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5Qs

5 questions with...Maria Spyraki

17 July 2019

Maria Spyraki (EL/EPP) is a 2019 MEP award winner and member of parliament’s ITRE and REGI committees

5 questions with...Benedek Jávor

25 June 2019

Benedek Jávor (HU, Greens/EFA) Parliament Magazine MEP 2019 award winner for the environment

5 questions with...Lieve Wierinck

25 June 2019

Lieve Wierinck (BE, ALDE) member of parliament’s ITRE committee and winner of 2019 MEP award for health

Agriculture

Respecting science and ethics: the case of GMOs

14 May 2019

Reasoned policymaking on GM crops requires a philosophical, as well as scientific analysis, argues Andreas Christiansen.

An inhumane and dangerous practice

25 April 2019

China’s burying of pigs alive in an effort to control African Swine Fever is a brutal method of culling that also poses health risks, explains Annie Schreijer-Pierik.

Facts must trump fear

17 April 2019

EuropaBio responds to EU Parliament vote on food chain risk assessment.

Animal Welfare

An inhumane and dangerous practice

25 April 2019

China’s burying of pigs alive in an effort to control African Swine Fever is a brutal method of culling that also poses health risks, explains Annie Schreijer-Pierik.

MEPs hail new live animal transportation rules

4 March 2019

MEPs from across the political divide have welcomed the adoption of new EU-wide rules designed to give added protection to the transportation of live animals.

A vote for animal health is a vote for your own health

21 February 2019

A Europe whose political and regulatory framework stimulates the growth of innovation in the animal health sector is a Europe that secures a more sustainable future for all, writes Roxane Feller.

Brexit

EU steps up pressure on UK amid rising prospect of no-deal Brexit

19 July 2019

The EU and others have intensified the pressure on the UK over what is seen as the fast-rising prospect of a no-deal Brexit.

Magid Magid: Taking the EU by storm

15 July 2019

Magid Magid is everything anti-immigration politicians such as Matteo Salvini or Viktor Orbán fear and despise. He is a Muslim and a refugee. And he’s just become an MEP. He tells Rajnish Singh about his mission to shake up the EU

Ursula von der Leyen: Baptism of fire

12 July 2019

European Commission President-designate, Ursula von der Leyen, went on a charm offensive in Parliament this week. But, as Lorna Hutchinson reports, the mission did not go quite as planned.

Committee guide

Committee Guide: AFCO has enormous responsibility in Brexit process

20 April 2017

The constitutional affairs committee will have a crucial role to play in how Brexit unfolds and beyond, writes Danuta Hübner.

Committee guide: PETI providing a voice to EU citizens

19 April 2017

Parliament's petitions committee strives to address citizens' concerns and foster constructive dialogue, writes Pál Csáky.

Committee guide: FEMM fighting the global backlash against women

18 April 2017

In these increasingly challenging and unstable times, Parliament's women's rights and gender equality committee is ready to lead the fight for equality, says Mary Honeyball.

Culture and Education

Magid Magid: Taking the EU by storm

15 July 2019

Magid Magid is everything anti-immigration politicians such as Matteo Salvini or Viktor Orbán fear and despise. He is a Muslim and a refugee. And he’s just become an MEP. He tells Rajnish Singh about his mission to shake up the EU

Margrethe Vestager: A woman of substance

14 June 2019

With a proven track record in delivering for citizens, Margrethe Vestager has earned the right to be the next European Commission President. She tells Lorna Hutchinson that prioritising gender equality and female empowerment is her number one goal.

Development

Delivering a Paris Agreement-compatible EU

12 July 2019

Parliament has already stated its climate change agenda; the new intake of MEPs must ensure that this is honoured and delivered, writes Wendel Trio.

Tanger Med promises to bring EU-Morocco cooperation to the next level

10 July 2019

Tangier overlooks a sea of opportunities with the launch of the Mediterranean's largest port just 14 km away from the EU, says Eli Hadzhieva - founder and director of Dialogue for Europe

Want to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals? Invest in Big Data and AI

27 June 2019

Agnieszka Łukaszczyk explains how satellite imagery can help set the UN Sustainable Development Goals back on track.

Digital Agenda

Bringing 5G to all corners of Europe

18 July 2019

While the advent of 5G networks promises to revolutionise digital society, the EU must ensure that more rural and sparsely-populated areas of Europe are not left behind explains Mart Võrklaev

Letting 5G flourish

17 July 2019

5G will allow companies to access new technologies and will deliver sustainable growth and jobs across Europe. But the right strategy needs to be in place to help it thrive, explains Roberto Viola.

Economic Affairs

Von der Leyen offers groups concessions ahead of key Parliament vote

15 July 2019

Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission President-designate, has offered the Socialists and Renew Europe a list of concessions in a bid to assuage her naysayers ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Parliament vote on her nomination.

Miguel Cañete: Leaders of EU cities and regions must ‘lead by example’ on climate

4 July 2019

Miguel Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, says elected leaders of European cities and regions are “uniquely positioned” to “lead by example” on the transition to a low-emission and climate-resilient economy.

AI offers new opportunities for local services

2 July 2019

The potential of artificial intelligence extends far beyond business and could revolutionise the way in which we deliver to our citizens; local and regional services must play an active role, writes Jan Trei

Employment and Social Affairs

Von der Leyen offers groups concessions ahead of key Parliament vote

15 July 2019

Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission President-designate, has offered the Socialists and Renew Europe a list of concessions in a bid to assuage her naysayers ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Parliament vote on her nomination.

EU urged to up its game on tackling racism

7 June 2019

The EU has been urged to “show a true commitment” to tackling racism after a new report revealed that only 5 percent of the new European Parliament intake are from racial and ethnic minorities.

EESC urges buildings directive review to prevent asbestos exposure

5 June 2019

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has demanded a review of the EU’s energy performance of buildings directive (EPBD) so that it “improves the protection” of workers who may be at risk of asbestos exposure.

Energy

Delivering a Paris Agreement-compatible EU

12 July 2019

Parliament has already stated its climate change agenda; the new intake of MEPs must ensure that this is honoured and delivered, writes Wendel Trio.

The Arctic – Global Connector

9 July 2019

Climate change and the inexorable rise in digitisation is accelerating Arctic development. Europe needs to work to ensure its own policy agenda is realised, writes Tero Vauraste

Perfect timing

9 July 2019

With the Arctic becoming an increasing priority around the globe, the start of the Finnish EU presidency, fresh from chairing the Arctic Council and Council of Europe is ideally timed, writes Marja Rislakki.

Enlargement

Perfect timing

9 July 2019

With the Arctic becoming an increasing priority around the globe, the start of the Finnish EU presidency, fresh from chairing the Arctic Council and Council of Europe is ideally timed, writes Marja Rislakki.

EU risks losing credibility in Western Balkans if no North Macedonia accession talks this summer

6 June 2019

The EU will lose “credibility” in the Western Balkans if it refuses to open accession talks with North Macedonia this summer, according to the country’s chief accession negotiator.

Environment

EU urged to act on the possible health risks of mineral wool

17 July 2019

More needs to be done to make more people aware of the potential dangers of mineral wool, writes James Wilson

Von der Leyen odds of vote survival looking good after Plenary session

16 July 2019

European Commission President-designate, Ursula von der Leyen, may well manage to survive her make-or-break vote in the European Parliament later today after a rousing speech to MEPs appeared to garner more support than dissent.

Von der Leyen offers groups concessions ahead of key Parliament vote

15 July 2019

Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission President-designate, has offered the Socialists and Renew Europe a list of concessions in a bid to assuage her naysayers ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Parliament vote on her nomination.

EU Council Presidency

Finland EU Council Presidency 2019: What to expect

18 July 2019

Now that the Finland holds the European Council presidency, we spoke to MEPs about what to expect over the next six months.

A new chapter in EU-Ukraine relations

9 July 2019

Ukraine’s home is the European family of nations, says Alexey Perevezentsev - Ukrainian State Secretary for Economic Development and Trade.

EU Top Jobs: Class of 2019 biographies

3 July 2019

Our colleagues in the EU monitoring team have put together biographies of all the appointees, both nominated and selected.

EU Election 2019

Socialist MEPs back new EU Commission chief despite reservations from several national delegations

17 July 2019

Ursula von der Leyen’s “clearly progressive” agenda was key to determining Socialist support, says S&D group leader.

Von der Leyen odds of vote survival looking good after Plenary session

16 July 2019

European Commission President-designate, Ursula von der Leyen, may well manage to survive her make-or-break vote in the European Parliament later today after a rousing speech to MEPs appeared to garner more support than dissent.

European Commission

EU steps up pressure on UK amid rising prospect of no-deal Brexit

19 July 2019

The EU and others have intensified the pressure on the UK over what is seen as the fast-rising prospect of a no-deal Brexit.

Socialist MEPs back new EU Commission chief despite reservations from several national delegations

17 July 2019

Ursula von der Leyen’s “clearly progressive” agenda was key to determining Socialist support, says S&D group leader.

European Questions

5 questions with...Maria Spyraki

17 July 2019

Maria Spyraki (EL/EPP) is a 2019 MEP award winner and member of parliament’s ITRE and REGI committees

EU urged to up its game on tackling racism

7 June 2019

The EU has been urged to “show a true commitment” to tackling racism after a new report revealed that only 5 percent of the new European Parliament intake are from racial and ethnic minorities.

Cast your vote

21 May 2019

With the European elections only a matter of days away, a failure to cast a vote means voting against Europe, argues Jacek Krawczyk.

Food

A new chapter in EU-Ukraine relations

9 July 2019

Ukraine’s home is the European family of nations, says Alexey Perevezentsev - Ukrainian State Secretary for Economic Development and Trade.

An antidote to fear-based politics?

8 July 2019

Europe’s new leaders must tackle disinformation, argues EuropaBio’s Beat Späth

Citizens take to the streets to encourage EU election voting

20 May 2019

Just ahead of elections to the European Parliament, hundreds of thousands of people across Europe took to the streets at the weekend, calling on voters to use their ballot and to “inspire everyone to make the EU a better place for people and planet.”

Foreign Affairs

EU steps up pressure on UK amid rising prospect of no-deal Brexit

19 July 2019

The EU and others have intensified the pressure on the UK over what is seen as the fast-rising prospect of a no-deal Brexit.

Von der Leyen odds of vote survival looking good after Plenary session

16 July 2019

European Commission President-designate, Ursula von der Leyen, may well manage to survive her make-or-break vote in the European Parliament later today after a rousing speech to MEPs appeared to garner more support than dissent.

Green week

Reversing the climate crisis

15 May 2019

It’s not too late to take decisive action on man-made climate change, writes Hans Bruyninckx.

Environment policy: A major EU achievement

15 May 2019

Environmental policy is one of the EU’s major achievements, but we can’t stop now; change can and should happen more locally, says Karl-Heinz Lambertz.

Karmenu Vella talks EU Green Week 2019

13 May 2019

Green Week encapsulates all that the EU has achieved so far with its green policies but also highlights what still remains to be done, explains Karmenu Vella.

Health

Inoculating against mistrust

19 July 2019

Vaccine hesitancy has been identified as one of the top ten threats to global health. Lorna Hutchinson takes a look at the roles that social media, populism and fake news play in sowing the seeds of doubt and fear.

EU urged to act on the possible health risks of mineral wool

17 July 2019

More needs to be done to make more people aware of the potential dangers of mineral wool, writes James Wilson

An antidote to fear-based politics?

8 July 2019

Europe’s new leaders must tackle disinformation, argues EuropaBio’s Beat Späth

Internal Market

Delivering 5G is not rocket science

12 July 2019

European technology is at the forefront, so how can policy speed up a digitalised economy, asks Gabriel Solomon.

An antidote to fear-based politics?

8 July 2019

Europe’s new leaders must tackle disinformation, argues EuropaBio’s Beat Späth

AI: will Europe create value or merely defend its values?

3 July 2019

By bringing together technical expertise and know-how with vast scale and data the EU can achieve a more effective and pragmatic approach to AI policy, writes Digital Europe’s Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl.

Justice and Rights

EU steps up pressure on UK amid rising prospect of no-deal Brexit

19 July 2019

The EU and others have intensified the pressure on the UK over what is seen as the fast-rising prospect of a no-deal Brexit.

Inoculating against mistrust

19 July 2019

Vaccine hesitancy has been identified as one of the top ten threats to global health. Lorna Hutchinson takes a look at the roles that social media, populism and fake news play in sowing the seeds of doubt and fear.

Maritime and Fisheries

The Arctic – Global Connector

9 July 2019

Climate change and the inexorable rise in digitisation is accelerating Arctic development. Europe needs to work to ensure its own policy agenda is realised, writes Tero Vauraste

Perfect timing

9 July 2019

With the Arctic becoming an increasing priority around the globe, the start of the Finnish EU presidency, fresh from chairing the Arctic Council and Council of Europe is ideally timed, writes Marja Rislakki.

The Arctic: A microcosm of climate change

9 July 2019

With the Arctic warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, our lives depend on the well-being of this region, but its importance for the EU is also strategic, writes Karmenu Vella

News in a nutshell

Movers and Shakers | 25 June 2018

25 June 2018

Keep track of developments in the European institutions and public affairs with our movers and shakers column.

Movers and Shakers | 4 September 2017

4 September 2017

Keep track of developments in the European institutions and public affairs with our movers and shakers column.

MEPs endorse Mariya Gabriel as digital economy Commissioner

4 July 2017

Keep track of the latest appointments and developments in the European institutions and public affairs.

Refugee crisis

‘Relaunch’ of EU-Morocco relations will boost partnership, says foreign minister

28 June 2019

Morocco’s foreign minister has hailed the “relaunch” of relations with the EU, saying he expects it will pave the way for improved cooperation between the two sides.

‘Toxic politics’ hampering efforts to tackle refugee crisis, says former UK foreign minister

19 June 2019

Former UK foreign minister David Miliband says that “toxic politics” in some Member States is hindering efforts to tackle the ongoing refugee crisis.

Citizens take to the streets to encourage EU election voting

20 May 2019

Just ahead of elections to the European Parliament, hundreds of thousands of people across Europe took to the streets at the weekend, calling on voters to use their ballot and to “inspire everyone to make the EU a better place for people and planet.”

Regions

Miguel Cañete: Leaders of EU cities and regions must ‘lead by example’ on climate

4 July 2019

Miguel Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, says elected leaders of European cities and regions are “uniquely positioned” to “lead by example” on the transition to a low-emission and climate-resilient economy.

AI offers new opportunities for local services

2 July 2019

The potential of artificial intelligence extends far beyond business and could revolutionise the way in which we deliver to our citizens; local and regional services must play an active role, writes Jan Trei

Research and Innovation

Inoculating against mistrust

19 July 2019

Vaccine hesitancy has been identified as one of the top ten threats to global health. Lorna Hutchinson takes a look at the roles that social media, populism and fake news play in sowing the seeds of doubt and fear.

Bringing 5G to all corners of Europe

18 July 2019

While the advent of 5G networks promises to revolutionise digital society, the EU must ensure that more rural and sparsely-populated areas of Europe are not left behind explains Mart Võrklaev

Letting 5G flourish

17 July 2019

5G will allow companies to access new technologies and will deliver sustainable growth and jobs across Europe. But the right strategy needs to be in place to help it thrive, explains Roberto Viola.

Trade

Tanger Med promises to bring EU-Morocco cooperation to the next level

10 July 2019

Tangier overlooks a sea of opportunities with the launch of the Mediterranean's largest port just 14 km away from the EU, says Eli Hadzhieva - founder and director of Dialogue for Europe

A new chapter in EU-Ukraine relations

9 July 2019

Ukraine’s home is the European family of nations, says Alexey Perevezentsev - Ukrainian State Secretary for Economic Development and Trade.

Transport

Autonomous driving: A glimpse into the future

16 July 2019

Driverless cars could soon make the leap from science fiction to reality. Jonathan Benton takes a look at what is needed to bring them into our daily lives.

Prepare for lift off

21 June 2019

The solutions to tackling capacity issues in Europe’s aviation sector have already been identified; the next step must be urgent implementation, says Marian-Jean Marinescu 

Aviation strategy is flying high

20 June 2019

The Aviation Strategy may not yet have resolved all the issues for the sector, but it has laid the essential groundwork for future success, writes Violeta Bulc 

US-EU

LNG: Transatlantic cooperation at its best

4 July 2019

The 2009 energy crisis taught valuable lessons in diversification and LNG is an important part of the solution. EU-US cooperation in this area is a success story, says Maroš Šefcovic.

A marriage of convenience

1 July 2019

Gordon Sondland, US Ambassador to the EU, compares US-EU relations to a marriage. He tells Rajnish Singh that “We’re like an old married couple. The kids have left, we still love each other, we’re never getting divorced, but we have some very specific and tough issues to address."

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister: Iran is ‘self-confident’ military player in face of US ‘psychological warfare’

21 June 2019

Iran’s deputy foreign minister has issued a thinly-veiled warning to Donald Trump in the event of an American strike on his country.