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Listen to a selection of EPRS policy podcasts here. An in-depth look at different topical EU policy areas based on objective authoritative and independent research.

Listen to a selection of EPRS policy podcasts here. An in-depth look at different topical EU policy areas based on objective authoritative and independent research.
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Listen to a selection of EPRS policy podcasts here. An in-depth look at different topical EU policy areas based on objective authoritative and independent research.

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English


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Multinational enterprises, value creation and taxation

7/12/2019
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Multinational enterprises are changing. This concerns especially their improved ability to fragment their value chains and disperse them geographically. Such global value chains have stimulated economic growth in many parts of the world over the past three decades. However, they also make it increasingly important to rethink current tax policies. On the one hand, governments seek to encourage trade and investment by multinational enterprises by removing tax and regulatory barriers they...

Duration:00:05:13

Representative actions to protect the collective interests of consumers

7/12/2019
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The European Commission published a proposal for a new directive on representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers in April 2018. The proposal would for the first time allow consumers in all Member States to collectively demand compensation from companies that infringe on their rights. The previous European Parliament adopted a first-reading position in March, but the Member States in the Council have yet to agree their...

Duration:00:04:54

Human rights in EU trade agreements

7/12/2019
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The main mechanism for incorporating human rights into the EU's bilateral agreements consists of an 'essential elements' human rights clause that enables one party to take appropriate measures in case of serious breaches by the other party. The clause, which also covers democratic principles and often the rule of law, is more than just a legal mechanism enabling the unilateral suspension of trade commitments in times of crisis. It enshrines the parties' commitments to human rights and thus...

Duration:00:04:34

Towards unified representation for the euro area within the IMF

7/2/2019
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The Euro is today the common currency of more than 340 million European citizens. It is the official currency of 19 of the current 28 EU member states and the second most widely used currency in the world, after the dollar. But this success and growing international role is not reflected in the external representation of the euro in international fora, notably the International Monetary Fund, or...

Duration:00:06:45

Economic impacts of artificial intelligence

7/2/2019
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Artificial intelligence is already transforming the world around us and this process will only speed up in the future. Find out in our podcast what is likely to happen to our economy and jobs and how the European businesses and citizens can benefit from this new revolution. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2019)637967 Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:06:31

Electing the European Parliament's President

6/28/2019
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At the July I plenary sitting, the newly elected European Parliament (EP) is due to elect its 31st President, to hold office until mid-term at the beginning of 2022, when a new election for Parliament’s President will be held. The President has an important and increasingly visible function in the EU institutional and international setting, mirroring the influential role of the Parliament as shaper of EU policies and...

Duration:00:02:46

Regional policy

6/16/2019
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The EU's regional policy aims to address the territorial, social and economic imbalances existing between the different regions of the EU. Also known as cohesion policy, it covers all regions and cities of the European Union, helping to support job creation, business competitiveness, economic growth, sustainable development, and to improve citizens' quality of life. Almost one third of the total EU budget has been set aside for cohesion policy for the 2014-2020 period, with this financial...

Duration:00:05:20

Understanding the d'Hondt method: Allocation of parliamentary seats and leadership positions

6/16/2019
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The d'Hondt method is used within the Parliament as a formula for distributing the chairs of the parliamentary committees and delegations, as well as to distribute those posts among the national delegations within the political groups. Such proportional distribution of leadership positions within Parliament prevents domination of parliamentary political life by only one or two large political groups, ensuring smaller political groups also have a say on the political agenda. Some argue...

Duration:00:03:33

Election of the President of the European Commission: Understanding the Spitzenkandidaten process

6/16/2019
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The European Parliament has long sought to ensure that, by voting in European elections, European citizens not only elect the Parliament itself, but also have a say over who would head the EU executive – the European Commission. What became known as the 'Spitzenkandidaten process' is a procedure whereby European political parties, ahead of European elections, appoint lead candidates for the role of Commission President, with the presidency of the Commission then going to the candidate of...

Duration:00:04:39

Rules on political groups in the EP

6/16/2019
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Political groups are central to the work of the European Parliament. After European citizens elected a new Parliament, political groups are expected to notify their composition by end of June. To form a political group, a minimum of 25 MEPs elected in at least one quarter of the EU's Member States (currently seven) is required. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2018)630264 Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:04:22

Youth empowerment

4/5/2019
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The European Union is engaged in helping Member States address young people's needs and aspirations through a youth strategy. The strategy is backed by a number of funding programmes, most notably the Youth Employment Initiative, Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps and it is best known for the mobility opportunities it has created. Future challenges include reaching a wider spectrum of young people, especially those from disadvantaged and hard-to-reach groups, making the results of...

Duration:00:06:02

Foreign policy

4/5/2019
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The new EU foreign policy is designed to help society in the EU and partner countries to withstand natural and manmade shocks more effectively. To this aim, coordination between all stakeholders is challenging but vital. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2019)635534 Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:05:46

The fight against terrorism

4/5/2019
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According to recent polls, 77% of EU citizens are in favour of stronger EU involvement in the fight against terrorism. Over the past years, the EU has played an ever more ambitious role in this area. EU spending on counter-terrorism has increased and is set to grow in the future. New rules and instruments adopted since 2014 range from harmonising definitions of terrorist offences and sanctions, and sharing information and data, to protecting borders, countering terrorist financing, and...

Duration:00:07:07

Agriculture

3/22/2019
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Repeated Eurobarometer surveys have provided evidence on how important agriculture and rural areas are to EU citizens. They have recorded high levels of awareness of the common agricultural policy and a recognition of the role it plays in the provision of high quality healthy food. Significant legislative achievements have been made during the European Parliament's eighth term in respect of animal health (including an animal medicines package), plant health, official controls, organic...

Duration:00:04:36

Security and defence

3/22/2019
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Security and defence policy in the European Union is predominantly a competence of the Member States. At the same time, a common security and defence policy, which could progressively lead to a European defence union, is enshrined in the Lisbon Treaty and significant progress has been made in that direction. This briefing discusses the EU's deliveries in the area of security and defence policy and analyses public expectations and perceptions of the EU's actions in this policy...

Duration:00:05:26

The migration issue

3/22/2019
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The unprecedented arrival of refugees and irregular migrants in the EU, which peaked in 2015, exposed a series of deficiencies and gaps in EU policies on asylum, external borders and migration. In response to these challenges, the EU has embarked on a broader process of reform aimed at rebuilding its asylum and migration policies. In order to deliver what the Commission calls an effective, fair and robust future EU migration policy, the EU, based on the Treaties and other legal and financial...

Duration:00:06:34

Future financing of EU policies

3/22/2019
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EU public finance, including the EU budget and other financial mechanisms, supports policies that are designed to yield European public goods, with benefits that go beyond the national borders of individual EU countries. During the 2014-2019 parliamentary term, EU lawmakers have updated the financial rules governing the use of EU funds, created a European Public Prosecutor's Office to help address the roughly 0.35 % of the EU budget at risk of fraud, carried out a mid-term revision of the...

Duration:00:05:44

International trade and globalisation

3/8/2019
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What has the EU delivered in the area of international trade and globalisation during the Juncker Commission? This briefing takes stock of EU's achievements in this term: free trade agreement negotiations launched and concluded, developments in investment protection and screening, and key legislative files adopted. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2019)633176 Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:06:37

Digital transformation

3/8/2019
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The 2014-2019 parliamentary term has seen a number of initiatives in the areas of digitalisation of industry and public services, investment in digital infrastructure and services, research programmes, cybersecurity, e-commerce, copyright and data protection legislation. The European Union will increase its support for digital transformation in the coming years, as illustrated by the recent proposal for the Digital Europe programme (for 2021-2027) – which would be the first ever funding...

Duration:00:05:42

The fight against tax fraud

3/8/2019
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Fight against tax fraud is under the glare of the spotlight. It appears regularly in the headlines showing the shadowy practices of certain taxpayers. Yet this is not the whole picture because work has been done to tackle the issue. Fight against fraud is large and ongoing task, that public expects the EU to continue addressing. The European Union has done substantial work over the last five year, in spite of the limitation of the powers that it has. Fighting tax fraud was one EU action...

Duration:00:05:40