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Briefing – Free movement of goods within the EU single market – 19-01-2018

The free movement of goods is one of the four fundamental freedoms of the EU – together with services, capital and people – and a cornerstone of the single market. The rationale of an open market throughout the EU has always been to assist economic growth and competitiveness and therefore promote employment and prosperity. Legislation on the single market for goods (based mainly on Article 28 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, TFEU) aims at ensuring that products placed on the EU market conform to high health, safety and environmental requirements. Once a product is...

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EU Fact Sheets – Posting of workers – 01-01-2018

As stipulated in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and reinforced by the case-law of the European Court of Justice, the freedom of establishment and the freedom to provide services guarantee the mobility of businesses and professionals within the EU. However, with regard to the posting of workers as a specific type of cross-border labour mobility, there is a need to balance internal market freedoms with measures guaranteeing respect for the rights of workers. Currently, the 1996 rules on the posting of workers are being revised to address unfair practices and promote the principle that the same...

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Briefing – EU framework programme processes: Adoption, implementation, evaluation – 17-01-2018

Over the past 35 years, the European Union (EU) institutions have adopted eight framework programmes for research. The lifecycles of these framework programmes have been progressively streamlined and aligned with the general guidelines for the adoption of EU programmes. These lifecycles unfold in four key phases: adoption, implementation, execution, and evaluation, with the EU institutions being in charge of all phases except execution. The adoption of a new framework programme includes the preparation of an impact assessment, the preparation of the Commission proposals and the adoption of the various legislative acts by the European Parliament and the Council to...

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Study – Gender Equality in the Media Sector – 17-01-2018

This study examines key elements of the European policy agenda pertaining to gender equality in the media sector. It also reviews existing research on women’s representation within media content and the media workforce. The study provides analysis of actions to promote gender equality in the media sector at both the EU and Member State levels. Finally, it presents case studies of gender equality in the media in four Member States: Austria, Malta, Sweden, and the UK. Source : © European Union, 2018 –...

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Study – Research for TRAN Committee: The new Silk Route – opportunities and challenges for EU transport – 16-01-2018

The new Silk Route Initiative brings opportunities and challenges for the European transport system. This research study analyses the Initiative, its impacts and prospects, as well as the EU transport system’s readiness for the Initiative. It provides conclusions and recommendations to the European Parliament Committee on Transport and Tourism to address the Initiative’s challenges. Source : © European Union, 2018 –...

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Briefing – Research for TRAN Committee: The new Silk Route – opportunities and challenges for EU transport (briefing) – 16-01-2018

This briefing summarises the conclusions of a study on ‘The new Silk Route – opportunities and challenges for EU transport’ prepared by an international team of researchers for the Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament. This study analyses in detail the Chinese Silk Route Initiative and investigates its possible impacts and prospects for the EU transport system. The emphasis in the research is also put on exploring the European transport system’s readiness for the Initiative and identification of potential bottlenecks and missing links. Furthermore, the study evaluates the need for implementation of additional measures at EU...

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In-Depth Analysis – Assistive technologies for people with disabilities – 15-01-2018

Assistive technologies (ATs) are designed to improve the functional capabilities of people with disabilities. Some are relatively low-tech and very familiar, such as such as reading glasses, crutches and hearing aids. Others are more advanced, using cutting-edge science and technology, with future ATs under development that could have a huge impact on all our lives. This briefing provides an overview of a scientific foresight study of ATs for three specific types of disability: blindness and visual impairment, deafness and hearing impairment, and autism spectrum disorders. Source : © European Union, 2018 –...

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