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The study analyses recent trends in teleworking, its impacts on workers, employers, and society, and the challenges for policy-making. It provides an overview of the main legislative and policy measures adopted at EU and national level, in order to identify possible policy actions at EU level. The study is based on an extensive literature review, a web survey, interviews with representatives of European and national stakeholders, and five case studies of EU countries: Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy ...

In the context of the limited availability of development aid, there is an increased demand for effective results. This means that both developing and richer countries must commit to spending and using aid more effectively. Public funding is not enough to cover all needs, but it can leverage initiatives from civil society and the private sector. The increase in stakeholders and intervention methods, both in terms of numbers and variety, combined with the necessity to address needs in the field more ...

The meeting on the role and importance of outcome in healthcare had the aim to propose the topic of the evaluation of effectiveness of medical and surgical treatments as a real indicator of healthcare quality.

While the Eurosystem has considerably improved its operational transparency in the last few years, it is still lagging the Federal Reserve System (Fed), especially in terms of the information it provides on operating costs and staff numbers, for which it provides very scarce data. In addition, the available information is scattered throughout different publications, rather than being presented in a user-friendly fashion. Compared to the Fed, the Eurosystem seems to have higher staff numbers and operational ...

The statutes of the European Central Bank (ECB) stipulate that it should have recourse to national central banks (NCBs) to carry out monetary policy operations. Such a structure would not be a problem if these operations were all identical across member states and if the resulting profits and losses were shared. But this is not the case today. In this sense, the euro area no longer has a ‘single’ monetary policy. There is little one can do about this situation, except to wait until the government ...

This study provides a sound understanding, notably through estimates, of the costs linked to grant management – from both the grant provider (EU / National / Regional Authorities) and the grant seeker (applicant / beneficiary) perspective. It covers EU policy fields related to Competitiveness for growth and jobs, Economic, social and territorial cohesion, and Common Agricultural Policy – Pillar I, within the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020. The study aims to analyse the differences between ...

Renovation of buildings is key to meet the EU’s energy efficiency targets. This paper reviews the literature on the state of the building stock and assesses various policy options and their potential for boosting the energy efficient renovation of buildings in Europe. This document has been commissioned by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) of the European Parliament.

This rolling check-list is intended to present a comprehensive overview of the Special Reports of teh European Court of Auditors (ECA), concentrating on those relevant for the 2014 EU Discharge procedure. This document aims to relate the topics covered in the Special Reports to the relevant debates and positions within the European Parliament, including, notably, the working documents of the Committee on Budgetary Control and the work of specialised parliamentary committees, as well as to Members ...

The briefing note on EU funding instruments to support labour market integrations of refugees has been prepared by Policy Department A for the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. It gives an overview of relevant instruments including those for migrants with a view to the changed situation and needs.

This report summarises the presentations and discussions of the Workshop on ‘LIFE – How to use €3.46 billion for environment and climate protection’, held at the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday 10 November 2015. The aim of the workshop was to explore the new features of the LIFE Programme and understand how it can contribute effectively to achieving environmental protection and climate change targets. This workshop and the respective document were prepared by the Policy Department A at ...