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

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.

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

A Critical Insight into Europe´s Criminalisation of Human Smuggling (2016:3epa)

Ilse van Liempt

This European policy analysis provides an overview of how smuggling has been framed over time in the European Union, and questions what the effects are of criminalising human smuggling for the protection of international migrants. The author finds that policies that effectively aim at reducing human smuggling must consider the push and pull factors for migration.

A brief on the politics and economics of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (2016:7epa)

Nordström Håkan

The negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US began in July 2013 with the ambition to conclude the negotiations before the end of President Barack Obama´s term in January 2017. This brief outlines what the parties are trying to achieve, potential sticking points, the interdependence of the EU and US economies and the potential gains of a successful agreement.

  • EU's External Relations

Linked National Public Authorities – a Study on IMI (2016:11)

Wall Gustaf

The presence of effective tools for cooperation and mutual assistance between national authorities is essential to bring effectiveness to the internal market. The Internal Market Information System (IMI) is one such tool used to remove obstacles to the internal market by offering a technical information system which helps linking together national authorities in various political fields.

The diplomatic role of the European Parliament's parliamentary groups (2015:3epa)

Fiott Daniel

With the Lisbon Treaty, the European Parliament increased its power of scrutiny over the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). But what role does the European Parliament, and more specifically, the political groups of the European Parliament play in that policy area? In this policy analysis, the author Daniel Fiott argues that the political groups of the European Parliament indeed do play a diplomatic role in the European Union’s foreign policy.

  • EU structure and governance

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