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Potential Output Estimates and their Role in the EU Fiscal Policy Surveillance

11-02-2020

The surveillance of fiscal policies of EU Members States makes extensive use of estimates of the potential output and related concepts, including output gap and structural balance. This note provides an overview of these concepts, of their use and of the main issues related to them .

The surveillance of fiscal policies of EU Members States makes extensive use of estimates of the potential output and related concepts, including output gap and structural balance. This note provides an overview of these concepts, of their use and of the main issues related to them .

Interim evaluation of Horizon 2020

21-03-2018

As required by the regulation, the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 – the European Union (EU) framework programme (FP) for research and innovation – began in October 2016 with a public consultation to gather feedback from stakeholders three years in. The Commission performed its own mid-term evaluation and asked experts to evaluate the programme's specific instruments. In parallel, the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the advisory committees conducted their own, separate evaluations ...

As required by the regulation, the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 – the European Union (EU) framework programme (FP) for research and innovation – began in October 2016 with a public consultation to gather feedback from stakeholders three years in. The Commission performed its own mid-term evaluation and asked experts to evaluate the programme's specific instruments. In parallel, the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the advisory committees conducted their own, separate evaluations of the programme. The Commission adopted its conclusions on the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 in January 2018, confirming that the programme was relevant and presented clear EU added value. Implementation was considered to be efficient and the first results suggested that the programme was also effective in reaching its objectives. The integration of research and innovation and the Horizon 2020 pillar structure provided for greater internal coherence compared with previous framework programmes. All the evaluations highlighted four key issues to be addressed by the next FP. First, the programme budget needs to match better the funding required to bring the success rate back to acceptable levels. Second, the unbalanced distribution of FP funding across the EU raises concerns regarding the impact of the use of the excellence criterion and calls for changes to enable the various EU funds to generate more synergistic effects so as to maintain EU competitiveness and promote EU cohesion in research and innovation. Third, the evaluations highlight the will to improve the shared, multi-level governance between the EU, Member States and regions and to promote the co-design and co-construction of the FP with the public and civil society. Finally, there is widespread agreement that the EU research and innovation funding landscape has become too complex and should be streamlined, questioning the EU added value of each of the instruments and partnerships.

What if mini-brains could help us understand dementia?

05-12-2017

Organoids are artificially grown organs that mimic the properties of real organs. What new possibilities for treating diseases, drug development, and personalised and regenerative medicine do organoids provide?

Organoids are artificially grown organs that mimic the properties of real organs. What new possibilities for treating diseases, drug development, and personalised and regenerative medicine do organoids provide?

Evaluation in the European Commission - Rolling Check-List and State of Play

29-11-2017

This paper aims to provide an overview of planned and ongoing evaluations of EU legislation and spending programmes carried out by each European Commission directorate-general (DG). The general overview and state of play on the public availability of evaluations is completed by a rolling check-list comprising on-going and planned evaluations on the basis of information disclosed by the Commission in various sources (DGs' management plans and annual activity reports, the Single Evaluation Plans for ...

This paper aims to provide an overview of planned and ongoing evaluations of EU legislation and spending programmes carried out by each European Commission directorate-general (DG). The general overview and state of play on the public availability of evaluations is completed by a rolling check-list comprising on-going and planned evaluations on the basis of information disclosed by the Commission in various sources (DGs' management plans and annual activity reports, the Single Evaluation Plans for 2016 and 2017, roadmaps published since July 2015) and the information available in individual DGs. The annexes to this paper contain an overview of, and links to, the DGs' management plans for 2017 (Annex I); and a list of, and direct links to, the evaluations published between 2015 and 20 October 2017 in various sources (Annexes II and III). Finally, Annex IV covers the Commission staff working documents related to evaluation published on EUR-Lex and in the Register of Commission Documents up to October 2017.

Regular public hearing with Danièle Nouy, Chair of the Supervisory Board - ECON on 9 November 2017

07-11-2017

This note is prepared in view of a regular public hearing with the Chair of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank (ECB) as referred to in Regulation 1024/2013 and the Interinstitutional Agreement between the European Parliament and the ECB. The following issues are addressed in this briefing: the ECB addendum on NPLs, the LCR ratio in case of Banco Popular, the Supervisory Banking Statistics for the second quarter of 2017, recent guidance documents published by the SSM, and recent external ...

This note is prepared in view of a regular public hearing with the Chair of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank (ECB) as referred to in Regulation 1024/2013 and the Interinstitutional Agreement between the European Parliament and the ECB. The following issues are addressed in this briefing: the ECB addendum on NPLs, the LCR ratio in case of Banco Popular, the Supervisory Banking Statistics for the second quarter of 2017, recent guidance documents published by the SSM, and recent external briefing papers provided for the ECON Committee.

Renewing the approval for glyphosate

23-10-2017

Glyphosate, one of the world's most widely used active substances in herbicides, has recently become the subject of controversy. The European Commission now proposes to renew its approval for 10 years. The ENVI committee has adopted a motion for a resolution calling for glyphosate to be phased out by 2020, and a vote on this issue is expected during the October II plenary session.

Glyphosate, one of the world's most widely used active substances in herbicides, has recently become the subject of controversy. The European Commission now proposes to renew its approval for 10 years. The ENVI committee has adopted a motion for a resolution calling for glyphosate to be phased out by 2020, and a vote on this issue is expected during the October II plenary session.

Parliament rejects criteria for endocrine disruptors

12-10-2017

On 4 October 2017, the European Parliament voted to object to the European Commission's draft regulation setting out criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors in the area of plant protection products (PPPs). The vote followed the Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) backing a motion for resolution to reject the criteria. The Commission says it needs now to reflect on the next steps to take.

On 4 October 2017, the European Parliament voted to object to the European Commission's draft regulation setting out criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors in the area of plant protection products (PPPs). The vote followed the Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) backing a motion for resolution to reject the criteria. The Commission says it needs now to reflect on the next steps to take.

Agreement on criteria for endocrine disruptors

11-07-2017

On 4 July 2017, the European Commission's Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SC PAFF), made up of experts from the EU Member States, voted on the Commission's draft regulation setting out criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors in the area of plant protection products (PPPs). The vote was preceded by several meetings in which the Commission presented revised versions of its drafts. The European Parliament and the Council of the EU now have three months to examine the agreed ...

On 4 July 2017, the European Commission's Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SC PAFF), made up of experts from the EU Member States, voted on the Commission's draft regulation setting out criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors in the area of plant protection products (PPPs). The vote was preceded by several meetings in which the Commission presented revised versions of its drafts. The European Parliament and the Council of the EU now have three months to examine the agreed text.

Regular public hearing with Danièle Nouy, Chair of the Single Supervisory Mechanism - ECON on 19 June 2017

16-06-2017

This note is prepared in view of a regular public hearing with the Chair of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank (ECB) as referred to in Regulation 1024/2013 and the Interinstitutional Agreement between the European Parliament and the ECB. The following issues are addressed in this briefing: information in the public domain relating to the resolution of Banco Popular, the ECB’s supervisory expectations for banks relocating to the euro area in the context of Brexit, the Supervisory ...

This note is prepared in view of a regular public hearing with the Chair of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank (ECB) as referred to in Regulation 1024/2013 and the Interinstitutional Agreement between the European Parliament and the ECB. The following issues are addressed in this briefing: information in the public domain relating to the resolution of Banco Popular, the ECB’s supervisory expectations for banks relocating to the euro area in the context of Brexit, the Supervisory Banking Statistics for the fourth quarter of 2016, two guidance documents published by the SSM, and a summary of an external briefing paper on banks’ structural changes.

Presentation of the SSM 2016 Annual Report by Danièle Nouy, Chair of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM)

21-03-2017

This note is prepared in view of a regular public hearing as referred to in Regulation 1024/2013 and the Interinstitutional Agreement between the EP and the European Central Bank. Ms Nouy will inter alia present the SSM Annual report 2016. The EP received a copy of that report on a confidential basis, under embargo until Thursday, 23 March 2016, at 9:00 CET. This briefing therefore does not use or refer to any information provided in that Annual report. The following issues are addressed in this ...

This note is prepared in view of a regular public hearing as referred to in Regulation 1024/2013 and the Interinstitutional Agreement between the EP and the European Central Bank. Ms Nouy will inter alia present the SSM Annual report 2016. The EP received a copy of that report on a confidential basis, under embargo until Thursday, 23 March 2016, at 9:00 CET. This briefing therefore does not use or refer to any information provided in that Annual report. The following issues are addressed in this briefing: key priorities for direct supervision in 2017, the key risks road map for 2017, the Supervisory Banking Statistics for the third quarter 2016, recent relevant publications by the SSM, and a summary of external briefing papers on conduct risk.

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