See You in Luxembourg? EU Governments´ Observations Under the Preliminary Reference Procedure (2016:5)

Cramér Per, Larsson Olof, Moberg Andreas, Naurin Daniel

The European Court of Justice plays a central role in the EU, but its importance as a political arena for conflicts regarding how to interpret the EU´s legislation is less known. In this report, based on unique material, the authors analyse how the Member States position themselves within the framework of preliminary Court rulings.

  • EU structure and governance

SME Financing in a Capital Markets Union (2016:6)

Fouché Morgane, Neugebauer Katja, Uthemann Andreas

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) account for close to 70 per cent of employment in the EU. However, as they are still heavily dependent on traditional bank financing, especially in comparison with their US counterparts, the European Commission recently launched a plan for a Capital Markets Union (CMU), aiming to diversify the funding channels available to European SMEs.

The EU and US criminal law as two-tier models (2016:4)

Kaiafa-Gbandi Maria

The Lisbon Treaty granted the EU with legislative power in the area of criminal law, which is a development that SIEPS has paid attention to in several previous publications.  In the current report, the author sheds new light on the area by comparing the evolving EU criminal justice law with US federal criminal justice law.

  • EU structure and governance

Efficient Solidarity Mechanisms in Asylum Policy (2016:7)

Fernández-Huertas Moraga Jesús, Rapoport Hillel

This report proposes a way to break the current refugee crisis deadlock between EU Member States. The authors explore ways in which physical and financial solidarity among EU Member States can be combined and propose a mechanism that allows for an exchange of refugee-admission quotas for monetary contributions.

  • Asylum and migration

Success Factors in EU Agricultural Negotiations (2016:10)

Elgström Ole, Rosén Sundström Malena

Sweden is sometimes viewed as having been less successful than Denmark and Finland in EU agricultural negotiations. At the same time, studies have shown that Sweden is generally perceived as an attractive negotiation partner within the EU.

  • Member states

The EU and Belarus: seizing the opportunity? (2016:13epa)

Korosteleva Elena A.

The relation between the EU and Belarus through the Eastern Partnership framework is complex. The country's domestic authoritarian character as well as its foreign policy balancing act between the EU and the Eurasian Economic Union hinders the implementation of major reform packages.

  • EU's External Relations

Fiske i fjärran vatten: En studie om EU:s fiskeriavtal med utvecklingsländer (2016:12)

Blomquist Johan, Hammarlund Cecilia, Waldo Staffan

For some developing countries, the compensation for fisheries agreements with the European Union constitutes 30–50 per cent of the total government budget. In this report, Johan Blomquist, Cecilia Hammarlund and Staffan Waldo (AgriFood Economics Centre) analyse the effects of the EU’s partnership agreements with countries in Western Africa, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

  • EU's External Relations

Människohandel i EU: En studie av destinationsländer (2016:2)

Jonas Eriksson, Monika Hjeds Löfmark

While there are many benefits to free mobility, it may also facilitate cross-border criminality. Human trafficking is today the third biggest international criminal activity and it is also one of the most profitable.

  • Asylum and migration

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