Movers and Shakers | 11 December 2017

11 December 2017

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

Brexit: Fears persist over citizens' rights

8 December 2017

Campaigners, including Greens/EFA group MEP Jean Lambert, have voiced fears that the issue of citizens’ rights will be sidelined in the Brexit talks.

Breakthrough in Brexit talks paves way for second phase of negotiations

8 December 2017

The European Commission has recommended to the Council to conclude that sufficient progress has been made in the first phase of the Article 50 negotiations with the UK to allow the Brexit talks to move to the next stage.

World leaders express alarm at Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as capital of Israel

7 December 2017

International leaders have condemned Donald Trump's decision to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

20,000 gather in Brussels to show support for ousted Catalan President

7 December 2017

Over 20,000 protesters gathered in Brussels on Thursday to show support for deposed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and urge the EU to support their drive for Catalan independence from Spain.

Anti-racism campaigners criticise 'Zwarte Piet' tradition

6 December 2017

Anti-racism campaigners have criticised the continuing Advent tradition of Saint-Nicholas for its “negative stereotyping.”

Nord Stream 2 benefits consumers, climate and economy

26 October 2017

Nord Stream 2 benefits consumers, the climate and the economy, writes Alex Barnes.

Early detection is key to tackling brain disorders

25 October 2017

Early detection and integrated healthcare are key to tackling brain disorders, argues David Nutt.

Strategic industries with sustainable value chains are the basis of Europe’s new economy

24 October 2017

Strategic industries with sustainable value chains are the basis of Europe’s new economy, writes Kjetil Ebbesberg.

Robotics will be a key driver of economic growth

11 December 2017

Europe is a world leader in AI and robotics, but investment is necessary to retain this position, writes Roberto Viola.

Special status for Northern Ireland would create unacceptable internal barriers to UK

8 December 2017

Creating barriers to trade with Great Britain would jeopardise Northern Ireland economically and socially - and may be the biggest threat to peace, writes Diane Dodds.

Defence industry needs 'more Europe'

8 December 2017

Though MEPs support new Commission proposals to develop Europe’s defence industry, the role of SMEs and having ‘geographic balance’ is of concern to some deputies. 

EU defence: By spending together, we can spend better

8 December 2017

The new European defence fund will provide innovative support to EU defence, writes Elżbieta Bieńkowska.

Cultural heritage is Europe's most valuable resource

7 December 2017

The EU institutions are ready to work together to make the Year of Cultural Heritage a success, writes Tibor Navracsics.

European Year of cultural heritage: New beginnings for EU cultural policy

7 December 2017

The European Year of Cultural Heritage marks a new era in EU politics, with better understanding of the importance of culture, says Silvia Costa.

5 December 2017

As scores of men, women and children continue to risk their lives to reach European shores, migration, home affairs and citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos outlines the progress made so far on stemming the refugee crisis, reforming the Dublin regulation and why migration could help the EU.

21 November 2017

With digital crime and cyberattacks on the increase, European security union Commissioner Julian King outlines how he plans to strengthen Europe’s cyber defences.

7 November 2017

Terry Reintke talks ensuring #MeToo is more than mere words, why men need to be part of the conversation and why Parliament’s power dynamics need to change.

24 October 2017

European internal market, industry, entrepreneurship and SMEs Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska shares her plans for boosting the EU’s industrial competitiveness, avoiding another dieselgate scandal and keeping up with disruptive technology.

11 October 2017

Cécile Kashetu Kyenge talks overcoming racism, EU-Africa relations, and why Europe’s migration challenge doesn’t constitute a crisis.

Azerbaijan: A new energy and transport hub between Europe and Asia

24 November 2017

The new the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway is good news for the EU, says Ceyhun Osmanli.

Unpaid internships: The EU institutions can - and should - do better

10 November 2017

On International Interns Day, the European Parliament is both a champion and a hypocrite, writes Bryn Watkins.

Terrorism in Pakistan: The Implications for the EU’s GSP+ programme

26 October 2017

Pakistan’s disregard to the Islamic terrorism ripping through its cities is inexcusable, argue MEPs Jussi Halla-aho and Nicolas Bay

Artur Mas: We are determined to create a Catalan state

2 October 2017

The former President of Catalonia, Artur Mas, discusses what Catalan independence could mean for Spain and the EU and what lies ahead for possible future negotiations.

8 December 2017

Creating barriers to trade with Great Britain would jeopardise Northern Ireland economically and socially - and may be the biggest threat to peace, writes Diane Dodds.

8 December 2017

Campaigners, including Greens/EFA group MEP Jean Lambert, have voiced fears that the issue of citizens’ rights will be sidelined in the Brexit talks.

8 December 2017

The European Commission has recommended to the Council to conclude that sufficient progress has been made in the first phase of the Article 50 negotiations with the UK to allow the Brexit talks to move to the next stage.

6 December 2017

Dimitris Avramopoulos interview, Future of Agriculture, Medical Devices, AI and Robotics, Future Farming, EU-Africa, Space Strategy, Inland waterways, Year of Cultural Heritage, EU Defence, 5 questions with Reinhard Bütikofer and more...

6 December 2017

Recent events would indicate that Theresa May will be unable to deliver a deal on Brexit, argues Richard Corbett.

6 December 2017

MEPs have reacted bitterly to this week’s breakdown in Brexit talks aimed at finding a solution to the Irish border issue.

5 December 2017

MEPs and other senior political figures have voiced concern over the latest impasse in the Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU.

5 December 2017

Leo Varadkar has accused Theresa May of reneging on a deal over the Irish border after DUP leader Arlene Foster told her they could not accept it.

26 October 2017

Marek Plura (EPP, PL) is a member of Parliament’s employment and social affairs committee.

12 October 2017

On October 10, the IMCO Working Group on the Digital Single Market held its thirteenth meeting. The topic of debate was the Single Digital Gateway.

27 September 2017

On September 25, the European Parliament Committee on International Trade (INTA) held a first exchange of views on the European Commission’s proposal for an EU screening mechanism of foreign investment in strategic sectors. 

13 September 2017

On September 11, a debate took place on the EU Emissions Trading System at the European Parliament Plenary session in Strasbourg.

1 September 2017

On August 31, the EP DEVE and INTA Committees organised jointly a hearing on the revision of the EU Strategy on Aid for Trade.

14 June 2017

On June 12, the European Commission organised an event entitled Finance for Innovation: Towards the ETS Fund.

5 May 2017

On May 3, the TRAN Committee discussed a first draft on the cross-border parcel delivery services by rapporteur Lucy Anderson (S&D, UK). 

13 April 2017

On April 11, the LIBE Committee held a hearing on the Commission’s proposal for an ePrivacy regulation. 

5 April 2017

On April 5, the European Parliament held a plenary debate on the Negotiations with the United Kingdom following its notification that it intends to withdraw from the European Union and subsequently adopted a joint motion for a resolution on their position.