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EU Fact Sheets - Central Asia - 01-01-2018

The EU’s 2007 Central Asia strategy was last reviewed in 2015. It aims to achieve stability and prosperity, while promoting open societies, the rule of law, democratisation, and cooperation on energy security and diversification. Parliament has highlighte
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EU Fact Sheets - Central Asia - 01-01-2018

The EU’s 2007 Central Asia strategy was last reviewed in 2015. It aims to achieve stability and prosperity, while promoting open societies, the rule of law, democratisation, and cooperation on energy security and diversification. Parliament has highlighted the importance of human rights, good governance and social development. Levels of development and democratisation in these countries vary greatly and the EU tailors its approach accordingly. A proposal for a new strategy is expected by the end of 2019. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

EU Fact Sheets - The European Union and the World Trade Organisation - 01-05-2018

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) works to guarantee a rules-based international trading system. Despite the impasse in trade negotiations, ways to modernise WTO rules and address new global challenges are being explored. The entry into force, in February 2
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EU Fact Sheets - The European Union and the World Trade Organisation - 01-05-2018

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) works to guarantee a rules-based international trading system. Despite the impasse in trade negotiations, ways to modernise WTO rules and address new global challenges are being explored. The entry into force, in February 2017, of the Trade Facilitation Agreement brought about new developments in WTO trade rules. Under the Lisbon Treaty, Parliament legislates jointly with the Council and has an important scrutiny role on international trade policy. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

EU Fact Sheets - Budgetary control - 01-05-2018

Scrutiny of the EU budget is carried out in each EU institution and by the Member States. Detailed checks are performed, at various levels, by the European Court of Auditors and by the European Parliament. Each year Parliament scrutinises the implementation o
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EU Fact Sheets - Budgetary control - 01-05-2018

Scrutiny of the EU budget is carried out in each EU institution and by the Member States. Detailed checks are performed, at various levels, by the European Court of Auditors and by the European Parliament. Each year Parliament scrutinises the implementation of the budget with a view to granting discharge to the Commission, the other EU institutions and the EU agencies. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Briefing - Mitigating labour market dualism: Single Open-Ended Contracts and other instruments - 16-08-2018

This briefing summarises key results from a comprehensive study prepared at request of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee. It concludes with a discussion of policy options to mitigate the negative side effects of increasing temporary employment.
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Briefing - Mitigating labour market dualism: Single Open-Ended Contracts and other instruments - 16-08-2018

This briefing summarises key results from a comprehensive study prepared at request of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee. It concludes with a discussion of policy options to mitigate the negative side effects of increasing temporary employment. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Briefing - Multilateralism in international trade: Reforming the WTO - 22-10-2018

Since its establishment in 1995, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has embodied the multilateral trading system. Despite successes in some areas, including the effective settlement of numerous trade disputes and the conclusion of new multilateral trade agree
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Briefing - Multilateralism in international trade: Reforming the WTO - 22-10-2018

Since its establishment in 1995, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has embodied the multilateral trading system. Despite successes in some areas, including the effective settlement of numerous trade disputes and the conclusion of new multilateral trade agreements, the WTO currently faces serious challenges to its legitimacy and its effective functioning. Of particular concern is the US blockage of new appointments to the WTO’s Appellate Body (AB), which fulfils a key role in the WTO dispute settlement system. This impasse could soon paralyse the practical enforcement of multilateral trade rules, which would undermine the rules-based system. In addition, certain countries’ contentious trade practices cannot be addressed under existing WTO rules, and rules on transparency are not fully complied with. The WTO has also had limited success in adding new issues to its trade agenda, and the 2001 Doha round was inconclusive. This has led many countries to pursue their own trade agreements outside the WTO’s multilateral framework. The EU is a key supporter of the multilateral trading system and seeks to address the challenges that the WTO faces. In September 2018, the Commission published a concept paper on WTO reform, in particular in the areas of rule-making, regular work and transparency, and dispute settlement. Other countries have also been working on WTO reform, sometimes together with the EU. A meeting of 13 WTO members, including the EU, to discuss reform proposals is due to take place in Canada on 24 and 25 October 2018. The European Parliament strongly supports the multilateral trading system and has expressed its support for efforts to reform the WTO. Parliament’s International Trade Committee is currently drafting an own-initiative report on the matter. This is a further update of a briefing published in December 2017. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

At a Glance - 2019 European elections: National rules - 19-10-2018

This Infographic contains up-to-date information on key data concerning the forthcoming European elections (to be held in 2019). In a one-page format, readers can find information of the Election day, the voting systems adopted at Member States' level, as wel
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At a Glance - 2019 European elections: National rules - 19-10-2018

This Infographic contains up-to-date information on key data concerning the forthcoming European elections (to be held in 2019). In a one-page format, readers can find information of the Election day, the voting systems adopted at Member States' level, as well as on rules governing eligibility and allocation of seats. Most importantly, the infographic takes into account the re-distribution of seats following on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU, and the overall reduction of total number of seats to 705. Further, more in-depth analysis is available on the second page of the infographic. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Briefing - Migration [What Think Tanks are thinking] - 19-10-2018

At the European Council meeting on 18 October, European Union Heads of State or Government vowed to step up the fight against illegal migration, by intensifying efforts to crack down on smuggling networks, protect external borders and cooperate with countrie
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Briefing - Migration [What Think Tanks are thinking] - 19-10-2018

At the European Council meeting on 18 October, European Union Heads of State or Government vowed to step up the fight against illegal migration, by intensifying efforts to crack down on smuggling networks, protect external borders and cooperate with countries of origin and transit. The EU's southern borders remain under pressure from irregular migrants escaping poverty and conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, although the leaders noted that illegal border crossings into the EU have declined by 95 % from their peak in October 2015. The leaders also said in their conclusions that a joint task force should be established at Europol's European Migrant Smuggling Centre. The European Commission is to propose a comprehensive set of implementation measures by December, and the leaders urged the European Parliament and Council to examine promptly the recent proposals on the Return Directive, the Asylum Agency and the European Border and Coast Guard. This note offers links to commentaries and studies on migration by major international think tanks. Earlier papers on the same topic can be found in a previous edition of 'What Think Tanks are Thinking', published in June 2018. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Briefing - Madagascar: vers une sortie des crises politiques à répétition? - 19-10-2018

Depuis l’indépendance de Madagascar, malgré l’absence de conflit majeur et sa richesse en ressources tant humaines que naturelles, sa population continue de s’appauvrir. Cette 'énigme malgache' s’accompagne d’un paradoxe: chaque fois qu’une rep
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Briefing - Madagascar: vers une sortie des crises politiques à répétition? - 19-10-2018

Depuis l’indépendance de Madagascar, malgré l’absence de conflit majeur et sa richesse en ressources tant humaines que naturelles, sa population continue de s’appauvrir. Cette 'énigme malgache' s’accompagne d’un paradoxe: chaque fois qu’une reprise économique s’amorce, une crise politique vient l’interrompre. La clef de l’énigme réside dans les jeux de pouvoir entres les réseaux des élites, qui se créent au gré des circonstances autour des leaders aspirant au poste du chef d’État. La culture politique, tout en gardant une apparence démocratique, soutient implicitement les institutions informelles fondées sur la personnalisation du pouvoir, au détriment des institutions formelles, dont l’équilibre est censé stabiliser le système politique. Les institutions étatiques sont constamment (re)façonnées au profit des réseaux au pouvoir pour ne pas menacer la mainmise de l’exécutif. La déception de la population, dont le pouvoir d’achat ne cesse de diminuer depuis des décennies, se confirme dans les enquêtes d'opinion et dans la baisse constante de la participation électorale. En effet, il existe un clivage profond entre les élites, prises dans l’auto-préservation, et la population, désabusée et tiraillée entre les aspirations démocratiques et une soumission fataliste, dérivée des valeurs ancestrales. L’aide internationale, bien que vitale pour la population, vivant en majorité dans une grande pauvreté, est insuffisante pour un développement durable du pays. Au-delà du renforcement des institutions démocratiques et du développement de corps intermédiaires qui pourraient mieux répondre aux aspirations populaires, un sursaut plus profond est nécessaire pour bâtir une démocratie au-delà de la façade. Son fondement: un nouveau contrat social entre la population et les élites du pays, basé sur une reformulation commune de la culture politique malgache, entre tradition et modernité. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

At a Glance - What if 'nudging' good habits could make us healthier? - 19-10-2018

The link between high consumption of trans fats, sugar and salt, found in high amounts in processed food, and an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), type 2 diabetes and various cancers is well established. In the current food market, calorie-ric
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At a Glance - What if 'nudging' good habits could make us healthier? - 19-10-2018

The link between high consumption of trans fats, sugar and salt, found in high amounts in processed food, and an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), type 2 diabetes and various cancers is well established. In the current food market, calorie-rich, processed food, wrapped with ambiguous labels, is readily available, cheap and heavily promoted. But what if consumers could be prompted to make healthier food choices? Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

At a Glance - Computational propaganda techniques - 18-10-2018

The techniques used by anti-democratic state and non-state actors to disrupt or influence democratic processes are constantly evolving. The use of algorithms, automation and artificial intelligence is boosting the scope and the efficiency of disinformation ca
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At a Glance - Computational propaganda techniques - 18-10-2018

The techniques used by anti-democratic state and non-state actors to disrupt or influence democratic processes are constantly evolving. The use of algorithms, automation and artificial intelligence is boosting the scope and the efficiency of disinformation campaigns and related cyber-activities. In response, the EU is stepping up its efforts to protect its democratic processes from manipulation ahead of the European elections in May 2019. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

At a Glance - Parliament's reading of the 2019 EU budget - 18-10-2018

During the October II plenary session, the European Parliament is due to decide whether and how to amend the Council's position on the 2019 draft EU budget. The report adopted by the Committee on Budgets reverses almost all of the cuts proposed by the Council
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At a Glance - Parliament's reading of the 2019 EU budget - 18-10-2018

During the October II plenary session, the European Parliament is due to decide whether and how to amend the Council's position on the 2019 draft EU budget. The report adopted by the Committee on Budgets reverses almost all of the cuts proposed by the Council. Furthermore, it increases appropriations for a number of Parliament's priorities linked to sustainable growth, competitiveness, security, migration and young people, and reduces the EU budget contribution to the financing of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

At a Glance - 2019 European elections: National rules - 18-10-2018

This Infographic contains up-to-date information on key data concerning the forthcoming European elections (to be held in 2019). In a one-page format, readers can find information of the Election day, the voting systems adopted at Member States' level, as wel
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At a Glance - 2019 European elections: National rules - 18-10-2018

This Infographic contains up-to-date information on key data concerning the forthcoming European elections (to be held in 2019). In a one-page format, readers can find information of the Election day, the voting systems adopted at Member States' level, as well as on rules governing eligibility and allocation of seats. Most importantly, the infographic takes into account the re-distribution of seats following on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU, and the overall reduction of total number of seats to 705. Further, more in-depth analysis is available on the second page of the infographic. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Briefing - Regulating imports of cultural goods - 18-10-2018

Currently, with the exception of two specific measures for Iraq and Syria, there is no EU legislation covering the import of cultural goods from third countries entering the EU. Moreover, the national legislation introduced by some Member States in this area
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Briefing - Regulating imports of cultural goods - 18-10-2018

Currently, with the exception of two specific measures for Iraq and Syria, there is no EU legislation covering the import of cultural goods from third countries entering the EU. Moreover, the national legislation introduced by some Member States in this area is divergent. By ensuring that imports of cultural goods are subject to uniform controls along all EU external borders, the legislative proposal tabled by the Commission in July 2017 aims to prevent the import and storage in the EU of cultural goods illegally removed from a third country, thereby combatting trafficking in cultural goods, depriving terrorists of an income source, and protecting cultural heritage. In the European Parliament, the Committees on International Trade (INTA) and on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) adopted a joint report on the proposed legislation on 27 September 2018. The report, which aims to ensure a balance between curbing the illegal import of cultural goods and avoiding a disproportionate burden for licit art market operators and customs authorities, is scheduled for debate in plenary in October. Second edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Briefing - European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) - 18-10-2018

Strengthening the EU’s external borders is key to ensuring internal security and to preserving freedom of movement in the Schengen area. While the existing border management information systems do address some of the information gaps concerning non-EU citiz
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Briefing - European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) - 18-10-2018

Strengthening the EU’s external borders is key to ensuring internal security and to preserving freedom of movement in the Schengen area. While the existing border management information systems do address some of the information gaps concerning non-EU citizens coming into the EU, there is a lack of information related to visa-exempt third-country nationals arriving at the Schengen external borders. The European Commission is therefore proposing to set up an automated system that would gather information on visa-exempt travellers prior to their arrival, in order to determine any irregular migration, security or public-health risks associated with them. The proposal follows similar models already existing in the USA, Canada and Australia, among others. ETIAS formally entered into force in October 2018, but will not become operational before 2021. Fourth edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Please note this document has been designed for on-line viewing. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Fined for discrimination: School ordered to pay after student excluded for her pink hair

A school in the Russian city of Perm, and its director, have been slapped with fines after a court found their suspension of a student, on the grounds that her hair was dyed pink, amounted to discrimination. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Fined for discrimination: School ordered to pay after student excluded for her pink hair

A school in the Russian city of Perm, and its director, have been slapped with fines after a court found their suspension of a student, on the grounds that her hair was dyed pink, amounted to discrimination. Read Full Article at RT.com

At a Glance - Import of cultural goods - 17-10-2018

Currently, with the exception of two specific measures for Iraq and Syria, there is no EU legislation covering the import of cultural goods from third countries entering the EU. In July 2017, the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal to ensure th
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At a Glance - Import of cultural goods - 17-10-2018

Currently, with the exception of two specific measures for Iraq and Syria, there is no EU legislation covering the import of cultural goods from third countries entering the EU. In July 2017, the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal to ensure that imported cultural goods are subject to effective and uniform treatment throughout the EU. The European Parliament is expected to vote on the proposal during its October II plenary session. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

At a Glance - Discharge for 2016 – Second reports - 17-10-2018

During the October II plenary session, the European Parliament is due to bring to a close the discharge procedure for the Council's financial accounts for the year 2016, by voting on the second report of the Committee on Budgetary Control. It will also vote o
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At a Glance - Discharge for 2016 – Second reports - 17-10-2018

During the October II plenary session, the European Parliament is due to bring to a close the discharge procedure for the Council's financial accounts for the year 2016, by voting on the second report of the Committee on Budgetary Control. It will also vote on the second report concerning the European Asylum Support Office. Both votes follow the European Parliament's decision in April 2018 to postpone discharge for 2016 in these cases. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

At a Glance - Marine litter: Single-use plastics and fishing gear - 17-10-2018

Marine litter, most of which is plastic, is a major threat to marine and coastal biodiversity; it also has significant socio-economic impacts. In May 2018, the European Commission put forward a legislative proposal on the top 10 single-use plastics found on E
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At a Glance - Marine litter: Single-use plastics and fishing gear - 17-10-2018

Marine litter, most of which is plastic, is a major threat to marine and coastal biodiversity; it also has significant socio-economic impacts. In May 2018, the European Commission put forward a legislative proposal on the top 10 single-use plastics found on European beaches, as well as fishing gear, with a view to reducing their impact on the environment and ensuring a functional internal market. The European Parliament is expected to adopt its position on the proposal during its October II plenary session. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

At a Glance - Charging of heavy goods vehicles - 17-10-2018

In May 2017, the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal for a directive amending Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures (known as the Eurovignette Directive) that would substantially mod
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At a Glance - Charging of heavy goods vehicles - 17-10-2018

In May 2017, the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal for a directive amending Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures (known as the Eurovignette Directive) that would substantially modify the existing legislation. The European Parliament is due to vote during its October II plenary session on the May 2018 report on the proposal, from its Committee on Transport and Tourism. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

At a Glance - Current membership of the European Council - 17-10-2018

The European Council consists of the 28 Heads of State or Government of the EU Member States, who are voting members, together with the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, who have no vote (Article 15(2) TEU). The c
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At a Glance - Current membership of the European Council - 17-10-2018

The European Council consists of the 28 Heads of State or Government of the EU Member States, who are voting members, together with the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, who have no vote (Article 15(2) TEU). The chart shows the current members, the national office they hold and their political affiliation, as well as the year their membership of the institution began. This publication is updated periodically to reflect changes in the European Council's membership. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Prosecutor says he ‘never blamed official Moscow’ over Montenegro coup plot

Montenegro’s Chief Special Prosecutor has clarified earlier accusations that “official” Russia was behind an alleged coup attempt in the small Balkan state in 2016. Instead, he’s claiming two GRU agents were involved. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Prosecutor says he ‘never blamed official Moscow’ over Montenegro coup plot

Montenegro’s Chief Special Prosecutor has clarified earlier accusations that “official” Russia was behind an alleged coup attempt in the small Balkan state in 2016. Instead, he’s claiming two GRU agents were involved. Read Full Article at RT.com

Video of nurses abusing mentally ill patient sparks outrage, clinic boss ‘ready to resign’

The head of a psychiatric clinic in Russia’s Urals says he’s ready to resign after a disturbing video of nurses abusing an elderly patient surfaced online. Meanwhile, the internet demands a harsh punishment for the perpetrators. Read Full Article at RT.co
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Video of nurses abusing mentally ill patient sparks outrage, clinic boss ‘ready to resign’

The head of a psychiatric clinic in Russia’s Urals says he’s ready to resign after a disturbing video of nurses abusing an elderly patient surfaced online. Meanwhile, the internet demands a harsh punishment for the perpetrators. Read Full Article at RT.com

Briefing - EU policies – Delivering for citizens: Economic policy - 16-10-2018

In the EU, although economic policy is the remit of each individual Member State, there is, nevertheless, multilateral coordination of economic policies between Member States. This framework was put severely to the test during the global financial crisis and
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Briefing - EU policies – Delivering for citizens: Economic policy - 16-10-2018

In the EU, although economic policy is the remit of each individual Member State, there is, nevertheless, multilateral coordination of economic policies between Member States. This framework was put severely to the test during the global financial crisis and the European sovereign debt crisis. Partly as a result, recovery in the EU was slower than recovery in the United States, and was not achieved equally by all Member States. Furthermore, it has to a large extent been based on accommodative fiscal and monetary policies that only partly hide underlying signs of fiscal or financial fragility in some Member States. To remedy this, the European institutions began a twofold process in 2011: initiatives were taken to strengthen the current framework for economic governance, and for banking supervision in the euro area while, in parallel, discussion began on possible ways to reduce the economic divergences between Member States, provide incentives for risk reduction and risk-sharing, render the governance process more transparent and ensure democratic accountability. In this latter area, several initiatives – which did not require changes in the EU Treaties – were taken between 2015 and 2017. In summer 2017, discussions on deepening the policy framework for economic and monetary union (EMU) intensified. This process, which was advocated in the five presidents' report (by the heads of the relevant EU institutions) and should be completed by 2025, is currently being considered at Member State level. The current state of play points towards two main orientations, dividing Member States into two groups: those that prioritise risk-sharing measures (such as France), and those that argue instead for further risk-reduction initiatives (for example, Germany). This lack of consensus has so far meant that the European Council has not been able to reach a breakthrough. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Briefing - EU policies – Delivering for citizens: Promoting equality between women and men - 16-10-2018

The European Union (EU) is committed to eliminating inequalities and promoting gender equality 'in all its activities' and has made considerable advances over the years. Nevertheless, the situation remains uneven across the EU, and in recent times progress ha
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Briefing - EU policies – Delivering for citizens: Promoting equality between women and men - 16-10-2018

The European Union (EU) is committed to eliminating inequalities and promoting gender equality 'in all its activities' and has made considerable advances over the years. Nevertheless, the situation remains uneven across the EU, and in recent times progress has slowed, stalled or even regressed in some areas. Yet, the evidence points clearly to the benefits of gender equality for individuals, the economy and society as a whole. Public opinion surveys show that a large majority of Europeans agree that promoting gender equality is important for a fair and democratic society, the economy and for them personally and that a growing share of citizens would like the EU to do more in this area. Europeans also expect increased EU action on related policies. During the current legislative term, as part of a broader gender equality programme, the EU institutions have been working on proposals for new EU laws to improve work-life balance and combat violence against women and promoting equality between women and men will remain one of the major challenges in the coming years. Demographic trends, technological developments and changes to the way we work are just some of the issues where different impacts on women and men will need to be considered. Options for further EU involvement could include better implementation and enforcement of existing legislation, moves to modernise it, fill gaps in protection and address emerging issues, and non-legislative measures such as data collection and monitoring, awareness-raising, and support for national and grassroots initiatives. It will require the political will at all levels to tackle issues across a broad spectrum of policies, together with the provision of the necessary institutions, tools and resources to put that resolve into action. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Briefing - EU policies – Delivering for citizens: EU support for democracy and peace in the world - 16-10-2018

From the outset, the European Union (EU) has been an integration project directed at preserving peace among its Member States – a fundamental objective that it has succeeded in achieving for over 60 years. As a community of like-minded states, the EU is als
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Briefing - EU policies – Delivering for citizens: EU support for democracy and peace in the world - 16-10-2018

From the outset, the European Union (EU) has been an integration project directed at preserving peace among its Member States – a fundamental objective that it has succeeded in achieving for over 60 years. As a community of like-minded states, the EU is also based on certain fundamental values, such as democracy and the rule of law, which the Union aspires to promote, both internally and externally, and which guide all its policies. In line with this vision, the EU has developed specific policies to support democracy and peace in the world. It also aims to integrate the pursuit of peace and democracy with all its other external actions in areas such as trade, development, enlargement and neighbourhood policies, its common foreign and security policy, and political and diplomatic relations with third countries and multilateral institutions. The EU has established a reputation as a soft power organisation guided by a normative vision and as an effective actor for peace and democracy. Strengthening peace and democracy globally has never been an easy task, however, and today's geopolitical context poses new challenges. The proliferation and increasing gravity and duration of conflicts – some in the EU's immediate neighbourhood, the emergence of new threats, such as terrorism or nuclear proliferation, and the crisis of liberal systems have driven the EU to widen and intensify its efforts. They have also led to a new vision for action revolving around the concept of 'resilient societies' based on the mutually reinforcing pillars of peace and democracy, and a special emphasis on fragile states. Against this background, recent surveys have shown that citizens expect the EU to be even more active in promoting peace and democracy externally – something that should surely strengthen its resolve to make further progress in this crucial area. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Briefing - Outlook for the meetings of EU Heads of State or Government, 17-18 October 2018 - 16-10-2018

As has become the norm with European Council meetings, EU Heads of State or Government will convene on 17 and 18 October 2018 in different formats with varying compositions and levels of formality: a regular meeting of the European Council, and an enlarged Eu
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Briefing - Outlook for the meetings of EU Heads of State or Government, 17-18 October 2018 - 16-10-2018

As has become the norm with European Council meetings, EU Heads of State or Government will convene on 17 and 18 October 2018 in different formats with varying compositions and levels of formality: a regular meeting of the European Council, and an enlarged Euro Summit of 27 Member States on 18 October, preceded by a European Council (Article 50) meeting on the 17 October over dinner. The agenda of the European Council meeting focuses on migration and internal security. Specific foreign policy issues might also be addressed at this meeting. The Euro Summit will discuss the state of play of negotiations on the deepening of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), with a view to the next Euro Summit in December. However, the priority issue for Heads of State or Government will be Brexit. At the European Council (Article 50) meeting, EU-27 leaders are expected to discuss the progress that has been achieved in the negotiations so far, and possibly call for an extraordinary summit in November 2018. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

At a Glance - What if gene editing became routine practice? - 16-10-2018

The CRISPR-Cas9 system currently stands out as the fastest, cheapest and most reliable system for ‘editing’ genes. It is seen as the biggest game changer in the field of gene editing due to its high degree of reliability, effectiveness and low cost. At th
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At a Glance - What if gene editing became routine practice? - 16-10-2018

The CRISPR-Cas9 system currently stands out as the fastest, cheapest and most reliable system for ‘editing’ genes. It is seen as the biggest game changer in the field of gene editing due to its high degree of reliability, effectiveness and low cost. At the same time, the use of CRISPR has generated a series of socio-ethical concerns over whether and how gene editing should be used to make heritable changes to the human genome, to lead to designer babies, to generate potentially risky genome edits or to disrupt entire ecosystems. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Russians like China, dislike US, split about EU – poll

The Russian people continue to view China mostly favorably, with 75 percent saying their attitude was good or mostly good, a fresh opinion poll showed. The US remains a disliked nation among Russians. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Russians like China, dislike US, split about EU – poll

The Russian people continue to view China mostly favorably, with 75 percent saying their attitude was good or mostly good, a fresh opinion poll showed. The US remains a disliked nation among Russians. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russia mulls fines for involving minors in unlawful protests

The Russian parliament is working on a bill which seeks to punish politicians and organizations for calling on minors to participate in unsanctioned protest rallies. If adopted, the offense may carry a fine of up to $15,000. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Russia mulls fines for involving minors in unlawful protests

The Russian parliament is working on a bill which seeks to punish politicians and organizations for calling on minors to participate in unsanctioned protest rallies. If adopted, the offense may carry a fine of up to $15,000. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russia’s new nuclear security policy approved by Putin, govt to implement within three months

President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree approving Russia’s updated nuclear and radiation safety policy, running through to 2025 and beyond. It will be implemented within three months. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Russia’s new nuclear security policy approved by Putin, govt to implement within three months

President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree approving Russia’s updated nuclear and radiation safety policy, running through to 2025 and beyond. It will be implemented within three months. Read Full Article at RT.com

Flower power: Russian govt mulls bill to lift poppy plant production ban to grow for medical use

Russia’s government has received a bill that would lift its current ban on poppy plant cultivation. If approved, the law would allow for the mass domestic manufacture of opiate-based medicines. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Flower power: Russian govt mulls bill to lift poppy plant production ban to grow for medical use

Russia’s government has received a bill that would lift its current ban on poppy plant cultivation. If approved, the law would allow for the mass domestic manufacture of opiate-based medicines. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘No warplane to take off’: Russia’s S-700 missile system can cover entire planet – party leader

A leading Russian politician may have just revealed the biggest Russian military secret. Or just invented a non-existent weapon system while ranting about how powerful the country is during a political talk show. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘No warplane to take off’: Russia’s S-700 missile system can cover entire planet – party leader

A leading Russian politician may have just revealed the biggest Russian military secret. Or just invented a non-existent weapon system while ranting about how powerful the country is during a political talk show. Read Full Article at RT.com

Briefing - Ensuring more transparent and predictable working conditions - 15-10-2018

An employer's obligation to inform their employees on the conditions applicable to their contracts is regulated by Directive 91/533/EEC. Major shifts in the labour market due to demographic trends and digitalisation, spawning a growing number of non-standard
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Briefing - Ensuring more transparent and predictable working conditions - 15-10-2018

An employer's obligation to inform their employees on the conditions applicable to their contracts is regulated by Directive 91/533/EEC. Major shifts in the labour market due to demographic trends and digitalisation, spawning a growing number of non-standard employment relationships (such as part-time, temporary and on-demand work), have made it necessary to revise the directive. The European Commission has responded to the need for a change with a proposal aimed at updating and extending the information on employment-related obligations and working conditions, and at creating new minimum standards for all employed workers, including those on atypical contracts. In the European Parliament, the Committee for Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) has published a draft report focused on the scope of the directive, on employees' working hours and the conditions for making information available to them, and on employers' responsibilities. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Russian police probe mysterious death of 32yo ‘Nigerian prince’ in night club

A Nigerian-born ‘prince’, who became a local celebrity in a small Russian steel-casting city after marrying a local woman and moving in, has died under murky circumstances, triggering a police investigation. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Russian police probe mysterious death of 32yo ‘Nigerian prince’ in night club

A Nigerian-born ‘prince’, who became a local celebrity in a small Russian steel-casting city after marrying a local woman and moving in, has died under murky circumstances, triggering a police investigation. Read Full Article at RT.com

Kremlin promises to defend Russian Orthodox Christians in Ukraine

Russia will protect Orthodox believers in Ukraine if religious disputes go beyond lawful confrontation, Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov has said, adding that Moscow would only use political and diplomatic methods. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Kremlin promises to defend Russian Orthodox Christians in Ukraine

Russia will protect Orthodox believers in Ukraine if religious disputes go beyond lawful confrontation, Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov has said, adding that Moscow would only use political and diplomatic methods. Read Full Article at RT.com