Issue 527 | 21 December 2020

European Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli graces the cover of this issue. After the Coronavirus pandemic exposed many of the inequalities still besetting the world in the twenty-first century, she tells Deputy Editor Lorna Hutchinson it’s time to double down on justice.

In our first feature, we look at the upcoming 13th EU Space Conference. The European Parliament’s Sky and Space Intergroup President Marian-Jean Marinescu (RO, EPP) and Vice-President Massimiliano Salini (IT, EPP) share their views for the future of EU Space Policy.

Meanwhile, fellow Sky and Space Intergroup member, Isabel García Muñoz (ES, S&D), and Transport and Tourism Committee Vice-Chair, Jan-Christoph Oetjen (DE, RE), look at how the aviation sector can achieve its digital and green transformation.

In our second feature, we continue our space theme but look at how space-based technologies are changing the agricultural sector. Featuring rapporteur for the Future of Food and Farming Report, Herbert Dorfmann (IT, EPP), and rapporteur for the Farm to Fork Strategy report, Clara Aguilera (ES, S&D), who discuss how digitalisation is transforming the agricultural sector and boosting its green transition.

Elsewhere, shadow rapporteur on the Digital Services Act report, Pablo Arias Echeverría (ES, EPP), explains how the legislation will enable Europe to set its own digital future. And Vice-Chairs of the US Delegation, Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (FI, S&D) and Nicolae Ştefănuță (RO, RE) discuss how transatlantic relations may differ under a Joe Biden Presidency.

Also inside: We report on Dods recent survey of MEPs which looked at the EU response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Martin Banks takes a look at Huawei’s role in addressing the “knowledge triangle”. Lorna Hutchinson provides a recap of the biggest news stories of 2020, and, finally, Managing Editor Brian Johnson reports on the European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights’ recent webinar where the best and worst European countries were revealed alongside this year’s Contraception Atlas.

Answering our five questions this issue is Romanian Renew Europe MEP Vlad Gheorghe.