7 May 2019
Milieu recently completed the study Contribution of EU local and regional authorities to a successful implementation of the EU Long Term Strategy for the European Committee of the Regions. The study provided an analysis of the possible role of local and regional authorities in the implementation of the EU Long Term Strategy (COM(2018) 773) and explored the links between the Strategy, the Governance Regulation and the Paris Agreement Rulebook.
In April, the European Parliament published the study Labour mobility and recognition in the regulated professionsprepared by Milieu Consulting in partnership with IRS (Istituto per la ricerca sociale). The study analyses the impact of the 2013 revision of the Professional Qualifications Directive and related EU initiatives on labour mobility and employment within the EU.
3 April 2019
Last month [i.e. March], the European Commission published the European Union Strategic Approach to Pharmaceuticals in the Environment. Milieu Consulting supported the preparation of this new policy document: we assessed options for the strategic approach and developed and assessed the public consultation on the options in our work on a project led by Bio Deloitte, Options for a strategic approach to pharmaceuticals in the environment.
12 March 2019
A video featuring Milieu’s founder, Gretta Goldenman, is being sent to officials around the world in preparation for a UN-sponsored meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay next month on the future of global chemicals policy. The video introduces Milieu’s report entitled Investigation on Legally Binding Elements in Support of the Global Post 2020 Regime for Chemicals and Waste. Drawing from the experiences gained in negotiating the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the report proposes a hybrid approach that would combine legally binding elements with a continuation of the current voluntary SAICM* regime. The report was prepared for a group of Nordic civil society organisations. Co-authors include Baskut Tuncak, Ralph Bodle, Florent Pelsy and Sarah O’Brien.
*SAICM= Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management
15 February 2019
2018 study to explore data availability at the national level in order to develop indicators for evaluating the performance of the Remedies Directives
On 14 February 2019, the European Commission DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) published the final report on a study carried out by RPA, EPRD and Milieu Consulting.
The study aimed to increase transparency and performance of national remedies’ systems on public procurement. It presents information on the collection of procedural data related to remedies’ systems in EU countries. It further develops sensible indicators for the short-medium term coupled to a set of longer term recommendations for evaluating the performance of the Remedies Directives.
The Study is available online at the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/docsroom/documents/33981
More information on DG GROW’s webpage on the Remedies Directive https://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/public-procurement/rules-implementation/remedies-directives_en
24 January 2019
On 23 January, the European Commission issued a Report and a Staff Working Document on Investor Citizenship and Residence Schemes in the European Union, the so-called golden passport or visa schemes, which aim to attract investment in exchange of citizenship or residency rights of the country concerned. Such schemes pose serious risks in terms of security, money laundering, tax evasion and corruption, and the Commission is calling for more transparency on how nationality is granted and cooperation between Member States. The Report and Staff Working Document can be accessed here: https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/com_2019_12_final_report.pdf and https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/swd_2019_5_final.pdf).
We are proud that Milieu’s report, which provides a factual analysis of such schemes in Member States, constitutes a major fact-finding basis for these documents.
23 January 2019
The European Parliament FEMM Committee held a hearing on January 23rd to discuss the implementation of EU Funds aimed at fighting violence against women and girls. Milieu prepared the study which was used to support dialogue between interest groups and policymakers on the effectiveness of European Union funding targeting the elimination of gender-based violence. Using extensive desk research and an original analysis of project-level information, the report investigates the relevance of priorities and funded actions, the extent to which results addressed the objective of combatting and preventing violence against women and girls and the coherence of funding with other EU instruments and programmes. The findings of the report will be used to identify priorities for the post-2020 Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) aimed at eliminating gender-based violence. The report can be found here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2019/608857/IPOL_STU(2019)608857_EN.pdf
1 January 2019
Milieu Ltd becomes Milieu Consulting SPRL
From 1st January 2019, the entire operating activity of Milieu Ltd is transferred to Milieu Consulting SPRL. Although Milieu was founded in July 1994 under UK law, we have always operated exclusively within Belgium. We have now changed our legal incorporation to align with our day-to-day reality. Same people, same activities, same location – only a small change in name and registration country!
3 December 2018
Milieu is supporting the European Commission in their study entitled Towards an EU Product Policy Framework contributing to the Circular Economy. Feel free to voice your opinion on the topic here in the Open Public Consultation which will run until January 24th 2019.
28 November 2018
The European Commission DG ENV published the evaluation of the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Environment Information and Observation Network (EIONET) which can be found here. Milieu experts co-authored the supporting study, preparing three of its case studies as well as leading the analysis on coherence.
13 November 2018
The European Commission DG ENV recently published the results of the evaluation of the Zoos Directive, concluding that the Directive is fit for purpose. Milieu' s supporting study was also published and can be found at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/legislation/refitzoosdirective/pdf/Final%20Report%20Zoos%20Directive_Full_Milieu_20170816.pdf
23 October 2018
The European Commission DG TRADE published the Interim Evaluation of the Generalised System of Preferences. Milieu prepared the environmental assessment of this report which can be found here.
20 October 2018
The European Added Value Assessment of LIBE's proposal for Humanitarian Visas for asylum seekers was published recently. Milieu contributed to the economic assessment. Click here for access to the report.
19 October 2018
The European Parliamentary Research Service published a study supported by Milieu entitled The Cost of non-Europe in the area of Asylum Policy. The study explores policy options to tackle identified gaps and barriers of the implementation of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) as well as the potential economic savings per year. The study can be found here.
9 October 2018
On the 2nd and 3rd of October, Milieu delivered a training event on good governance, policy design, evaluation, implementation and enforcement to 20 water management practitioners and NGO representatives from the MENA region. The event was planned and coordinated by Milieu under the SWIM-H2020 project led by LDK (https://www.swim-h2020.eu/). The SWIM-H2020 SM Project (Sustainable Water Integrated Management and Horizon 2020 Support Mechanism 2016-2019) funded by the European Union aims to contribute to reduced marine pollution and a sustainable use of scarce water resources in the countries of North Africa and the Middle East (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, [Syria] and Tunisia). The link to the event can be found here.
4 October 2018
In the period June-August 2018, Milieu supported the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) in the preparation of its own-initiative Opinion on local energy communities. For that purpose Milieu authored a study analysing the different models for local energy ownership, including energy cooperatives, the potential obstacles and relevant regulatory aspects for their development and the relevant EU legislation that addresses local energy communities. The study provides also a series of recommendations for different types of policy-makers on how to support the development of local energy communities. The study is available on the website of the CoR at: https://cor.europa.eu/en/engage/studies/Documents/local-energy-ownership.pdf
6 September 2018
The third SoilCaire newsletter was published today. It features a SoilCare report published by Milieu which presents an inventory and analysis of bottlenecks and opportunities in sectoral and environmental policies to facilitate the adoption of Soil Improving Cropping Systems (SICS). The newsletter can be found here.
27 August 2018
In the period April-June 2018, Milieu supported the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) in the preparation of its own-initiative Opinion on a possible 8th Environment Action Programme (EAP). For that purpose Milieu Ltd authored a study analysing the local and regional dimensions of the EAP, including the use of different typologies of territorial communities in the context of the EAP and the role of multi-level governance in the implementation of such a programme. The study proposes also a series of horizontal recommendations that can be considered in the preparation of an 8th EAP. The study is available on the website of the CoR at: https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/f106cce3-9535-11e8-8bc1-01aa75ed71a1/language-en
22 July 2018
Milieu was honored to have drafted recommendations for Member States on Articles 13 and 14 of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC). These recommendations were noted in the European Commission's staff working document found here. Earlier, in 2017, Milieu and its partners also carried out country reports which can be found here. For more information on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, please see the official European Commission website dedicated to this issue:http://ec.europa.eu/environment/marine/eu-coast-and-marine-policy/implementation/reports_en.htm
12 July 2018
A study prepared by Milieu for the European Commission entitled Review of national rules for the protection of infrastructure relevant for security of supply was recently published. The full study can be found here.
6 July 2018
The European Parliamentary Research Service published a draft European Added Value Assessment of a LIBE proposal for EU humanitarian visas. Milieu prepared an economic analysis which can be found in Annex II.A. Milieu staff also presented the economic findings to the LIBE committee. The report can be found here.
28 March 2018
The synthesis report for the European Parliamentary Research Service Cost of non-Europe Study in the area of Equality focuses on EU action and cooperation concerning equality and the fight against racism and xenophobia. A full report prepared by Milieu can be found in annex. See here for access to both. In addition, the EPRS published a blog post on the same topic.
19 March 2018
The European Commission published the Feasibility study on options to step up EU action against deforestation. Milieu staff contributed to this study along with a partner company, COWI. The study can be found here. Or, for more information and background documents please refer to the European Commission website here.
23 January 2018
The ex-post assessment of the SWIM programme was published. Milieu associates helped to prepare the report. More information and the report can be found here.
13 January 2018
The Study on the precautionary principle in EU environmental policies prepared for the European Commission’s DG Environment, reviews the actual use and implementation of the precautionary principle in EU environmental legislation. The precautionary principle provides a basis for public authorities to take actions aimed at preventing or reducing uncertain risks, i.e., those risks for which scientific data on the likelihood of a hazard and the nature or the importance of the hazard are insufficient or impossible to identify. Differences in application were identified. For example, certain aspects such as methodologies for assessing risk and when precautionary action needs to be taken vary across the different sectors, reflecting content-specific approaches and allowing the principle to stay flexible and adaptable to the needs of a particular environmental policy area. While this flexibility is an advantage, it also presents the challenge of how to ensure that the principle is applied when needed to achieve a high level of protection for people and the environment. https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/18091262-f4f2-11e7-be11-01aa75ed71a1/language-en/format-PDF/source-search
20 December 2017
From January to March 2017, the Belgian FRANET team at Milieu will review, update and complement information on constitutional legal provisions in Belgium to expand Charterpedia, the FRA’s online tool providing easy-to-access information on each Article of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The aim of the tool is to provide legal professionals, researchers and interested individuals with quick access to Charter-related information.
16 November 2017
The study on Effective multi-level environmental governance for a better implementation of EU environment legislation for the Committee of the Regions was recently published. Milieu staff members Jennifer McGuinn, Lise Oules, and Alicia McNeill authored the study which aims to assist the European Committee of the Regions in considering the Environmental Implementation Review (EIR). The study involved desk research and a survey to determine previously identified root causes of insufficient implementation of environmental legislation and how these causes are linked to multi-level governance issues. Included are also ways to address these issues and to improve cooperation and support of local and regional authorities in the implementation of EU environmental law. The full publication can be found here: http://cor.europa.eu/en/documentation/studies/Documents/Environmental-governance.pdf
7 November 2017
In co-operation with ICF Consultancy, Milieu will be conducting the mid-term evaluation of the EU Framework for National Roma Integration strategies up to 2020 for the DG JUST. The aim of the evaluation is to assess the implementation status and the achievements of the EU Framework and to evaluate the development, use, and alignment of the European and national mainstream and targeted policy, legal and funding instruments to address Roma integration. The evaluation will also address national policy, legal and funding instruments in all EU Member States (except for Malta). The results of the evaluation will allow the evaluators to provide recommendations regarding adjustments deemed useful for the remaining implementation period of the EU Framework up to 2020. This will be done in such a way that the recommendations can also feed into reflections about the need and possible directions for EU-action in the post-2020 period.
10 October 2017
The study, Assessment of Member State performance on the implementation of the Extractive Waste Directive was recently published. Commissioned by DG Environment, the work examines implementation of the Directive indicating possible difficulties in implementation as well as the causes, where possible. Specific provisions are examined relating to the management of Category A facilities, the use of cyanide technologies, the stability of tailing dams and ponds, and the reprocessing of extractive waste. Florent Pelsy and Claire Dupont of Milieu worked alongside colleagues from AMEC and BiPRO to deliver the final product, which can be found here: https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/f39af478-8d2e-11e7-b5c6-01aa75ed71a1/language-en/format-PDF
6 October 2017
The DG GROW Study on quantifying the economic benefits of whistleblower protection in Public Procurement prepared by Milieu was recently published. Milieu staff members Jennifer McGuinn, Meena Fernandes and Ludovica Rossi authored the study and have been invited to present at the Eurocadres (the Council of European Professional and Managerial Staff) 4th Congress event which will take place at the European Economic and Social Committee premises in Brussels at the end of the month. More information about the upcoming event can be found here.
5 October 2017
The 7th Environment Action Programme (7th EAP), adopted in 2013 by the European Parliament and the Council, mandated the European Commission to develop by 2018 "a Union strategy for a non-toxic environment that is conducive to innovation and the development of sustainable substitutes including non-chemical solutions."
In preparation of the strategy for a non-toxic environment, a comprehensive study was commissioned to Milieu (Milieu staff: Gretta Goldenman, Julia Lietzmann, Lucie Meura, Yoline Kuipers and Matteo Mascolo) and its sub-contractors Ökopol, RIVM and RPA. It provides an overview of the state of play, identifies gaps and deficits in the current EU chemicals policy and legislative framework, and provides a way forward in relation to the following aspects: substitution, chemicals in articles, protection of children and other vulnerable groups from exposure to chemicals, very persistent chemicals, policy means/innovation/competitiveness, development of less toxic substances, and early warning systems.
The study has been published on the website of DG Environment and can be accessed here: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/non-toxic/index_en.htm
3 October 2017
The study entitled Financing climate action: opportunities and challenges for local and regional authorities was recently published by the European Committee of the Regions. Milieu staff (via Ludovica Rossi, Mariya Gancheva, and Sarah O'Brien) prepared the study, which aims to identify the main international and national funding opportunities for climate change mitigation and adaptation measures available to EU local and regional authorities, as well as the main obstacles and how they can be overcome. The full report can be accessed here: http://cor.europa.eu/en/documentation/studies/Documents/Financing-climate-action.pdf
3 August 2017
Milieu has been asked by FRA (the Fundamental Rights Agency) to carry out a service request: Monthly data collection on the current migration situation, August – November 2017.
Over one million refugees and migrants arrived in Europe by sea in 2015. Many of these people have moved onwards through the Western Balkan countries and Hungary, primarily to Germany, Sweden and Austria. This situation has put a significant strain on the asylum systems of all Member States. FRONTEX noted that in 2016, around 500,000 people arrived irregularly in the EU. EUROSTAT data suggest that out of 1.2 million asylum applications in 2016; 104,000 were filed by applicants aged 14-17 years and 617,000 by people of between 18-24 years of age. Moreover, EU Member States notice the presence of an increasing number of unaccompanied children, which put a strain on national child protection capacities and put children at an increased risk of exploitation.
These developments significantly impact fundamental rights, requiring FRA to be aware of the situation in relevant Member States in order to provide the EU institutions with evidence-based advice. The objective of this service is to provide FRA with a monthly update of the fundamental rights situation of migrants and persons in need of international protection (including persons who have not applied for asylum) in Hungary.
17 July 2017
Milieu Ltd has recently launched the ESI Funds for health website. The website has been developed as part of an EU-funded project, bringing together knowledge and evidence on how the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) are used to support health investments under the 2014-2020 programming period. More information is available here: http://esifundsforhealth.eu/launch-esi-funds-health-website.
10 July 2017
Milieu is proud to have been selected by DG Energy to carry out the project Review of national rules for protection of infrastructure relevant for security of supply. This study will carry on through February 2018 and will show how Member States perceive the risk of foreign investment in energy infrastructures and about how these risks are addressed in the legislation and in practice. The aim of the project is to establish what types of infrastructure in the energy sector (gas and electricity) Member States consider to be relevant for security of supply; and whether foreign ownership of or foreign investment in such infrastructure is considered a risk, and why. The study will also aim to collect complete and reliable information, about instruments put in place by the Member States and their application to protect relevant infrastructures in the energy sector from risks related to foreign ownership/foreign investment, as well as information about the legal framework and practice to control/screen foreign investments in selected (gas) supplier countries or with main trade partners of the EU.
28 June 2017
Policy makers are concerned about the prevalence and frequency of incidents targeting immigrants and Muslims in many Member States. Many new arrivals to the European Union have been affected by manifestations of hatred ranging from insults to violence due to their immigrant background and/or religion. Milieu, as member of the FRANET network of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), is supporting FRA in its efforts to collect data and information on such incidents and will present them online in a database that will also assist policy makers in developing evidence based policy responses at EU and national levels. The database will contain information on the situation in the EU 28 and will cover the period between January 2012 and July 2017.
12 June 2017
Milieu provided the legal analysis for the recent European Commission publication entitled 'Exploratory study of consumer issues in peer-to-peer platform markets'. The study explores five peer-to-peer (P2P) platform markets and highlights the main issues for peer consumers and peer providers with the objective to help policy makers better understand consumer interests on platforms and how to best promote a responsible development of these markets. More informaiton on the topic as well as the publications can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/just/item-detail.cfm?item_id=77704
10 June 2017
'European level report: Key descriptive statistics on the consideration of water issues in the Rural Development Programmes 2014-2020' was recently published by the European Commission. Milieu participated in the preparation of this report, which provides an assessment of how Rural Development Programmes, between the period of 2014 and 2020, address agricultural pressures on water bodies and how they promote measures that can contribute to protect and restore the water environment. Full access to the report can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/pdf/EU_overview_report_RDPs.pdf
9 June 2017
The European Commission recently published 'European level report: Evaluation of the contribution of Operational Programmes to the implementation of EU water policy', which was co-authored by Milieu staff members Agnieszka Markowska and Mariya Gancheva. The aim of the work sought to support the Commission in assessing Operational Programmes in view of their contribution to water management and in supporting implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and Floods Directive (FD) in the period between 2014 and 2020. To access the full report and to find out more on this topic, please click here.
7 June 2017
Milieu is supporting the European Committee of the Regions in the drafting of an Opinion on the Environmental Implementation Review (EIR). The Opinion will provide recommendations on addressing key challenges in implementing EU environmental legislation and their root causes, as identified in the European Commission Communication on “the EU Environmental Implementation Review: Common challenges and how to combine efforts to deliver better results”. The study carried out by Milieu aims to analyse underlying factors of implementation challenges and present case studies of successful practices, along with recommendations.
To support this work, Milieu is carrying a survey, addressed to authorities, European and national networks of authorities, and all stakeholders interested in the implementation of environmental legislation at local and regional levels.
If you wish to participate, the questionnaire is available through this link until 31 July 2017:
18 May 2017
The European Parliament recently published a briefing prepared by Milieu staff and SEI Tallinn entitled Circular economy with focus on waste, renewable energy and sustainable bioenergy in Estonia. The breifing addesses Estonia's progress and challenges in these key areas. The full briefing can be found here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=IPOL_BRI(2017)602038
16 May 2017
Milieu is currently carrying a check of the full completeness and conformity of the Member States measures to transpose Council Framework Decision 2006/960/JHA on simplifying the exchange of information and intelligence between law enforcement authorities of the Member States of the European Union (“The Swedish Initiative”)’ for DG HOME. Milieu coordinates a team of National experts, one per Member State, who are in charge of assessing both the legal transposition and practical implementation of the Framework Decision. This comprehensive assessment will enable the Commission to check whether the Member States comply with their obligations under the Framework Decision, and pursue infringement procedures if needed.
8 May 2017
Milieu is excited to announce that it will assist the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (DG FISMA) in verifying Member States’ compliance with the Payment Accounts Directive (Directive 2014/92/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 July 2014 on the comparability of fees related to payment accounts, payment account switching and access to payment accounts with basic features). The objective of this project is to verify the completeness and conformity of national implementing measures with the Directive’s provisions, supporting the Commission’s oversight of the application of Union law.
27 April 2017
Milieu and Ricardo Energy & Environment’s final report on the DG Environment ‘Study to assess the implementation by the EU Member States of certain provisions of Directive 1999/31/EC on the landfill of waste’ has been published. The purpose of the study was to assist the European Commission in investigating current legislation and practices in the 28 EU Member States regarding the pre-treatment of waste sent to landfills. The study, which included visits to over 80 landfills across 18 Member States, identified Member States where the practice of landfilling untreated waste is widespread, the reasons for this, and recommended the appropriate measures to improve compliance. The final report is available here: http://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/cd1748fb-0884-11e7-8a35-01aa75ed71a1
18 April 2017
The OECD recently published it first Environmental Performance Review of Estonia. Tony Zamparutti of Milieu Ltd prepared the in-depth assessment of Estonia's performance on waste and materials management, published as Chapter 4 of the review. For further information, and to obtain a copy, please see the following link: http://www.oecd.org/env/oecd-environmental-performance-reviews-estonia-2017-9789264268241-en.htm
29 March 2017
Milieu is starting into the fourth year as part of the ‘Network of Experts on Statistics on Free Movement of Workers and Social Security’ to provide DG EMPL with an analysis of statistical data on mobile European workers. The 2016 Annual report, presenting insights into mobility of workers in general and specifically on return mobility and mobility of pensioners is published on DG EMPL’s website. The 2017 Annual Report will again feature two specific chapters on topical issues of mobile Europeans.
17 February 2017
Milieu started a new project entitled Analysis of the results of the open public and SME consultation of the REACH REFIT evaluation. The work will involve evaluating the results of two stakeholder consultations that have been carried out by the European Commission. The Open Public Consultation and an SME panel invited stakeholders to give their opinions on the functioning of the REACH Regulation. The Regulation is the most comprehensive piece of EU legislation covering chemicals. It currently undergoes an evaluation under the Commission’s Better Regulation policy (REFIT). Milieu will present and analyse the results of the stakeholder consultations summarising the key messages. The project will end in April 2017.
30 January 2017
The Milieu E-journal on Law and Policy has been officially launched! It consists of a professional publication with the aim to address current issues and trends of the numerous areas of expertise within our company. It is targeted towards our clients, collaborators, businesses industries, and the public in general, and, is freely accessible via our website. The Milieu E-Journal on Law and Policy may also be the first open-access, law and policy journal published in Belgium. It is edited by Dr. Marta Santos Silva (Editor-in-Chief and Founder) and Dr. Sean O’ Dubhghaill (Deputy Editor) and will be published every two months. Please refer to the E-Journal section of our website for more information.
27 January 2017
Milieu and ICF Consulting's work on the DG COMP evaluation entitled, 'Ex-post evaluation of key procedural aspects of Regulation 1/2003-access to file and complaints, has recently been published. The purpose of the evaluation was to evaluate two key procedural aspects of this Regulation- the current access to file system and the procedure for formal complaints. The findings of this evaluation will feed into future decisions as to whether and, if so, how to reform these two aspects of Regulation 1/2003. In other words, it will not only allow the Commission to fine-tune the current systems but also provide input for a potential future impact assessment concerning a reform of Regulation 1/2003. To access this publication, please click here.
26 January 2017
Led by Milieu, the three-year EU-OSHA pilot project on safer and healthier work at any age has been published and can be accessed at the following address: https://osha.europa.eu/en/highlights/safer-and-healthier-work-any-age-results-are. Milieu, along with a consortium of consultancies and OSH institutes aimed to identify how EU Member States and companies take account of the ageing workforce and how they ensure better protection throughout the course of working life. The project also assisted in policy development in this area. A specific publication at the above link is also dedicated to rehabilitation and return to work of sick or injured workers.
17 January 2017
A feasibility study and brochure on low-cost energy efficiency measures for low-income households has recently been published. This work was carried out by Milieu and Ricardo Energy & Environment. The purpose of the work was to examine how low-cost energy efficiency measures can benefit low-income households and also reviewed the EU funding programme available to fund promotion of such measures. Further information, along with the link to both the study and brochure can be accessed here.
9 January 2017
The study prepared by Milieu Ltd for the European Parliament (ENVI Committee) entitled ‘Living with a Neurological Brain Disorder: Taking Control of Your Life’ is now available online. The document highlights the latest data, trends, and challenges in the field of neurological brain disorders, and highlights the extent to which mHealth tools can better support treatment for patients. Initiatives carried out by the European Commission in this field are also presented, along with the importance of involving patients in the designing of new mHealth tools for treatment of brain disorders. The study is available at the following link: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2016/595331/IPOL_STU(2016)595331_EN.pdf.
13 December 2016
The European Commission Study to assess the benefits delivered through the enforcement of EU environmental legislation has now been published. The study aims to understand the effects of enforcement action on the implementation of EU Environmental law in the Member States. An assessment of impacts is provided detailing the enforcement policy of the Commission both qualitatively and quantitatively. Milieu had the pleasure of working on this study along with COWI. The publication can be accessed via the following link: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/legal/law/pubs.htm
12 December 2016
The study prepared by Milieu Ltd for the European Parliament (ENVI Committee) on the ‘The Fight Against Cancer Is a Team Sport: The Role of Education and Sport’ is now available. The document highlights the latest findings and trends in the fields of cancer prevention and treatment. The first part focuses on the scientific evidence concerning the link between physical (in)activity and cancer. The second and third part outline policy initiatives by the EU, WHO and other stakeholders to fight cancer through education, sports and physical activity. The study is available at the following link: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2016/587334/IPOL_STU(2016)587334_EN.pdf.
8 December 2016
The Fitness Check led by Milieu aids the Commission's formal decision that the EU Birds and Habitats Directives are fit for purpose.
The Fitness Check of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives has finished with the Commission’s formal decision on 7 December stating that the Directives are fit for purpose and do not need to be reopened for revision. The Fitness Check is based on a study from a consortium of consultants led by Milieu which concluded and provided evidence that both Directives were “effective, efficient, coherent, relevant and represented EU value added”. The study found that further improvements in the implementation at national and EU level will further facilitate progress on the conservation objectives across the EU and enable the Directives to deliver all the potential benefits for nature protection. The Commission will now develop an action plan to tackle the implementation problems identified. The Study, along with further information, has been published by the European Commission here.
29 November 2016
The European Parliament is hosting a workshop organised by Milieu on the topic of health promotion.
The workshop on ‘Health Promotion & Primary Prevention – Exchange of Good Practices’ is being presented today at the European Parliament. Organised by Milieu Ltd, the latest findings, trends and practices in the field of preventive health, specifically concerning health promotion and the primary prevention of diseases and disabilities are on the agenda to be discussed.
8 November 2016
Join Milieu for a live broadcast presentation at the European Parliament for the 'Study on Cyberbullying among Young People'.
On November 8th, please join us here to see the live broadcast of the European Parliament study on cyberbullying among young people in Europe. The presentation will be given by our very own, Virginia Dalla Pozza at 16:30. Further information on the study's contents can be found at the following address:
29 September 2016
The Comparative Study on Obstacles to the Right to Free Movement and Residence for EU citizens and their families has been published on the European Parliament website.
The LIBE Committee and the PETI Committee commissioned Milieu to prepare a research paper reviewing the transposition of Directive 2004/38 EC and identifying primary practical obstacles to the right to free movement and residence and measures to prevent abuse of rights. Particular focus was paid to cases of discrimination (based on nationality, ethnicity/race and civil status). The link to the final report can be found here. For a look at the national situation in Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Sweden or the United Kingdom, please refer to the Country Reports. Furthermore, on October 11th, Milieu staff members Gillian Kelly and Nathalie Meurens will be presenting the findings of the study at a European Parliament public hearing organised by the Committee on Petitions on 'Obstacles to EU citizen's freedom to move and work in the Internal Market as presented by the petitioners'.
28 September 2016
We would value your opinion on Zoos in the EU
Milieu is currently working with the European Commission on an evaluation of the Zoos Directive and its implementation to date as part of the European Commission's Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme. Information regarding the Zoos Directive as well as the nature of this evaluation can be found here. The aim of this consultation is to gather the views of interested parties and the wider public on the current EU legislation on zoos (the ‘Zoos Directive’), and input on which aspects work well and which ones do not. We would greatly value your opinion.
16 September 2016
A study on the European Union's pesticide risk assessment system: the case of glyphosate has been published.
Milieu carried out a European Parliament study on the European Union's pesticide risk assessment system: the case of glyphosate. This study summarises the discussions of the workshop on glyphosate that was held at the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday, May 24th of this year. Topics covered include the EU policy context and state of play of the issue, an update on the enviornmental effects of glyphosate on biodiversity, the status of the precautionary principle, the challenges and options based on available research, and the various findings of the IARC and EFSA as well as information on the ongoing ECHA evaluation of glyphosate.
Please click here to access the study.
15 September 2016
The study prepared by Milieu on EU Options for Improving Access to Medicines was published by the European Parliament and is now available online.
The document summarises the presentations and discussions of the workshop on access to medicines, held at the European Parliament in Brussels on Thursday, 14 July 2016. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the latest trends and the current situation in regard to the availability of affordable medicines in Europe. The workshop also presented a range of EU initiatives, and sought to raise awareness on prices, accessibility, acceptability, affordability and availability of medicines in the EU. As part of this framework, the document also tackles topics such as: intellectual property, pricing and reimbursement systems, competition enforcement laws, authorisation procedures, the role of the EMA, as well as the benefits of health technology assessments.
The study is available at the following link: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2016/587304/IPOL_STU(2016)587304_EN.pdf
14 September 2016
Milieu organised a meeting on recommendations for the improvement of data collection on rape, femicide and intimate partner violence in Vilnius, Lithuania for EIGE. 40 participants, from 24 Member States are discussing recommendations for the EU and identifying ways to accomplish having comparable data on violence against women across 28 Member States. More information can be found here.
8 September 2016
Milieu's study on Cyberbullying was recently published by the European Parliament
Milieu recently carried out a study aiming to shed light on the extent, scope and forms of cyberbullying in the EU. In particular, the key objective of the study was to provide a comprehensive overview of the legislation and policies aimed at preventing and fighting this phenomenon across the 28 EU Member States as well as on good practices in this area. It took into account the age and gender of victims and perpetrators as well as the medium used. Commissioned by the Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the LIBE Committee, the study outlines the variety of definitions of cyberbullying across EU Member States and the similarities and differences between cyberbullying, traditional bullying and cyber aggression. Moreover, it presents successful practices on how to prevent and combat cyberbullying in nine selected EU Member States and puts forward recommendations for improving the response at EU and Member State levels.
Access to the publication can be found here.
26 August 2016
Milieu’s study on the Development of a Regulatory Framework for Carbon, Capture, Utilisation and Storage in Mexico was recently published by the World Bank.
This study was developed with the aim to provide a detailed legal assessment of the current regulatory framework in Mexico. The study also aimed to identify the necessary legal and regulatory modification and adjustments required to ensure the implementation of CCUS projects and the deployment of activities related to them, especially in view of the recent changes on energy policy in the country. This work is part of the collaborative activities between the World Bank and the Government of Mexico to support the development and deployment of the CCUS technology in the country.
The detailed analysis of the regulatory issues of this report provide the basis for the Government of Mexico to develop and adapt the current regulatory framework for each key stage in CCUS projects in line with the roadmap for CCUS in Mexico. The work is based on a comprehensive approach which provides an analysis of the full regulatory framework for CCUS activities covering the entire process chain. While some processes in the CCUS chain are very similar to existing activities whose regulations can be applied to cover these projects, other aspects are completely new to the Mexican regulations and require further development. For more information and to access the report, please click here.
27 July 2016
Publication of a European Parliament report on Legal Aid
The European Parliament recently published a study by Milieu on 'Provisional legal aid for suspects or accused persons deprived of liberty and legal aid in European arrest warrant proceedings'. The full study can be accessed here.
6 July 2016
New report on the health and social benefits of nature
A new report, published by the European Commission-DG Environment, shows how investing in and protecting nature and biodiversity can bring multiple benefits to people, society and the economy. The report is the outcome of a one-year project in which Milieu took part. It was based on literature reviews, case studies, stakeholder interviews and discussions held at a high-level conference held in Brussels last January. The report showcases more than 100 cases across the EU where initiatives are making use of nature for health and social benefits. Examples included: reducing exposure to pollutants, mitigating noise and heat stress, improving everyday well-being, providing therapeutic spaces for rehabilitation and treatment, promoting recreation and sustainable mobility, and facilitating volunteering and local engagement. The report develops a road map for how European cities, regions and countries can realise these benefits and how the EU can support this process.
To access this report, and more information on this topic, please see: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/biodiversity/intro/index_en.htm
29 June 2016
Join us for an online discussion about how to ensure for reliable and comparable data on violence against women.
Milieu invites all indiviauls with expertise in policy and data collection on violence against women to participate in an online discussion on proposed indicators for data collection on intimate partner violence, rape and femicide which will take place on Eurogender, the 7 July 10.00 am – 17.30 CEST. Please join us at: http://europa.eu/!Jw64uN
The online discussion is organised in the context of the EIGE Study on terminology and indicators used in data collection on rape, femicide and intimate partner violence carried out by Milieu Ltd. The overall objective of the Study is to establish a measure of violence against women (VAW) through the use of indicators on rape, femicide and intimate partner violence (IPV), which will guide methods of data collection across the 28 Member States in a way that ensures reliable and comparable data on VAW.
Those wishing to take part in this online forum will explore the proposed indicators for data collection of instances of rape, femicide and IPV. We welcome opinions on the methodology, as well as the measurability, specificity, complementarity and feasibility of the proposed indicators. The input will help to establish the indicators to facilitate monitoring and policy evaluation across the EU to combat these forms of violence against women. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this Study.
9 May 2016
Publication of European Environment Agency report
The European Commission's Roadmap to a resource efficient Europe calls for better assessment of the impacts of EU policies on land, and the 7th Environmental Action Programme sets a 2020 target that land is managed sustainably across the EU. To support these goals, the European Environment Agency (EEA) asked Milieu Ltd to draft a methodology for assessing impacts of policies on land use and land degradation and to test it via a review of four major EU policy areas —Cohesion Policy, Transport Policy, Energy Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy. EEA has recently published the report based on this work, The direct and indirect impacts of EU policies on land. The report can be downloaded from EEA at: http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/impacts-of-eu-policies-on-land/
26 April 2016
Publication of European Parliament Research Paper
Milieu's work on the European Parliament's Research Paper Establishment of an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights was recently published. The purpose of the paper was to analyse the existing EU framework on democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights and to identify possible gaps and shortcomings in the framework. The paper also examined potential legislative and non-legislative measures to bridge these gaps and assessed the social, economic and political impact and the European Added Value of establishing an EU framework in these areas. This publication was originally produced to feed into a European Added Value Assessment produced by the Directorate for Impact Assessment and European Added Value of the European Parliamentary Research Service.
20 April 2016
Proceedings of European Parliament workshop now published
The proceedings of the workshop on 'Data Saves Lives: The Impact of the Data Protection Regulation on Personal Data Use in Cancer Research' have been published by the European Parliament. The workshop was commissioned by the European Parliament's Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. Mileu supported Policy Department A in the workshop organisation, the aim of which was to provide background information and advice regarding the proposed General Data Protection Regulation and the impact it may have on the use of personal health data in cancer research.
15 April 2016
Healthy Workplaces for All Ages-the EU-OSHA e-guide now live
EU-OSHA has launched the world’s largest campaign to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing for all “Healthy Workplaces for All Ages”. One of the key tools produced for this campaign was proudly developed by Milieu Ltd and its partners (COWI, IOM, Bilbomática, King-e-Client and User Vision). This tool is an interactive e-guide on managing safety and health at work in the context of an ageing workforce. The guide is tailored to answer the questions of workers, employers, HR managers and OSH professionals in relation to ageing and work. It also facilitates the exchange of information and good practices within and between workplaces. The English version of the e-guide is now online and can be accessed via the link below. In addition, the fully multilingual and national versions of the guide will be available early this summer.
30 March 2016
Final Report published for the European Commission's DG Regional Policy
Milieu worked with COWI and CSIL for this project on 'Environment-Work package 6 Ex post evaluation of Cohesion Policy programmes 2007-2013, focusing on the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF)'. The evaluation focuses on the following areas of environment: drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Milieu led the work in collecting and presenting the summary of achievements of Cohesion Policy to meeting the requirements of the acquis communautaire in these environmental areas. Milieu also supported the team throughout the remainder of the project, including aid in preparing the final report as well as a project seminar on these issues. A link to the report can be found here.
23 February 2016
Final study published for the European Parliament on Forced Marraiges
Milieu is proud to announce the European Parliament's publication of the Final Study 'Forced marriage from a gender perspective'.
This study provides an overview of the practice of forced marriage in the EU from a gender equality and women’s rights perspective. It also provides an overview of the relevant international/EU legislation, policies and deliberations, as well as national policies, civil law and criminal law (in the 12 Member State that criminalise forced marriage). For those Member States that criminalise forced marriage, the study provides an assessment of the effectiveness and possible consequences of the implementation of the criminal legislation, including an analysis of data and case-law. The study includes a specific chapter on forced marriage within Roma communities and five case-studies that focus specifically on Denmark, Germany, Spain, Slovakia and the UK. The study also puts forward recommendations for improving the response to forced marriage at EU and Member State levels.
12 January 2016
Milieu has been awarded a new Framework Contract with DG FISMA
In the last years, following the outbreak of the financial crisis, the European Union has put forward an ambitious and unprecedented series of reforms to secure financial stability and improve the functioning and the supervision of financial markets. An extensive number of EU legislative acts were adopted in the financial sector.
DG FISMA has awarded Milieu a framework contract to assess the compliance of the national transposing and implementing measures of the 28 EU Member States with the legislation of the EU in the areas of banking and finance. Given that the number of infringement cases in the field of financial services legislation has steadily increased, and taking into account the sheer volume of recent directives and regulations in this field, compliance assessment will constitute a demanding task. Milieu is delighted to be working in the coming four years on this new and important field of EU legislation!
8 December 2015
New EIGE study regarding violence against women in the EU
The European Institute of Gender Equality awarded Milieu with a study on terminology and indicator