Issue 490 | 04 March 2019

Veteran MEP Evelyne Gebhardt graces this issue's cover as we focus on this year's International Women's Day.

Also inside, Austrian deputy Paul Rübig explains why he believes Europe needs to be at the forefront of scientific research and innovation, Parly Mag's own Martin Banks looks at why online platforms dominated the recent EU Copyright debate and reports on the recent World Congress Against the Death Penalty, held in Brussels.  Meanwhile EU Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella outlines the EU's response to the problem of plastic Waste.

Plus comment and analysis from MEPs Maria Grapini & Maria Arena, Gender Equality Commissioner Věra Jourová, coverage of the recent Petcore Europe circular ecomomy event, hosted by Greek deputy Maria Spyraki, 5 Questions with Croatian EPP MEP Marijana Petir and more...

Still seeing a bright future for the EU

An MEP for 25 years, Evelyne Gebhardt has seen it all. As a vice president of the European Parliament and member of the High-level Group on Gender Equality and Diversity and IMCO committee, she talks to Colin Mackay about gender equality and quotas, the digital single market and globalisation.