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  • This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on the European Parliament. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

    Commons Briefing Papers

    25.10.2016Local, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and European Parliament elections: Social Indicators page
    Local, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and European Parliament elections: Social Indicators page. A summary of recent election results.
    24.06.2016Reading list on UK-EU relations 2013-16: reform, renegotiation, withdrawal
    The Commons Library has compiled a selection of books, journal and press articles, think tank, parliamentary and library publications relevant to the UK's renegotiation of its membership of the European Union. This last update will be followed by a new series of briefings on the consequences of the Brexit vote.
    29.03.2016EU external agreements: EU and UK procedures
    This Commons Library briefing looks at the procedures and some of the problems linked to treaty negotiation and ratification in the EU and the Member States, with particular reference to the UK. The EU concludes many international agreements with third States or international organisations. How does the EU negotiate these agreements and how does the UK scrutinise and ratify them?
    09.02.2016EU referendum: UK's EU reform negotiations and the Tusk package
    This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the Prime Minister's proposals for EU reform, which he set out in a letter to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, in November 2015, concerning four broad areas: economic governance, competitiveness, sovereignty and free movement. It also looks at Donald Tusk's package of draft texts to address UK concerns, their implications and prospects for agreement.
    18.05.2015Regulating the web: The open internet and net neutrality
    Net neutrality is the concept that all information and services should have equal and open access online without regard to content, destination or source. Both net neutrality-and the associated concept of the 'open internet'-are considered to be founding principles of the World Wide Web. Concerns that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are looking to circumvent net neutrality principles-deciding how fast data will be transmitted and at what quality-have led to campaigns to explicitly legislate for net neutrality. Without net neutrality campaigners fear a two-tiered service with fast and slow lanes could develop. In the past few years, the EU and other countries have attempted to explicitly legislate to ensure Internet Service Providers (ISPs) operate in a net neutral fashion.
    09.12.2014Main Treaty amendments since the UK joined the EEC
    Many argue that the EU is a far cry from what the UK signed up to in 1973. This note looks at the major Treaty changes since the UK joined the EEC in 1973.
    11.09.2014EU Institutional Appointments in 2014
    The EU has just appointed four new institutional leaders: the President of the European Parliament, the President of the European Commission, the President of the European Council and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. This Note looks at the background to the four recent appointments.
    27.06.2014France's Front National (FN)
    A brief profile of the far-right Front National (FN), led by Marine Le Pen, which obtained 24.9% of the vote in France in the recent European elections. This result was described as a 'political earthquake.'
    24.06.2014A new Commission President in 2014
    Will David Cameron succeed in blocking the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker for European Commission President? Juncker has the support of most Member State governments but the UK Prime Minister thinks he is too integrationist and would not implement necessary reforms.
    16.06.2014The European Conservatives and Reformists in the European Parliament
    In the European Parliament discussions are on-going about the formation of political groups. The European Conservatives and Reformists group, in which UK Conservatives are one of the largest parties, has recently admitted the Alternative fur Deutschland party, and there are fears that this might damage Anglo-German relations.


    15.07.2014Big Data Overview
    This POSTnote gives an overview of big data.

    Select Committee Reports

    27.10.2009House Committee (HL) fourth report on Parliamentary Passes for UK Members of the European Parliament
    House Committee (HL) report [Lords]

    Early Day Motions

    That this House welcomes the European Parliament's Written Declaration on Epilepsy 0022/2011, submitted by MEPs Gay Mitchell, Nirj Deva, Marian Harkin, Peter Skinner and Angelika Werthmann ...
    That this House acknowledges the most recent European Parliament resolution on the situation in the Western Sahara, which calls on the European Commission to monitor the human rights ...
    That this House notes with concern that the cost of the European Parliament's policy of dividing its work between Brussels and Strasbourg is estimated at over 200 million per year and ...
    That this House notes with concern that Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are automatically given security passes to the Houses of Parliament; believes there is no reason why ...
    That this House notes that the number of parliamentary passes available for the staff of hon. Members and Peers is necessarily limited; further notes that Members of the European Parliament ...

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    • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
    • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
    • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses