Issue 541 | 27 September 2021

The latest edition of The Parliament Magazine is now available to read online for free.

Gracing the cover of our latest issue is Spanish S&D deputy Juan Fernando López Aguilar. The chair of Parliament’s LIBE Committee opens up about migration, Rule of Law, the future of Europe and the thorny issue of reshaping the Council’s voting processes. As you’ll find out, there weren’t many top-line EU issues that he didn’t discuss with Ana Gallego.

As work at the European institutions resumes after the summer break, we look ahead to the European Health Forum Gastein, starting on 27 September, with an overview from Gastein president Dr. Clemens Martin Auer. Sara Cerdas (PT, S&D) meanwhile puts the case for a European Health Union, and Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan (IE, GUE/NLG) highlights the need for better recognition of Europe’s informal carers.

European Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen opens our feature on Sustainable Development. Founding member of the MEPs for SDGs cross-party group, Udo Bullmann (DE, S&D) adds his take on why sustainable development must be for all.

Parliament’s rapporteur on cybersecurity across the union (NIS2) Bart Groothuis (RE, NL) warns of the new threats the COVID pandemic has alongside exclusive content from shadow rapporteurs Eva Kaili (EL, S&D), Rasmus Andresen (DE, Greens/EFA) and Ev┼żen Tošenovský (ECR, CZ).

European Commissioner for Health, Stella Kyriakides, opens our special feature on Beating Cancer, along with BECA rapporteur Véronique Trillet-Lenoir (FR, RE) and co-rapporteur of the EESC opinion on the Beating Cancer Plan, Milena Angelova.

Also inside:

Germany has voted, but the race to succeed Angela Merkel still has quite some way to go. Courtesy of our colleagues at Dods German Monitoring. Constanze Krehl (DE, S&D) writes on Cohesion Policy for rural areas, and our Managing Editor, Brian Johnson, reports on recent polling suggesting that EU citizens would prefer cryptocurrency regulation to be determined at national, not EU level.

Finally, answering our five questions this issue is Irish GUE/NLG deputy Nick Wallace, which in True Mick Wallace style, ended up as eight questions. Enjoy.