initiative report, which calls on the European Commission to improve the regulatory framework by ...

Social enterprises combine entrepreneurial activity with a positive social, environmental or community impact. However, they also struggle with regulatory obstacles, access to funding and visibility. No consensus exists on a definition of 'social enterprise', which makes their regulation and funding problematic across various systems. The European Parliament is expected to vote in July 2018 on an own-initiative report, which calls on the European Commission to improve the regulatory framework by creating a 'European social economy label' scheme aimed at providing coherent legal rules in support of social enterprises.

Media freedom trends 2017: Western Balkans

03-05-2017

Media freedom, a core EU value and a cornerstone of democracy, is a priority reform area in the Western Balkans' EU accession agenda. Yet, despite a certain level of preparedness and a broadly developed legal framework, aspirant countries keep facing systemic shortcomings that require long-term sustained efforts. These efforts have stalled in recent years, resulting in a 'no progress' situation.

Media freedom, a core EU value and a cornerstone of democracy, is a priority reform area in the Western Balkans' EU accession agenda. Yet, despite a certain level of preparedness and a broadly developed legal framework, aspirant countries keep facing systemic shortcomings that require long-term sustained efforts. These efforts have stalled in recent years, resulting in a 'no progress' situation.

CETA and public services

10-02-2017

EU-Canada negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) began in May 2009 and concluded in September 2014. Signed in October 2016, the agreement's overall aim is to increase flows of goods, services and investment. This publication analyses the extent to which public services are protected in CETA. The trade agreement takes the public sector into account by means of a (general) public sector carve-out and specific reservations introduced by the EU and the Member States in the ...

EU-Canada negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) began in May 2009 and concluded in September 2014. Signed in October 2016, the agreement's overall aim is to increase flows of goods, services and investment. This publication analyses the extent to which public services are protected in CETA. The trade agreement takes the public sector into account by means of a (general) public sector carve-out and specific reservations introduced by the EU and the Member States in the annexes to the agreement. These reservations apply specifically to health services, education services, social services, and environmental, energy and transport services. National reservations introduced by the EU Member States to complement EU-wide reservations vary greatly. To a large extent this is the result of the widely varying levels of liberalisation of certain services among Member States, leading some of them to see a greater need to protect particular sectors from foreign competition than others.

Integrated social services for more efficient service delivery

07-06-2016

For the past four decades, and even more so since the crisis of 2008, integrated social services have been considered an efficient tool for helping all people, but particularly vulnerable ones, to participate successfully in society. What are these services, what can they really achieve and what are their limitations? Due to their complex nature, resulting from combining several services from employment, through health, social protection and education, they have only partly been mapped systematically ...

For the past four decades, and even more so since the crisis of 2008, integrated social services have been considered an efficient tool for helping all people, but particularly vulnerable ones, to participate successfully in society. What are these services, what can they really achieve and what are their limitations? Due to their complex nature, resulting from combining several services from employment, through health, social protection and education, they have only partly been mapped systematically across Europe. Several European policies provide support for social innovation and within this context also for integrated social services. The policy dilemmas surrounding the implementation of these services go to the heart of the concept shaping traditional welfare state models. Integrated social services and the policies related to them can contribute to the realisation of 'Social Triple A' for the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), which is a major objective of the Juncker Commission.

TiSA: Recommendations for the negotiations

26-01-2016

The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), currently under negotiation in Geneva, is a plurilateral agreement involving 50 members of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The aim is to liberalise trade in services among those countries, but the EU and others hope to make it part of the WTO rulebook at a later stage. The European Union is the world's largest importer and exporter of services and therefore has a vital interest in both supporting and building a sound regulatory basis for international trade ...

The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), currently under negotiation in Geneva, is a plurilateral agreement involving 50 members of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The aim is to liberalise trade in services among those countries, but the EU and others hope to make it part of the WTO rulebook at a later stage. The European Union is the world's largest importer and exporter of services and therefore has a vital interest in both supporting and building a sound regulatory basis for international trade in services. The European Parliament has actively followed TiSA negotiations since the start of the negotiations in spring 2013. During its February plenary session, the EP is due to vote on recommendations setting out for the Commission, as the EU negotiator, the Parliament's priorities for the remainder of the negotiations.

South Africa's uneasy social convergence

19-11-2015

Despite its redistributive post-apartheid social policies, South Africa still faces substantial challenges. While most white citizens enjoy comparable living standards to those of the richest Western countries, one fifth of the population (mostly black) lives in extreme poverty. Government policies aimed at establishing social justice have achieved varying results. Deteriorating economic prospects have made expectations of social equity increasingly difficult to meet.

Despite its redistributive post-apartheid social policies, South Africa still faces substantial challenges. While most white citizens enjoy comparable living standards to those of the richest Western countries, one fifth of the population (mostly black) lives in extreme poverty. Government policies aimed at establishing social justice have achieved varying results. Deteriorating economic prospects have made expectations of social equity increasingly difficult to meet.

TTIP Services - Study in Focus

16-11-2015

This study Challenges and Opportunities for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection in the area of Services analyses the opportunities and potential benefits – in aggregate and by sector - from further freeing up of transatlantic services trade via improvements in market access, regulatory cooperation and service provider mobility. The study also considers the EU’s defensive interests in maintaining consumer standards and the government’s right to regulate and draws on the innovations and lessons ...

This study Challenges and Opportunities for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection in the area of Services analyses the opportunities and potential benefits – in aggregate and by sector - from further freeing up of transatlantic services trade via improvements in market access, regulatory cooperation and service provider mobility. The study also considers the EU’s defensive interests in maintaining consumer standards and the government’s right to regulate and draws on the innovations and lessons to be taken from other recent EU preferential trade agreements. This is a short overview of this study. Link to the original document: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2015/563443/IPOL_STU(2015)563443_EN.pdf

Parliament's recommendations on TTIP talks

02-06-2015

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is currently being negotiated between the EU and the US as a comprehensive and ambitious trade agreement aiming to liberalise trade and investments as well as foster regulatory cooperation. Public opinion in some EU Member States shows fears related to investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clauses in TTIP and, more generally, the impact of the future agreement on states’ regulatory freedom in the areas of the environment, consumer and labour ...

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is currently being negotiated between the EU and the US as a comprehensive and ambitious trade agreement aiming to liberalise trade and investments as well as foster regulatory cooperation. Public opinion in some EU Member States shows fears related to investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clauses in TTIP and, more generally, the impact of the future agreement on states’ regulatory freedom in the areas of the environment, consumer and labour law and data protection. The INTA Committee has adopted draft recommendations on the TTIP negotiations, due to be discussed during the June plenary.

The Revision of the 'Broadcasting Communication' and its Implications for Public Service Television

15-10-2009

This note provides an overview of the issues raised by the revision of the 'Broadcasting Communication' that took place in 2009. It identifies what is new in the Communication and describes the possible implications for the state aid granted to public service broadcasters in the EU.

This note provides an overview of the issues raised by the revision of the 'Broadcasting Communication' that took place in 2009. It identifies what is new in the Communication and describes the possible implications for the state aid granted to public service broadcasters in the EU.

Services of General Interest in the Internal Market

01-02-2005

Parlamendiväline autor

Prof. Dr. Gabriel Obermann, Prof. David Hall, Barbara Sak

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