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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


Episodes

European Citizens' Initiative

12/8/2017
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The introduction of the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) equipped European citizens with a new right to participate in EU affairs by asking the Commission to table new legislation. Since the ECI became operational in 2012, the Commission received 66 initiatives, out of which 4 were successful in collecting the required number of signatures. Various stakeholders suggested that the performance of this new tool remained below expectations as it is complex and difficult to use. To address...

Duration: 00:05:39


Road transport: Enforcement and special provisions for posted workers

12/8/2017
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The EU has established a range of social measures applying to the road transport sector, which aim at improving drivers' working conditions, road safety and competition between road operators. To give real substance to these social measures, compliance is key. The 2006 Enforcement Directive was therefore adopted to effectively implement the social provisions of the 'Driving time' Regulation. The current proposal, published in the context of the 2017 European Commission 'Europe on the move'...

Duration: 00:05:37


The reintegration of returning migrants

11/22/2017
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Returning more and more migrants with irregular status to their countries of origin has become a key European Union aim in efforts to reduce illegal migration. Despite its high political priority, reiterated in European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's 2017 State of the Union address, the effective implementation of this objective is problematic, mainly due to resistance at the individual level, but also from the countries of origin. To make the return option more attractive for...

Duration: 00:05:58


Implementing the Aarhus Convention, Access to justice in environmental matters

11/22/2017
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The UN Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters is in the focus of two major documents issued in 2017. Both papers focus on access to justice. One has been published by the European Commission and examines the implementation of the convention in the EU-Member States. The other document has been published by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Aarhus Convention Compliance...

Duration: 00:04:39


Arts, culture, and cultural awareness in education

11/22/2017
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The 3D-printing sector has proven its commercial viability in recent years, reaching the high street and, indeed, many homes. The technology is already used in some medical domains such as dentistry and prosthetics, and many scientists are now exploring methods of printing biological materials. Even if reports about lifesaving 3D-printed hearts are certainly premature, the technology has several medical applications. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration: 00:06:38


A renewed Industrial Policy Strategy

11/22/2017
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EU industry seems to be on a solid path to recovery from the crisis with growth in both employment and value added. Industry creates jobs across the economy and is responsible for the bulk of investment in private research and development. Similarly to other developed parts of the world, European industry is undergoing a transformation based, among others, on increasing the convergence between traditional industries and the digital sector. This change creates both opportunities and...

Duration: 00:05:23


Introducing a European services e-card

9/28/2017
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Cross-border provision of services in the EU is relatively common, and is undertaken by an increasing number of entities, especially in sectors such as construction and business. Despite this fact, many service-providers still face obstacles which stop them benefitting from comparable business opportunities available to local persons and organisations. The European Commission has a proposed a new regulation and accompanying directive aimed at tackling these remaining obstacles in EU...

Duration: 00:05:53


Understanding the EU customs union

9/28/2017
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The EU customs union has become the world's largest trading bloc. While customs rules are the same across the EU, national customs authorities do not always apply them in a consistent manner. Therefore, the European Commission adopted its long-term plan to strengthen the governance and management of the EU customs union (December 2016). The Commission proposes structural and administrative changes, inter alia, on customs policy monitoring, formulation, and implementation. In addition, the...

Duration: 00:05:19


EU sustainability criteria for bioenergy

9/7/2017
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The Bioenergy is generally produced from plants such as agricultural crops or trees, Et is a renewable but finite energy source, and considered as climate-friendly, However, its production and use has environmental impacts and the climate benefits may vary. To ensure the sustainability of bioenergy, the Commission proposed a revised Renewable Energy Directive which includes mandatory sustainability criteria. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration: 00:06:46


Reform of the e-Privacy Directive

9/7/2017
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The Commission published a proposal in January 2017 for a new e-Privacy 'regulation. The aim is to reform the existing 2002 legislation to adapt the e-Privacy rules to the new technological reality, and to align them to the 2016 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Stakeholders are divided on certain issues, including on the basic need for a new measure to protect confidentiality in e-communications. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration: 00:07:46


EU Agricultural Policy – Current priorities and challenges

6/29/2017
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The Commission's public consultation exercise on the simplification and modernisation of the Common Agricultural Policy closed on 2 May 2017. It received in excess of 320,000 online responses. The initial results of this exercise will be presented at a stakeholder event in July. As a prelude to these results, some key features of EU agriculture are outlined along with an overview on prospects for the main agricultural markets. A number of stakeholder organisations and think tanks have...

Duration: 00:05:47


Creating opportunities: the EU and students

6/29/2017
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Over 105 million young Europeans are part of national education systems at different levels. Our briefing reviews progress in reaching common objectives to address the most pressing concerns in EU education systems by 2020. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration: 00:05:06


State aid in sport: Striking a difficult balance

6/8/2017
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With citizens being painfully aware of the cost of hosting mega-sporting events, such as the football World Cup or the Olympic Games, state aid control in the area of sport has come to the fore. Read our briefing to find out what the European Commission has been doing recently. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration: 00:05:40


Plastics in a circular economy

6/8/2017
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There are thousands of types of plastics. Plastics production account for about about 6 % of global oil consumption, set to grow to 20 % by 2050. Half of the plastics waste collected and recycled is treated in the EU, while the other half is exported, mainly to China. It is estimated that 2 to 5% of plastics produced end up in oceans.15 to 30% of plastics entering the oceans are microplastics (mainly coming from laundering of synthetic textiles and abrasion of tyres while...

Duration: 00:04:36


CO2 emissions from aviation

5/11/2017
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Although the EU's emissions trading system (ETS) includes provision to cover CO2 emissions from all flights to and from airports in the EU, this was suspended pending the agreement of emissions-reduction measures applicable across the world. This was to prevent conflicts with major EU trading partners. As this briefing explains, the original suspension of the aviation sector from the ETS was to expire at the end of 2016. Although the International Civil Aviation Organization agreed on a...

Duration: 00:05:17


Major challenges for EU tourism and policy responses

5/11/2017
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Tourism is the third largest industry in the EU, and vital for employment, economic growth and regional development. Despite the impact of the economic crisis, tourism has benefited from growing numbers of visitors in recent years. Nonetheless, as this briefing shows, the industry faces a number of challenges, not least growing competition from destinations outside Europe. Although the European Commission has presented two communications on tourism in the past decade, EU competence in the...

Duration: 00:07:03


EU support for social entrepreneurs

3/30/2017
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Social enterprises combine social and environmental goals with entrepreneurial activity. To help them overcome challenges related to regulatory obstacles and difficulties in accessing funding, the EU is taking steps such as the Social Business Initiative, review of the regulation on the European Social Entrepreneurship Funds, tailor-made financing solutions, provisions facilitating access to public procurement, proposals for an EU social enterprise statute and developing methodologies for...

Duration: 00:07:13


Financial technology (FinTech): Prospects and challenges for the EU

3/30/2017
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Social enterprises combine social and environmental goals with entrepreneurial activity. To help them overcome challenges related to regulatory obstacles and difficulties in accessing funding, the EU is taking steps such as the Social Business Initiative, review of the regulation on the European Social Entrepreneurship Funds, tailor-made financing solutions, provisions facilitating access to public procurement, proposals for an EU social enterprise statute and developing methodologies for...

Duration: 00:08:21


European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS)

3/9/2017
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The European Commission is proposing to set up an automated system that would gather information on visa-exempt travellers prior to their arrival to the Schengen border. The aim is to determine any irregular migration, security or public-health risks associated with those third-country nationals. The proposal follows similar models already existing in the USA, Canada and Australia, among others. Think Tank - "Briefing" product Source: © European Union - EP

Duration: 00:05:50


Countering hybrid threats: EU-NATO cooperation

3/9/2017
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The EU-NATO Joint Declaration adopted in the margins of the NATO Summit in Warsaw represents a clear milestone in bilateral cooperation to counter hybrid threats. This briefing provides an overview of the concrete proposals currently on the table and the progress on their implementation. Think Tank - "Briefing" product Source: © European Union - EP

Duration: 00:06:57

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