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Ten issues to watch in 2019

08-01-2019

This is the third edition of an annual EPRS publication designed to identify and frame some of the key issues and policy areas that are likely to feature prominently on the political agenda of the European Union over the coming year. The topics analysed are the outlook for a new European Parliament and new European Commission, the way forward for the soon-to-be EU-27, the future financing of the Union, the process of digital transformation, artificial intelligence and collective intelligence, internal ...

This is the third edition of an annual EPRS publication designed to identify and frame some of the key issues and policy areas that are likely to feature prominently on the political agenda of the European Union over the coming year. The topics analysed are the outlook for a new European Parliament and new European Commission, the way forward for the soon-to-be EU-27, the future financing of the Union, the process of digital transformation, artificial intelligence and collective intelligence, internal security, trade wars, Africa, electric mobility, and the oceans.

Proteção e gestão das águas

01-02-2018

A água é essencial para a vida humana, animal e vegetal, bem como para a economia. A sua proteção e gestão transcendem as fronteiras nacionais. A Diretiva-Quadro «Água» (DQA) estabelece um quadro jurídico para a proteção e regeneração da água potável na UE e para garantir a sua utilização sustentável a longo prazo. É complementada por legislação mais específica, como a Diretiva «Água Potável» ou a Diretiva «Águas Balneares», a Diretiva «Inundações» e a Diretiva-Quadro «Estratégia Marinha», bem como ...

A água é essencial para a vida humana, animal e vegetal, bem como para a economia. A sua proteção e gestão transcendem as fronteiras nacionais. A Diretiva-Quadro «Água» (DQA) estabelece um quadro jurídico para a proteção e regeneração da água potável na UE e para garantir a sua utilização sustentável a longo prazo. É complementada por legislação mais específica, como a Diretiva «Água Potável» ou a Diretiva «Águas Balneares», a Diretiva «Inundações» e a Diretiva-Quadro «Estratégia Marinha», bem como por acordos internacionais.

The UN Ocean Conference - June 2017, Guidance to the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament

14-04-2017

This briefing, provided to the European Parliament in preparation for the UN Ocean Conference in New York in June 2017 takes into account discussions and developments until March 2017. The briefing includes: an overview of the UN 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14); a description of the Ocean Conference, including the Preparatory Meeting held in February 2017 and other issues leading up to the Conference; the position of governments and stakeholders in ocean use and governance ...

This briefing, provided to the European Parliament in preparation for the UN Ocean Conference in New York in June 2017 takes into account discussions and developments until March 2017. The briefing includes: an overview of the UN 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14); a description of the Ocean Conference, including the Preparatory Meeting held in February 2017 and other issues leading up to the Conference; the position of governments and stakeholders in ocean use and governance; the role of the EU and its current marine policies, actors and bodies; and finally a short conclusion and set of recommendations.

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Benjamin Boteler, Lucy O. smith, Ralph Bodle, Lena Donat

Fisheries in areas beyond national jurisdiction

07-04-2016

In June 2015, a UN resolution launched the development of a legally binding international instrument expected to break new ground in the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. Fisheries aspects to be considered in this future agreement are discussed in a European Parliament report.

In June 2015, a UN resolution launched the development of a legally binding international instrument expected to break new ground in the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. Fisheries aspects to be considered in this future agreement are discussed in a European Parliament report.

The Atlantic Action Plan

17-02-2016

The European Commission adopted the Atlantic Action Plan in 2013, aiming to revitalise the marine and maritime economy of France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom after the economic crisis. Funded from existing EU programmes, the plan promotes entrepreneurship and innovation through research and technology, while protecting the marine environment. Engaging national and regional actors, it also opens up possibilities of wider transatlantic cooperation.

The European Commission adopted the Atlantic Action Plan in 2013, aiming to revitalise the marine and maritime economy of France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom after the economic crisis. Funded from existing EU programmes, the plan promotes entrepreneurship and innovation through research and technology, while protecting the marine environment. Engaging national and regional actors, it also opens up possibilities of wider transatlantic cooperation.

The European Maritime Safety Agency

01-07-2015

As one of the EU's decentralised bodies, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) was set up in 2003 to perform specific tasks under EU law. Based in Lisbon, the Agency helps to enforce EU maritime regulations and provides technical and scientific assistance to ensure high, uniform and effective levels of maritime safety and security. EMSA also works to prevent pollution and responds to pollution caused by ships or oil and gas installations. Its maritime surveillance expertise serves purposes as ...

As one of the EU's decentralised bodies, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) was set up in 2003 to perform specific tasks under EU law. Based in Lisbon, the Agency helps to enforce EU maritime regulations and provides technical and scientific assistance to ensure high, uniform and effective levels of maritime safety and security. EMSA also works to prevent pollution and responds to pollution caused by ships or oil and gas installations. Its maritime surveillance expertise serves purposes as varied as combating illegal fishing and piracy, and containing the spread of Ebola fever.

The 2015 G7 summit: Seeking common ground on global issues

02-06-2015

The Group of Seven (G7) is an informal forum for international cooperation consisting of seven leading industrialised nations (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the USA). The heads of state or government of these countries have convened annual meetings since 1975 to discuss issues of global interest. The group has an informal nature and operates without a permanent secretariat. A rotating presidency is responsible for preparation of its annual summits. Since 1981, the EU has taken ...

The Group of Seven (G7) is an informal forum for international cooperation consisting of seven leading industrialised nations (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the USA). The heads of state or government of these countries have convened annual meetings since 1975 to discuss issues of global interest. The group has an informal nature and operates without a permanent secretariat. A rotating presidency is responsible for preparation of its annual summits. Since 1981, the EU has taken part in all G7 sessions. The next Summit will be held under the German presidency on 7 and 8 June 2015 in Schloss Elmau, Bavaria. The main points on the agenda will be the global economy, foreign and security policies, development, and climate issues. The leaders will also be discussing the UN conferences taking place later in 2015, the post-2015 agenda and many other specific issues such as resource efficiency, the marine environment and energy security. Preparations for the Summit included engagement with representatives of civil society (such as non-governmental organisations, the science and research community, and business associations) and three ministerial meetings (with the participation of foreign, energy, and finance ministers respectively) which helped to set the Summit agenda. The programme will however only be finalised at the last minute, dependent on the most pressing recent developments.

Bringing Mediterranean and Black Sea fishing rules into EU law

05-01-2015

The EU has made a series of commitments in recent years in its capacity as a contracting party to the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean, an international forum for cooperation on the sustainable management and exploitation of living marine resources. The elements of those commitments which are not already part of EU law need now to be translated into EU legislation.

The EU has made a series of commitments in recent years in its capacity as a contracting party to the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean, an international forum for cooperation on the sustainable management and exploitation of living marine resources. The elements of those commitments which are not already part of EU law need now to be translated into EU legislation.

Maritime Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Management: Initial Appraisal of the Commission's Impact Assessment

16-09-2013

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the Commission proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management (COM (2013) 133), submitted on 12 March 2013. It analyses whether the principal criteria laid down in the Commission’s own Impact Assessment Guidelines, as well as additional factors ...

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the Commission proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management (COM (2013) 133), submitted on 12 March 2013. It analyses whether the principal criteria laid down in the Commission’s own Impact Assessment Guidelines, as well as additional factors identified by the Parliament in its Impact Assessment Handbook, appear to be met by the IA. It does not attempt to deal with the substance of the proposal.

The maritime dimension of the EU's CSDP

05-09-2013

As piracy off Africa has become a global security issue, the need for the European Union (EU) to protect its interests at sea through a maritime dimension to its Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) has also been recognised.

As piracy off Africa has become a global security issue, the need for the European Union (EU) to protect its interests at sea through a maritime dimension to its Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) has also been recognised.

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EPRS Annual Lecture: Clash of Cultures: Transnational governance in post-war Europe
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