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The EU Own Resources NEW
Library of the European Parliament's Blog 2 Days, 19 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Article 311 TFEU stipulates that the EU budget should be financed wholly with own EU resources. These resources can be defined as revenue streams directly assigned to the EU without the need for any additional decision from the Member States. In prac...
Reforming the European Union Solidarity Fund NEW
Library of the European Parliament's Blog 3 Days, 13 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
The EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) was created in 2001 to enable the European Union (EU) to respond to major disasters (floods, earthquakes, severe droughts…) inside the EU and in countries involved in accession negotiations. Major disasters would...
Aquaculture in the EU NEW
Library of the European Parliament's Blog 3 Days, 19 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
In Europe, aquaculture accounts for about 20% of fish production and directly employs some 70 000 people. EU overall output has been more or less constant in volume since 2000 whereas global production has been growing at nearly 7% per year. Concerni...
The European Parliament 2009-14 : Five years’ work in figures NEW
Library of the European Parliament's Blog 4 Days, 13 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
This “At a glance” infographic aims to give a succinct picture of some of the activities undertaken by the European Parliament over the most recent term, from July 2009 to date. The Parliament adopts its positions by voting in plenar...
European patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare NEW
Library of the European Parliament's Blog 4 Days, 19 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Directive 2011/24/EU on patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare is an important achievement of the ‘patient empowerment’ policy of the EC and an essential requirement enabling European citizens to benefit from cross-border healt...
2014 International Year of Family Farming NEW
Library of the European Parliament's Blog 5 Days, 19 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
2014 was designated the 2014 International Year of Family Farming at the 66th session of the UN General Assembly in 2011, promoted by the World Rural Forum and supported by civil society and farmers’ organizations. The objective is raising the...
Eurostars-2: support to research-performing SMEs NEW
Library of the European Parliament's Blog 6 Days, 9 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
The Commission proposes to support a second phase of the Eurostars joint programme which funds transnational research carried out by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It is hoped that he resultant improvements in technology will br...
Frontex and surveillance of the EU’s external sea borders NEW
Library of the European Parliament's Blog 6 Days, 13 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
In recent years, EU Member States have been confronted with increasing numbers of irregular migrants travelling on overloaded and/or unseaworthy boats across the Mediterranean Sea. In order to limit the growing numbers of fatalities, with hundreds of...
Sécurité des consommateurs renforcée NEW
Library of the European Parliament's Blog 6 Days, 19 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
La sécurité des produits constitue une condition nécessaire à la libre circulation des produits dans l’Union européenne (UE). Elle est indispensable pour assurer la protection des consommateurs et est inscrite...
New technologies and open educational resources NEW
Library of the European Parliament's Blog 1 Week, 9 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
Transforming education requires pedagogical, organisational and technological innovation. Increasing use of the Internet brought in a new era in course design and delivery to the mainstream model of traditional education. That is particularly so for...
Reducing the use of lightweight plastic carrier bags NEW
Library of the European Parliament's Blog 1 Week, 13 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Europeans use about 100 billion plastic carrier bags every year. Some of these are dropped as litter, ending up in the environment, where long-lasting plastics accumulate and harm wildlife. Most EU Member States have initiatives to curb the use of pl...
EU-Japan: forging strategic ties NEW
Library of the European Parliament's Blog 1 Week, 19 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
The EU and Japan share common values and principles and enjoy solid, long-term political and economic ties. Both sides believe the time has come to develop the large and unexploited potential in their relationship. Therefore, the EU and Japan are cur...
Deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure NEW
Library of the European Parliament's Blog 1 Week, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
The development of alternative fuels for transport is essential for reducing the EU’s dependence on crude oil and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The European Commission has proposed a directive which requires Member States to foster the de...
New week, new author – The Week NEW
Library of the European Parliament's Blog 1 Week, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
This week another service presented itself on our blog. This time Impact Assessment unit was in the spotlight, who provide evaluations of EU legislation and policies, which aim to assist in improving the quality of legislation and oversight of the po...
Own resources of the European Union NEW
Library of the European Parliament's Blog 1 Week, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
The “own resources system” ensures the financing of EU’s policies. While the European Council of February 2013 agreed only marginal changes to its current configuration, a newly established high-level group chaired by Mario Monti ma...
Weights and dimensions of road vehicles in the EU NEW
Library of the European Parliament's Blog 1 Week, 2 Days, 9 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
The White Paper on transport policy (2011) set the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport by 60% by 2050, in comparison with 1990 levels. In this context, the European Commission proposed to revise the rules on the weights and dimen...
China’s defence budget NEW
Library of the European Parliament's Blog 1 Week, 2 Days, 13 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
For more than a decade, China’s steadily rising military budget has been observed by Western analysts and the governments of neighbouring countries. This Keysource lists the country’s 2012 to 2014 official figures and diverging estimates...
Product Safety and Market Surveillance Package NEW
Library of the European Parliament's Blog 1 Week, 2 Days, 19 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
The Ex-Ante Impact Assessment unit of EPRS has recently produced, at the request of the IMCO Committee, two papers in relation to the ‘Product Safety and Market Surveillance Package’, which was adopted by the European Commission in Februa...
Europe’s cultural heritage online NEW
Library of the European Parliament's Blog 1 Week, 3 Days, 13 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
The European Union (on the basis of article 167 TEU) supports the goal of online accessibility for Europe’s cultural heritage by helping to create the conditions for digitisation, accessibility and preservation of cultural content. It fosters c...
Reconciling work and private life NEW
Library of the European Parliament's Blog 1 Week, 3 Days, 19 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
A balanced work and private life is important for a healthy workplace. Research shows that employees with higher levels of work-family conflict suffer up to 12 times more often from burnout and can experience up to three times more depression or othe...