17 February 2017
Milieu started a new project which involves 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. Access to the survey can be found here.
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 email@example.com 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 indicators for data collection on rape, femicide and intimate partner violence. The study has a goal to have a regular collection of reliable and comparable data in all EU Member States which will include harmonising definitions and indicators of such violent acts and developing recommendations on how to improve future data collection.
4 December 2015
Milieu awarded the strategy for a non-toxic environment of the 7th EAP
Leading the DG-Environment project, Milieu will work with Ökopol, RPA, and RIVM to develop a non-toxic environment strategy across a broad range of focus areas such as extremely persistent chemicals, green chemicals and an early warning system for approaching chemical threats to health and the environment, among others. The study will include long and short term policy options and a simplified impact assessment or analysis of costs and benefits for each policy option.
26 November 2015
Milieu awarded the third regulatory review on nanomaterials-environmental legislation
Milieu, in conjunction with Ricardo Energy and Environment will be working on a DG-Environment project to compile and develop information on nanomaterials in the environment. The study will also explore implementation challenges identified in 2012 for the restricted scope of environmental legislation.
19 November 2015
European Parliament Research paper on the Establishment of an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights
The European Parliament awarded Milieu with the opportunity to prepare a research paper on the Establishment of an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights. This paper aims to pinpoint possible gaps and shortcomings in the existing EU framework on democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights. It will also assess the social, economic and political impacts of establishing this framework.
18 November 2015
Report on the open public consultation of the 'fitness check' on the Birds and Habitats Directives
The European Commission carried out an open public consultation on the Birds and Habitats Directives between April and July 2015. The consultation was undertaken as part of the wider process to collect evidence and opinion to feed into an overall ‘Fitness Check’ on the two Directives, designed to assess whether the current regulatory framework is proportionate and fit for purpose, and how well the Directives are achieving their objectives.
18 November 2015
Evaluation Study to support the Fitness Check of the Birds and Habitats Directives
This document presents draft emerging findings from the evaluation study for the Birds and Habitats Directives Fitness Check. It has been prepared by a consortium of experts and will feed into the final Commission report for the Fitness Check, which the Commission plans to issue in Spring 2016. The information and views set out in this study are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Commission. This document has been prepared as background information for a dedicated stakeholder conference on the Fitness Check.
17 November 2015
Milieu study on climate mainstreaming in EU funds published
With a growing focus on climate finance in the lead-up to COP21, the mainstreaming of climate considerations in all areas of public spending will be critical to closing the climate finance gap. In light of the EU’s commitment to dedicate at least 20% of its spending to climate action during the 2014-2020 period, DG Climate Action commissioned Milieu to examine climate mainstreaming in three EU funding programmes: Horizon 2020, the Connecting Europe Facility, and the programme for Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME). The final study report, which is now available online at the DG Climate Action website, provides an assessment of how climate considerations are currently taken into account in the three programmes and provides recommendations on how climate mainstreaming could be enhanced going forward.
21 October 2015
Publication of Milieu study helps mark 9th EU Anti-Trafficking Day
To mark the 9th EU Anti-Trafficking Day, the European Commission has published the Executive Summaries of three studies in the context of the EU Strategy towards the Eradiction of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012-2016. One of the studies is a Study on case-law on trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation prepared for DG HOME by Milieu Ltd, in coordination with a large team of experts.
The study identifies case-law relating to THB for the purpose of labour exploitation in EU Member States and analyses Member State practice with respect to the investigation and prosecution of this offence. The Executive Summary for the study can be found here.
5 October 2015
Milieu's commences study with DG MOVE on permitting procedures for major European transport projects
Milieu, together with Tractebel Engineering and EPRD, has commenced a study for DG MOVE that will seek to identify options for reducing legal and administrative barriers in the preparation and implementation of large transport infrastructure projects of Europe-wide significance. The fifteen-month study is focused on core network projects under the EU's transport Trans-European Network (TEN-T) policy. The overall goal of the TEN-T policy is to support the creation of an integrated European transport network, which will strengthen Europe's economic growth and competitiveness. A number of recent studies have found that the projects in the TEN-T network face a number of non-financial barriers during their planning and implementation. These barriers include complex legal and regulatory processes during the permitting of projects, which can impact the timing and costs of transport projects.
The Milieu study will investigate the legal, administrative, institutional and other factors that contribute to increased costs, delay and legal uncertainty in the preparation and implementation of large transport infrastructure projects across the EU. It will also identify good practices that help to streamline the authorisation processes for projects. The project team will also carry out in-depth investigations into cross-border and waterborne transport projects, to identify the particular issues faced during the planning and implementation of these projects.
Based on the findings of this work, Milieu will identify and support the assessment of policy options that could contribute to a more effective and efficient European framework for the authorisation and implementation of transport projects. Milieu will also assist DG MOVE in carrying out a formal public consultation on the topic, and deliver guides of good practices to promote the adoption of measures that would facilitate the implementation of major transport infrastructure projects.
25 September 2015
Milieu's Study on Paediatric Regulation Published by European Parliament
Milieu is proud to announce that the study on ‘The Paediatric Regulation: Are children still missing out on potentially life-saving treatments?’ has been published by the European Parliament.
This report summarises the presentations and discussions of the Workshop on "The Paediatric Regulation: Are children still missing out on potentially life-saving treatments?" held at the European Parliament in Brussels, on Tuesday 16 June 2015. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the main challenges and future perspectives related to the treatment of children in Europe in view of a potential future revision of the Paediatric Regulation. The first part of the workshop discussed the state of play of the implementation of the Paediatric Regulation. The European Commission presented an overview of the findings of the 2013 Commission progress report on the Paediatric Regulation highlighting the remaining challenges. Some key problems, such as the difficulty to recruit quickly and to find a sufficient number of children patients to conduct clinical trials, were also presented from the industry perspective. The second part of the workshop focused on practical experiences and policy options for improved medicines for children. Still too often, children die from diseases which could be cured with the right treatments. All participants agreed that the Regulation provides a good basis, but that it needs further improvements and fine-tuning to ensure that children are not missing out on life-saving treatments. This workshop and the respective document were prepared by the Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.
24 August 2015
Milieu Analysing Forced Marriage for the European Parliament
In line with its strong position on combating all types of discrimination and violence against women, including forced marriage, the European Parliament launched a study on ‘Forced Marriages from a gender perspective’. The aim of the study is to provide the European Parliament with a detailed overview of the situation of forced marriage in the 28 EU Member States and EFTA and selected candidate countries from a gender equality and women’s rights perspective. The study also aims at providing the European Parliament with possible recommendations for measures strengthening the implementation of existing legislation.
Milieu is in charge of the whole study and, in line with the above objectives, will carry out an analysis of the situation of forced marriage in the 28 EU Member States and EFTA and selected candidate countries from a gender equality and women’s rights perspective, with a particular focus on the Roma community. Milieu will also deliver five case studies (for United Kingdom, Slovakia, Denmark, Germany and Spain) and develop detailed recommendations for the European Parliament based on the international, EU and national research.
10 July 2015
Study concerning the preparation of the report on the application and effectiveness of the SEA Directive
Milieu Ltd has been awarded by the European Commission the project ‘Study concerning the preparation of the report on the application and effectiveness of the SEA Directive’ for DG Environment.
Since its adoption in 2001, Directive 2001/42/EC on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment (the SEA Directive) has required Member States to ensure that public plans and programmes undergo a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) before they can be adopted. This has provided authorities, planners and communities across the EU with a procedural and systematic tool that enables consideration of the environment at an early stage of plan development.
In the context of this project, Milieu will conduct desk research and interviews to collect and assess relevant information and evidence on the status of application and effectiveness of the SEA Directive across all 28 Member States for the period 2007-2014.
The findings of such work, to be completed between July 2015 and March 2016, will be used by the Commission in preparing the second report on the application and effectiveness of the SEA Directive. In addition, the findings will also provide the basis for a potential future Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT) evaluation of the Directive.
26 June 2015
Contribution to the FRA Annual Report
The Fundamental Rights Agency has just published its annual report. As in past years, the FRA Annual Report 2014 reviews the challenges and achievements of fundamental rights across the EU. In particular, the report highlights the worsening of the situation of migrants and widespread violence against women. Milieu and its team of experts supported FRA by providing research contributions for Belgium and Hungary.
28 May 2015
Study on "The European legal framework on hate speech, blasphemy and freedom of expression"
Milieu Ltd was recently awarded by the European Parliament the project "The European legal framework on hate speech, blasphemy and freedom of expression". Following the terrorist attacks in France and Denmark, a political consensus emerged about the necessity of addressing the threat of violent radicalisation and further terrorist attacks. In this context, the study aims to map the legislative framework applicable to hate crime, hate speech and blasphemy and to assess the effectiveness of the legislation identified. The study also maps the potential clashes and interactions of the said legislation with the freedom of expression and freedom of thought, conscience and religion. As part of the project, Milieu will also provide the European Parliament with guidelines on how to address hate speech in the EU institutions.
The work will be completed between May and August 2015. The findings of the study will be used by the European Parliament while preparing its resolution on anti-Semitism, islamophobia and hate speech. The preliminary findings of the study will be presented at the European Parliament hearing on the same topic on 29 June 2015.
15 May 2015
New Legal Advisor
Virginia Dalla-Pozza has joined the Milieu Community as a legal advisor in the areas of fundamental rights and justice. Virginia is Italian and graduated from Bologna University and Edinburgh University. She has been working in the areas of human rights and justice for legal firms and various organisations such as the Council of Europe, UNICEF and FRA.
We are pleased to welcome Virginia.
11 May 2015
Lazarinka Naydenova is the most recent addition to the Milieu Community, joining us as a legal trainee. Lazarinka is a qualified Bulgarian lawyer and earned Master's degrees in Sofia and Maastricht, specialising in International Economic Law. She recently completed a traineeship at the European Commission's DG Competition and will be assisting the Milieu team with access to file in competition cases.
Manon Emonts has joined Milieu as a Public Health trainee. Manon is Dutch and previously studied at Maastricht University and will be supporting Milieu's OSH & Public Health activities.
Welcome Lazarinka and Manon!
7 May 2015
Milieu chosen to carry out Fitness Check for the Construction Sector
Milieu Ltd, in cooperation with Economisti Associati and CEPS, has been selected by DG Growth to carry out the 'Fitness Check for the Construction Sector'. The purpose of the fitness check is to assess the impact (both positive and negative) of a number of EU legislative texts on the competitiveness and sustainability of the construction sector and to identify ways to strengthen the efficiency, the coherence, the effectiveness, the relevance and the EU added value of these legislative texts with respect to the following priority areas: Internal Market (including horizontal and sectorial legislation, public procurement, posting of workers and recognition of professional qualification) and Energy Efficiency, with respect to the enterprises in the construction supply chain related to the construction and renovation of residential and non-residential buildings, delivering products and/or services from the design stage up to the final commissioning and maintenance of the buildings. Particular attention will be paid to the SME-related aspects and to the impacts of this legislation on them.
The sources for data and evidence include not only desk research and literature review, but also extensive interviews of authorities and stakeholders covering the 28 Member States, visits and in-depth analysis of the implementation in 10 Member States and a public internet consultation. The work is expected to be completed in August 2016.
9 April 2015
Milieu has just been awarded a contract by the World Bank to develop a regulatory framework for carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) in Mexico for the Secretaría de Energía de México (SENER), the Mexican Federal Department of Energy.
Mexico is exploring the possibilities of reducing CO2 emissions associated with its increased demand for electricity and plans that in so doing, GHG emissions will fall 50% below 2002 levels by 2050. In parallel with the exploration of renewable energy sources for electricity generation, Mexico is also considering technologies such as the carbon capture, utilisation and storage of CO2.
Milieu will carry out an in-depth examination of the laws and regulations applicable to CCUS activities to identify potential gaps in the regulatory framework, and to provide recommendations and a timeframe regarding the possible implementation of further amendments or additional legislation. The project includes the organisation of a workshop involving all Mexican stakeholders with a view to discuss the outcomes of the study.
24 March 2015
Milieu is proud to announce that the study done in conjunction with Triple-E has been published by the European Parliament. The study covers the topics of deep seabed exploration and exploitation. The study itself as well as all other applicable materials can be found at: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/stoa/cms/home/publications/studies
20 March 2015
The European Parliament publishes eight studies on the Impact of the Crisis on Fundamental Rights
Last week, the European Parliament published eight studies on the Impact of the Crisis on Fundamental Rights across Member States of the EU. The studies on: Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Portugal, as well as a synthesis study, are looking into the consequences that the austerity measures introduced in the wake of the economic crisis have had on some of the fundamental rights. Milieu’s Athina Kosma and Styliani Kaltsouni prepared the study for Greece, Gillian Kelly wrote the study for Ireland, while Giuseppe Nastasi prepared the Italian study. Aleksandra Ivankovic-Tamamovic was the project manager and wrote the comparative synthesis study.
The rights covered across all the observed countries were: the right to compulsory education, right to healthcare, right to work, right to a pension and the right to access to justice. The freedom of assembly and freedom of expression were also looked into at across all of the Member States, as rights which, although not directly aimed within the framework of austerity, were affected collaterally, in a chain reaction between the austerity, protests against austerity and Member States’ reacting to protests. In addition to these rights, several country-specific rights and their correlation to austerity have also been analysed.
The Parliament scheduled a hearing to take place on 30 March 2014 on the situation of fundamental right in the EU, where Milieu is expected to present the studies. Together with Milieu, Niels Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Juliane Kokott, Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union, as well as representatives of NGOs such as the Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the European Disability Forum will also contribute to this important and timely discussion. The comparative study has been published here.
09 March 2015
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has awarded Milieu with a consultancy assignment
Milieu has been awarded a consultancy assignment by the EIB to report on the development results of the loans EIB provides to financial intermediaries (typically commercial banks or microfinance institutions) in Africa. The scope includes loans to approximately 23 banks and micro-finance institutions that operate in East and Central Africa with EIB operations approved over the last five years. As part of the assignment, a visit to selected sample of banks will be carried out to learn more about the investments made by the financial intermediaries.
02 March 2015
The European Environment Agency (EEA) report co-authored by Milieu's Tony Zamparutti is now available
New technologies are revolutionising societies at an unprecedented pace. Nanotechnologies, biotechnology, information and computer technology can make our economy more sustainable, but also pose new risks for society, health and environment. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report, co-authored by Milieu's Tony Zamparutti, explores the institutional and policy chances that will be needed to promote technology's contribution to public goals while minimising risks. You can read it at : http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/global-megatrends-update-4-accelerating
14 February 2015
What can be done to reduce the impact of production on biodiversity?
A new report co-authored by Milieu’s Jan Cools answers this question for the forestry, fisheries, agriculture, and water sectors. Addressed are the sustainable management of mangroves and palm oil and foreign investment in land in Africa. Take a look at :http://www.waterhealth.nl/fi…/Mainstreaming_Biodiversity.pdf
29 January 2015
Milieu is proud to have been awarded a specific contract on the “Analysis of the manuals of procedures for the permit granting process applicable to projects of common interest (PCIs) prepared under Article 9 of TEN-E Regulation No. 347/2013”, under the Framework Service Contract for Legal assistance in the field of energy.
Milieu will assist the European Commission (DG Energy) in the process of verifying the compliance of the EU Member States (and Norway) with Article 9(1) of the TEN-E Regulation laying down an obligation to prepare and publish a manual of procedures for the permit granting process applicable to PCIs, through the preparation of a study.
The main objectives of this study are to:
1) analyse the manuals prepared by the EU Member States (their correctness and completeness) and to assess their compliance with the TEN-E Regulation;
2) analyse the permit granting schemes for PCIs applicable in the EU Member States and to assess their compliance with the TEN-E Regulation;
3) point out any non-compliances of the manuals and the permit granting schemes;
4) report on the conclusions of the analysis.
Successful implementation of energy infrastructure projects with strategic European importance is a critical step towards the development of a more sustainable, competitive energy market for the EU.
18 January 2015
Congratulations to the Mileu OSH team on the award to develop an online guide to support companies in OSH management in the context of an ageing workforce! The project will involve over 70 people in the upcoming year!
16 January 2015
Milieu is proud that the European Parliament's Transport committee is to discuss the 'Ex-Post Impact Assessment on the Implementation and Effects of the Third Maritme Safety Package' at its next meeting. Conducted on the Parliament's behalf by our consultants, the study was published in December 2014.
"The study is available here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meetdocs/2014_2019/documents/tran/dv/eia_thirdmaritimesafetypackage_/eia_thirdmaritimesafetypackage_en.pdf
14 January 2015
In line with the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy, climate policy has become a transversal priority area for the EU in the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020.
With a view to responding to the challenges and investment needs - related to climate action, the EU has agreed to apply a mainstreaming approach during the current MFF, so that at least 20% of the total EU budget is climate-related. The study will assess the extent to which current programmes of the three centrally managed funds, i.e. Horizon2020, Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and Program for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises (COSME), and other financial instruments have integrated climate action.
Analysis of the existing gaps in the current programming and implementation will be complemented with concrete recommendations on themes and priorities to include in future programming with a view to further mainstreaming.