Movers and Shakers | 18 February 2019

18 February 2019

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

Tajani urged to resign after ‘offensive’ comments backlash

15 February 2019

Some MEPs are understood to have joined the call for the resignation of Parliament President Antonio Tajani after comments he made on Sunday were branded “offensive”.

Philippe Lamberts: French police force is possible ‘violation of law’

15 February 2019

The alleged use of force by French police against protesters has been labelled a possible “violation of law” by Greens co-leader Philippe Lamberts.

Media freedom on the wane in Europe, report says

14 February 2019

The environment for media freedom has worsened significantly in Europe, according to a damning new report published on Wednesday.

Giuseppe Conte: European Parliament should have more power

14 February 2019

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says the European Parliament should have more powers, including the right of inquiry and the right to initiate legislation.

Tajani apologises after furore over Foibe Massacres comments

12 February 2019

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani has apologised after his comments at a World War II commemoration were condemned by senior Slovenian officials as “historical revisionism.”

United we stand, divided we fall

30 November 2018

Cooperation and investment are key when it comes to security and defence, explains Chris Lombardi

Individuals make innovation a reality

26 November 2018

Making innovation happen is more than just a motto for the EIT, writes Dirk Jan van den Berg.

Apprenticeships are a practical way for Europe's youth to kick-start careers

5 November 2018

McDonald's is helping young people develop the skills they need to succeed through apprenticeships, writes David Fairhurst.

Europe must continue to invest in the bioplastic revolution

23 October 2018

It is imperative to seize the momentum of recent policy developments at both European and international level, argues Philippe Mengal.

The Energy Efficiency Directive will test national commitments

18 February 2019

The transposition of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) into national law will be a measure of Member State resolve to honour their Paris Agreement commitments, writes Miroslav Poche.

People with intellectual disabilities are proud to vote: Give them the chance

18 February 2019

Amid voter apathy and low election turnouts, there is one group of people who are eager and proud to vote. Not only should people with intellectual disabilities have the right to vote Europe-wide, but the voting process should be tailored to their needs, writes Jyrki Pinomaa.

Conscience-free science: The future mobility killer?

15 February 2019

Mobility is at the heart of the EU’s prosperity; a planned approach to growing mobility while avoiding environmental impacts is essential, argues Dominique Riquet.

Energy Efficiency: Keeping with the times

15 February 2019

The extensive review process of the energy efficiency label allows it to remain in step with a rapidly changing world, but there is more work to be done, explains Dario Tamburrano.

Civil society: The backbone of European values

15 February 2019

Civil society is essential in building a foundation of democracy, but requires funds to pursue its goals independently, argues Michał Boni.

Romanian EU Council Presidency: Fighting for a stronger voice

15 February 2019

Romania has been part of the EU for ten years. Its EU Council Presidency is an opportunity to reinforce the country's European credentials, writes Victor Negrescu

8 February 2019

Vice chair of Parliament’s committee on industry, research and energy, Morten Helveg Petersen says Europe can do more to meet its green energy goals, and what’s more, the tools are already at our disposal.

17 December 2018

As Chair of Parliament’s LIBE Committee, Claude Moraes has set a high bar for juggling prominent legislative files, having dealt with a number of ground-breaking pieces of legislation during his tenure. And he’s not finished yet.

23 November 2018

The chair of parliament’s SEDE committee Anna Elżbieta Fotyga discusses the threats Europe faces, cooperation with Nato, fake news, AI weapons and UK defence relations post Brexit.

6 November 2018

By 2020 there will be an estimated 120 million people with disabilities in the EU. We must ensure that these citizens are able to live as full and independent lives as possible while maximising their capacities and potential, argues Marek Plura.

25 October 2018

Ahead of the COP24 UN climate change conference in Poland, Dutch MEP Bas Eickhout says EU renewable policy is falling short, but what worries him more is the EU’s policy on fossil fuels.

Double standards result from EU trade policies

18 December 2018

The EU seeks to improve human rights dialogue through its trade policies, but is it working, asks Madi Sharma, member of the European Economic and Social Committee.

International cooperation is key to promoting security

2 November 2018

Winning the fight against state-sponsored international terrorism requires more than vigilance, enforcement and national unity - it needs international coordination and cooperation.

EU has little room for manoeuvre in Brexit talks

16 October 2018

The EU’s margin for flexibility is limited in Brexit negotiations, and the sooner the UK accepts this the sooner a deal can be reached, writes S&D group MEP Jo Leinen.

The centralisation of authority in Bosnia-Herzegovina

5 October 2018

Bosnia-Herzegovina is stealthily being developed into a centralised unitary state, argues Republika Srpska's president Milorad Dodik.

Middle East companies ready to pounce on oil refining growth

27 September 2018

The oil industry’s historically forgotten business - petroleum refining and processing - is stepping into the limelight as the outlook for upstream exploration and production remains s uncertain, writes Sara Stefanini.

18 February 2019

The transposition of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) into national law will be a measure of Member State resolve to honour their Paris Agreement commitments, writes Miroslav Poche.

18 February 2019

What next for Britain's MEPs? Reproductive Health, Human Rights, Tightening Parliament's Rulebook, Rare Diseases Day, PKU Screening, Digital for All, Changing the Clocks, Circular Economy, #MeTooEP Election Pledge, Gender Action Plan, 5 Questions with Nadja Hirsh and more...

12 February 2019

The Romanian EU Council Presidency comes at a time of multiple challenges for Europe, writes Claudia Ţapardel.

11 February 2019

Campaigners have welcomed a new plan designed to find a solution to the ongoing Brexit impasse.

11 February 2019

Greens co-leader Philippe Lamberts has said that the "one silver lining" to the ongoing Brexit saga is that the value of the EU is being shown through its “shared unity and respect."

8 February 2019

MEPs will vote next week in Strasbourg on a list of “emergency” measures the Commission has drawn up to ensure that key links between Europe and the UK will be maintained in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

8 February 2019

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani says the EU may be ready to re-think the Irish border issue if the UK “also changes its red lines.”

23 November 2018

Julie Girling (EPP, UK) member of the parliament’s environment committee and delegation to ASEAN

13 September 2018

Martina Dlabajová (ALDE, CZ) is a Vice-Chair of Parliament’s budgetary control committee.

11 July 2018

Ana Gomes (S&D, PT) is a Vice-Chair of Parliament’s special committee on financial crimes, tax evasion and tax avoidance.

21 June 2018

Ignazio Corrao (EFDD, IT) is a member of Parliament's development committee.

25 May 2018

Marlene Mizzi (S&D, MT) is a Vice-Chair of Parliament’s petitions committee.

9 May 2018

Laima Andrikienė (EPP, LT) is a Vice-Chair of Parliament’s delegation to the EU-Kazakhstan, EU-Kyrgyzstan, EU-Uzbekistan and EU-Tajikistan parliamentary cooperation committees and for relations with Turkmenistan and Mongolia.

9 February 2017

Macedonia, campaigning on no budget and always aiming for a challenge.

18 February 2019

Amid voter apathy and low election turnouts, there is one group of people who are eager and proud to vote. Not only should people with intellectual disabilities have the right to vote Europe-wide, but the voting process should be tailored to their needs, writes Jyrki Pinomaa.

18 February 2019

What next for Britain's MEPs? Reproductive Health, Human Rights, Tightening Parliament's Rulebook, Rare Diseases Day, PKU Screening, Digital for All, Changing the Clocks, Circular Economy, #MeTooEP Election Pledge, Gender Action Plan, 5 Questions with Nadja Hirsh and more...

15 February 2019

Romania has been part of the EU for ten years. Its EU Council Presidency is an opportunity to reinforce the country's European credentials, writes Victor Negrescu

14 February 2019

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says the European Parliament should have more powers, including the right of inquiry and the right to initiate legislation.

12 February 2019

The Romanian EU Council Presidency comes at a time of multiple challenges for Europe, writes Claudia Ţapardel.

12 February 2019

Former European Parliament president calls for Europe-wide debate on rise of fascism.

11 February 2019

Campaigners have welcomed a new plan designed to find a solution to the ongoing Brexit impasse.

8 February 2019

Vice chair of Parliament’s committee on industry, research and energy, Morten Helveg Petersen says Europe can do more to meet its green energy goals, and what’s more, the tools are already at our disposal.