Issue 361 | 21 January 2013
Parliament's priorities, EU space conference and the European year of citizens
European parliament president Martin Schulz kicks off our first issue of the New Year saying that his main goal will be to make sure MEPs get the credit they deserve in the run-up to the 2014 elections.
In an exclusive interview with The Parliament Magazine, Schulz said that the European parliament is there to provide "democratic accountability and to make [what we do] visible and audible. This is my main goal." This is a vision, he adds, that Irish taoiseach Enda Kenny also shares.
As Ireland takes over the helm of the EU council presidency, Schulz says, "I hope that the Irish council presidency's six months will be a time of very strong and enhanced cooperation between the council and the parliament."
Poorly educated are struggling to sustain healthy lifestyles, argues Jean-Michel Borys.
The European commission must ensure that social media companies will respect national laws against incitement to religious hatred and violence, says Roberta Bonazzi.
Contractual freedom is under attack and consumers will suffer, warns Mark Lichtenhein.