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Preparing the Conference on the Future of Europe

03-12-2019

After the many debates and declarations of principles on the future of Europe of recent years, the time for a more structured reflection on the future of Europe's development has arrived. The new President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen has pledged to establish a Conference on the Future of Europe, in an effort to give new impulse to European construction and bring Europe closer to citizens. At this stage, details of this initiative are still up for discussion. For Dubravka Šuica ...

After the many debates and declarations of principles on the future of Europe of recent years, the time for a more structured reflection on the future of Europe's development has arrived. The new President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen has pledged to establish a Conference on the Future of Europe, in an effort to give new impulse to European construction and bring Europe closer to citizens. At this stage, details of this initiative are still up for discussion. For Dubravka Šuica, the Commissioner who will take charge of the process, the inclusion of all citizens' voices will be an essential characteristic of the Conference. However, how to ensure that European citizens are properly represented remains to be clarified. Preparation of the Conference, in von der Leyen's approach, will follow three steps: first, the elaboration of the concept, structure, timing and scope with Parliament and Council; then, design of a means to ensure that citizens participate as much as possible, including by fostering online participation for younger people; and last, making sure that appropriate follow-up is provided to the actions agreed by the Conference. The Parliament has created a working group to contribute to the design of the Conference, in particular in respect of its structure, with a view to a vote in plenary. Parliament's Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) has also launched discussions, confirming the eagerness of Parliament and its political bodies to play an active part from the beginning of this process. The Conference on the Future of Europe should be an excellent opportunity to engage in more structured debate, with the intention to find concrete proposals to improve the way in which the EU works not only in terms of institutional dynamics, but also of its policies. Some have however cautioned that the initiative needs to be carried out with the utmost care, in particular on the follow-up to be given to its outcomes, so that it can remain a meaningful endeavour.

European defence industrial development programme (EDIDP)

28-09-2018

The European Union is facing new security threats amid growing uncertainty about the reliability of some of its allies. As a consequence, it has embarked on a general scalingup of its defence capabilities. A European defence action plan has been agreed and a European Defence Fund created to provide financial support, ranging from the research phase to the acquisition phase of military equipment and technologies. The EDIDP, which will be part of that fund, is destined to provide the European defence ...

The European Union is facing new security threats amid growing uncertainty about the reliability of some of its allies. As a consequence, it has embarked on a general scalingup of its defence capabilities. A European defence action plan has been agreed and a European Defence Fund created to provide financial support, ranging from the research phase to the acquisition phase of military equipment and technologies. The EDIDP, which will be part of that fund, is destined to provide the European defence industry with financial support during the development phase of new products and technologies in areas selected at European level. An agreement was reached in trilogue negotiations in May 2018, and after Parliament and Council had approved the deal, the final legislative act was signed on 18 July 2018. This programme, with a financial envelope of €500 million, is due to run from January 2019 to December 2020.

Research for TRAN Committee - Status Report on the Deployment of SESAR

13-05-2016

This report captures the status of deployment of SESAR through the Pilot Common Project (PCP) in terms of state of play, costs and timeliness. It is concluded that the PCP implementation is on time and underpinned by a credible management structure. The expenditure to date through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) mechanism is EUR 325.4 million, out of EUR 3 billion planned for 2014-2020. However, as the PCP implementation is at an early stage, the benefits are still to be quantified.

This report captures the status of deployment of SESAR through the Pilot Common Project (PCP) in terms of state of play, costs and timeliness. It is concluded that the PCP implementation is on time and underpinned by a credible management structure. The expenditure to date through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) mechanism is EUR 325.4 million, out of EUR 3 billion planned for 2014-2020. However, as the PCP implementation is at an early stage, the benefits are still to be quantified.

Ulkopuolinen laatija

Washington Yotto Ochieng (FREng) and Milena Studic

Women's Empowerment and its Links to Sustainable Development

01-03-2016

Upon request by the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) of the European Parliament, this note provides background information for the FEMM Committee mission to the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women which will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 14 to 24 March 2016. The note focuses on the key priority theme of the 60th Session which is "women's empowerment and its links to sustainable development".

Upon request by the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) of the European Parliament, this note provides background information for the FEMM Committee mission to the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women which will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 14 to 24 March 2016. The note focuses on the key priority theme of the 60th Session which is "women's empowerment and its links to sustainable development".

Political Dialogue on Human Rights under Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement

06-05-2014

The aim of this study is to assess the comprehensiveness and effectiveness of the EU’s political dialogue on Human Rights under Article 8 of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement with the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP). Following a set of guiding questions, the study looks into the inclusiveness, comprehensiveness, effectiveness, alignment and impact of EU political dialogue in the area of HR, both within and beyond the Cotonou framework. Based on a systematic literature review ...

The aim of this study is to assess the comprehensiveness and effectiveness of the EU’s political dialogue on Human Rights under Article 8 of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement with the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP). Following a set of guiding questions, the study looks into the inclusiveness, comprehensiveness, effectiveness, alignment and impact of EU political dialogue in the area of HR, both within and beyond the Cotonou framework. Based on a systematic literature review of the legal provisions in place, as well as an analysis of the HR dialogue in practice in a selection of country-cases, the study offers an assessment of current practices and identifies the following four recommendations for improvement: i) develop a more strategic and structured approach to political dialogue; ii) enhance the legitimacy of the HR political dialogue; iii) ensure a result-oriented monitoring of HR dialogue and iv) fully exploit the potential of development programmes and financial instruments to underpin and strengthen the dialogue.

Ulkopuolinen laatija

Jean BOSSUYT, Camilla ROCCA and Brecht LEIN (ECDPM, The Netherlands)

Impact of Privatisation of the Public Sector on Developing Countries

01-02-2001

The results of privatisation in developing countries have proven very disappointing. Many obstacles which have appeared are related both to the characteristics of the economic, social and institutional environment and to the practical conditions of their implementation. The analysis based on case studies of privatisation of agricultural sectors and services makes it possible to present a nuanced evaluation, to highlight several recurrent characteristics of ongoing reforms and to propose a series ...

The results of privatisation in developing countries have proven very disappointing. Many obstacles which have appeared are related both to the characteristics of the economic, social and institutional environment and to the practical conditions of their implementation. The analysis based on case studies of privatisation of agricultural sectors and services makes it possible to present a nuanced evaluation, to highlight several recurrent characteristics of ongoing reforms and to propose a series of general and operational recommendations.

Ulkopuolinen laatija

Bruno Losch (Cirad-Tera)

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Hearing on Future-proofing the Tourism Sector: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead
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LIBE - FEMM Joint Hearing: Combating Gender based Violence: Cyber Violence
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