Movers and Shakers | 12 November 2018

12 November 2018

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

EU Parliament week ahead: Merkel in Strasbourg, MMF budget, phone calls cap top the agenda

9 November 2018

MEPs will this week grill German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Strasbourg, vote on the EU long-term budget, as well as a new telecom law capping intra-EU phone calls.

Weber wins by a landslide to clinch EPP Spitzenkandidat position

8 November 2018

Germany’s Manfred Weber has won the EPP group’s Spitzenkandidat nomination, which now puts him in line for European Commission President.

UK MEPs in Brexit deadline plea

8 November 2018

Scottish MEP Alyn Smith has joined with other deputies to write an open letter to all MEPs, calling for more time to thrash out Brexit negotiations.

EU Ombudsman urged to probe Commission support of pulse fishing

7 November 2018

Campaigners have stepped up their efforts to enforce the ban on pulse fishing approved earlier this year by MEPs.

MEPs laud new antibiotics rules

6 November 2018

New rules on the responsible use of antibiotics have been adopted just ahead of the annual European Antibiotic Awareness Day.

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.

Cancer is the leading cause of work-related deaths in the EU

26 September 2018

Cancer is the leading cause of work-related deaths in the EU, explains Christa Sedlatschek.

Brain disorders could quickly turn into a ticking time bomb

24 September 2018

Tackling the growing brain disorders health threat is the 21st century’s space race, writes Monica Di Luca.

Europe is heading towards a new era of smart air mobility

12 September 2018

Europe is heading towards a new era of smart air mobility, explains Florian Guillermet.

Unpaid internships amount to social discrimination

9 November 2018

A champion for the rights of interns, European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly says that interns must be paid, as unpaid internships perpetuate a cycle of ‘privilege following privilege’.

Fair internships a ‘win-win’ for young people and companies

8 November 2018

Campaigner Alexandre Beddock outlines the action being taken to help young people whose first experience in the world of work is often a source of hardship.

Fighting for fairer working conditions for interns

7 November 2018

In the battle for better conditions for trainees, Parliament can set an example by banning unpaid internships, says Italian Socialist MEP Brando Benifei, one of Parliament’s youngest deputies

Facing the challenge of antibiotic resistance

6 November 2018

We must all play our part in addressing the threat of antibiotic resistance, argues Andrea Ammon.

Vocational Education and Training is the best springboard to employment

5 November 2018

European Vocational Skills Week: How vocational education and training have the potential to transform professional and personal lives.

New skills agenda: bridging the expertise gap

5 November 2018

We need to resolve the skills mismatch with a visionary approach to learning, explains Momchil Nekov.

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.

10 October 2018

The chair of parliament’s regional development committee, Iskra Mihaylova, says this year’s edition of European Week of Regions and Cities is an ideal opportunity to come together to discuss common challenges and to identify possible solutions.

25 September 2018

Last year’s European Health Forum Gastein highlighted the need for ‘health in all politics’. Here, Austrian MEP Karin Kadenbach, the Forum’s Vice-President, talks about why the idea still holds true, the importance of bold political choices, and how Parliament is standing up for our health.

11 September 2018

Veteran MEP and leader of Parliament's UK Labour party grouping Richard Corbett explains why Brexit may not even happen.

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.

MEPs have a chance to prevent the future EU budget from bolstering global warming

25 September 2018

Parliament can and should insist, without caveats or loopholes, that all fossil fuels are excluded from all the proposed budget legislation, writes Colin Roche.

9 November 2018

MEPs will this week grill German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Strasbourg, vote on the EU long-term budget, as well as a new telecom law capping intra-EU phone calls.

8 November 2018

Scottish MEP Alyn Smith has joined with other deputies to write an open letter to all MEPs, calling for more time to thrash out Brexit negotiations.

2 November 2018

Students from all over Europe joined with representatives from civil society to mark the 25th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty coming into effect.

29 October 2018

The 25th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty will fall on 1 November. Roger Casale looks at the Treaty’s legacy.

19 October 2018

Antonio Tajani says that without a backstop agreement, the European Parliament cannot allow the UK’s divorce from the EU to go ahead.

17 October 2018

While both sides hope to break the stalemate keeping Brexit talks in limbo at this week’s key summit, hopes of a breakthrough are fading fast.

17 October 2018

Businesses in Europe are pushing for an end to the current Brexit deadlock as pressure mounts on companies to take decisions

17 October 2018

The prospect of a no-deal Brexit is looking increasingly more likely as the two sides gear up for a crunch two-day summit which begins today in Brussels.

13 September 2018

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

9 February 2017

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

9 November 2018

MEPs will this week grill German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Strasbourg, vote on the EU long-term budget, as well as a new telecom law capping intra-EU phone calls.

8 November 2018

Germany’s Manfred Weber has won the EPP group’s Spitzenkandidat nomination, which now puts him in line for European Commission President.

7 November 2018

Public finances are not enough to fund efforts to keep a global temperature rise to below two degrees, so the onus is on the financial sector to make strides for climate change.

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.

30 October 2018

Candidates for the post of European Commission President should commit to protecting journalists after a spate of high-profile journalist murders that attempted to gag press freedom.

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.

17 October 2018

Dods has prepared short biographies of the candidates who have put their name forward to be the EPP Spitzenkandidat. The EPP is now expected to elect its Spitzenkandidat for the next European elections at the EPP Congress in Helsinki, Finland on 7-8 November 2018.