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5Qs

5 questions with... Alexandra Louise Rosenfield Phillips

4 November 2019

Alexandra Louise Rosenfield Phillips (UK, Greens/EFA) is a member of Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs committee.

5 questions with...Jessica Polfjärd

24 October 2019

Jessica Polfjärd (SE/EPP) is Vice-chair of the European Parliament’s delegation to Mexico.

Kicking off the new mandate

23 October 2019

Our MEP Awards 2020 host Eva Maydell tells us why it’s important to highlight the work of MEPs and what she expects from the next five years.

Agriculture

Smart villages

23 October 2019

We spoke to MEPs from across Parliament about how the EU can better support rural communities.

Global Fertilizer Day: Meeting future food needs

10 October 2019

Jacob Hansen explains how the fertilizer industry’s Feeding Life 2030 vision can continue feeding plants, farmers, people and Europe’s economy while responding to fundamental societal challenges.

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. 

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 Commission sues UK for failing to nominate commissioner

15 November 2019

On Thursday evening the Commission announced it had launched infringement proceedings against the UK “for breaching its EU Treaty obligations.”

Brexit Steering Group zeroes in on safeguarding citizens’ rights

15 November 2019

Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group (BSG) met this week to discuss the latest Brexit situation.

Overseas voters will again be hampered in UK election, say campaigners

6 November 2019

Campaigners have warned that up to 3 million overseas voters will again be prevented from participating in the UK general election next month.

Climate Crisis

Issue 505 | 18 November 2019

15 November 2019

As Madrid prepares to host COP25, Spanish Socialist MEP Nicolás González Casares, a member of Parliament’s delegation, talks to us about his hopes and ambitions for the keenly-awaited climate conference and is this issue’s cover star.

COP25 ‘critical’ in ensuring 2015 Paris Agreement put in place, says senior MEP

8 November 2019

Senior UK Greens MEP Molly Scott Cato says the upcoming COP25 climate conference in Madrid "must pave the way for more ambitious commitments next year."

2020 can be the start of a new Greens decade, says Monica Frassoni

7 November 2019

Outgoing Green party co-leader says the EU has a key role in tackling climate change but still has much to do.

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

Issue 505 | 18 November 2019

15 November 2019

As Madrid prepares to host COP25, Spanish Socialist MEP Nicolás González Casares, a member of Parliament’s delegation, talks to us about his hopes and ambitions for the keenly-awaited climate conference and is this issue’s cover star.

Issue 504 | 4 November 2019

4 November 2019

As Valdis Dombrovskis, prepares to take on the role of Commission Vice-President for An Economy that Works for People, he tells us why sustainable finance is essential both in safeguarding our planet’s future and making the financial sector a part of the green transition.

Challenges and opportunities in tourism

23 October 2019

We face unprecedented growth in tourism; Europe needs to be ready to find ways to maximise this both successfully and acceptably, writes István Ujhelyi.

Development

Issue 505 | 18 November 2019

15 November 2019

As Madrid prepares to host COP25, Spanish Socialist MEP Nicolás González Casares, a member of Parliament’s delegation, talks to us about his hopes and ambitions for the keenly-awaited climate conference and is this issue’s cover star.

Issue 504 | 4 November 2019

4 November 2019

As Valdis Dombrovskis, prepares to take on the role of Commission Vice-President for An Economy that Works for People, he tells us why sustainable finance is essential both in safeguarding our planet’s future and making the financial sector a part of the green transition.

Challenges and opportunities in tourism

23 October 2019

We face unprecedented growth in tourism; Europe needs to be ready to find ways to maximise this both successfully and acceptably, writes István Ujhelyi.

Digital Agenda

Issue 505 | 18 November 2019

15 November 2019

As Madrid prepares to host COP25, Spanish Socialist MEP Nicolás González Casares, a member of Parliament’s delegation, talks to us about his hopes and ambitions for the keenly-awaited climate conference and is this issue’s cover star.

Greening the economy

7 November 2019

As he prepares to take on the role of Commission Vice-President for An Economy that Works for People, Valdis Dombrovskis tells us why sustainable finance is essential both in safeguarding our planet’s future and making the financial sector a part of the green transition.

Why the Middle East is fast becoming a hub of artificial intelligence

28 October 2019

The recent announcement that the world’s first university dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI) will open its doors in Abu Dhabi in 2020 marks the latest move in the Middle East’s growing efforts to become a global tech hub, writes Guy Burton.

Economic Affairs

Issue 505 | 18 November 2019

15 November 2019

As Madrid prepares to host COP25, Spanish Socialist MEP Nicolás González Casares, a member of Parliament’s delegation, talks to us about his hopes and ambitions for the keenly-awaited climate conference and is this issue’s cover star.

Accelerating Green Finance

8 November 2019

Participants at a recent event in Brussels were told that greening the financial system and financing the transition to a cleaner, zero-carbon economy, could be the investment opportunity of the 21st century. Brian Johnson and Lorna Hutchinson report.

Greening the economy

7 November 2019

As he prepares to take on the role of Commission Vice-President for An Economy that Works for People, Valdis Dombrovskis tells us why sustainable finance is essential both in safeguarding our planet’s future and making the financial sector a part of the green transition.

Employment and Social Affairs

On the threshold of a circular economy

7 November 2019

Innovation will bring us the future we aspire to, if we provide the transparency and freedom needed to unleash our full potential, writes Nils Torvalds.

EU moving at a snail’s pace on gender equality

4 November 2019

A Gender Equality Index says that the EU’s ‘score’ for gender equality is up just one point to 67.4, since 2017.

EU Equal Pay Day highlights women ‘working for free’ until year end

4 November 2019

The 16 percent disparity in pay between women and men in the EU means that from November 4 until the end of the year, women will effectively work for free.

Energy

2020 can be the start of a new Greens decade, says Monica Frassoni

7 November 2019

Outgoing Green party co-leader says the EU has a key role in tackling climate change but still has much to do.

Greening the economy

7 November 2019

As he prepares to take on the role of Commission Vice-President for An Economy that Works for People, Valdis Dombrovskis tells us why sustainable finance is essential both in safeguarding our planet’s future and making the financial sector a part of the green transition.

Moroccan solar power plant hailed as ‘shining example’ for Europe

10 October 2019

North African country’s successful renewable energy sector seen as driving force towards ambitious 52 percent renewables target.

Enlargement

Hungarian Commissioner-designate rebuts questioning of impartiality

15 November 2019

Olivér Várhelyi faced off attacks on his independence during his confirmation hearing in Parliament on Thursday.

Jens Stoltenberg welcomes North Macedonia’s upcoming NATO accession

28 October 2019

The NATO chief's comments come after the US Senate approved the accession of North Macedonia to NATO last week.

Juncker says EU ‘in a better place now than in 2014’ in final speech

25 October 2019

Outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has ended his mandate on a positive note by describing the bloc as being ‘in a better place now’ than five years ago.

Environment

Issue 505 | 18 November 2019

15 November 2019

As Madrid prepares to host COP25, Spanish Socialist MEP Nicolás González Casares, a member of Parliament’s delegation, talks to us about his hopes and ambitions for the keenly-awaited climate conference and is this issue’s cover star.

COP25 ‘critical’ in ensuring 2015 Paris Agreement put in place, says senior MEP

8 November 2019

Senior UK Greens MEP Molly Scott Cato says the upcoming COP25 climate conference in Madrid "must pave the way for more ambitious commitments next year."

Accelerating Green Finance

8 November 2019

Participants at a recent event in Brussels were told that greening the financial system and financing the transition to a cleaner, zero-carbon economy, could be the investment opportunity of the 21st century. Brian Johnson and Lorna Hutchinson report.

EU Council Presidency

UK edges closer to ratifying Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal

21 October 2019

However, a confirmatory referendum may be price UK prime minister has to pay to pass new Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

To save the EU from collapse, we must reinvent democracy

16 October 2019

Dr. Saqib Qureshi explains why governments should look at what works in the private sector and use that to enhance the public sector.

Taking racism to task

11 October 2019

In Europe’s first Anti-Racism and Diversity Week, a cross-party group of MEPs and campaigners has urged the new von der Leyen Commission to prioritise race equality.

EU Election 2019

To save the EU from collapse, we must reinvent democracy

16 October 2019

Dr. Saqib Qureshi explains why governments should look at what works in the private sector and use that to enhance the public sector.

UK Government under fire from Electoral Commission for democracy failings

11 October 2019

The UK Government has come under heavy criticism from the country's Electoral Commission for failing to “ensure adequate levels of democracy”, including the “exclusion” of up to 1.7 million EU citizens from May’s European elections.

Pro-EU parties sweep to victory in Austrian general election

30 September 2019

The scandal-ridden Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) haemorrhaged a third of its votes while the Greens chalked up impressive gains in Sunday’s poll.

European Commission

European Commission sues UK for failing to nominate commissioner

15 November 2019

On Thursday evening the Commission announced it had launched infringement proceedings against the UK “for breaching its EU Treaty obligations.”

Hungarian Commissioner-designate rebuts questioning of impartiality

15 November 2019

Olivér Várhelyi faced off attacks on his independence during his confirmation hearing in Parliament on Thursday.

European Questions

5 questions with... Alexandra Louise Rosenfield Phillips

4 November 2019

Alexandra Louise Rosenfield Phillips (UK, Greens/EFA) is a member of Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs committee.

5 questions with...Jessica Polfjärd

24 October 2019

Jessica Polfjärd (SE/EPP) is Vice-chair of the European Parliament’s delegation to Mexico.

Leading in a turbulent world

22 October 2019

From Venezuela to Afghanistan, Federica Mogherini has been the EU’s go-to person on foreign policy for the last five years. In an increasingly unstable world, she tells Rajnish Singh that the EU’s emphasis on international cooperation is not only relevant but crucial.

Food

Issue 505 | 18 November 2019

15 November 2019

As Madrid prepares to host COP25, Spanish Socialist MEP Nicolás González Casares, a member of Parliament’s delegation, talks to us about his hopes and ambitions for the keenly-awaited climate conference and is this issue’s cover star.

EU Member States accused of ‘cutting corners’ on food safety

25 October 2019

An EU consumer organisation has claimed that national government controls of those foods most likely to cause poisoning, such as eggs, milk and meat, are on the decline.

New EU life sciences and biotech strategy would help people and the planet

15 October 2019

The EU must embrace biotech’s potential to help make Europe the world’s first carbon neutral continent, argues Joanna Dupont Inglis.

Foreign Affairs

European Commission sues UK for failing to nominate commissioner

15 November 2019

On Thursday evening the Commission announced it had launched infringement proceedings against the UK “for breaching its EU Treaty obligations.”

Brexit Steering Group zeroes in on safeguarding citizens’ rights

15 November 2019

Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group (BSG) met this week to discuss the latest Brexit situation.

Issue 505 | 18 November 2019

15 November 2019

As Madrid prepares to host COP25, Spanish Socialist MEP Nicolás González Casares, a member of Parliament’s delegation, talks to us about his hopes and ambitions for the keenly-awaited climate conference and is this issue’s cover star.

Gastein

Issue 503 | 21 October 2019

21 October 2019

In our latest issue, Federica Mogherini, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, tells us why the EU’s emphasis on international cooperation is not only relevant but crucial.

EU healthcare in need of transformative change

14 October 2019

Bad Hofgastein, Austria: Showpiece EU health policy conference told that "era of disruption is upon us".

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

Issue 505 | 18 November 2019

15 November 2019

As Madrid prepares to host COP25, Spanish Socialist MEP Nicolás González Casares, a member of Parliament’s delegation, talks to us about his hopes and ambitions for the keenly-awaited climate conference and is this issue’s cover star.

Why Europe should support nuclear medicine

13 November 2019

Nuclear medicine is a discipline at the forefront of science and healthcare, providing remedies for previously untreatable conditions, and it deserves Europe’s support, writes Antonis Kalemis.

A new EU industrial strategy would drive health and growth

5 November 2019

Europe must play to its strengths and pharma is an area of strategic economic and social value where the EU is a global player, writes EFPIA's Nathalie Moll.

Internal Market

Greening the economy

7 November 2019

As he prepares to take on the role of Commission Vice-President for An Economy that Works for People, Valdis Dombrovskis tells us why sustainable finance is essential both in safeguarding our planet’s future and making the financial sector a part of the green transition.

Sustainable accounting standards and taxonomy

5 November 2019

As the EU sets out to define criteria for what constitutes sustainable economic activity, it must be capable of covering all sectors, writes Sirpa Pietikäinen

Issue 504 | 4 November 2019

4 November 2019

As Valdis Dombrovskis, prepares to take on the role of Commission Vice-President for An Economy that Works for People, he tells us why sustainable finance is essential both in safeguarding our planet’s future and making the financial sector a part of the green transition.

Justice and Rights

European Commission sues UK for failing to nominate commissioner

15 November 2019

On Thursday evening the Commission announced it had launched infringement proceedings against the UK “for breaching its EU Treaty obligations.”

Brexit Steering Group zeroes in on safeguarding citizens’ rights

15 November 2019

Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group (BSG) met this week to discuss the latest Brexit situation.

Hungarian Commissioner-designate rebuts questioning of impartiality

15 November 2019

Olivér Várhelyi faced off attacks on his independence during his confirmation hearing in Parliament on Thursday.

Maritime and Fisheries

UK MEPs at loggerheads over fishing industry no-deal Brexit scenarios

27 September 2019

British MEPs Chris Davies and June Mummery have clashed bitterly over the prospect for the UK’s fishing industry if Britain exits the EU on 31 October with no deal.

UK-EU fisheries relations could become ‘very tense’ in event of No Deal Brexit, warns MEP

24 September 2019

EPP MEP Peter van Dalen has warned that relations between British and European fishermen could “become very tense” in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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.

Mental Health

Gastein 2019: A healthy dose of disruption

22 October 2019

Participants at this year’s European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) were urged to embrace the challenge of integrating “disruption” into Europe’s healthcare systems. The Parliament Magazine’s Martin Banks and Brian Johnson were on hand to report.

Time for an EU focus on mental health and suicide

10 October 2019

World Mental Health Day provides an important opportunity to reflect on the importance of good mental health and to mobilise efforts to improve support, says Tomáš Zdechovský.

Mental Health – the hidden epidemic

10 October 2019

Mental health has been on the margins of the European health debate for too long. It’s time to leverage the awareness created by World Mental Health Day.

News in a nutshell

Issue 503 | 21 October 2019

21 October 2019

In our latest issue, Federica Mogherini, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, tells us why the EU’s emphasis on international cooperation is not only relevant but crucial.

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.

Refugee crisis

Juncker says EU ‘in a better place now than in 2014’ in final speech

25 October 2019

Outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has ended his mandate on a positive note by describing the bloc as being ‘in a better place now’ than five years ago.

Leading in a turbulent world

22 October 2019

From Venezuela to Afghanistan, Federica Mogherini has been the EU’s go-to person on foreign policy for the last five years. In an increasingly unstable world, she tells Rajnish Singh that the EU’s emphasis on international cooperation is not only relevant but crucial.

Migrants and asylum seekers still given ‘poor’ protection at EU external borders, says report

4 October 2019

A report by JRS Europe has voiced concern at the “poor” protection still given to migrants and asylum seekers at the EU’s external borders.

Regions

Smart villages

23 October 2019

We spoke to MEPs from across Parliament about how the EU can better support rural communities.

Challenges and opportunities in tourism

23 October 2019

We face unprecedented growth in tourism; Europe needs to be ready to find ways to maximise this both successfully and acceptably, writes István Ujhelyi.

In Conversation with...Brigitte Dero and Laurent Petrynka

24 September 2019

The sports community is taking steps to improve its environmental impact. Brigitte Dero, General Manager of VinylPlus®, the European PVC industry’s sustainability programme, and Laurent Petrynka, President of the International School Sport Federation (ISF), explain why making a long-term impact requires innovative partnerships.

Research and Innovation

Issue 505 | 18 November 2019

15 November 2019

As Madrid prepares to host COP25, Spanish Socialist MEP Nicolás González Casares, a member of Parliament’s delegation, talks to us about his hopes and ambitions for the keenly-awaited climate conference and is this issue’s cover star.

Why Europe should support nuclear medicine

13 November 2019

Nuclear medicine is a discipline at the forefront of science and healthcare, providing remedies for previously untreatable conditions, and it deserves Europe’s support, writes Antonis Kalemis.

New datasets to understand wildfires and river flows

6 November 2019

Francesca Di Giuseppe and Christel Prudhomme, from the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), explain how new data can help in the fight against climate change.

Trade

What is Direct Selling?

29 October 2019

Marie Lacroix gives us the lowdown on direct selling and what it means for consumers.

Juncker says EU ‘in a better place now than in 2014’ in final speech

25 October 2019

Outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has ended his mandate on a positive note by describing the bloc as being ‘in a better place now’ than five years ago.

Zero Zone - Brewing a better Europe

14 October 2019

The new European Commission is planning to turn young peoples’ aspirations into action, making clear that this mandate aims to provide answers to key issues facing all European citizens. HEINEKEN Europe stands firmly behind this vision.

Transport

Walking tall on safer roads

16 September 2019

European Mobility Week is a chance for cities to explore how active mobility can bolster road safety, explains Matthew Baldwin, Road Safety Coordinator of the European Commission.

Old dog, new tricks

16 September 2019

Despite having been part of our lives for many years, bicycles o­ffer one of the best tools for delivering a healthier, cleaner and environmentally-friendlier future for Europe.

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

US-EU

Issue 505 | 18 November 2019

15 November 2019

As Madrid prepares to host COP25, Spanish Socialist MEP Nicolás González Casares, a member of Parliament’s delegation, talks to us about his hopes and ambitions for the keenly-awaited climate conference and is this issue’s cover star.

Jens Stoltenberg: 'Differences' between NATO allies on Syria response

24 October 2019

The NATO Secretary General has conceded that there are “differences” between NATO allies on how to resolve the current bitter conflict in Syria.

EU foreign and defence policy must be effective

23 October 2019

With new political powers emerging around the world, it is more important than ever that the EU reinforces its role as a global leader, writes David McAllister.