Issue 509 | 10 February 2020

This issue features socialist MEP and rural defender Clara Aguilera as our cover star. She explains how instead of making cuts to the CAP budget, the EU must provide more support to farmers or risk seeing most of Europe’s agricultural areas dwindle in the coming decades.


In our cohesion policy feature, Commissioner Elisa Ferreira looks at how cohesion policy can play a key role in the EU Green Deal. Slovenian MEP Franc Bogovič discusses Smart Villages, and Italian MEP Andrea Cozzolino, rapporteur for the ERDF and Cohesion Fund 2021-2027 report, tells us what Europe’s regions need from the EU’s new funding mechanisms.

Meanwhile, Commissioners Thierry Breton and Mariya Gabriel discuss Safer Internet Day, Miriam Dalli explains why the EU Green Deal should get everyone on board, and Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warns of a ‘cliff edge’ as the UK transition period begins.

Also in this issue: MEP comment on the World Cancer Day and Rare Disease Day, FinTech policy, 5G and the EU’s new Space Programme.

We also recap the European Parliamentary Forum’s event on cervical cancer prevention and feature British MEPs’ parting words through the medium of Twitter.

Finally, answering our five questions this issue is Maltese S&D MEP Josianne Cutajar.