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The Monthly Highlights publication provides an overview, at a glance, of the on-going work of the policy departments, including a selection of the latest and forthcoming publications, and a list of future events.

VAT fraud: how to deal with the remaining risks?

11-12-2018 - 11:51
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VAT fraud: economic impact, challenges and policy issues © Image used under the license from Shutterstock.com

Member States lose a staggering € 150 billion in VAT revenues on a yearly basis due to fraudulent activities, says TAX3 Chair Petr Ježek. He points at the key issues related to the forthcoming overhaul of the EU VAT system and the role of expertise provided by the policy department in the work of the committee. Other topics in this issue include recognition of qualifications, domestic sexual abuse, ESI funds and universal jurisdiction. Forthcoming publications and events are also announced.

EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement: a landmark deal

12-11-2018 - 17:36
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The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement © Image used under the license from Shutterstock.com

Parliament has the final say on and is scrutinising the outcome of the largest bilateral trade agreement ever concluded. INTA Chair, Bernd Lange, talks about political pressure on both parties to deliver on commitments and presents a study to help assess the deal in comparison to other recent trade agreements. Other topics featured in this issue include child poverty, the impact of Brexit on the audiovisual sector, collective redress mechanisms, and the financial implementation of the ESIF.

Good governance in Eastern Partnership

01-10-2018 - 17:54
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Association Agreements in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine © Image used under the license from Shutterstock.com

Association Agreements are designed to deepen political and economic integration with the EU and facilitate the modernisation of partner countries, says David McAllister, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. A recent study describes an institutional framework for the implementation of such agreements in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Other topics featured in this issue of the newsletter include EU agencies revenue, financial technologies, cohesion policy and procedural criminal laws.

Special Committee on Terrorism

10-09-2018 - 16:51
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Virtual currencies and terrorist financing © Image used under the license from Shutterstock.com

In this edition of the newsletter, MEP Nathalie Griesbeck, Chair of the Special Committee on Terrorism, presents the work of the Committee and introduces a new study on virtual currencies and terrorist financing. Other topics featured in this issue include migration, trade, labour market and fisheries. Forthcoming publications and events are also announced.

The future of EU-UK relations

02-07-2018 - 17:22
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Future EU-UK relationship © Image used under the license from Shutterstock.com

“The Withdrawal Agreement must contain a fully operational backstop solution for Ireland and Northern Ireland. Without agreement on that matter there will be no deal,” says Danuta Hübner, Chair of the AFCO committee on the state of play regarding the EU-UK negotiations. Other topics featured in this edition of the Newsletter include employment, finance, security and defence cooperation with Japan, and the Creative Europe programme. Forthcoming publications and events are also announced.

The future of EU cohesion policy

12-06-2018 - 11:18
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The future of EU cohesion policy © Image used under the license from Shutterstock.com

In this issue, REGI Chair Iskra Mihaylova describes the Committee’s role in the forthcoming negotiations on the shape of the new cohesion policy and points out the valuable support from the relevant policy department in providing expertise documents and workshops. Other topics featured in this edition include support of education and culture through ESIF, terrorism, EU trust funds and CSDP after Brexit. Forthcoming publications and events are also announced.

Energy and the MFF

29-05-2018 - 10:13
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Energy and the MFF © Image used under the license from Shutterstock.com

The MFF 2021-2027 should be the translation of the EU’s political project and policy priorities into the financial means needed to achieve them, says ITRE Chair Jerzy Buzek, who also presents a new study on the EU’s investments in the energy sector. Other topics featured in this issue include transport and tourism, justice and home affairs, climate change, and future trade relations with the UK. Forthcoming publications and events are also announced.

EU-Africa cooperation: the Senegalese example

17-04-2018 - 09:30
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EU-Africa cooperation: the Senegalese example © European Union (2018)

The EU and Africa need to work together to deal with common challenges such as the creation of sustainable jobs, migration, security and the fight against climate change, says DEVE Chair Linda McAvan, following the Committee’s mission to Senegal earlier this year. Other topics featured in this issue include CO2 emissions from international shipping, the new Silk Route, waste management, and the cooperation and verification mechanism with Bulgaria and Romania.

The next MFF and the reform of the own resources

13-03-2018 - 09:02
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The next MFF and the reform of the own resources © European Union

The MFF post-2020 should take into account lessons learnt and challenges encountered during the current MFF period, says BUDG Chair Jean Arthuis, who also talks about preparations in the committee before the start of inter-institutional negotiations. Other topics featured in this issue include investment in the Eastern Partnership countries, chip implants for workers, protection of minors in the digital age, and the future of Schengen.

Policies on suspects in terrorist-related crimes

06-02-2018 - 09:10
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Policies and laws on suspects of terrorist-related crimes © European Union (2018)

Following the recent terror attacks and the high threat perception, new anti-terror legislation and policies were adopted at national and EU level, says LIBE Committee chair Claude Moraes, who presents a new study that looks at the EU and national policies on persons suspected of terrorism-related crimes. Other topics featured in this issue include transitional allowances for former EU office holders, Serbia’s international outlook, personalised medicine, and China’s new Silk Route initiative.

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