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The Horn of Africa

W skrócie 28-09-2022

Food insecurity and violent conflict plague the eight Horn of Africa countries (Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda). A hub on the Red Sea trade and migration routes, bordering the unstable areas of the Sahel and central Africa, the region is of strategic interest for the EU. The EU's policy for the Horn of Africa initially focused on development, but is now set to tackle security issues too in the wake of piracy attacks and the rise in instability. Parliament ...

Customs single window

W skrócie 28-09-2022

As the EU is the largest trading bloc in the world, millions of customs declarations pass through national authorities each year. To ensure a simplified and digital approach, the European Commission has proposed the establishment of a European customs single window, which would allow traders to fulfil all their documentary requirements at once. Following interinstitutional negotiations, European Parliament and Council negotiators reached a provisional agreement in May 2022, which is expected to be ...

During the October I plenary session, Parliament is due to vote on a provisional agreement with the Council on tuna fisheries management measures adopted by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC). As a contracting party to this organisation, the EU must transpose its measures into EU law so that they apply to all Union vessels.

To finalise the overhaul of the EU agricultural statistics framework, the European Commission has proposed new rules on collecting data on the input and output of agriculture and related activities, including on farms' use of agro chemicals. The European Parliament is set to vote in plenary on the first-reading agreement during October.

During its first plenary session in October, Parliament is expected to vote on the provisional agreement resulting from interinstitutional negotiations on the legislative proposal to amend the 2014 Radio Equipment Directive. The proposal is to introduce common chargers and charging ports – USB Type-C – for mobile phones and other small portable devices sold in the EU. The expectation is that this would benefit consumers and reduce electronic waste.

During the first plenary session of October 2022, the European Parliament is expected to vote on two political agreements on proposals related to the European Health Union initiative: the proposed regulation on serious cross-border health threats (SCBHT), and the proposed regulation on extending the mandate of the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC). Complementing the launch of the Health Emergency and Response Authority (HERA), and adoption of a renewed mandate for the European Medicines ...

While Luxembourg is one of the smallest EU Member States in terms of size and population, it is a major European and global financial hub, which plays a key role for investment flows across the EU and provides banking and insurance services to businesses and households. At the same time, Luxembourg has been criticised for its corporate tax framework, which businesses or high net-worth individuals may be employing for abusive tax purposes. In particular, following on from the 'Luxleaks' files, which ...

Under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), the unprecedented EU response to the crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, Bulgaria was initially allocated €6 267.3 million in grants. In accordance with Article 11(2) of Regulation (EU) 2021/241 (the RRF Regulation), on 30 June 2022, the European Commission recalculated the maximum grant amounts for all Member States; this resulted in a just over 9 % cut for Bulgaria and a new total of €5 690 million. The country's National Recovery and ...

The way children use digital technologies has changed a lot over the past decade. Most children go online using a smartphone, and do so almost twice as much as 10 years ago. They also use the internet at an earlier age than did children 10 years ago. Although the internet provides many opportunities for kids to learn and explore, to be creative or to interact with their friends and family, it also entails many risks such as cyberbullying, age-inappropriate content, disinformation and sexual abuse ...

In nominal terms, Poland is the fourth biggest beneficiary of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), after Italy, Spain and France . EU support for implementing Poland's National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) – Krajowy Plan Odbudowy – amounts to €35.36 billion, and includes €23.85 billion in grants and €11.51 billion in loans (a third of the maximum amount of loans available) . The total allocation (grants and loans) has to be paid out to Poland by the end of 2026; this amount represents ...