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Movers and Shakers | 27 February 2017

27 February 2017

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

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MEPs approve new portability rules

23 February 2017

New rules allowing EU citizens with subscriptions for online music, games, films and TV shows to access this content while travelling to another EU country have been welcomed by MEPs.

Valdis Dombrovskis

EU Commission praises member states' economic recovery

22 February 2017

The European Commission says that latest data shows that its economic policies are bearing fruit.

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MEPs present radical new eurozone plans

22 February 2017

Parliament President Antonio Tajani supports radical plans tabled by two MEPs which are designed to beef up the ailing eurozone.

Panama Papers: MEPs disappointed by Malta fact-finding mission

22 February 2017

Parliament's committee of inquiry into money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion has concluded its fact-finding mission to Malta.

Mark Lichtenhein

EU Copyright Reform: Contractual freedom under attack

9 February 2017

Contractual freedom is under attack and consumers will suffer, warns Mark Lichtenhein.

European Lotteries

Audiovisual media services directive must protect consumers

6 February 2017

The audiovisual media services directive must protect consumers, argues Hansjörg Höltkemeier.

Alain Ratier, Director General EUMETSAT

EUMETSAT programmes will ensure EU remains leader in satellite meteorology

26 January 2017

EUMETSAT's atmosphere, ocean and climate monitoring is at Europe's service, explains Alain Ratier.

Henna Virkkunen

Protecting the environment means decarbonising the transport sector

24 February 2017

In order for the transport sector to reduce its emissions, there needs to be joint action on the part of policymakers and industry, says Henna Virkkunen.

Karima Delli MEP

EU must urgently rethink its transport model

24 February 2017

Europe's transport sector constitutes a health emergency, warns Karima Delli.

Europe's transport sector must grow sustainably

24 February 2017

For Europe to lead by example in the fight against climate change, it must ensure its transport sector grows sustainably, writes Henrik Hololei.

Plastic waste is a problem that the EU must overcome

23 February 2017

We can't get rid of plastic completely, therefore it's time for the EU to develop a true recycling culture, argues Cătălin Sorin Ivan.

Kathleen Van Brempt

Towards a European 'endless plastics' strategy

23 February 2017

In order to work in the long-term, EU waste policy must be firmly anchored in a circular economy, says Kathleen Van Brempt.

Alain Cadec

Putting an end to marine litter is everyone's business

23 February 2017

Combatting marine litter means developing a true circular economy, writes Alain Cadec.

21 February 2017

Victor Negrescu on relating to Europe's millennials, why EU membership was a dream come true for Romania and why he believes a 'two-speed Europe' is a stupid idea.

7 February 2017

Andrus Ansip talks 5G race, the potential of the data economy and why he believes his copyright proposals will help both consumers and creators.

25 January 2017

Astronaut Tim Peake talks about his time on the International Space Station, inspiring the younger generation and why he hopes Brexit will not impact on Europe's scientific research.

6 December 2016

Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola last month launched a written declaration on combatting revenge porn.

6 December 2016

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on what a European defence union would mean for the alliance, the implications of Donald Trump and why it's time member states step up their defence spending.

Andrew Duff

Brexit and Europe: A new entente

27 February 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May must accept the idea of a new institutional relationship between the UK and EU 27, argues Andrew Duff.

Madi Sharma

Trump's travel ban is an opportunity for the EU

21 February 2017

Trump's travel ban is an opportunity for the EU to be a leader in the international realm, writes Madi Sharma.

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Political apathy among millennials needs to be tackled

14 February 2017

After Brexit and Trump victories showed younger voters did not vote in the same numbers as older people, Matteo Bergamini argues that better 'political education' is needed to counter voter indifference.

Sheri Berman

Europe’s centre-left risks irrelevance if it can’t respond to the populist challenge

13 February 2017

Several of Europe’s centre-left parties have suffered disappointing election results since the financial crisis, but is this slide in support permanent or can they arrest their decline, asks Sheri Berman.

Dan Hannan

Populists flourish after financial crises - but they get found out in the end

25 November 2016

Populists flourish after financial crises - but they get found out in the end, writes Dan Hannan.

21 February 2017

A cross-party group has been set up in the European Parliament to investigate complaints about residency issues facing EU nationals in the UK who say they currently find themselves living in limbo.

21 February 2017

Victor Negrescu on relating to Europe's millennials, why EU membership was a dream come true for Romania and why he believes a 'two-speed Europe' is a stupid idea.

21 February 2017

Victor Negrescu interview, Sustainable Mobility, Rare Diseases & Access to Medicine, Brexit, EU-US, Plastic Waste & Marine Litter, Youth Unemployment,  5 questions with Sirpa Pietikäinen and more...

21 February 2017

EU cooperation has been hugely important in advancing research into rare diseases, but Brexit could put an end to this, warns Glenis Willmott.

17 February 2017

The unwillingness of the UK government to compromise on Brexit may leave Scotland with no choice but to seek independence, writes Stephen Gethins.

17 February 2017

In reworking its relations with the US, the EU must not let Washington sideline Brussels' institutions or their values, writes Anthony Gardner.

16 February 2017

Controversial economist Ted Malloch is unfit for the job, warns senior MEP Jo Leinen.

15 February 2017

EU-Canada trade pact sets standard for future trade agreements, says rapporteur Artis Pabriks.

9 February 2017

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

17 February 2017

On February 16, the European Parliament’s Plenary Session adopted the JURI report on civil rules on robotics.

10 February 2017

On February 8, the European Commission organised a conference on the implementation of the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking

30 January 2017

On January 25, the TRAN Committee heard and discussed the priorities of the EU Maltese Presidency in the area of transport and tourism. 

27 January 2017

On January 25, the IMCO Committee discussed the draft report by Roza Grafin van Thun und Hohenstein (EPP, PL) on geo-blocking.

20 January 2017

On January 18, Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta, presented the priorities of the Maltese Presidency to the European Parliament Plenary .

14 December 2016

On December 12, the AGRIFISH Council held a discussion on the proposal on organic production and labelling of organic products

7 December 2016

On December 6, EU finance ministers held a discussion on the state of play of the proposal on enhanced cooperation in the area of financial transaction tax. 

2 December 2016

On December 1, the European Parliament heard statements by the Council and the Commission on the motion for a resolution to combat racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance