Original title: Les Journées européennes du développement 2019 ont débuté aujourd’hui à Bruxelles
Update: An opinion of the Advisory Committee has been published.
The European Commission’s 2019 European Innovation Scoreboard and Regional Innovation Scoreboard published today show that the EU’s innovation performance has been improving for four years in a row. For the first time ever, Europe’s innovation outperforms that of the United States. However, the EU continues to lose some ground to Japan and South Korea, and China is catching up fast.
Tomorrow, the 13th edition of the European Development Days (EDD), the leading global forum on development cooperation, kicks off in Brussels. The two day event will host more than 8,000 participants from 140 countries worldwide, representing 1,200 organisations from the development community, including Heads of State or Government, leading experts, key influencers and young leaders.
This year’s European Development Days theme is ‘Addressing inequalities: building a world which leaves no one behind‘. It will debate successes and failures in addressing inequalities in the context of the 2030 Agenda and the implementation of the SDGs.
The European Semester should be based on the principles of partnership and multilevel governance modelled on the partnership agreements existing in cohesion policy, as this bottom-up approach will contribute to more clarity, legitimacy and ownership at implementing level. This was one of the main messages of a hearing recently held by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).
The role of the European Council – to ‘provide the Union with the necessary impetus for its development’ and to define its ‘general political directions and priorities’ – has evolved rapidly over the last decade. Since June 2014, the European Council Oversight Unit within the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), the European Parliament’s in-house research service and think-tank, has been monitoring and analysing the European Council’s delivery on commitments made in the conclusions of its meetings. This overview of European Council conclusions is a new, updated and more comprehensive edition of the Rolling Check-List which has been published regularly by the European Council Oversight Unit since 2014. It is designed to review the degree of progress in achieving the goals that the European Council has set itself and to assist the Parliament in exercising its important oversight role in this field.
Over 200 million Europeans voted in the 23-26 May elections, resulting in turnout increasing from 42,61% in 2014 to 51% in 2019. The new legislature will start on 2 July.
Before the first plenary sitting in July, political groups hold their constitutive meetings. A political group must consist of at least 25 MEPs elected in at least one-quarter of the member states (i.e. at least 7). To be officially recognised as of 2 July, political groups have to notify their composition to the President by 1 July.
For the new edition of Technology at Heart, Orgalim visits Germany and zooms in on the mechanical engineering industry. Traditionally a powerhouse of innovation in the B2B sphere, the sector has in recent years been a key driving force in the digital transformation of industry more broadly. Now, German mechanical engineering companies are taking Industry 4.0 to the next level, leveraging digital and data to not only revolutionise their own processes but to reinvent how entire sectors operate.
ALDE announced the name of its new group in the Parliament.
The Greens/EFA group announced the positions in its bureaux for the next legislature.