Research Papers 2020

Synopsis: Below you will find details of Research Publications which have been prepared by the Research and Information Service (RaISe) for the Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee in 2020.

EU ETS- Phase IV

- Date: 16/10/2020

This briefing paper is a follow up to the RaISe Paper (No. 45/20) Common framework background paper: Emissions Trading (17 September 2020) and the accompanying presentation to the Committee. It provides more detail on Phase IV of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and on a number of other areas also discussed at the presentation.

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Agricultural Support and Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol

- Date: 15/10/2020

The Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol is a key component of the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between the UK and EU in October 2019. In effect, the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol is the means by which the free movement of goods on the island of Ireland is intended to be secured regardless of whether the UK and EU successfully negotiate a free trade deal.

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Common framework background paper: Emissions Trading

- Date: 21/09/2020

The purpose of this paper is to provide some background context to the new common framework on a UK emissions trading scheme (ETS). It will give a brief summary of the current policy area covered by the proposed common framework, to include existing EU provisions. It will also give a brief overview of the proposed UK ETS common framework, focusing on the provisions of the legislative Order (the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Order 2020) and raise a number of further considerations around the common framework and its operation.

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The Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol – overview and potential issues

- Date: 25/06/2020

This briefing paper provides an overview of some the main features of the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol as they relate to the role and responsibilities of the AERA Committee and also identifies outstanding questions/issues around its implementation and operation moving forward. This paper is not intended as a forensic examination of the Protocol in terms of its content or its implementation, as at the time of writing there are elements of the Protocol which are still effectively ‘work in progress’ between the UK and EU. Rather, the intended purpose of this paper is to provide an accessible ‘first taste’ of the Protocol.

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UK Fisheries Bill 2019-20

- Date: 05/03/2020

This briefing paper provides an overview of the key elements of the UK Fisheries Bill 2020. The paper focusses on the Northern Ireland specific components of the Bill, some of which are unique to here, but also covers those wider UK elements which require legislative consent from the Northern Ireland Assembly.

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Environment Bill 2019-20

- Date: 02/03/2020

This research paper provides an overview of the key elements of the UK Environment Bill 2020. The paper focusses on the Northern Ireland (NI) specific components of the Bill, some of which are unique to here, but also covers those wider UK elements which require legislative consent from the Northern Ireland Assembly.

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UK Agriculture Bill 2019-20

- Date: 21/02/2020

This briefing paper provides an overview of the key elements of the UK Agriculture Bill 2019-20 . The paper focusses on the Northern Ireland specific components of the Bill, some of which are unique to here, but also covers some wider UK elements which require legislative consent from the Northern Ireland Assembly. Due to both the complexity of the Bill and the limited time for scrutiny this briefing paper is not as comprehensive a product as RaISe would normally produce, but the emphasis is on seeking to highlight the potential issues and questions for Northern Ireland. It is recommended that this paper should also be considered in conjunction the House of Commons Briefing Paper on the Bill which was published on the 30th January 2020. It should also be noted that this briefing paper covers the Bill as introduced on 16th January 2020 and as such does not cover any potential amendments that may be made to the Bill as it transits the legislative process within the Houses of Parliament.

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