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2008

The Swedish EU Presidency during the second half of 2009 will be constrained by a number of external factors such as the investiture of a new Commission, a newly elected European Parliament and it will probably be held under constitutional uncertainty. Nonetheless, the Swedish Government will...

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The Lisbon Treaty describes more clearly than before how to establish and maintain a more precise distribution of powers and clarifies the legal status of the Charter.

The report is a part of the research project...

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Since the crisis in the food industry in the late 1990:s, with the outbreak of Mad Cow Decease, the European food policies have undergone major change.

A new administrative organisation has been established, with a new European agency, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). A new...

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The General Court has since 1998 developed its practice on cross-border healthcare. But the development has taken place without guidance from EU regulators.

Now, Member States and the European Parliament will try to agree on common EU rules. If the proposal is adopted, patients' mobility...

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The Lisbon Treaty leaves behind an urgent need for the consequences of our membership in the EU to be reflected more appropriately in the constitution than they are today.

The Lisbon Treaty takes the last final steps in a long reform process and the Swedish constitution's life together...

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This survey includes all directives and regulations published in the Official Journal (OJ) 2008....

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The Lisbon Treaty could take effect before the 2009 European Parliament elections. The treaty could be approved by the Irish Parliament and exceptions can be given to the remaining changes that must be decided in a subsequent referendum.

One compelling reason for this rapid solution is...

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Energy security has gone high up on the EU's agenda under both the framework for energy and security policy.

The development means that Member States must consider how and to what extent energy policy should be part of a more general attitude in the field. The debate is whether it is...

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When changes to the Lisbon Treaty are discussed it is often mentioned of the more forceful formulation in the area of EU external actions and the new posts created within the EU's institutional structure that is expected to lead to greater coherence.

An equally important but less noticed...

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The report analyses the effects of free movement for workers from the new Member States to Sweden. The immigration is still small compared with total immigration to Sweden.

The immigrants from EU10 are to a very high extent from Poland. Women constituted the majority of the immigrants in...

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This publication aims to provide an overview of the Lisbon Treaty and its impact on criminal law. The author states that the Lisbon Treaty does not resolve all the constitutional issues in the field of European criminal law. This publication is a shortened Swedish translation of...

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The report summarises the results from a SIEPS funded research project on the EU as an actor in the field of global development. The authors analyse three specific policy areas; trade and economic cooperation, international development cooperation and security and conflict management. The...

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The ratification of the Lisbon Treaty will have quite significant implications for European Union external trade policy. The most important change will be an increased role for the European Parliament (EP).

The EP will have an enhanced role in trade negotiations in the sense that the...

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This analysis describes how the relations of power between the EU institutions are affected by the Lisbon Treaty.

It seems that there will be a slight weakening of the Minister Council, on behalf of the European Council, while the Commission's role changes less than what the Convention...

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The development of institutional competencies within the EU’s external action in general, and in the framework of the Common Foreign and Security Policy and European Security and Defence Policy in particular, have brought questions concerning the division of roles between the different actors to...

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The precedence principle means that the Member States may not apply national regulations contrary to EU law. European Union law can thus be said to have precedence over national law, including Member States' own constitutional regulations.

The principle is not protected legally but has...

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Following the food scandals of the 1990s and the White Paper on Food Safety in 2000, the Community made an impressive overhaul of its regulation of food safety. Whilst a number of legal measures focusing upon the elimination of barriers to trade remain in force until this day, the Community put...

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The support for the EU continues to increase in the Swedish public opinion. The latest measurements from the SOM-Institute shows that the support is now stronger than in any previous measurement. Nearly a majority of Swedes are now in favor of a membership.

Despite the positive public...

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The report, which has been written by researchers at the Institute for European Environmental Policy, assesses to what extent the EU budget has contributed to achieving the EU’s climate change objectives and sets out arguments on how and why the EU budget might support the fight against climate...

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This paper focus on the TEU provisions on EMU with the aim of ascertaining the extent to which such rules have been amended and widened by the Lisbon Treaty.

The analysis is a part of the research project...

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The report, written by Jorge Nuñéz Ferrer, Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), analyses how the own resources system can be reformed to foster better decision-making in relation to policy-making in the EU.

The author argues that a combined strategy...

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This publication aims to provide an overview of the Lisbon Treaty and its impact on criminal law. The author states that the Lisbon Treaty does not resolve all the constitutional issues in the field of European criminal law.

The analysis is a part of the research project...

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The French Presidency selected four priorities – immigration, defence, climate change and energy, agriculture – in line with the European agenda but also with national interests. The Union for the Mediterraneanwas later added to this list. Although the project raised strong objections from...

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In December 2006 the Institute for World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (IWE) was commissioned by SIEPS to map the interests of the EU Member States and their positions with regard to the EU budget, in order to analyse both the prospects for reform, as well as the possible...

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This European Policy Analysis proposes a method for analysing the EU budget which combines economic, political and legal aspects. This integrated and multidisciplinary approach was lacking in the previous literature on the EU budget. 

The objective is to offer a basis for a realistic and...

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Slovenia, Germany and Portugal have agreed on a common 18-month programme of the first presiding "trio". As the last presiding country within the trio, Slovenia mainly took on the fairly "traditional role" of a small country holding the EU presidency - managing "a good presidency" for the EU....

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The European Commission has proposed a common energy policy conducted in a spirit of solidarity among Member States as an instrument to address the issue of energy security. The authors of this report, Chloé Le Coq and Elena Paltseva, highlight that such a common energy policy may entail biased...

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The author analyzes both the development of common EU asylum systems, and the various models that are discussed to share responsibility for the refugees who come to the EU.

The conclusion is that the models discussed today are not likely to lead to an equitable distribution of...

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SIEPS’ annual conference 2007 was held on the theme The Purse of the European Union: Setting Priorities for the Future. The conference was arranged in the light of the EU budget review process that was launched in September 2007 and which is expected to be concluded in 2008-2009.

 

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