Is closer EU defence cooperation really needed?

22 March 2017

With Nato already established some MEPs question the need for a new Brussels-based EU military HQ.

Turkey Flag Erdogan

US acting ambassador to the EU voices concern over Turkish president's increasingly anti-Westen rhetoric

22 March 2017

Comments come amid a sharp decline in relations between the EU and Turkey | Photo credit: Press Association

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently likened the Netherlands to "a banana republic”, called for international organisations to impose sanctions on the Dutch government, and accused countries in the West of “Islamophobia.”

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MEPs want all lobbyists to sign transparency register before entering EU Parliament

21 March 2017

MEPs say that all lobbyists should be required to sign the EU transparency register before being allowed to enter the European Parliament.

Petras Auštrevičius MEP

Nord Stream 2 pipeline would defeat purpose of Energy Union

2 May 2016

Nord Stream 2 is the embodiment of hybrid warfare and would put Energy Union at risk, argues Petras Auštrevičius.

Maroš Šefčovič speaks at the European parliament

Energy union set to empower EU's energy security

26 April 2016

2016 will be the year of delivery for Energy Union, writes Maroš Šefcovic.

Sustainable energy

Energy efficiency: EU needs to 'think bigger'

22 April 2016

The Commission is set to revise the energy efficiency directive later this year. How are MEPs looking to influence this key update?

Morten Helveg Petersen

Energy union is on the right track: It's time to deliver

22 March 2017

A major challenge lies ahead in achieving the right level of ambition and coordinating the political debate and legislative process of the winter package, writes Morten Helveg Petersen.

Sustainable energy

EU energy union: No 'one-size-fits-all' - but technology can help

22 March 2017

Completing the energy union means ensuring a well-functioning internal energy market that empowers consumers, say MEPs.


EU shines light on shady business deals

26 May 2015

Parliament has given its stamp of approval to legislation aimed at combating money laundering, which will also help fight tax evasion.

European parliament

Common security and defence policy failing to reach its potential

22 May 2015

The EU's security environment has undergone dramatic changes in recent years and is as unstable as ever, and the CSDP must be updated to reflect this, say MEPs.

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EU member states urged to honour development promises

21 May 2015

MEPs have voted through a resolution calling on the member states to meet their official development assistance (ODA) targets and set a timetable for reaching them by 2020.

Lynn Boylan MEP

Lynn Boylan: EU policymakers need to have a very serious conversation about the direction of Europe

20 March 2017

Irish GUE/NGL deputy Lynn Boylan on providing Northern Ireland with special status post-Brexit and why tinkering around the edges of EU reform is just not going to cut it with today’s citizens.

Vera Jourova

Věra Jourová: Gender-balanced political participation can only improve trust in our institutions

7 March 2017

Věra Jourová on making sure past progress is consolidated, fighting the gender pay gap and why encouraging women's political participation would benefit everyone.

Victor Negrescu

Victor Negrescu: Critics have forgotten what it's like to live outside EU

21 February 2017

Victor Negrescu on relating to Europe's millennials, why EU membership was a dream come true for Romania and why he believes a 'two-speed Europe' is a stupid idea.

MEP Awards 2015

MEP Awards 2015: All the winners

20 March 2015

Watch all the victorious European parliamentarians accepting their MEP awards at this year's ceremony.

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MEP Awards 2015: Viviane Reding

19 March 2015

MEP Awards 2015 host Viviane Reding speaks to the Parliament Magazine after the ceremony.

Picture of the winners of the 2014 MEP Awards

MEP Awards: A word from past winners

9 January 2015

The 2014 MEP Awards winners send a message to the potential shortlistees of 2015.

Conflict minerals and metals

Conflict minerals: MEPs endorse agreement with the Council

17 March 2017

On March 16, the European Parliament Plenary Session endorsed the agreement reached with the Council on a draft regulation for a supply chain due diligence on minerals originating in conflict-affected areas.

EU maritime industry

European Shipping Week kicks off the EU Maritime Year

6 March 2017

On March 1, the main conference of European Shipping Week 2017, a day-long debate on various topics across the maritime spectrum, took place.

Factory theatre, by Kayla-Jane Barrie

Parliament adopts Creative Europe Report

2 March 2017

On March 2, the European Parliament adopted the report on the implementation of the Creative Europe programme with 503 votes in favour, 57 votes against and 80 abstentions. Please find the detailed voting list here

Bjørn Otto Sverdrup

If industry can make low carbon a business advantage, Paris aims will be met

22 March 2017

The world needs low cost and lower emissions energy producers, writes Bjørn Otto Sverdrup.

Nigel Cotton

Renewables bring SMEs and the public closer to the EU

21 March 2017

Renewables can bring SMEs and the public closer to the EU, writes Nigel Cotton.

Ignacio S. Galán is Chairman and CEO of Iberdrola

Decarbonisation requires shared responsibility between business and governments

20 March 2017

Decarbonisation requires a shared responsibility between business and governments, argues Ignacio S. Galán.

Townsend Feehan

Policymakers must avoid leading EU into age of data prohibition

17 March 2017

EU policymakers must avoid leading Europe into an age of data prohibition, warns Townsend Feehan.

Tomasz W. Stępień

Was the revision of the EU firearms directive worth the effort?

3 March 2017

Was the revision of the EU firearms directive worth the effort, asks Tomasz W. Stępień

Mark Lichtenhein

EU Copyright Reform: Contractual freedom under attack

9 February 2017

Contractual freedom is under attack and consumers will suffer, warns Mark Lichtenhein.


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EU Comitology reform threatens innovation in a post-truth world

15 March 2017

As the world looks to Europe to lead on evidence-based decision-making, we must not let politics trump science, warns Nathalie Moll.

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Preventing radicalisation in schools

9 March 2017

We shouldn’t forget the importance of empowering educators in the fight against radicalisation, argue Alexandra Korn and Alexander Ritzmann.


Circular Economy targets: let’s measure what matters first

9 March 2017

To reach a true circular economy, MEPs should make it their top priority to set a single method for measuring ‘real’ recycling rates, write Axel Eggert, Sylvain Lhôte and Guy Thiran.