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Great expectations

10 September 2019

Fresh from their victories in this year’s European elections, five of Parliament’s newest deputies from across the political spectrum sat down with Lorna Hutchinson, discussing the path that brought them to Brussels and what they hope the next five years have in store

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

Agriculture

The post-2020 CAP can play a crucial role in restoring nature

10 September 2019

Intensive farming is a major driver of biodiversity loss, but as a series of LIFE projects shows, it is possible to restore intensively farmed land and support the recovery of natural habitats and species. 

A wake-up call for EU fisheries ministers

31 July 2019

The latest scientific advice from The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) makes for sad reading - North Sea cod is severely depleted. However, this could be just what is needed to shock EU fisheries ministers into action, write Rebecca Hubbard and Dr Monica Verbeek.

Anti-palm oil lobbies bending the EU’s will

30 July 2019

Youssef Kobo explains how anti-palm oil lobbies are hurting the environment and the EU’s poorest members

Animal Welfare

EU urged to shut down ivory market

27 August 2019

Animals rights organisations say elephants “are in crisis” now, with 20,000 killed each year.

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.

Brexit

European Parliament group leaders sign resolution to clarify EU’s Brexit position

13 September 2019

Parliament’s group leaders have signed a resolution which they say aims to “firm up” the bloc’s position and unity on the UK’s protracted exit from the EU.

Rights campaigners hail Scottish court ruling on unlawful prorogation of UK Parliament

12 September 2019

A ruling on Wednesday that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s controversial suspension of the UK Parliament is unlawful was welcomed by Labour and citizen’s rights campaigners alike.
 

SNP MEPs urge UK to nominate EU commissioner

10 September 2019

Scottish National Party MEPs have called on the UK government to nominate an EU commissioner, despite the fact that Britain is due to leave the bloc on 31 October.

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

How the largest American Muslim foundation was falsely demonised by white supremacists

9 August 2019

The escalating spate of mass shootings from Christchurch to El Paso has been enabled by the fact that millions of ordinary people now believe in the existence of an Islamist conspiracy to ‘replace’ white people through mass immigration and birth rates, writes Saeed Khan.

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

Development

In Conversation with...Florence Rabier

9 September 2019

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) advances weather science, provides the EU with crucial environmental information and has one of the world’s largest supercomputers, explains Director General Dr Florence Rabier

EU urged to shut down ivory market

27 August 2019

Animals rights organisations say elephants “are in crisis” now, with 20,000 killed each year.

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.

Digital Agenda

In Conversation with...Florence Rabier

9 September 2019

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) advances weather science, provides the EU with crucial environmental information and has one of the world’s largest supercomputers, explains Director General Dr Florence Rabier

Huawei ‘fighting for survival’, says chairman

2 August 2019

Huawei’s chairman has admitted the company is under “immense pressure” and “fighting for survival”.

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

Economic Affairs

Tips and tricks for MEP assistants

11 September 2019

As the new crop of MEP assistants prepare to become indispensable assets to Parliament’s elected deputies, voices of experience have offered vital advice on how to navigate the political and bureaucratic maze, reports Lorna Hutchinson

Christine Lagarde urges ‘greening’ of EU monetary policy

5 September 2019

Christine Lagarde, the candidate to become the next President of the European Central Bank (ECB), has called for a “greening” of EU monetary policy.

Christine Lagarde facing MEP grilling on ECB top job

3 September 2019

Christine Lagarde will come under the spotlight in Parliament this week when MEPs question her on her candidacy for the top job at the European Central Bank (ECB).

Employment and Social Affairs

Do ut Des - I give, so that you may give

30 August 2019

That a member state’s exit from the EU should be occasion for its expatriate citizens working in another member state to finally be awarded what should have been their automatic rights under the Treaty, might on first acquaintance seem an outlandish and far-fetched proposition, argues Henry Rodgers.

Adopting a gender-sensitive lens in global security

1 August 2019

Global security has deteriorated over the past decade, with the number of people forced to flee their homes due to violence, human rights violations and war on the increase. The EU must adopt and implement a gender-sensitive lens when dealing with this, writes Madi Sharma.

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.

Energy

A vision of the future

13 September 2019

Despite an expected increase in demand for liquid hydrocarbons, the EU’s refining industry is committed to cutting CO2 emissions and reducing its carbon footprint, reports Brian Johnson.

Launch of Liquid Gas Europe’s Vision for Autogas

9 September 2019

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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

A vision of the future

13 September 2019

Despite an expected increase in demand for liquid hydrocarbons, the EU’s refining industry is committed to cutting CO2 emissions and reducing its carbon footprint, reports Brian Johnson.

Carbon Capture and Storage technology could solve EU decarbonisation issues

12 September 2019

European climate commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete discussed the EU’s plans to reduce CO2 emissions last week and the role carbon-capture and storage technology (CCS) can play.

An enabling policy framework can all help to reduce emissions

12 September 2019

An enabling policy framework can all help to reduce emissions, explains Philippe Ducom.

EU Council Presidency

Tips and tricks for MEP assistants

11 September 2019

As the new crop of MEP assistants prepare to become indispensable assets to Parliament’s elected deputies, voices of experience have offered vital advice on how to navigate the political and bureaucratic maze, reports Lorna Hutchinson

MEPs raise ‘grave’ concerns over Council transparency

22 July 2019

A cross-party group of MEPs have voiced their “grave concern” about the “opacity” of the Council, branding the institution “a veritable black box” which has been lagging far behind the Parliament and Commission on transparency.

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.

EU Election 2019

La Rentrée: New Parliament, new ambitions

13 September 2019

May’s European elections now a distant memory, the start of a new five-year parliamentary term has triggered a “wish list” of ambitions from political group leaders.

Tips and tricks for MEP assistants

11 September 2019

As the new crop of MEP assistants prepare to become indispensable assets to Parliament’s elected deputies, voices of experience have offered vital advice on how to navigate the political and bureaucratic maze, reports Lorna Hutchinson

Von der Leyen unveiling of commissioner portfolios met with mixed reactions

11 September 2019

Ursula von der Leyen, the first female European Commission President, has caused a stir in Brussels after announcing the composition and portfolio distribution of her College of Commissioners.

European Commission

Spending on cancer prevention is ‘a drop in the ocean’, says Andriukaitis

13 September 2019

The outgoing EU health commissioner says that current spending on cancer prevention across Europe is “a drop in the ocean” and urgently needs to be increased.

La Rentrée: New Parliament, new ambitions

13 September 2019

May’s European elections now a distant memory, the start of a new five-year parliamentary term has triggered a “wish list” of ambitions from political group leaders.

International vaccination strategy needed to save lives, summit hears

12 September 2019

"We have done better than yesterday, but there is still a lot we have to do," said former President of Tanzania Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, discussing the importance of boosting international vaccination rates.

European Questions

Tips and tricks for MEP assistants

11 September 2019

As the new crop of MEP assistants prepare to become indispensable assets to Parliament’s elected deputies, voices of experience have offered vital advice on how to navigate the political and bureaucratic maze, reports Lorna Hutchinson

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.

Food

Sustainable, Responsible, Competitive: Aspirations for the Future

3 September 2019

Tim Brett outlines the soft drinks industry’s ambition to advance environmental sustainability, healthy diets and economic growth within a strong single market.

A wake-up call for EU fisheries ministers

31 July 2019

The latest scientific advice from The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) makes for sad reading - North Sea cod is severely depleted. However, this could be just what is needed to shock EU fisheries ministers into action, write Rebecca Hubbard and Dr Monica Verbeek.

Anti-palm oil lobbies bending the EU’s will

30 July 2019

Youssef Kobo explains how anti-palm oil lobbies are hurting the environment and the EU’s poorest members

Foreign Affairs

European Parliament group leaders sign resolution to clarify EU’s Brexit position

13 September 2019

Parliament’s group leaders have signed a resolution which they say aims to “firm up” the bloc’s position and unity on the UK’s protracted exit from the EU.

Rights campaigners hail Scottish court ruling on unlawful prorogation of UK Parliament

12 September 2019

A ruling on Wednesday that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s controversial suspension of the UK Parliament is unlawful was welcomed by Labour and citizen’s rights campaigners alike.
 

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

EU cancer group calls for better cross-border access to clinical trials

13 September 2019

A bilateral national approach could help bring clinical trials closer to cancer patients, a new study has shown.

New survey highlights problems faced by cancer patients

13 September 2019

Most cancer care ‘inefficiency’ happens at the early diagnosis stage, a new survey has revealed.

Spending on cancer prevention is ‘a drop in the ocean’, says Andriukaitis

13 September 2019

The outgoing EU health commissioner says that current spending on cancer prevention across Europe is “a drop in the ocean” and urgently needs to be increased.

Internal Market

Do ut Des - I give, so that you may give

30 August 2019

That a member state’s exit from the EU should be occasion for its expatriate citizens working in another member state to finally be awarded what should have been their automatic rights under the Treaty, might on first acquaintance seem an outlandish and far-fetched proposition, argues Henry Rodgers.

Paper food packaging "not as innocent as it seems", says consumer body

30 July 2019

A new study by consumer group BEUC underscores the need for EU-wide rules to regulate non-plastic food packaging and protect consumers from potentially harmful chemicals.

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.

Justice and Rights

EU cancer group calls for better cross-border access to clinical trials

13 September 2019

A bilateral national approach could help bring clinical trials closer to cancer patients, a new study has shown.

New survey highlights problems faced by cancer patients

13 September 2019

Most cancer care ‘inefficiency’ happens at the early diagnosis stage, a new survey has revealed.

Spending on cancer prevention is ‘a drop in the ocean’, says Andriukaitis

13 September 2019

The outgoing EU health commissioner says that current spending on cancer prevention across Europe is “a drop in the ocean” and urgently needs to be increased.

Maritime and Fisheries

Fisheries Committee chair discusses No Deal Brexit fears with fishermen and producers

8 August 2019

The new chair of the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee was visiting the largest fishing port in France on Thursday amid fears that the threat of a No Deal Brexit will put cooperation between British and continental fishermen at risk.

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.

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

Claude Moraes: ‘Protecting our European Way of Life’ is ‘anachronistic and insulting title’

11 September 2019

UK MEP Claude Moraes has joined a growing chorus of scathing criticism of the European Commission’s new portfolio for "Protecting our European Way of Life.”

EU Parliament President intervenes in Italian ‘Open Arms’ migrant standoff

20 August 2019

David Sassoli has urged the Italian government to let the Open Arms rescue ship carrying migrants to disembark at Lampedusa.

Adopting a gender-sensitive lens in global security

1 August 2019

Global security has deteriorated over the past decade, with the number of people forced to flee their homes due to violence, human rights violations and war on the increase. The EU must adopt and implement a gender-sensitive lens when dealing with this, writes Madi Sharma.

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

EU cancer group calls for better cross-border access to clinical trials

13 September 2019

A bilateral national approach could help bring clinical trials closer to cancer patients, a new study has shown.

New survey highlights problems faced by cancer patients

13 September 2019

Most cancer care ‘inefficiency’ happens at the early diagnosis stage, a new survey has revealed.

Spending on cancer prevention is ‘a drop in the ocean’, says Andriukaitis

13 September 2019

The outgoing EU health commissioner says that current spending on cancer prevention across Europe is “a drop in the ocean” and urgently needs to be increased.

Trade

UK must “avoid catastrophic No-Deal Brexit” says MEP

22 August 2019

British MEPs have voiced concern at the rising prospect of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal.

MEPs debunk post-Brexit US-UK trade deal

21 August 2019

EU commentators warn the British government that a Trump trade agreement will come at a price and could take years.

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

Transport

In conversation with...Lina Konstantinopoulou

6 September 2019

Through its partnerships with civil society, motoring organisations, vehicle manufacturers and road authorities, EuroRAP is championing a Europe free of high-risk roads, explains new Secretary General, Lina Konstantinopoulou

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 

US-EU

The new Lunar Gateway

22 July 2019

Fifty years after the first lunar landing, the US and EU are gearing up to send astronauts back to the moon. Brian Johnson reports.

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."