Movers and Shakers | 3 April 2020

3 April 2020

Keep track of developments in the European institutions and public affairs with our Movers and Shakers column.

Political groups welcome emergency unemployment scheme

3 April 2020

Two of Parliament’s biggest political groups have welcomed the Commission’s new scheme, which aims to support workers and avoid massive unemployment caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

EU steps up efforts to counter disinformation during COVID-19 crisis

2 April 2020

The European Commission has launched a special section on its website where people can fact-check information, including so-called “cures” for the virus.

The European Parliament will again hold meetings in Brussels this week

1 April 2020

The three planned committee meetings, though, will be confined to just one day, Thursday 2 April, with the vast majority of deputies taking part remotely. 

MEPs urge Commission to put Green Deal on ice amid COVID-19 crisis

1 April 2020

Nearly 40 MEPs have asked that the European Green Deal, a Commission flagship policy, is dropped for the time being due to the coronavirus crisis.

MEPs slam Hungary after “lockdown of democracy”

31 March 2020

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's coalition passed an emergency bill in parliament that allows the government to rule by decree indefinitely during a state of emergency over the Coronavirus outbreak.

A deepening health crisis

3 April 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic should act as a stark warning for policymakers on the growing threat to healthcare of Antimicrobial resistance, argue Martin Hojsík and Irena Joveva.

Autism Awareness Day: Being unique

2 April 2020

The EU needs to do more to empower people with disabilities and give them the opportunity to learn and excel in their own way, argues Miriam Dalli.

Autism Awareness Day: The right to work

2 April 2020

People with Autism Spectrum Disorder have the right to work to gain their economic independence, but greater investment and resources are needed, argues Alicia Homs Ginel.

The Private Sector must unite to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic

2 April 2020

Businesses, government and civil society can lead together, with compassion and solidarity, writes CEO of Kale Group Zeynep Bodur Okyay.

Leaving no city behind

1 April 2020

The Coronavirus crisis has demonstrated how cities are on the front line of response to our biggest challenges, but no city is on its own thanks to cohesion policy, writes Normunds Popens.

Harmonising access

1 April 2020

With medicine shortages and inequalities in access on the rise in the EU, there is a pressing need to shift more healthcare powers to the EU institutions, explains Katerina Konečná.

A European workforce fit for the digital age

17 March 2020

Keeping Europe’s workers safe and healthy is the key to success in the digital age, explains Christa Sedlatschek.

A Green Deal on steel

4 March 2020

Axel Eggert explains why a ‘Green Deal on steel’ could be the flagship policy for the EU’s climate strategy.

Bringing Europe into the digital age

3 March 2020

Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl explains how Europe can boost the number of its digital unicorn companies.

23 March 2020

Atidzhe Alieva-Veli (BG, RE) is a vice-chair of Parliament’s delegation to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

20 March 2020

We are working to strengthen health innovation in Europe and to create an environment where fresh thinking in healthcare can thrive, says Jan-Philipp Beck, CEO of EIT Health.

19 March 2020

Former Swedish TV personality and one of the few black deputies in parliament, Alice Kuhnke, tells Rajnish Singh that she wants the EU to do more to tackle violence against women, racism and to show solidarity with Greece in finding a solution to the refugee crisis.

Delivering the EU Green Deal: LNG is key

4 March 2020

LNG is set to play a pivotal role in the European Green Deal by making a strong contribution to the energy transition through diversifying supplies, delivering flexibility, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality.

Digital masters

3 March 2020

Digital technologies can help boost Europe’s competitiveness and economic growth, but only if it invests now. Martin Banks reports on this year’s Masters of Digital conference.

Giving ‘rare’ a voice

2 March 2020

Stronger EU-wide collaboration is crucial to overcoming barriers in the diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases, reports Brian Johnson.

5 February 2020

The new Space Programme might not yet allow us to reach the moon, but it will be the key tool for the EU economy in the coming years, writes Massimiliano Salini.

5 February 2020

EU money is taxpayers’ money, and the CONT Committee ensures that it is spent correctly, efficiently and in a purposeful way, explains Monika Hohlmeier.

4 February 2020

Britain’s exit from the EU should generate a discussion over the Union’s potential new own resources, suggests Johan van Overtveldt

17 March 2020

The relationship between weather forecasting and flood prediction is set to become stronger as both activities increasingly rely on an Earth system approach, says Florian Pappenberger, Director of Forecasts at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).

5 March 2020

Attracting international acclaim for his investments in environmental protection, Ali Bongo Ondimba is regarded as one of Central Africa’s most reforming leaders. In an exclusive interview, the Gabonese President explains to Marie Hourtoule why he is so strongly committed to the continent’s peace and development.

4 March 2020

While the European Green Deal may prove to be the defining strategy of this legislature, it will need to built on a sustainable industrial policy, says Simona Bonafè.