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5Qs

5 questions with...Isabelle Thomas

9 May 2019

Isabelle Thomas (FR, S&D) is a 2019 MEP Award winner and member of Parliament’s budget and fisheries committees

5 Questions with...Sajjad Karim

23 April 2019

Find out how boxing legend Muhammed Ali inspired this award-winning MEP.

5 questions with...Eleni Theocharous

8 April 2019

Eleni Theocharous (CY, ECR) is a member of the European Parliament’s development committee

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

Spitzenkandidaten lock horns in last debate before elections

17 May 2019

Leading candidates for the presidency of the European Commission thrashed out the main issues affecting Europe in a lively debate in Parliament, just over one week away from the keenly-awaited EU-wide elections.

European Union is at a ‘crossroads’ say leading NGOs

13 May 2019

Leading NGOs have put forward their “manifestos” for the upcoming European elections, agreeing that the European Union is at a “crossroads.”

Macron and Bettel denounce Spitzenkandidat system

13 May 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel have criticised the so-called ‘Spitzenkandidat’ method for selecting the next European Commission President.

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

A vocal minority is important

20 May 2019

Europe’s minorities are underrepresented in EU politics; it’s time to challenge the conventions that maintain this undesirable status quo writes Rajnish Singh.

Youth consider EU as only ‘moderately effective’ in tackling major challenges

20 May 2019

A new survey says the EU is often perceived by young people as only “moderately effective” in tackling global challenges such as climate change or terrorism.

Facebook sets up election operations centre to monitor platform abuse

9 May 2019

Social media giant Facebook has set up an election operations centre at its EU headquarters in Dublin with the aim of keeping a “vigilant watch” for platform abuse.

Development

Shifting from a culture of dependency

16 April 2019

European businesses should take notice of UAE’s drive to foster entrepreneurship, says Guy Burton.

MEP Awards 2019: Heartfelt reactions from our winners

21 March 2019

Last night “Europe’s Oscars” took place at the Concert Noble in Brussels, to celebrate the hard work and dedication of Parliament’s members across a multitude of policy fields.

Digital Agenda

Blockchain: A technology for the social economy

26 April 2019

Blockchain has the potential to revitalise social economy organisations, but we must ensure we democratise it, writes Giuseppe Guerini.

Blockchain: Embracing the new kid on the block

26 April 2019

Blockchain is only one of many emerging technologies that could benefit Europe; we mustn’t be the weakest link, argues Caroline Nagtegaal.

Commission lauds efforts by tech giants to increase transparency

25 April 2019

The European Commission says it “welcomes” fresh efforts made by Facebook, Google and Twitter to increase transparency ahead of the European elections next month.

Economic Affairs

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.”

Spitzenkandidaten lock horns in last debate before elections

17 May 2019

Leading candidates for the presidency of the European Commission thrashed out the main issues affecting Europe in a lively debate in Parliament, just over one week away from the keenly-awaited EU-wide elections.

Supporting our SMEs

9 May 2019

The internal market is the heart of the EU and its good functioning will increase confidence in the European project, but SMEs need better access to it, writes Maria Grapini.

Employment and Social Affairs

Youth consider EU as only ‘moderately effective’ in tackling major challenges

20 May 2019

A new survey says the EU is often perceived by young people as only “moderately effective” in tackling global challenges such as climate change or terrorism.

Joining forces to protect social rights

20 May 2019

As populists capitalise on the widening gap between rich and poor and the resentment that comes with it, protecting people’s social rights to tackle extremes of poverty and inequality should be a priority, writes Humbert de Biolley.

European Union is at a ‘crossroads’ say leading NGOs

13 May 2019

Leading NGOs have put forward their “manifestos” for the upcoming European elections, agreeing that the European Union is at a “crossroads.”

Energy

EU elections can send strong climate change message, says EREF

21 May 2019

The European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF) says the EU-wide elections this week can send a “clear and strong” message about the need for political action against climate change.

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.”

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.

Enlargement

EU elections can send strong climate change message, says EREF

21 May 2019

The European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF) says the EU-wide elections this week can send a “clear and strong” message about the need for political action against climate change.

Pro-Western Pendarovski wins North Macedonia presidential election

6 May 2019

Stevo Pendarovski, a pro-Western ruling Social Democratic Union candidate, stormed to victory in North Macedonia’s runoff presidential election on Sunday, an outcome which has been greeted by the EU.

Flourishing trade is bringing Ukraine and EU closer together

24 January 2019

Ukraine has built a lasting partnership with the European Union, underpinned by trade and security, explains Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.

Environment

Too much hot air

21 May 2019

Talking about climate change is one thing, taking the drastic measures needed to combat it is quite another – so let’s move from words to action, says Henri Malosse

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.”

EU Council Presidency

EU still has a “good story” to tell says European Ombudsman

15 May 2019

But, warns Emily O’Reilly, EU’s “drier” rhetoric is being drowned out by ‘easier to understand’ populist messages.

Romanian MEP hits out at "double standards" towards his country

19 April 2019

Former government minister, Dan Nica, has accused critics of treating Romanian citizens as “second-class EU citizens” during parliament's last plenary session.

EU adopts controversial copyright reform

17 April 2019

Europe’s press publishers have welcomed the adoption by the council of the long-awaited EU copyright reform that introduces a “crucial” neighbouring right for press publishers.

EU Election 2019

‘Record number’ of people with intellectual disabilities casting vote for first time

21 May 2019

A “record number” of people with intellectual disabilities will for the first time get the chance to have a say in this week’s European elections.

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.

EU elections can send strong climate change message, says EREF

21 May 2019

The European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF) says the EU-wide elections this week can send a “clear and strong” message about the need for political action against climate change.

European Commission

Media interest in EU elections doubles due to ‘unprecedented’ campaign

17 May 2019

The European Parliament says its “unprecedented” election campaign has resulted in a doubling of media interest in the EU-wide poll from 23-26 May.

Spitzenkandidaten lock horns in last debate before elections

17 May 2019

Leading candidates for the presidency of the European Commission thrashed out the main issues affecting Europe in a lively debate in Parliament, just over one week away from the keenly-awaited EU-wide elections.

Smart, strong and safe: A Europe for the future

17 May 2019

As EPP Spitzenkandidat, Manfred Weber believes Europe needs to become more political and more democratic if it is to rebuild trust and get closer to its citizens.

European Questions

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.

Youth consider EU as only ‘moderately effective’ in tackling major challenges

20 May 2019

A new survey says the EU is often perceived by young people as only “moderately effective” in tackling global challenges such as climate change or terrorism.

Spitzenkandidaten lock horns in last debate before elections

17 May 2019

Leading candidates for the presidency of the European Commission thrashed out the main issues affecting Europe in a lively debate in Parliament, just over one week away from the keenly-awaited EU-wide elections.

Food

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.”

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.

Facts must trump fear

17 April 2019

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

Foreign Affairs

Dan Nica defends Romania’s judicial reform process

17 May 2019

Romanian MEP Dan Nica has defended his country’s reform process despite a European Commission warning that the executive may trigger disciplinary action over “major concerns” about the state of rule of law.

Spitzenkandidaten lock horns in last debate before elections

17 May 2019

Leading candidates for the presidency of the European Commission thrashed out the main issues affecting Europe in a lively debate in Parliament, just over one week away from the keenly-awaited EU-wide elections.

European Union is at a ‘crossroads’ say leading NGOs

13 May 2019

Leading NGOs have put forward their “manifestos” for the upcoming European elections, agreeing that the European Union is at a “crossroads.”

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

Facts must trump fear

17 April 2019

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

A commitment to carers

17 April 2019

Not before time, the needs of carers are now firmly in the policy spotlight, writes Vanessa Pott.

Vaccinating against misinformation

15 April 2019

With confidence in vaccinations on the decline, the EU must take immediate action against the misinformation epidemic, argues Jyrki Katainen.

Internal Market

European Commission criticised over Euronews performance shortcomings

15 May 2019

But the French-based news channel hits back at EU auditors report which says “most citizens” in the EU are unable to access its content.

An EU of ideas can tackle medicine shortages

5 April 2019

The EU’s health mandate should allow for greater collaboration on shortages of inexpensive essential medicines, writes José Inácio Faria.

Justice and Rights

‘Record number’ of people with intellectual disabilities casting vote for first time

21 May 2019

A “record number” of people with intellectual disabilities will for the first time get the chance to have a say in this week’s European elections.

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.

EU elections can send strong climate change message, says EREF

21 May 2019

The European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF) says the EU-wide elections this week can send a “clear and strong” message about the need for political action against climate change.

Maritime and Fisheries

Turning the tide

23 April 2019

Decades of overfishing, pollution and climate change have made the ocean a fragile environment and it needs our protection, writes João Aguiar Machado.

Common Fisheries Policy reform: Consistency is key

15 April 2019

More abundant fish stocks lead to more profitable fisheries, but inconsistencies in the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy could see less fish in the sea, writes Linnéa Engström.

EU-Oman: Changing Mindsets

29 March 2019

The business world is dynamic and evolving; the ability of Oman’s entrepreneurial community to respond to challenges will determine its future success, explains Khalil Al Khonji.

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

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.”

Spitzenkandidaten lock horns in last debate before elections

17 May 2019

Leading candidates for the presidency of the European Commission thrashed out the main issues affecting Europe in a lively debate in Parliament, just over one week away from the keenly-awaited EU-wide elections.

Defining environmental refugees

10 May 2019

Environmental refugees will find themselves in increasingly vulnerable situations because there is currently no terminology to define them, writes Madi Sharma.

Regions

Issue 491 | 18 March 2019

18 March 2019

Former MEP, Finnish Prime Minister and recent EPP Spitzenkandidat shortlistee, Alexander Stubb graces this issue's cover in an exclusive interview.

Also inside, Czech deputy Pavel Poc explains why the problems surrounding the safety evaluations of glyphosate have shown the urgent need to improve the transparency of assesment processes, while our roving reporter Martin Banks investigates why local and regional leaders in the CoR and EESC are voicing mounting concern about the prospect of a no deal Brexit. MEPs Herbet Dorfmann, István Ujhelyi and Patrizia Toia contribute key...

No-deal Brexit could ‘jeopardise’ EU aviation safety standards

11 March 2019

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has warned that a no-deal Brexit could “jeopardise” aviation safety standards in Europe.

Research and Innovation

European Defence Agency has grown ‘exponentially’ in last few years, says chief executive

8 May 2019

The work of the European Defence Agency (EDA) has grown “exponentially” in the last few years, according to its chief executive Jorge Domecq.

Four foolproof ways towards a better Europe

7 May 2019

To remain world leaders in research and innovation, Europe’s universities need more supportive policies and funding frameworks

Blockchain: A technology for the social economy

26 April 2019

Blockchain has the potential to revitalise social economy organisations, but we must ensure we democratise it, writes Giuseppe Guerini.

Trade

Shifting from a culture of dependency

16 April 2019

European businesses should take notice of UAE’s drive to foster entrepreneurship, says Guy Burton.

EU-China: Actions speak louder than words

10 April 2019

China’s ambitions as a player in shaping international trade need to be matched with concrete efforts, argues Iuliu Winkler.

Transport

EU elections can send strong climate change message, says EREF

21 May 2019

The European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF) says the EU-wide elections this week can send a “clear and strong” message about the need for political action against climate change.

Parliament week ahead: Brexit tops the agenda

1 April 2019

Parliament will this week debate the latest state of play on the UK’s protracted withdrawal from the EU with the Council and the Commission.

EU-Oman: Changing Mindsets

29 March 2019

The business world is dynamic and evolving; the ability of Oman’s entrepreneurial community to respond to challenges will determine its future success, explains Khalil Al Khonji.

US-EU

NATO: Adapting to an ever-changing world

19 April 2019

As the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation celebrates its 70th anniversary, Rajnish Singh speaks to Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller about past triumphs and future challenges.

Always rising to the challenge

19 April 2019

NATO may be 70 years old, but, as Rajnish Singh reports, the alliance retains a youthful spring to its step as it continues to address ever-challenging security and defence issues.