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Briefing - Natural resources and environment: Heading 3 of the 2021-2027 MFF - 14-04-2021

Dedicated to programmes and funds supporting agriculture and maritime policy, and environment and climate change, Heading 3 is the second biggest in terms of funding in the new multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2021 2027. The two agricultural funds
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Briefing - Natural resources and environment: Heading 3 of the 2021-2027 MFF - 14-04-2021

Dedicated to programmes and funds supporting agriculture and maritime policy, and environment and climate change, Heading 3 is the second biggest in terms of funding in the new multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2021 2027. The two agricultural funds – the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) and the Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) – continue to absorb the greater part of the financial resources under this heading. However, the European Commission had proposed an amount of €324 284 million (2018 prices) to cover both funds, which is a decrease of around €60 000 million (or 15 %) compared to the previous MFF (2014 2020) after deducting United Kingdom (UK) spending. In its November 2018 resolution on the European Commission proposal for the new MFF, the European Parliament raised the budget for agricultural and maritime policy back to the level of the 2014 2020 MFF, to €391 198 million (2018 prices). Parliament also asked for a new Energy Transition Fund, with a budget of €4 800 million (2018 prices) for 2021 2027, to address the negative socio-economic impact on workers and communities affected by the transition from a coal and carbon dependent economy to a low-carbon economy. According to the final agreement reached between the Council and the European Parliament on 10 November 2020, the commitment appropriations for natural resources and environment will total €356 374 million under the 2021 2027 MFF, plus €17 500 million under the recovery instrument Next Generation EU (NGEU), which represents a total amount of €373.874 million for 2021 to 2027 (2018 prices). This means the cuts in the overall budget for Heading 3 (plus NGEU) represent a reduction of 6.4 % in spending, compared to the 2014 2020 MFF. The share of Heading 3 within the overall 2021 2027 MFF will be 32.2 % or 20.5 % of the 2021 2027 MFF, plus NGEU. This is an update of a briefing from January 2020. Source : © European Union, 2021 - EP

Briefing - Cohesion, resilience and values: Heading 2 of the 2021-2027 MFF - 14-04-2021

Heading 2 – Cohesion, resilience and values – is the biggest of the seven headings in the multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the 2021-2027 period in terms of budget. Since about 87 % of the heading falls under shared management and will be distribu
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Briefing - Cohesion, resilience and values: Heading 2 of the 2021-2027 MFF - 14-04-2021

Heading 2 – Cohesion, resilience and values – is the biggest of the seven headings in the multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the 2021-2027 period in terms of budget. Since about 87 % of the heading falls under shared management and will be distributed to national envelopes, for the Member States it is a particularly important part of the MFF. It is also the most diverse heading in terms of the types of programme and fund included. It encompasses expenditure on cohesion, one of the EU's long-standing policies, on an entirely new budgetary instrument supporting economic recovery and resilience, and on other increasingly important goals, including youth, the creative sector, values, equality and the rule of law. Moreover, the bulk of the Next Generation EU instrument will be channelled through programmes under Heading 2. This briefing presents Heading 2 in detail. It aims to provide some clarity on its structure and allocation, and is structured around three spending areas: cohesion; recovery; and citizens and values. In the 2021-2027 MFF, the allocation on economic, social and territorial cohesion (subheading 2a) – the budget for cohesion policy – is about 10 % lower than its equivalent, subheading 1b, in the 2014-2020 MFF. Additional resources from REACT-EU, a temporary instrument financed under the Next Generation EU instrument (NGEU), will lift the cohesion policy budget to a level comparable with the allocation under the previous MFF. This is an update of a briefing from January 2019. Source : © European Union, 2021 - EP

Briefing - Single market, innovation and digital: Heading 1 of the 2021-2027 MFF - 14-04-2021

The European Union's long-term budget, the multiannual financial framework (MFF) sets out the maximum annual amounts of spending for a seven-year period. The 2021 2027 MFF is structured around the EU's spending priorities, reflected in broad categories of exp
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Briefing - Single market, innovation and digital: Heading 1 of the 2021-2027 MFF - 14-04-2021

The European Union's long-term budget, the multiannual financial framework (MFF) sets out the maximum annual amounts of spending for a seven-year period. The 2021 2027 MFF is structured around the EU's spending priorities, reflected in broad categories of expenditure or 'headings'. Following the Covid 19 outbreak, the EU's recovery instrument, Next Generation EU (NGEU), will reinforce the EU long-term budget. Heading 1 – Single market, innovation and digital – covers spending in four policy areas: research and innovation, European strategic investments, single market, and space. With an allocation of €132.8 billion (in 2018 prices), it represents 12.4 % of the MFF. It is complemented by additional funds of €10.6 billion from the recovery instrument allocated under two flagship programmes, Horizon Europe and InvestEU for the duration of NGEU. This heading is key for the mobilisation of private investment and EU growth, issues that have been the centre of focus throughout the discussions on the future financing of the EU. This briefing presents the structure and budget allocation under Heading 1. It describes the evolution of the budgetary positions in the different steps of the negotiations and presents the policy clusters. It then details some considerations that could influence forthcoming budgetary discussions. This is an update of a briefing from January 2020. Source : © European Union, 2021 - EP

Briefing - International trade dispute settlement: WTO Appellate Body crisis and the multiparty interim appeal arrangement - 14-04-2021

When disputes arise in international trade, they can be settled with binding rulings under international trade or investment agreements. For World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements, members can launch such disputes through the two-step WTO dispute settlemen
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Briefing - International trade dispute settlement: WTO Appellate Body crisis and the multiparty interim appeal arrangement - 14-04-2021

When disputes arise in international trade, they can be settled with binding rulings under international trade or investment agreements. For World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements, members can launch such disputes through the two-step WTO dispute settlement mechanism. The European Union (EU) also includes similar dispute settlement provisions in its trade agreements. The United States' blockage of appointments to the WTO Appellate Body, the highest instance of the WTO dispute settlement, plunged the multilateral rules-based trading system into crisis. The US grievances include questions of delay, judicial over-reach, precedence, and transition rules. As the Appellate Body is unable to hear new appeals, no disputes can now be resolved at the highest instance, causing widespread concern in the context of escalating global trade protectionism. To find a temporary solution to the impasse, the EU and a number of trade partners set up a multiparty interim appeal arbitration arrangement (MPIA). The parties continue to seek resolution of the Appellate Body crisis, and agree to use the MPIA as a second instance as long as the situation continues. The MPIA is also open for more WTO members to join. The recently amended EU Enforcement Regulation also enables swift suspension of obligations under trade agreements while the dispute settlement mechanism is blocked. While the USA has criticised the MPIA, the US approach to multilateral cooperation may change under President Joe Biden. The European Commission Trade Policy Review of February 2021 restates the EU's commitment to WTO reform. Source : © European Union, 2021 - EP

Study - Research for REGI Committee-Cohesion Policy and Climate Change - 15-04-2021

This study provides an assessment of how EU Cohesion Policy currently contributes and can contribute in the future to the attainment of the goals of EU Climate Policy. It explains how much of the budget goes to climate action and to what kind of initiatives a
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Study - Research for REGI Committee-Cohesion Policy and Climate Change - 15-04-2021

This study provides an assessment of how EU Cohesion Policy currently contributes and can contribute in the future to the attainment of the goals of EU Climate Policy. It explains how much of the budget goes to climate action and to what kind of initiatives across EU regions. It also discusses the obligations from the Paris Agreement, the role of Cohesion Policy within the European Green Deal and the impact of phasing out fossil fuels. Policy recommendations for strengthening climate action financed by Cohesion Policy are set out. Source : © European Union, 2021 - EP

Biden laments strain on Capitol Police as he speaks in personal terms at slain officer’s service

Capitol Police officer William “Billy” F. Evans, who served for 18 years on the force, will lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday.
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Biden laments strain on Capitol Police as he speaks in personal terms at slain officer’s service

Capitol Police officer William “Billy” F. Evans, who served for 18 years on the force, will lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday.

Why Biden health officials decided to pause J&J’s coronavirus vaccine

Their goal was to protect the public and be transparent, but critics worry they overreacted and might undermine vaccine confidence.
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Why Biden health officials decided to pause J&J’s coronavirus vaccine

Their goal was to protect the public and be transparent, but critics worry they overreacted and might undermine vaccine confidence.

With Afghan pullout, Biden aims to reset America’s global agenda

Biden watched three presidents fail to end a war he saw as distracting from bigger threats like China and Russia. Now he’s pulling the plug.
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With Afghan pullout, Biden aims to reset America’s global agenda

Biden watched three presidents fail to end a war he saw as distracting from bigger threats like China and Russia. Now he’s pulling the plug.

Biden signals willingness to negotiate on scope and financing of infrastructure proposal

The president is seeking to bolster support for a sweeping $2 trillion plan that includes spending on roads, bridges, public transit, housing, broadband, waterlines, schools and more.
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Biden signals willingness to negotiate on scope and financing of infrastructure proposal

The president is seeking to bolster support for a sweeping $2 trillion plan that includes spending on roads, bridges, public transit, housing, broadband, waterlines, schools and more.

Biden insists he’s willing to negotiate with Republicans on infrastructure

The meeting in the Oval Office comes as Senate lawmakers return to Washington at odds over Biden’s infrastructure plan, threatening to spoil early hopes for a swift political compromise.
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Biden insists he’s willing to negotiate with Republicans on infrastructure

The meeting in the Oval Office comes as Senate lawmakers return to Washington at odds over Biden’s infrastructure plan, threatening to spoil early hopes for a swift political compromise.

Briefing - EU hydrogen policy: Hydrogen as an energy carrier for a climate-neutral economy - 12-04-2021

Hydrogen is expected to play a key role in a future climate-neutral economy, enabling emission-free transport, heating and industrial processes as well as inter-seasonal energy storage. Clean hydrogen produced with renewable electricity is a zero-emission ene
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Briefing - EU hydrogen policy: Hydrogen as an energy carrier for a climate-neutral economy - 12-04-2021

Hydrogen is expected to play a key role in a future climate-neutral economy, enabling emission-free transport, heating and industrial processes as well as inter-seasonal energy storage. Clean hydrogen produced with renewable electricity is a zero-emission energy carrier, but is not yet as cost-competitive as hydrogen produced from natural gas. A number of studies show that an EU energy system having a significant proportion of hydrogen and renewable gases would be more cost-effective than one relying on extensive electrification. Research and industrial innovation in hydrogen applications is an EU priority and receives substantial EU funding through the research framework programmes. Hydrogen projects are managed by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a public-private partnership supported by the European Commission. The EU hydrogen strategy, adopted in July 2020, aims to accelerate the development of clean hydrogen. The European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, established at the same time, is a forum bringing together industry, public authorities and civil society, to coordinate investment. Almost all EU Member States recognise the important role of hydrogen in their national energy and climate plans for the 2021-2030 period. About half have explicit hydrogen-related objectives, focussed primarily on transport and industry. The Council adopted conclusions on the EU hydrogen market in December 2020, with a focus on renewable hydrogen for decarbonisation, recovery and competitiveness. In the European Parliament, the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) adopted an own-initiative report on the EU hydrogen strategy in March 2021. This is an update of a Briefing from February 2021. Source : © European Union, 2021 - EP

Texas Gov. Abbott says state is ‘very close’ to herd immunity. The data tells a different story.

One expert said of Abbott's herd immunity claim: “There is no way on God’s green earth that Texas is anywhere even close."
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Texas Gov. Abbott says state is ‘very close’ to herd immunity. The data tells a different story.

One expert said of Abbott's herd immunity claim: “There is no way on God’s green earth that Texas is anywhere even close."

Facing GOP opposition, Biden seeks to redefine bipartisanship

The president and his aides point to broad public support for many Democratic policies among voters in both parties, as well as Republican governors, mayors, and other local officials.
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Facing GOP opposition, Biden seeks to redefine bipartisanship

The president and his aides point to broad public support for many Democratic policies among voters in both parties, as well as Republican governors, mayors, and other local officials.

Biden’s agenda faces crucial test as moderate Democrats draw lines and GOP rallies opposition

The crosscurrents could turn the coming weeks into a make-or-break moment for some of Biden’s biggest initiatives — and perhaps a final chance to demonstrate whether bipartisan cooperation is possible.
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Biden’s agenda faces crucial test as moderate Democrats draw lines and GOP rallies opposition

The crosscurrents could turn the coming weeks into a make-or-break moment for some of Biden’s biggest initiatives — and perhaps a final chance to demonstrate whether bipartisan cooperation is possible.

Hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses go unordered by states amid outbreaks, spurring calls for new approach

Pressure on the federal government to rethink its allocation strategy has mounted as access to immunization expands nationwide but new infections are concentrated in just a handful of states, including Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Florida and Pennsylvania.
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Hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses go unordered by states amid outbreaks, spurring calls for new approach

Pressure on the federal government to rethink its allocation strategy has mounted as access to immunization expands nationwide but new infections are concentrated in just a handful of states, including Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Florida and Pennsylvania.

House Ethics panel opens investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz as he faces sex-trafficking allegation

The White House is also preparing to step up negotiations over Biden’s $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure package with Congress’s return to Washington next week.
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House Ethics panel opens investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz as he faces sex-trafficking allegation

The White House is also preparing to step up negotiations over Biden’s $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure package with Congress’s return to Washington next week.

In-Depth Analysis - EU-UK private-sector data flows after Brexit: Settling on adequacy - 09-04-2021

EU-UK data flows – the lifelines of our shared digital trade – have come under pressure following the UK's withdrawal from the EU. To take regulatory and business decisions, a clear understanding of the state of play and future prospects for EU-UK transfe
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In-Depth Analysis - EU-UK private-sector data flows after Brexit: Settling on adequacy - 09-04-2021

EU-UK data flows – the lifelines of our shared digital trade – have come under pressure following the UK's withdrawal from the EU. To take regulatory and business decisions, a clear understanding of the state of play and future prospects for EU-UK transfers of personal data is indispensable. This EPRS in-depth analysis reviews and assesses trade dealings, adequacy challenges and transfer instruments under the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Source : © European Union, 2021 - EP

Briefing - Addressing the dissemination of terrorist content online - 09-04-2021

Dissemination of terrorist content is one of the most widespread and most dangerous forms of misuse of online services in the field of internal security. In line with the 2015 European agenda on security, and taking into account the impact of this propaganda
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Briefing - Addressing the dissemination of terrorist content online - 09-04-2021

Dissemination of terrorist content is one of the most widespread and most dangerous forms of misuse of online services in the field of internal security. In line with the 2015 European agenda on security, and taking into account the impact of this propaganda on the radicalisation, recruitment and training of terrorists, the European Commission launched a voluntary system for tackling terrorism online, based on guidelines and recommendations. However, given the limitations of self-regulation, in September 2018 the Commission proposed a regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online through the removal of such content within one hour of being posted. While the Council rapidly reached a position on the proposal, the European Parliament adopted its first-reading position in April 2019. Following the European elections, and the appointment of a new rapporteur, interinstitutional trilogue negotiations on the proposal began in autumn 2019. The trilogue meetings were delayed several times, because of the coronavirus pandemic among other reasons. After a new series of terrorist attacks hit Europe in autumn 2020, Parliament and Council reached political agreement on 10 December 2020. The most contentious issues related to the cross-border effect of withdrawal orders and to the use of automated filters to detect terrorist content online. The Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) approved the interinstitutional agreement on 11 January 2021, and the Council then adopted its first-reading position on 16 March. The text is due to be voted at second reading in the April plenary session. Source : © European Union, 2021 - EP

Briefing - Rail passengers' rights and obligations in the EU - 09-04-2021

In 2007, the EU established a set of basic rights for rail passengers, which became applicable at the end of 2009. These rights provide for all passengers, including those with reduced mobility, a harmonised minimum level of protection, information and assist
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Briefing - Rail passengers' rights and obligations in the EU - 09-04-2021

In 2007, the EU established a set of basic rights for rail passengers, which became applicable at the end of 2009. These rights provide for all passengers, including those with reduced mobility, a harmonised minimum level of protection, information and assistance. Recent reports have concluded that the implementation of these rights, although relatively smooth, is not done uniformly across the EU. Moreover, other shortcomings have prevented these rights from being used to their full potential. In September 2017, the European Commission presented a new proposal to address these shortcomings and to strike a new balance between keeping rail operators competitive and providing adequate passenger protection. The European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted its report on the proposal on 9 October 2018 and, subsequently, the Parliament adopted its first-reading position on 15 November 2018. For its part, the Council adopted its general approach on 2 December 2019, under the Finnish Presidency. Interinstitutional negotiations began at the end of January 2020, and on 1 October 2020, under the Germany Presidency, Council and Parliament reached a provisional agreement. The agreed text must still be formally adopted by Council before it returns to Parliament for adoption at second reading. Fifth edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Source : © European Union, 2021 - EP

Biden calls U.S. gun violence an ‘international embarrassment’ as he outlines executive actions

The president appeared at the White House with Attorney General Merrick Garland and Vice President Harris to take actions without Congress.
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Biden calls U.S. gun violence an ‘international embarrassment’ as he outlines executive actions

The president appeared at the White House with Attorney General Merrick Garland and Vice President Harris to take actions without Congress.

Biden acts on gun control after pressure from impatient activists

Biden on Thursday issued a series of executive actions aimed at curbing firearm violence, and he nominated a gun-control activist to head ATF.
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Biden acts on gun control after pressure from impatient activists

Biden on Thursday issued a series of executive actions aimed at curbing firearm violence, and he nominated a gun-control activist to head ATF.

Live updates: Biden calls U.S. gun violence an ‘international embarrassment’ as he outlines executive actions

The president appeared at the White House with Attorney General Merrick Garland and Vice President Harris to take actions without Congress.
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Live updates: Biden calls U.S. gun violence an ‘international embarrassment’ as he outlines executive actions

The president appeared at the White House with Attorney General Merrick Garland and Vice President Harris to take actions without Congress.

Biden calls gun violence in the U.S. an ‘epidemic’ and ‘embarrassment’ as he announces executive orders to tighten restrictions

Biden’s executive actions Thursday are aimed at curbing firearm violence, and he will nominate a gun-control activist to head ATF.
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Biden calls gun violence in the U.S. an ‘epidemic’ and ‘embarrassment’ as he announces executive orders to tighten restrictions

Biden’s executive actions Thursday are aimed at curbing firearm violence, and he will nominate a gun-control activist to head ATF.

Briefing - Waste Shipment Regulation - 08-04-2021

The New Circular Economy Action Plan is one of the main building blocks of the European Green Deal. It sets initiatives along the entire lifecycle of products with the aim to ensure that the resources used for their production, including the waste generated,
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Briefing - Waste Shipment Regulation - 08-04-2021

The New Circular Economy Action Plan is one of the main building blocks of the European Green Deal. It sets initiatives along the entire lifecycle of products with the aim to ensure that the resources used for their production, including the waste generated, are kept in the EU economy for as long as possible. At the same time, the circular economy policy aims at protecting the environment and empowering the consumers. Waste shipment within and outside the EU has a crucial role in achieving the EU circular economy objectives. At EU level, the transboundary movements of waste are governed by Regulation (EC) 1013/2006 on shipments of waste (WSR). However, the current design and implementation of the regulation suffer from deficiencies and thus challenge the achievement of the EU circular economy objectives. This Implementation Appraisal looks at the practical implementation of the WSR in light of the Commission proposal for a revision of the regulation expected in the second quarter of 2021. Source : © European Union, 2021 - EP

Briefing - Advances in administrative cooperation in the field of taxation - 08-04-2021

The digitalisation of the economy opens the door to new cross-border economic activities that makes it possible to under-report income and under-pay tax. It also presents new challenges for tax administrations, already faced with limited access to informatio
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Briefing - Advances in administrative cooperation in the field of taxation - 08-04-2021

The digitalisation of the economy opens the door to new cross-border economic activities that makes it possible to under-report income and under-pay tax. It also presents new challenges for tax administrations, already faced with limited access to information at the national level. Hence, in July 2020 the Commission proposed to amend the provisions on information exchange and administrative cooperation and to include the automatic exchange of data on information declared by digital platform operators in their scope. The goal is to ensure that sellers on digital platforms pay their fair share of taxes, align EU countries to the digital economy, and close the gaps for tax evasion and avoidance. Right now, having secure tax revenues is vital for the provision of support to the people and businesses most in need. The Parliament's ECON committee adopted its report on the proposal for an amended Directive on Administrative Cooperation (DAC7) on 4 February 2021. The Parliament adopted its opinion on the Commission’s proposal on 10 March 2021. The Council had reached agreement on the proposal on 1 December 2020, and formally adopted it on 22 March 2021. Member States have to transpose the directive's provisions and apply them as of 1 January 2023, except for the provisions on joint audits which will apply from 2024. Source : © European Union, 2021 - EP

Briefing - The external dimension of the new pact on migration and asylum: A focus on prevention and readmission - 07-04-2021

The challenges posed by migration have put EU Member States' solidarity to the test. Responding to a European Council request, in September 2020 the European Commission proposed a new pact on migration and asylum, to reinforce solidarity among the Member Stat
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Briefing - The external dimension of the new pact on migration and asylum: A focus on prevention and readmission - 07-04-2021

The challenges posed by migration have put EU Member States' solidarity to the test. Responding to a European Council request, in September 2020 the European Commission proposed a new pact on migration and asylum, to reinforce solidarity among the Member States and to strengthen EU migration management and asylum procedures, while also making them more consistent. The proposed pact has an external aspect as well: building on current EU migration partnership frameworks, it aims to reinforce international partnerships with a view to ensuring effective returns, combating migrant smuggling more effectively, and developing legal migration channels. In the context of migration, the EU's external policy has among its objectives to help third countries tackle the root causes of irregular migration or quests for asylum. The European Parliament often emphasises this point, while warning at the same time that security and migration management concerns should not result in diverting funds from core EU development cooperation objectives. This is also a concern among academia and non-governmental organisations dealing with migration issues: several have pointed out that the Commission's proposals for the above-mentioned pact and the working document, recommendations and legislative proposals accompanying it put a lesser emphasis on pathways to legal migration than on measures aimed at incentivising third countries to retain possible irregular migrants or to accept returns. Source : © European Union, 2021 - EP

‘We’re still in a life and death race against the virus': Biden cautions pandemic is not over yet

Biden also moved up a deadline for states to make all U.S. adults eligible to receive a vaccine, from May 1 to April 19.
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‘We’re still in a life and death race against the virus': Biden cautions pandemic is not over yet

Biden also moved up a deadline for states to make all U.S. adults eligible to receive a vaccine, from May 1 to April 19.

Biden administration to launch massive funeral assistance program for covid victims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has reimbursed for burial costs before, but it has never offered as large a payment — up to $9,000 — to so many people.
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Biden administration to launch massive funeral assistance program for covid victims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has reimbursed for burial costs before, but it has never offered as large a payment — up to $9,000 — to so many people.

Briefing - European Maritime and Fisheries Fund 2021-2027 - 06-04-2021

As part of the next EU budget framework for the 2021-2027 period, the European Commission proposed a new regulation on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) in order to continue the support to the common fisheries policy and the integrated maritime
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Briefing - European Maritime and Fisheries Fund 2021-2027 - 06-04-2021

As part of the next EU budget framework for the 2021-2027 period, the European Commission proposed a new regulation on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) in order to continue the support to the common fisheries policy and the integrated maritime policy. The new fund would give the Member States more flexibility in the implementation of the priorities. Small-scale coastal fisheries and outermost regions would receive greater preferential treatment. Support for permanent cessation and temporary cessation would be supported under strict conditions. It further proposes increased support for international ocean governance and stronger synergies with other EU policies. The fund is also expected to contribute to the development of the blue economy and support the EU's climate objectives. In reaction to the coronavirus crisis, the Commission published in May 2020 a revised multiannual financial framework proposal, significantly reducing the budget cut for the EMFF as compared to its initial proposal. Both Parliament and Council have agreed positions on the proposal, and trilogue negotiations started in November 2019. An important area of discussion is subsidies to fishing vessels, on which both co-legislators want to go further than the Commission proposal. The next trilogue meeting is scheduled for 29 October 2020. Fourth edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure Source : © European Union, 2021 - EP

Briefing - Prospects for EU-Asia connectivity: The 'European way to connectivity' - 06-04-2021

Asia matters to Europe: home to the world's largest population and fastest-growing economies, Asia is a major trade partner of the EU. Recognising this, the EU has promoted the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), established five strategic partnerships – including
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Briefing - Prospects for EU-Asia connectivity: The 'European way to connectivity' - 06-04-2021

Asia matters to Europe: home to the world's largest population and fastest-growing economies, Asia is a major trade partner of the EU. Recognising this, the EU has promoted the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), established five strategic partnerships – including with the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) – and negotiated or concluded free trade agreements with several Asian countries. In September 2018, the EU adopted a joint communication on 'Connecting Europe and Asia – Building blocks for an EU strategy'. The strategy proposes that the EU engage with its Asian partners through a sustainable, comprehensive and rules-based approach to connectivity, exploiting existing and planned EU networks. It acknowledges the presence of a significant investment gap in connectivity and recognises the need to mobilise and strengthen cooperation with private investors, national and international institutions, and multilateral development banks. Analysts welcomed the strategy as the EU response to China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). This initiative has been raising concerns in the EU and in several participating countries, some of which are worried about possible 'debt traps'. Echoing these concerns, the European Parliament has warned that the 17+1 format of cooperation between China and 17 central and eastern European countries could undermine the EU's common position towards Beijing. In January 2021, MEPs called for the creation of a global EU connectivity strategy as an extension of the current EU-Asia connectivity strategy. In September 2019, the EU and Japan launched the EU-Japan Partnership on Sustainable Connectivity and Quality Infrastructure. In December 2020, the EU and ASEAN issued a joint ministerial statement on connectivity. Financing Europe-Asia connectivity is a key challenge in the years to come, together with the challenges highlighted by the coronavirus crisis. This is a revised and updated edition of a briefing from October 2018. Source : © European Union, 2021 - EP

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