domenica 19 marzo 2017

Segnalazioni da EuroParl

10-03-2017 12:00 AM CET

National parliaments’ contribution to the law-making process at European level should focus on the overall rationality of the draft legislative proposals. The Early Warning Mechanism must not be limited to considerations regarding the breach of the principle of subsidiarity, but also encompass the principle of conferral and the principle of proportionality. The Political Dialogue could be enhanced to acknowledge the legisprudential role assigned to national parliaments, encompassing configurations akin to the green or red card without the need to amend the Treaties.

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10-03-2017 12:00 AM CET

The European Council's role - to 'provide the Union with the necessary impetus for its development' and to define its 'general political directions and priorities' - has developed rapidly over the past seven years. Since June 2014, the European Council Oversight Unit within the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), the European Parliament's in-house research service and think-tank, has been monitoring and analysing the European Council's delivery of the various commitments made in the conclusions of its meetings. This overview, presented in the form of a regularly updated Rolling Check-List of Commitments to Date, is designed to review the degree of progress in realising the goals which the European Council has set itself since January 2010 and to assist the Parliament in exercising its important oversight role in this field.

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10-03-2017 12:00 AM CET

This check-list presents a comprehensive overview of ‘review clauses’, that is to say, review, evaluation and reporting provisions contained in recent EU legislative acts and programmes. It is produced by the Policy Cycle Unit of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), the EP's in-house research service and think- tank, with a view to supporting parliamentary committees in monitoring the evaluation of EU law, policies and programmes, thus feeding the ex-post analysis into the ex-ante phase of the policy cycle. The European Parliament is strongly committed to the concept of better law-making, and particularly to the effective use of ex-ante impact assessment and ex-post evaluation throughout the whole legislative cycle. It is in this spirit that Parliament shows a particular interest in following the transposition, implementation and enforcement of EU law and EU programmes and, more generally, monitoring the impact, operation, effectiveness and delivery of policy and programmes in practice.

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10-03-2017 12:00 AM CET

This rolling check-list presents a comprehensive overview of the European Court of Auditors' (ECA) special reports, concentrating on those relevant for the 2015 EU discharge procedure. The document seeks to link the topics discussed by the special reports to the relevant debates and positions within the European Parliament, including notably the working documents of the Budgetary Control Committee, to the work of the various specialised parliamentary committees, and to individual Members' questions. It is produced by the Policy Cycle Unit of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), the Parliament's in-house research service and think-tank, as part of its on-going support for parliamentary committees and individual Members, helping them to scrutinise the executive in its implementation of EU law, policies and programmes. The European Parliament is strongly committed to the concept of better law-making, and particularly to the effective use of ex-ante impact assessment and ex-post evaluation throughout the whole legislative cycle. It is in this spirit that the Parliament has a particular interest in following the transposition, implementation and enforcement of EU law, and, more generally, in monitoring the impact, operation, effectiveness and delivery of policy and programmes in practice.

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10-03-2017 12:00 AM CET

Wide differences exist between Member States in the treatment of municipal waste (landfilling, incinerating, recycling and composting). As part of a shift towards a circular economy, in 2015 the European Commission put forward four legislative proposals intended to improve waste management in the European Union. First-reading votes on the reports adopted by the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety are scheduled for the March II plenary.

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10-03-2017 12:00 AM CET

A week after the Paris terrorist attack in November 2015, the European Commission adopted a proposal to amend the directive on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons. The changes aim to introduce tighter controls on civilian use of firearms, improve traceability of legally held weapons and strengthen cooperation between Member States. Several rounds of trilogue negotiations produced an initial agreement in December 2016, now awaiting a vote in plenary.

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10-03-2017 12:00 AM CET

After lengthy interinstitutional negotiations concluded in a trilogue agreement with the Council, Parliament is due to adopt its first-reading position, during the March II part-session, on a proposed regulation laying down supply chain due diligence obligations for importers of tin, tantalum and tungsten, as well as their ores, and gold originating in conflict-affected areas. The proposed regulation seeks to break the link between certain armed conflicts and the illegal mining operations which sustain them, and to ensure responsible sourcing for European industries.

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10-03-2017 12:00 AM CET

The development of smart devices connected online and of big data practices, allowing unprecedented availability, sharing and automated use of data, brings both opportunities in terms of efficiency and improvement in our lives and risks for individuals’ fundamental rights. The European Parliament will vote on an own-initiative report on these issues in the second plenary of March 2017.

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10-03-2017 12:00 AM CET

International Women's Day on 8 March provides an opportunity to take stock of progress towards gender equality. Three own-initiative reports by the European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM), highlighting persistent gender inequalities and emerging issues in the European Union, are on the agenda for the plenary in March 2017.

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10-03-2017 12:00 AM CET

Controls undertaken by Member States to ensure the safety of our food are essential. The operating principals of the 'official controls' are to be updated and modernised. Parliament is expected to adopt during its March II plenary its second-reading position, following a trilogue agreement with the Council, on the proposal which aims to guarantee that food business operators are controlled with equal effectiveness in all Member States throughout the whole food chain.

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10-03-2017 12:00 AM CET

Childhood obesity remains a considerable public health problem in the European Union (EU). While multiple factors play a role, the global increase in overweight children is mainly linked to a shift in diet towards foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar, paired with a decline in physical activity. Essentially, children today are growing up in an environment that is conducive to weight gain and obesity. Excess weight in children is associated with a number of serious health consequences. These include early onset of obesity-related chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, as well as psychosocial complications. The European Commission supports Member States' efforts to take on childhood obesity in a number of ways, including the EU action plan on childhood obesity 2014-2020, which is up for review this year. The current Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU has identified tackling childhood obesity among its priorities for health, and intends to present draft Council conclusions on the issue. A technical report on public procurement of food for health in schools, jointly drafted with the Commission, has just been released.

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10-03-2017 12:00 AM CET

Reforms to the system of governance of the euro area, launched in the wake of the 2008-09 financial crisis, have included, inter alia, the creation of authorities to better supervise the financial markets, improved mechanisms to coordinate fiscal policies, and procedures to correct economic imbalances. While the drive to overhaul the euro-zone's economic rulebook has slackened as the improving growth outlook has eased threats to the overall stability of the area, deeper integration of the euro area still features high among EU reform proposals presented by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in a white paper earlier this month. This notes offers links to commentaries, studies and reports on the topic from major international think tanks and research institutes on euro areas reform.

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10-03-2017 12:00 AM CET

This Briefing, published by the European Parliamentary Research Service, is designed to provide key facts and figures about the European Parliament, both today - during the current 2014 to 2019 parliamentary term - and in the seven previous terms since direct elections were introduced in June 1979. On the following pages you will find graphics of various kinds which: • detail the composition of the European Parliament now and in the past; • trace the increase in the number of parties represented in the EP and evolution of political groups; • chart the rise in the number of women sitting in the Parliament; • explain the electoral systems used in elections to the Parliament across the Member States; • show how turnout in European elections compares with that in national elections; • summarise the activity of the Parliament in the 2009-14 term, and so far in the current term; • present the annual cost of the Parliament compared with other parliaments; • outline the composition of the Parliament’s main governing bodies. The Briefing is being updated regularly during the 2014-19 term to take account of latest developments. This version is an update of a briefing published in March 2016, PE 573.919.

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13-03-2017 09:00 AM CET

If a loaf of bread goes stale you throw it in the bin, but where does it go from there? In a linear economy it goes into landfills - large spaces dedicated to excess waste. The European Parliament wants to move towards a circular economy model. Companies like Jaw Brew turn stale bread into beer. Better waste management and resource productivity yields more positive results for the economy and environment.
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13-03-2017 02:49 PM CET

cover study Optimal regulatory model for telecommunications services in the Eu
This Study reviews the market trends for the development of digital networks and applications for 2020 and beyond and, on that basis, proposes a framework for an optimal regulation for telecommunications services in the EU. Against that framework, the Study then critically assesses the draft European Electronic Communications Code proposed by the Commission in September 2016. The authors submit that the Commission’s proposal goes in the right direction...

but in not ambitious enough to protect the EU consumers in the App economy and to stimulate the digital single market. Universal service should ensure an extensive availability of Wi-Fi connections throughout the EU and that citizens need to be protected by general consumer protection rules that are smarter and better enforced instead of detailed and complicated sector-specific rules.
This publication was prepared at the request of Policy Department A for the IMCO Committee.


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14-03-2017 04:50 PM CET

Poster of the meeting  on LULUCF
On 30 January, the ENVI committee held a public hearing on “Meeting the EU’s 2030 emission reduction targets: the role of the land use and forestry sectors”. The aim of the hearing was to feed into the work of the committee on the LULUCF legislative proposal, which requires that the land use and forestry sectors also contribute to meeting the EU's 2030 emission reduction targets.

Location : ASP - 4Q2

Programme
Presentations
     Mr Hansruedi Streiff
     Dr Peter Mayer
     Mr Giacomo Grassi
     Mr Steffen Pingen
     Ms. Hannah Mowat

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14-03-2017 05:25 PM CET

Poster of AFCO workshop
On Monday 20 March, the Policy Department for Citizens Rights and Constitutional Affairs will organise a workshop for the AFCO Committee on "Democratic complementarity: Implementing the Treaty Provisions on National Parliaments". Three invited experts, Dr Olivier Rozenberg, Dr Diane Fromage and Dr Luís Heleno Terrinha will present their views.

Location : Brussels

Further information
Programme

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14-03-2017 04:29 PM CET

Plenary sessions : Consumers are entitled to know that the food they buy and eat is safe, however food fraud cases such as the 2013 horsemeat scandal show that is not always the case. On Wednesday 15 March MEPs vote on new rules to tighten up official inspections throughout the food chain. We talked to Austrian S&D member Karin Kadenbach, the MEP responsible for steering the proposal through Parliament, about the benefits of the new legislation.
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14-03-2017 02:59 PM CET

e-Commerce
The IMCO Working Group (WG) on the Digital Single Market (DSM) restarted its activities on 02.03.15 under the Chairmanship of Ms Thun. Created in 2011, the WG led to the adoption of a number of parliamentary resolutions and became a key platform for in-depth discussion where Members of the EP, the EC, stakeholders and experts exchange views, identify new opportunities and challenges, remaining barriers and propose concrete measures to overcome them in order to make the DSM in the EU a reality.

The importance of the digital economy is widely acknowledged, and the EU has adopted numerous initiatives over the past years to promote the DSM and to exploit the growth opportunities offered by the digital economy. In the past few years, important progress has been made but, however, it is clear that the DSM is far from complete: business and consumers continue facing significant barriers that prevent them from reaping the full benefits it has to offer. The WG Group will continue pursuing its aim of advancing further towards completion of the DSM, unleashing its potential and capitalise on new business opportunities that the digital economy could bring to the EU.
WG Chair: Ms R. Thun Und Hohenstein (EPP)

Honorary Members: Mrs. V. Ford (ECR), Mrs. A. M. CORAZZA BILDT (EPP), Mr. R. Rochefort (ALDE), Mrs. C. STIHLER, (S&D), S. COFFERATI (S&D).


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14-03-2017 03:02 PM CET

Cooperation between national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws
At their extraordinary committee meeting on 13 March in Strasbourg, IMCO members considered the compromise amendments on the report on cooperation between national authorisites responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws. They also considerered the draft opinions on copyright in the Digital Single Market and Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications.


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15-03-2017 12:52 PM CET

Hearing
The main objective of the hearing is to discuss the existence of a "demos" which is typically European and which would thus allow for the construction of a supranational European democracy.

It should also allow to gather evidence from well-known experts on the existence of such an element as well as to hear contrasting theories.
The hearing will take place during the regular AFCO meeting of 20 March 2017, from 15.00 until 16:30.
Please see the draft agenda below, as well as the presentation received from one of the experts, Professor Daniel Innerarity.

Location : Brussels


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15-03-2017 02:19 AM CET

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, on Wednesday hosted the first presidential meeting, in the presence of President Jean-Claude Juncker and Malta's Vice- Prime Minister, Louis Grech, aiming at jointly monitoring the progress on the 2017 interinstitutional legislative priorities agreed last December.

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15-03-2017 12:34 PM CET

Plenary sessions : Plans to tighten up official food inspections, from farm to fork, were adopted by Parliament on Wednesday. The new rules, already informally agreed by MEPs and the Council, aims to improve food traceability, combat fraud and restore consumer trust in the integrity of the food chain.
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13-03-2017 12:00 AM CET

This note analyses patterns of job quality across types of employment as regards the dimensions of working conditions reported in the European Working Conditions Surveys from 2010 and 2015. Job quality in Europe did not change significantly between 2010 and 2015 - this is the main result referring to reported objective, rather objective and subjective perceptions of working conditions in this dataset. Full-time and part-time open-ended contracts as well as self-employment with employees continue to be associated with the lowest risk of precariousness whereas marginal-part-time work, fixed-term contracts and freelance work exhibit by a medium level of precariousness risks. The risk of precariousness is highest and tends to increase for temporary agency workers. The note has been prepared by Policy Department A at request of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee.

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