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Discharge for 2018 budget: Second reports for the European Council and Council, and the Economic and Social Committee

14-10-2020

In May 2020, the European Parliament decided to postpone the decision on granting discharge to the European Council and Council, and to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) for the 2018 budget, and presented a number of observations. Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control has examined the situation again, and, in its second reports, recommends not granting discharge to these institutions. The votes on the second discharge reports are scheduled for the October II plenary session. ...

In May 2020, the European Parliament decided to postpone the decision on granting discharge to the European Council and Council, and to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) for the 2018 budget, and presented a number of observations. Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control has examined the situation again, and, in its second reports, recommends not granting discharge to these institutions. The votes on the second discharge reports are scheduled for the October II plenary session.

Protecting EU common values within the Member States: An overview of monitoring, prevention and enforcement mechanisms at EU level

25-09-2020

This study analyses the existing and proposed mechanisms available to the institutions of the EU that may be deployed in order to monitor and enforce the observance of EU values by the Member States. More specifically, the study addresses the status and meaning of EU values (Article 2 TEU) and also discusses existing monitoring and preventive mechanisms (European Semester, EU Justice Scoreboard, Commission's rule of law framework, the Council's dialogues on the rule of law, and the preventive arm ...

This study analyses the existing and proposed mechanisms available to the institutions of the EU that may be deployed in order to monitor and enforce the observance of EU values by the Member States. More specifically, the study addresses the status and meaning of EU values (Article 2 TEU) and also discusses existing monitoring and preventive mechanisms (European Semester, EU Justice Scoreboard, Commission's rule of law framework, the Council's dialogues on the rule of law, and the preventive arm of Article 7 TEU) and enforcement mechanisms (preliminary reference rulings, infringement procedures and the sanctions arm of Article 7 TEU)). It also analyses a number of proposed mechanisms: the pact on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights; rule of law review cycle; reviewed Council dialogues on the rule of law; and the rule of law budgetary conditionality.

Foresight within the EU institutions: The ESPAS process so far

20-05-2020

The European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) brings together the various European Union (EU) institutions and bodies in a process of administrative-level cooperation designed to identify and analyse the medium- and long-term trends facing the European Union and their implications for policy-makers. This dialogue was established in the early 2010s as a means of promoting longer-term thinking in the EU policy process and encouraging the Union’s various institutions to cooperate more closely ...

The European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) brings together the various European Union (EU) institutions and bodies in a process of administrative-level cooperation designed to identify and analyse the medium- and long-term trends facing the European Union and their implications for policy-makers. This dialogue was established in the early 2010s as a means of promoting longer-term thinking in the EU policy process and encouraging the Union’s various institutions to cooperate more closely in this field. This EPRS Briefing traces the origins of the ESPAS process and describes its operation to date, with the digital version of the Briefing offering links to some of its key output since 2012. A parallel Briefing will compare and contrast the three Global Trends Reports produced by the ESPAS process, in 2012, 2015 and 2019.

Discharge for 2018 budget – EU institutions other than the European Commission

11-05-2020

The European Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control recommends granting discharge for the budgets of seven administrative sections of the EU budget for 2018, but recommends postponing the decision on granting discharge for the European Council and Council, and for the European Economic and Social Committee. The votes on the discharge reports are expected to take place during the May plenary session.

The European Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control recommends granting discharge for the budgets of seven administrative sections of the EU budget for 2018, but recommends postponing the decision on granting discharge for the European Council and Council, and for the European Economic and Social Committee. The votes on the discharge reports are expected to take place during the May plenary session.

Recommendations on the economic policy of the euro area under the European Semester - January 2020

24-01-2020

This note looks at the recommendations on the economic policies of the euro area adopted by the Council in 2019, upon proposal of the Commission. Its scope is to assess their follow up, making use of proxies such as on how Eurogroup has integrated euro area recommendations concerns in their “thematic discussions” and its work programmes, as well as Commission’s assessment. It also looks at the Commission proposal for the 2020 euro area recommendation. In addition, the note provides an institutional ...

This note looks at the recommendations on the economic policies of the euro area adopted by the Council in 2019, upon proposal of the Commission. Its scope is to assess their follow up, making use of proxies such as on how Eurogroup has integrated euro area recommendations concerns in their “thematic discussions” and its work programmes, as well as Commission’s assessment. It also looks at the Commission proposal for the 2020 euro area recommendation. In addition, the note provides an institutional perspective of the euro area recommendations, in particular the process setting the 2019 euro area recommendations and the timeline for adoption of the 2020 euro area recommendation and includes broad comparisons to earlier recommendations, to illustrate how policy concerns have evolved over time. This note is regularly updated.

Outcome of the informal dinner of Heads of State or Government on 28 May 2019

29-05-2019

EU leaders met to consider the outcome of the European Parliament elections, and to start the appointment process to high-level EU positions ahead of the June 2019 European Council. They discussed the principles that would guide their action, and mandated the European Council President, Donald Tusk, to begin consultations with the Parliament. EU leaders reiterated their February 2018 position on the absence of automaticity between a role as lead candidate and the European Council nomination for President ...

EU leaders met to consider the outcome of the European Parliament elections, and to start the appointment process to high-level EU positions ahead of the June 2019 European Council. They discussed the principles that would guide their action, and mandated the European Council President, Donald Tusk, to begin consultations with the Parliament. EU leaders reiterated their February 2018 position on the absence of automaticity between a role as lead candidate and the European Council nomination for President of the European Commission. They discussed the balance that needs to be found, but did not discuss any names. The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, stressed the parliamentary majority’s attachment to the Spitzenkandidaten process.

Transparency, integrity and accountability in the EU institutions

26-03-2019

This briefing provides an overview of the main tools on transparency, integrity and accountability implemented in the EU institutions and the reforms thereof.

This briefing provides an overview of the main tools on transparency, integrity and accountability implemented in the EU institutions and the reforms thereof.

Appointment procedures in the EU institutions

15-02-2019

This analytical study focuses on the legal and practical / ethical dimensions of the appointment of senior-level officials in the European Union (EU) institutions, and a selection of Member States and different European / international organisations. Focusing on the four instances of maladministration identified by the European Ombudsman with regard to the appointment of the new Secretary-General (SG) of the European Commission (EC), this study recommends inter alia that a special appointment procedure ...

This analytical study focuses on the legal and practical / ethical dimensions of the appointment of senior-level officials in the European Union (EU) institutions, and a selection of Member States and different European / international organisations. Focusing on the four instances of maladministration identified by the European Ombudsman with regard to the appointment of the new Secretary-General (SG) of the European Commission (EC), this study recommends inter alia that a special appointment procedure should be adopted for the appointment of the SG of the EC; amending Articles 7 and Article 29 of the Staff Regulations to improve their clarity and limit chances of misapplication / maladministration; for the Ombudsman to be capable of bringing a judicial review procedure; looking into the possible ways in which EU citizens and organisations may be involved in shaping the institutional policies on appointments; promoting the professionalisation of selection committees; addressing inefficiencies in appointment procedures and clarifying criteria (on exceptions, publication of vacancies etc.); enhancing the transparency of appointment procedures and strengthening independent monitoring of appointment procedures; broadening the choice of candidates; considering the introduction of external independent expertise in appointment procedures; a role for the European Parliament, e.g. pre-appointment hearings of SG; and clarifying existing conflict of interest requirements.

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Christoph Demmke Magdalena Tulibacka Margarita Sanz Roland Blomeyer Mike Beke

EMU reform and the ‘new normal’ for monetary policy

29-11-2018

The European Central Bank may already be facing the next crisis in the euro area but is still deploying the tools of unconventional monetary policy from the last crisis. This brief looks at the ECB as an institution amongst institutions and shows how even more unconventional approaches will not help the euro area economy. Additionally, given the complexity of money and the effects of expectations, expanding the ECB’s unconventional arsenal is likely to have deleterious consequences across Europe. ...

The European Central Bank may already be facing the next crisis in the euro area but is still deploying the tools of unconventional monetary policy from the last crisis. This brief looks at the ECB as an institution amongst institutions and shows how even more unconventional approaches will not help the euro area economy. Additionally, given the complexity of money and the effects of expectations, expanding the ECB’s unconventional arsenal is likely to have deleterious consequences across Europe. This document was provided by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

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Christopher A. Hartwell, CASE

Protection of personal data processed by the Union institutions and bodies

05-09-2018

In view of revising the existing rules in the field and in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European Commission made a proposal regulating the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies in 2016. Negotiations with the Council have produced a compromise text, which is expected to be voted on at first reading in the September plenary.

In view of revising the existing rules in the field and in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European Commission made a proposal regulating the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies in 2016. Negotiations with the Council have produced a compromise text, which is expected to be voted on at first reading in the September plenary.

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