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Study - Europe’s two trillion euro dividend: Mapping the Cost of Non-Europe, 2019-24 - 18-04-2019

This study brings together work in progress on a long-term project to identify and analyse the 'cost of non-Europe' in a number of policy fields. This concept, first pioneered by the European Parliament in the 1980s, is used here to quantify the potential eff
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Study - Europe’s two trillion euro dividend: Mapping the Cost of Non-Europe, 2019-24 - 18-04-2019

This study brings together work in progress on a long-term project to identify and analyse the 'cost of non-Europe' in a number of policy fields. This concept, first pioneered by the European Parliament in the 1980s, is used here to quantify the potential efficiency gains in today's European economy through pursuing a series of policy initiatives recently advocated by the Parliament – from a wider and deeper digital single market to more systematic coordination of national and European defence policies or increased cooperation to fight corporate tax avoidance. The benefits are measured principally in additional GDP generated or more rational use of public resources. The latest analysis suggests that there are potential gains to the European economy (EU-28) of over 2,200 billion euro that could be achieved, if the policies advocated by the Parliament in a series of specific areas were to be adopted by the Union’s institutions and then fully implemented over the ten-year period from 2019 to 2029. This would be, in effect, a ‘two trillion euro dividend’, representing a boost of some 14 per cent of total EU GDP (itself 15.3 trillion euro in 2017). The study is intended to make a contribution to the on-going discussion about the European Union's policy priorities over the coming five-year institutional cycle, from 2019 to 2024. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

At a Glance - Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, April II 2019 - 18-04-2019

Highlights of the April II plenary session (the last of the current legislature) included debates on the conclusions of the April 2019 European Council meeting on the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union, and the final debate in the series on the futu
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At a Glance - Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, April II 2019 - 18-04-2019

Highlights of the April II plenary session (the last of the current legislature) included debates on the conclusions of the April 2019 European Council meeting on the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union, and the final debate in the series on the future of Europe with the Prime Minister of Latvia, Kisjanis Karins. Important debates also took place on the rule of law in Romania; failure to adopt an EU digital services tax; protecting the European elections against international cybersecurity threats; and on the possible extradition of Julian Assange. Members debated a number of external relations situations: in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe after cyclone Idai; in Libya; in Sudan; and US recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory. The legislative proposals adopted included those on collective investment funds, banking reform, prudential requirements, covered bonds, CO2 emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles, and promoting clean, energy-efficient vehicles. Members voted on a number of legislative proposals (see below), including a partial agreement on the Horizon Europe programme. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

Beto O’Rourke, other Democrats see the downside of releasing tax returns

President Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns left Democrats to release theirs, and spurred interest in their charitable donations.
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Beto O’Rourke, other Democrats see the downside of releasing tax returns

President Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns left Democrats to release theirs, and spurred interest in their charitable donations.

Mueller report will be lightly redacted, revealing detailed look at obstruction of justice investigation

Attorney General William Barr is planning to provide an overview of the report at a press conference and later give the document to lawmakers.
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Mueller report will be lightly redacted, revealing detailed look at obstruction of justice investigation

Attorney General William Barr is planning to provide an overview of the report at a press conference and later give the document to lawmakers.

Briefing - The protection of fundamental rights in the EU: European Parliament achievements during the 2014-2019 legislative term and challenges for the future - 17-04-2019

In the years between 2014 and 2019, the EU has faced serious challenges related to the protection of fundamental rights within its territory, notably in connection to the Rule of Law (RoL) and democracy in some EU Member States. The Commission and the Europea
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Briefing - The protection of fundamental rights in the EU: European Parliament achievements during the 2014-2019 legislative term and challenges for the future - 17-04-2019

In the years between 2014 and 2019, the EU has faced serious challenges related to the protection of fundamental rights within its territory, notably in connection to the Rule of Law (RoL) and democracy in some EU Member States. The Commission and the European Parliament (EP), led by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), have addressed these challenges by activating - for the first time since its introduction in the Treaties - the procedure foreseen in art. 7.1 TEU, respectively against Poland and against Hungary. The EP has also consolidated its former requests under the proposal for an EU mechanism on Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental rights (EU DRF Pact). Important legislative dossiers on procedural rights were approved (presumption of innocence, safeguards for children in criminal proceedings, legal aid). While the EP continued to report annually on the situation of fundamental rights in the EU and on traditional issues of interest (among which minorities, Roma, anti-Semitism, right-wing extremism, prisons, media freedom, as well as follow up activities on mass surveillance and CIA), it has also addressed new issues, such as protection of whistle-blowers (a Commission proposal was issued following insistence of the EP), islamophobia, afrophobia and fundamental rights of intersex persons. The EP has also adopted resolutions on the situation in specific Member States, such as Malta, Slovakia, Romania, expressing Rule of Law concerns. Among the challenges that remain open for the next term are the art. 7 TEU procedures against Hungary and Poland, the strengthening of the protection of art. 2 TEU values including through the promotion of the EU DRF Pact, the EU accession to the ECHR, the enhancement of the EU and EP monitoring mechanisms, the adoption of pending files, including the Rule of Law conditionality for EU funds, the Rights and Values and Justice programmes, the equal treatment directive, the reform of the transparency regulation and, in the longer term; the reform of the Treaties. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

Trump vetoes resolution to end U.S. participation in Yemen’s civil war

In a statement, Trump called the measure “an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities.” The move marks the second veto of his presidency.
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Trump vetoes resolution to end U.S. participation in Yemen’s civil war

In a statement, Trump called the measure “an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities.” The move marks the second veto of his presidency.

Trump moves to resist House inquiries, setting up fight over congressional subpoena powers

The battle will shape how much material House Democrats will be able to obtain on the president’s policies and personal finances.
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Trump moves to resist House inquiries, setting up fight over congressional subpoena powers

The battle will shape how much material House Democrats will be able to obtain on the president’s policies and personal finances.

Trump will head to Wisconsin for rally on night of White House correspondents’ dinner

As he has done for the past two years, the president is skipping the black-tie gala and holding a Make America Great Again rally.
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Trump will head to Wisconsin for rally on night of White House correspondents’ dinner

As he has done for the past two years, the president is skipping the black-tie gala and holding a Make America Great Again rally.

At a Glance - Revising the social security coordination regulations - 16-04-2019

Around 14 million EU citizens live outside their home country. The social security systems that apply to them are determined by the relevant individual Member States. The European Commission proposed to adapt the current regulations on coordination of social
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At a Glance - Revising the social security coordination regulations - 16-04-2019

Around 14 million EU citizens live outside their home country. The social security systems that apply to them are determined by the relevant individual Member States. The European Commission proposed to adapt the current regulations on coordination of social security systems. A provisional agreement was reached between the Council Presidency and the European Parliament, but was rejected at the Coreper meeting on 29 March 2019. Parliament will discuss the file during its April II 2019 plenary session. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

Briefing - The new European cybersecurity competence centre and network - 16-04-2019

On 13 September 2017, the Commission adopted a cybersecurity package containing a series of initiatives to further improve EU cyber-resilience, deterrence and defence. A year later, the Commission presented a proposal for the creation of a European cybersecur
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Briefing - The new European cybersecurity competence centre and network - 16-04-2019

On 13 September 2017, the Commission adopted a cybersecurity package containing a series of initiatives to further improve EU cyber-resilience, deterrence and defence. A year later, the Commission presented a proposal for the creation of a European cybersecurity competence centre with a related network of national coordination centres. The initiative aims to improve and strengthen the EU's cybersecurity capacity, by stimulating the European technological and industrial cybersecurity ecosystem as well as coordinating and pooling necessary resources in Europe. The competence centre is supposed to become the main body that would manage EU financial resources dedicated to cybersecurity research under the two proposed programmes – Digital Europe and Horizon Europe – within the next multiannual financial framework, for 2021-2027. Within the European Parliament, the file was assigned to the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). The report was adopted on 19 February 2019 in ITRE committee and voted by Parliament during the March I 2019 plenary. Although trilogue negotiations took place in March 2019, given the short timeframe until the end of the term no agreement could be reached. It is thus expected that Parliament will confirm its position at first reading during the April II plenary. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

Liberals’ frustration with Pelosi rises over her response to Omar dispute

Outside groups say Pelosi and her leadership team should have done more to defend the Muslim congresswoman, who President Trump accused of playing down the 9/11 tragedy.
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Liberals’ frustration with Pelosi rises over her response to Omar dispute

Outside groups say Pelosi and her leadership team should have done more to defend the Muslim congresswoman, who President Trump accused of playing down the 9/11 tragedy.

The f-word case: Supreme Court weighs whether ‘scandalous’ trademarks violate free speech

Artist Erik Brunetti is challenging the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s decision not to register his FUCT clothing line.
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The f-word case: Supreme Court weighs whether ‘scandalous’ trademarks violate free speech

Artist Erik Brunetti is challenging the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s decision not to register his FUCT clothing line.

In their first months on the job, Democratic governors seek to roll back Republican predecessors’ policies

Seven Democrats flipped GOP-held governorships last year, putting Medicaid expansion and environmental protection on the fast track.
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In their first months on the job, Democratic governors seek to roll back Republican predecessors’ policies

Seven Democrats flipped GOP-held governorships last year, putting Medicaid expansion and environmental protection on the fast track.

Briefing - Boosting cooperation on health technology assessment - 15-04-2019

The European Commission has proposed a regulation on health technology assessment (HTA). HTA is a research-based tool that supports decision-making in healthcare by assessing the added value of a given health technology compared to others. The proposal would
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Briefing - Boosting cooperation on health technology assessment - 15-04-2019

The European Commission has proposed a regulation on health technology assessment (HTA). HTA is a research-based tool that supports decision-making in healthcare by assessing the added value of a given health technology compared to others. The proposal would provide the basis for permanent EU-level cooperation in four areas. Member States would still be responsible for assessing the non-clinical (economic, ethical, social, etc.) aspects of health technology, and for pricing and reimbursement. While Member States could choose to delay participation in the joint work until three years after the rules enter into force, it would become mandatory after six years. Stakeholders have broadly welcomed the proposal. National parliaments, however, are divided in their appreciation of it. The Council has not yet agreed its position; technical discussions continue. Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety adopted its report on 13 September 2018, and the report was voted in plenary on 3 October. However, with interinstitutional trilogue negotiations unable to start, on the Council side, Parliament adopted its final position at first reading on 14 February 2019. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

At a Glance - 'Everything but Arms': The case of Cambodia - 15-04-2019

Cambodia is one of nearly 50 developing countries that enjoy duty-free access to EU markets under the Everything but Arms scheme. In response to the country's deteriorating human rights situation, the EU is now considering whether to withdraw trade preference
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At a Glance - 'Everything but Arms': The case of Cambodia - 15-04-2019

Cambodia is one of nearly 50 developing countries that enjoy duty-free access to EU markets under the Everything but Arms scheme. In response to the country's deteriorating human rights situation, the EU is now considering whether to withdraw trade preferences. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

Democrats take aim at Miller as questions persist about ‘sanctuary city’ targeting

Two key House Democrats say White House immigration adviser Stephen Miller should testify before their congressional panels.
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Democrats take aim at Miller as questions persist about ‘sanctuary city’ targeting

Two key House Democrats say White House immigration adviser Stephen Miller should testify before their congressional panels.

Sen. Gillibrand raises $3 million in first quarter

In a memo to supporters, the New York Democrat’s campaign suggested that her lackluster fundraising was due to donors who “continue to punish” her for calling on Sen. Al Franken to resign.
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Sen. Gillibrand raises $3 million in first quarter

In a memo to supporters, the New York Democrat’s campaign suggested that her lackluster fundraising was due to donors who “continue to punish” her for calling on Sen. Al Franken to resign.

Health-care law more popular despite Trump’s repeated attempts to destroy it

Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid, and millions more are insured under the law, which is more enmeshed in the country’s health-care system.
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Health-care law more popular despite Trump’s repeated attempts to destroy it

Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid, and millions more are insured under the law, which is more enmeshed in the country’s health-care system.

Sen. Cory Booker formally joins presidential race with an echo of Martin Luther King Jr.: “We can’t wait.”

The New Jersey Democrat is working under the radar in the giant field of Democrats, obscured by higher profile candidates.
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Sen. Cory Booker formally joins presidential race with an echo of Martin Luther King Jr.: “We can’t wait.”

The New Jersey Democrat is working under the radar in the giant field of Democrats, obscured by higher profile candidates.

‘The president today made America smaller’: Democratic candidates react to Trump’s attack on Rep. Omar

Condemnation began Friday night after Trump tweeted the video with the caption “Never Forget” and continued on the campaign trail Saturday.
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‘The president today made America smaller’: Democratic candidates react to Trump’s attack on Rep. Omar

Condemnation began Friday night after Trump tweeted the video with the caption “Never Forget” and continued on the campaign trail Saturday.

House Democrats give IRS hard deadline of April 23 to turn over Trump tax returns, say administration’s concerns ‘lack merit’

House Democrats pushed back against Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s skepticism over their request for the presidents’ private records
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House Democrats give IRS hard deadline of April 23 to turn over Trump tax returns, say administration’s concerns ‘lack merit’

House Democrats pushed back against Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s skepticism over their request for the presidents’ private records

Company led by Trump nominee was rife with harassment, including groping and kissing, report says

The results of the investigation into AccuWeather were not previously reported. AccuWeather’s chief executive at the time of the allegations and investigation, Barry Myers, was tapped by Trump to lead NOAA.
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Company led by Trump nominee was rife with harassment, including groping and kissing, report says

The results of the investigation into AccuWeather were not previously reported. AccuWeather’s chief executive at the time of the allegations and investigation, Barry Myers, was tapped by Trump to lead NOAA.

President Trump targets Rep. Ilhan Omar with a video of Twin Towers burning

The remarks in question came in March, as Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, spoke about Islamophobia.
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President Trump targets Rep. Ilhan Omar with a video of Twin Towers burning

The remarks in question came in March, as Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, spoke about Islamophobia.

Trump says he is giving ‘strong considerations’ to releasing immigrant detainees in ‘sanctuary cities’

Trump’s comments capped a frenzied two-week period during which the president threatened to close the U.S. border with Mexico and embarked on an overhaul of the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security.
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Trump says he is giving ‘strong considerations’ to releasing immigrant detainees in ‘sanctuary cities’

Trump’s comments capped a frenzied two-week period during which the president threatened to close the U.S. border with Mexico and embarked on an overhaul of the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security.

Briefing - How the EU budget is spent: Spending programmes under the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework - 12-04-2019

The European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) has produced a series of briefings on ‘How the EU budget is spent’ over the course of the 2014-2019 parliamentary term. The aim is to give a concise overview of the key features of major EU spending progr
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Briefing - How the EU budget is spent: Spending programmes under the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework - 12-04-2019

The European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) has produced a series of briefings on ‘How the EU budget is spent’ over the course of the 2014-2019 parliamentary term. The aim is to give a concise overview of the key features of major EU spending programmes and funds for the 2014-2020 period. This compendium brings together the set of briefings from the series. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

At a Glance - What if we could fight drug addiction with digital technology? - 12-04-2019

What if digital technology could assist drug addiction recovery by online counselling, monitoring behaviour, and real-time interventions in patients’ everyday lives? Assistance at a distance: how could clinicians, health personnel, friends and family suppor
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At a Glance - What if we could fight drug addiction with digital technology? - 12-04-2019

What if digital technology could assist drug addiction recovery by online counselling, monitoring behaviour, and real-time interventions in patients’ everyday lives? Assistance at a distance: how could clinicians, health personnel, friends and family support a patient suffering from drug addiction via digital technology? Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

Briefing - NATO at 70 [What Think Tanks are thinking] - 12-04-2019

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) celebrates its 70th anniversary in April 2019, proud of its survival, durability and strong role in ensuring peace, notably during the Cold War. However, analysts and politicians stress that the military alliance
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Briefing - NATO at 70 [What Think Tanks are thinking] - 12-04-2019

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) celebrates its 70th anniversary in April 2019, proud of its survival, durability and strong role in ensuring peace, notably during the Cold War. However, analysts and politicians stress that the military alliance must work hard to keep pace with a changing environment and the new challenges of the 21st century, both geo-strategic and technological. Another major test is the uncertain commitment to NATO of Donald Trump, the current President of the United States. This note offers links to commentaries and studies on NATO and European defence by major international think tanks. Earlier papers on European defence, focused on a planned US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, can be found in a previous edition of 'What Think Tanks are Thinking', published in February 2019. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

Four Senate Republicans signal opposition to Trump’s plan to put Herman Cain on Federal Reserve Board, all but sinking nomination

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized Cain as a pick hours before House Democrats are set to hear from Federal Reserve Chair Powell at their annual policy retreat.
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Four Senate Republicans signal opposition to Trump’s plan to put Herman Cain on Federal Reserve Board, all but sinking nomination

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized Cain as a pick hours before House Democrats are set to hear from Federal Reserve Chair Powell at their annual policy retreat.

Powell maintains his distance from Trump in speech to House Democrats

The Federal Reserve chair said politics do not influence his decisions to raise interest rates, despite comments from the president who nominated him. 
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Powell maintains his distance from Trump in speech to House Democrats

The Federal Reserve chair said politics do not influence his decisions to raise interest rates, despite comments from the president who nominated him. 

White House proposed releasing immigrant detainees in sanctuary cities, targeting political foes

The political retribution was proposed in November and again in February, but immigration authorities rejected the idea as inappropriate, rebuffing the White House.
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White House proposed releasing immigrant detainees in sanctuary cities, targeting political foes

The political retribution was proposed in November and again in February, but immigration authorities rejected the idea as inappropriate, rebuffing the White House.