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We want to hear what you think about the European Union and how you would like to see it develop in the future.

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The European Commission also runs public consultations on various policies. See below for details of some of the main consultations currently open and how you can contribute.

For a comprehensive list of all open public consultations organised by the European Commission, please go to the "Your Voice in Europe" website.

Public consultation on European Metrology Research under Horizon 2020

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the future of European metrology research under Horizon 2020, the EU's new programme for research and innovation for 2014 to 2020.

The European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP) was established under FP7 to facilitate closer integration of national research programmes in the field. EMRP is jointly supported by 22 participating Member States and associated countries and the European Commission.

This initiative has- according to its mid-term assessment- clearly contributed to the creation of the European Research Area (ERA) in metrology research. However further steps could be done and further integration- in particular towards Member States having little metrology capacity- is suggested.

The Commission is seeking input from citizens, organisations and public authorities to assess the state of play of the European metrology research system and the challenges it is facing. Contributions will feed in the preparation work for a potential successor initiative of EMRP (European Metrology Research programme) under Horizon 2020.

The consultation runs until 23 December 2012.

See here for further information.


Public consultation on the resolution of non-bank financial institutions

On Friday 5 October 2012, the Commission launched a consultation to identify if there is need for a framework for the recovery and resolution of financial institutions (other than banks and investment firms).

The main institutions considered in this context are central counterparties, central securities depositories, and systemic insurance companies. The initiative stems from the Commission's Communication of 20 October 2010 on crisis management in the financial sector. It is consistent with work underway in various international fora, such as the Financial Stability Board, the International Organization of Securities Commissions and the International Association of Insurance Supervisors.

The results of this consultation will be taken into account by the Commission when identifying the next steps to ensure that the failure of a systemic non-bank financial institution does not endanger financial stability or impose costs on taxpayers.

The consultation will be open until 28 December 2012.

See here for further information.


Public consultation on telecoms markets

The European Commission launched on 16 October a public consultation with a view to updating the current list of relevant wholesale and retail telecoms markets subject to the Commission's "Article 7" procedure under EU telecoms rules.

These markets include retail access to the public telephone network and wholesale broadband access. Having a list of relevant markets helps National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) regulate their markets in a coordinated manner.

The review will take into account major market and technological developments, such as internet-based applications and services, the convergence between different types of networks and services and the development of very fast internet networks and services.

Based on its results, the Commission will then revise the current Recommendation on Relevant Markets which was last updated in 2007.

The Commission invites interested parties to respond to the consultation by 8 January 2013.

See here for further information.


Public consultation on phasing-in requirements on a black symbol identifying medicinal products subject to additional monitoring

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the phasing-in requirements on a black symbol identifying medicinal products subject to additional monitoring.

Under the new pharmacovigilance provisions some medicinal products for human use are authorised subject to additional monitoring for reasons of their specific safety profile. Those products have to bear a black symbol which shall be selected by the Commission by July 2013 at the latest. In the context of selecting the symbol the Commission is currently considering the need for phasing-in arrangements for the inclusion of the symbol in the summary of product characteristics and the package leaflet of all products concerned.

This concept paper is being rolled out for public consultation with a view of receiving feedback from stakeholders on this issue.

The period of consultation ends on 10 January 2013. All citizens and organisations (public and private) are welcome to contribute to this consultation.

See here for further information.


Public consultation on ways to follow-up Rio+20

The United Nations Rio+20 world summit, held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, aimed to secure renewed political commitment to sustainable development. To follow up on the conference, the European Commission wishes to develop specific actions and concrete measures to make sustainable development a reality, within the EU and globally. A public consultation is being held to gather views and ideas. These will be an input to a Communication from the Commission on the follow-up to Rio+20, planned for the first quarter of 2013.

The public consultation seeks input on a number of policy questions around five main lines:

  1. Policies aimed at moving towards an inclusive green economy, as a means to achieve sustainable development in the EU and globally.
  2. Setting priority areas of action, such as poverty eradication, sustainable agriculture, water, sustainable energy, decent work for all, oceans and fisheries, and sustainable consumption and production, and reflecting upon the usefulness of targets and indicators in these areas.
  3. Developing Sustainable Development Goals, reflecting on themes and topics and their optimal form, and suggesting ways to monitor progress in reaching them.
  4. Considering options for an effective Sustainable Development Financing Strategy, including on possibilities of mobilising existing resources and ways of encouraging investments.
  5. Strengthening the institutional framework for sustainable development, in the context of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development, and thinking about ways to improve stakeholder participation. 

The consultation is open until 15 January 2013.

See here for further information.


Public consultation on the Single market for gas and electricity

The European Commission has launched a Public Consultation on delivering a more coordinated approach to generation adequacy and security of supply in the internal electricity market and ensuring that any state interventions in this regard are well designed and effective.

In this consultation the Commission asks whether and how it can work better together to ensure a more coordinated approach to assessing generation adequacy and security in the internal electricity market. The Commission is also looking for views on different types of capacity mechanism and more detailed criteria, based on the principles of necessity and proportionality, which capacity mechanisms and other interventions should meet.

The consultation is aimed at public authorities, Member States authorities, private organisations, industry associations, SMEs, Consultancies, other relevant stakeholders and citizens (inside and outside of the European Union).

The consultation runs until 7 February 2013. 

See here for further information.


Public consultation on how to improve EU air quality policy

The European Commission is holding a public consultation on the best way to improve air quality in Europe. For the next twelve weeks, interested parties are invited to share their views on ways to ensure full implementation of the existing framework, to improve it, and to complement it with supporting actions.

Air pollution and the associated threats to the environment and human health continue to be a concern for many EU citizens. Despite progress in the past decades resulting from legislation to reduce harmful pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, lead, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and benzene, some pollutants are still causing problems. Summer smog, potentially harmful ground-level ozone and fine particles that pose significant health risks regularly exceed safe limits. Consequently, exposure to air pollution still causes over 350,000 premature deaths in the EU every year.

The consultation is divided into two parts – a short questionnaire for the general public, and a more extensive set of questions for experts and practitioners from national administrations, regional and local authorities, researchers, businesses, stakeholders, health, environmental and other groups with experience in implementing EU air quality legislation.

The results of the consultation will feed into a comprehensive review of Europe's air policies due in 2013. The consultation is open until 4 March 2013.

See here for further details.


Public consultation on state aid rules for agriculture and forestry

A public consultation on the state aid rules applicable in the agricultural and forestry sector was opened by the European Commission on 20 December, with stakeholders invited to provide their comments in the next 3 months.

The consultation takes place in the context of the Commission's State Aid Modernisation (IP/12/458) initiative. The results from this public consultation will therefore feed into the review of the current legislation on state aid for agriculture and forestry, where the Commission is hoping to focus its controls on state aid cases that could give rise to the most significant distortions of competition in the Internal Market and to reach faster decisions.

The review will also enable the current regime to be aligned with the new rules that will be applicable to agriculture and rural development under the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020, as the legal basis for state aid in the agricultural sector expires on 31 December 2013.

The deadline for submissions in this public consultation is 20 March 2013.

Details of the questionnaire & how to respond are available here.


Public consultation on the future development of unconventional fossil fuels such as shale gas in Europe

The European Commission is holding a public consultation on the future development of unconventional fossil fuels such as shale gas in Europe – often referred to as fracking.

All interested individuals, organisations and public authorities are welcome to share their views on the development of such projects and on the best ways to address the challenges identified so far.

In the past, exploration for and production of natural gas and oil in Europe focused mainly on conventional resources. While opportunities for this type of domestic extraction are becoming increasingly limited, technological advances are now opening up new possibilities for the extraction of unconventional fossil fuels such as shale gas, tight gas and coal bed methane from geological formations that were previously too complex or too expensive to exploit.

The European Commission aims to ensure that any further development of unconventional fossil fuels is carried out with the proper health, climate and environmental safeguards in place, with maximum legal clarity and predictability for citizens and operators. This will help ensure that the potential economic and energy security benefits of such developments can be reaped in a safe manner that does not compromise human health or the environment. The questions in the consultation cover issues such as broad opportunities and challenges, possible measures to reduce health and environmental risks, measures to increase the transparency of operations, and general recommendations regarding action at EU-level.

The consultation is open until 20 March 2013.

See here for further information.


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