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In-Depth Analysis – Ten more technologies which could change our lives – 14-07-2017

In 2015, the European Parliament’s Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services (DG EPRS) broke new ground with its publication ‘Ten technologies which could change our lives – potential impacts and policy implications’, with each chapter highlighting a particular technology, its promises and potential negative consequences, and the role that the European Parliament could and should play in shaping these developments. This new study continues this work, presenting ten additional technologies that will increasingly require the attention of policy-makers. The topics for the current study have been chosen to reflect the wide range of topics that the Parliament’s Science and Technology...

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Briefing – Euro area recovery and reform [What Think Tanks are thinking] – 14-07-2017

The euro area’s economic recovery has gained pace as investor confidence has strengthened. The election of the reform-minded Emmanuel Macron as French President in May reignited the debate on overhauling the euro area’s economic governance. This note offers links to recent commentaries and studies on the economic situation of the euro area and reform proposals. Source : © European Union, 2017 –...

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Briefing – Deepening EMU and fiscal union: Risk sharing versus risk reduction – 14-07-2017

The debate on how to deepen economic and monetary union (EMU) is in full swing, despite gradual recovery since 2015 from the 2007-2008 crisis. There is controversy surrounding whether delegation of monetary sovereignty to EMU necessarily entails some euro-area fiscal stabilisation competences and, if so, what kind. Proposals for such a mechanism range from (re)insurance solutions, investment strategies and funding instruments, to actual budgetary competence for the euro area. Current research supports a stronger EMU fiscal union and the introduction of stabilising policy instruments. However, the capacity to absorb future shocks will also depend on the ability to off-set...

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Briefing – Protection of workers from exposure to carcinogens or mutagens: second proposal (CMD 2) – 13-07-2017

The IA defines the problem clearly, and its evolution without EU action is comprehensively outlined. The objectives appear to be relevant, sufficiently measurable, achievable, and consistent with the manner in which the problem has been defined, as well as with other EU policies; however, they are not time-bound. The methodology used to compare the scope of impacts is well-developed, even though it is not always clear how the reported figures were obtained. However, the proposed range of options limits the scope of the analysis, and some of those retained for consideration are not entirely convincing. Environmental impacts are claimed...

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Briefing – EU and UK positions on citizens’ rights: First phase of Brexit negotiations – 13-07-2017

Negotiations on the arrangements for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU started on 19 June 2017, with citizens’ rights being one of the top priorities. However, the EU and the UK positions differ considerably. The EU aims at a withdrawal agreement which safeguards the existing right to residence as well as to equal treatment with nationals, including access to social security, for EU-27 citizens who have moved to the UK and for UK nationals resident in an EU-27 Member State prior to the withdrawal date. By contrast, the UK’s intention is to create new rights, detached from EU...

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EU Fact Sheets – Environment policy: general principles and basic framework – 01-06-2017

European environment policy rests on the principles of precaution, prevention and rectifying pollution at source, and on the ‘polluter pays’ principle. Multiannual environmental action programmes set the framework for future action in all areas of environment policy. They are embedded in horizontal strategies and taken into account in international environmental negotiations. Last but not least, implementation is crucial. Source : © European Union, 2017 –...

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In-Depth Analysis – The European Commission at mid-term: State of play of President Juncker’s ten priorities – 11-07-2017

This publication provides an overview of the work carried out by the European Commission at the mid-term of its mandate under Jean-Claude Juncker’s presidency, and more specifically an update of the initiatives taken in the framework of the ten priority areas for action. The in-depth analysis draws on a wide range of EPRS publications, and updates a previous edition The Juncker Commission’s ten priorities: state of play at the start of 2017, published in January 2017. It has been compiled and edited by Isabelle Gaudeul-Ehrhart, with contributions and support from across the Members’ Research Service and the Directorate for...

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EU Fact Sheets – Health and safety at work – 01-06-2017

Improving health and safety at work has been an important issue for the EU since the 1980s. The introduction of legislation at European level set minimum standards for the protection of workers, without preventing Member States from maintaining or introducing more stringent measures. When the Lisbon Treaty entered into force, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union became legally binding, making health and safety policy an even more important area of EU legislation. Source : © European Union, 2017 –...

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