Topics

Agriculture

A sustainable transformation

18 February 2020

For the European Green Deal to work effectively, everyone must do their part, writes Miriam Dalli.

Clara Aguilera: Rural defender

17 February 2020

As the EU fights climate change, farmers are often blamed for the environmental effects of their activities. Clara Aguilera explains that 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.

The Coffee Festivals of Jazan

6 February 2020

Saeed Khan explains why Europe should take note of Saudi Arabia’s coffee.

Animal Welfare

A prosperous and secure fishing industry

6 December 2019

Despite past failures of the Common Fisheries Policy, the EU can lead the way on restoring the health of our oceans and safeguarding their biodiversity, argues Chris Davies.

EU urged to shut down ivory market

27 August 2019

Animals rights organisations say elephants “are in crisis” now, with 20,000 killed each year.

An inhumane and dangerous practice

25 April 2019

China’s burying of pigs alive in an effort to control African Swine Fever is a brutal method of culling that also poses health risks, explains Annie Schreijer-Pierik.

Brexit

Gibraltar minister appeals to EU and UK to find solution to border issue with Spain

18 February 2020

Joseph Garcia said the aim of the talks between the EU and UK, set to start next month, should be  to find “frictionless border processes.”

Brexit shakes up European Parliament

17 February 2020

The withdrawal of the UK from the EU has signalled a series of key changes in the way the European Parliament is set up.

Scotland’s First Minister tight-lipped on alternatives if no second independence vote

12 February 2020

Nicola Sturgeon said that latest polling showed rising support for independence and that Scotland “will then return to its rightful place” in the EU.

Climate Crisis

A sustainable transformation

18 February 2020

For the European Green Deal to work effectively, everyone must do their part, writes Miriam Dalli.

Tax policies key to combating global warming and achieving the SDGs

13 February 2020

In 2019, scientists warned of even higher rises in sea levels due to accelerating climate change, but few policymakers paid much attention. Instead, we witnessed natural disasters on all continents, writes Krister Andersson, Vice-President of the EESC Employers' Group.

F2F can contribute to society’s wellbeing

4 February 2020

As Romanian EPP deputy Daniel Buda argues, the Farm to Fork strategy (F2F) can help the EU meet pressing challenges in the food supply chain

Committee guide

Committee guide 2020 | CONT: Command and control

5 February 2020

EU money is taxpayers’ money, and the CONT Committee ensures that it is spent correctly, efficiently and in a purposeful way, explains Monika Hohlmeier.

Committee guide 2020 | SEDE: Protecting Europe

3 February 2020

With the EU facing a growing number of security threats, Nathalie Loiseau stresses that although voters are demanding greater efforts to improve defence, there still needs to be ‘democratic control’.

Committee guide 2020 | AFET: Fostering stability

3 February 2020

The EU is not yet a global player, but with a stronger, united, proactive and more strategic foreign policy, it will play a more prominent role on the world stage, writes David McAllister.

Culture and Education

Clara Aguilera: Rural defender

17 February 2020

As the EU fights climate change, farmers are often blamed for the environmental effects of their activities. Clara Aguilera explains that 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.

Safer Internet Day: Constant vigilance

11 February 2020

The internet has impacted our lives in countless positive ways; however, we must be vigilant to ensure it remains safe. Let’s focus on children to build a better Internet of the future, write Mariya Gabriel and Thierry Breton.

A ‘sad day’ for racial diversity in the EU

10 February 2020

With the UK’s departure from the EU, MEPs and the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) say the Brussels institutions have become ‘whiter’ and less representative of Europe’s diverse population. Rajnish Singh reports.

Development

EU “putting its money where its mouth is” with Green Deal financing

20 January 2020

The €100 billion 'Just Transition Fund' to support European regions' transition away from fossil fuels has been cautiously welcomed by NGOs.

Peter Pollák: Giving a voice to the vulnerable

17 December 2019

As the first Slovak MEP of Roma origin, Peter Pollák is a man on a mission, determined to use his European platform to raise awareness of the plight of Roma people and strengthen their rights across the EU.

Practical solutions to climate change

22 November 2019

The demands to act on climate change are correct and justified; let’s ensure we use the right tools and approaches in delivering solutions, writes Peter Liese.

Digital Agenda

Harnessing possible benefits of AI will create “massive challenges”, conference hears

13 February 2020

Spanish MEP Susana Solís Pérez told the DIGITALEUROPE conference that AI was already widely used, creating huge challenges for regulators.

 

In conversation with... Sophie Batas

12 February 2020

Huawei and Europe have achieved huge success working together for the past 20 years, 5G will take this even further, says Huawei’s Director for Cybersecurity and Privacy, Sophie Batas.

5G for Europe

12 February 2020

The coming 12 months will see roll out of 5G technology “gather speed” across Europe, predicts Chinese tech giant Huawei, but an “inclusive and facts-based” approach will be key to a successful deployment, reports Martin Banks.

Economic Affairs

Tax policies key to combating global warming and achieving the SDGs

13 February 2020

In 2019, scientists warned of even higher rises in sea levels due to accelerating climate change, but few policymakers paid much attention. Instead, we witnessed natural disasters on all continents, writes Krister Andersson, Vice-President of the EESC Employers' Group.

FinTech: What is it all about?

11 February 2020

Fintech is a sector where Europe can be a global competitor, writes Nickolas Reinhardt

New EU Public Prosecutor's Office chief says it has insufficient funds and staff

11 February 2020

Laura Kövesi has admitted that the body does not have the “tools” to operate effectively and has demanded a “significant” rise in its budget and an increase in staff.

Employment and Social Affairs

Replacement MEPs for departed Brits set to take seats in Strasbourg

11 February 2020

All but three of the 27 new MEPs who will replace departed British members are expected to take their seats in Strasbourg this week.

A ‘sad day’ for racial diversity in the EU

10 February 2020

With the UK’s departure from the EU, MEPs and the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) say the Brussels institutions have become ‘whiter’ and less representative of Europe’s diverse population. Rajnish Singh reports.

Mariya Gabriel calls for more gender balance in IT industry

7 February 2020

Speaking at a conference in Brussels on Thursday, the European Commissioner said, “This is a question of fairness.”

Energy

A sustainable transformation

18 February 2020

For the European Green Deal to work effectively, everyone must do their part, writes Miriam Dalli.

How Nord Stream 2 could play a crucial role in reducing CO2 emissions

3 February 2020

Nord Stream 2 will make an important contribution to achieving the EU’s climate objectives, writes Sebastian Sass

An alternative solution for climate neutrality?

30 January 2020

Low-carbon fuels made from anything from wood pellets to garbage could hold the key to reducing CO2 emissions in the transport sector. Jonathan Benton reports on a European Parliament event looking at the potential benefits.

Enlargement

Finland, Austria and Sweden celebrate 25 years of EU membership

6 January 2020

Twenty-five years ago, Finland, Austria and Sweden became the 13th, 14th and 15th Member States of the EU following referendums in each of the states prior to accession.

Iratxe García Pérez: Commission dossier title change not just ‘cosmetic exercise’

27 November 2019

Iratxe García Pérez, the leader of the Socialist group in the European Parliament, has insisted that changing the controversial title of a Commission dossier was “not just merely a cosmetic exercise.”

MEPs weigh up additional answers from Olivér Várhelyi

18 November 2019

The Hungarian commissioner-designate will have until Monday afternoon to answer additional questions from MEPs following his hearing with members of the foreign affairs committee last week.

Environment

A sustainable transformation

18 February 2020

For the European Green Deal to work effectively, everyone must do their part, writes Miriam Dalli.

Clara Aguilera: Rural defender

17 February 2020

As the EU fights climate change, farmers are often blamed for the environmental effects of their activities. Clara Aguilera explains that 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.

Tax policies key to combating global warming and achieving the SDGs

13 February 2020

In 2019, scientists warned of even higher rises in sea levels due to accelerating climate change, but few policymakers paid much attention. Instead, we witnessed natural disasters on all continents, writes Krister Andersson, Vice-President of the EESC Employers' Group.

EU Council Presidency

Dacian Cioloș: Reinventing Europe

28 January 2020

Having endured a series of crises over the past decade, the European Union is ready to make sweeping changes in line with the green and digital transformations. But citizens must play a key role in designing the blueprint for the future, writes Renew Europe leader Dacian Cioloș.

Trial shows why Croatian Presidency of the EU endangers Europe

28 January 2020

The prosecution of MOL energy head Hernádi Zsolt under controversial circumstances, reveals both corruption within the Croatian government, and the influence of Vladimir Putin over the country; writes Saeed Khan

Indian CAA law is a positive step

28 January 2020

The nature of India’s Citizen Amendment Act has been misunderstood and misrepresented when in fact it offers citizenship opportunities for many, writes Dinesh Dhamija

 

EU Election 2019

Commission officials often ‘let off the hook’ in parliamentary questioning, says senior MEP

6 January 2020

Outgoing UK Liberal MEP Chris Davies has admitted that although the European Parliament has “many faults,” it is a place where ideas can gain momentum.

Public awareness of human rights must be improved, says agency chief

26 November 2019

The head of an EU agency has conceded that “more needs to be done” to promote public awareness of human rights.

European Commission

EU unveils new ‘masterplan’ in fight against cancer

5 February 2020

The European Commission has launched an EU-wide public consultation on its Beating Cancer Plan, which it says will help "shape the plan, identify key areas, and explore future action."

Pedro Silva Pereira: A beacon of democracy

3 February 2020

The European Parliament has an impressive array of goals to pursue and challenges to face in the coming years, but policymakers are undaunted by the job ahead. Vice-President Pedro Silva Pereira shares his insights into the action plan designed to make the EU a global heavyweight.

EU presidents embrace ‘new chapter’ as UK bows out of bloc

31 January 2020

Though the Brexit Day gathering of the Parliament, Commission and Council presidents was clearly tinged with sadness, the leaders were keen to focus on the future of the EU.

European Questions

5 Questions with... Josianne Cutajar

17 February 2020

Josianne Cutajar (MT, S&D) is a member of Parliament’s ITRE committee

Replacement MEPs for departed Brits set to take seats in Strasbourg

11 February 2020

All but three of the 27 new MEPs who will replace departed British members are expected to take their seats in Strasbourg this week.

EU presidents embrace ‘new chapter’ as UK bows out of bloc

31 January 2020

Though the Brexit Day gathering of the Parliament, Commission and Council presidents was clearly tinged with sadness, the leaders were keen to focus on the future of the EU.

Food

The Coffee Festivals of Jazan

6 February 2020

Saeed Khan explains why Europe should take note of Saudi Arabia’s coffee.

Steps to sustainable farming

4 February 2020

The Commission’s Farm to Fork strategy is a welcome response to global food production challenges, but it needs to be implemented coherently and correctly, writes Elsi Katainen.

Happy holidays: family, friends, food and anaphylactic shock?

9 December 2019

At this time of year, it’s more important than ever to be aware of the potential dangers of food allergens. Proper implementation of EU food allergen regulation saves lives, explains Charles Kinney from the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases PatientsAssociations (EFA)

Foreign Affairs

Brexit shakes up European Parliament

17 February 2020

The withdrawal of the UK from the EU has signalled a series of key changes in the way the European Parliament is set up.

MEP flags up concerns over Coronavirus fake news

14 February 2020

Hungarian Renew Europe deputy Katalin Cseh was speaking in a debate on the deadly outbreak in Parliament in Strasbourg.

Jens Stoltenberg: ‘Strong support for NATO from all our members’

14 February 2020

NATO’s Secretary General has made a robust defence of the alliance after polls showed its popularity had markedly declined in France and Germany.

Gastein

Issue 503 | 21 October 2019

21 October 2019

In our latest issue, Federica Mogherini, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, tells us why the EU’s emphasis on international cooperation is not only relevant but crucial.

EU healthcare in need of transformative change

14 October 2019

Bad Hofgastein, Austria: Showpiece EU health policy conference told that "era of disruption is upon us".

Green week

Steps to sustainable farming

4 February 2020

The Commission’s Farm to Fork strategy is a welcome response to global food production challenges, but it needs to be implemented coherently and correctly, writes Elsi Katainen.

Reversing the climate crisis

15 May 2019

It’s not too late to take decisive action on man-made climate change, writes Hans Bruyninckx.

Environment policy: A major EU achievement

15 May 2019

Environmental policy is one of the EU’s major achievements, but we can’t stop now; change can and should happen more locally, says Karl-Heinz Lambertz.

Health

MEP flags up concerns over Coronavirus fake news

14 February 2020

Hungarian Renew Europe deputy Katalin Cseh was speaking in a debate on the deadly outbreak in Parliament in Strasbourg.

In conversation with...Johanna Friedl-Naderer

11 February 2020

Innovative treatments and genetic testing can write a new chapter in the history of rare diseases. Together, we can make a difference and improve patients’ lives, explains Biogen’s President, Europe & Canada, Johanna Friedl-Naderer.

EU unveils new ‘masterplan’ in fight against cancer

5 February 2020

The European Commission has launched an EU-wide public consultation on its Beating Cancer Plan, which it says will help "shape the plan, identify key areas, and explore future action."

Internal Market

In conversation with... Sophie Batas

12 February 2020

Huawei and Europe have achieved huge success working together for the past 20 years, 5G will take this even further, says Huawei’s Director for Cybersecurity and Privacy, Sophie Batas.

5G for Europe

12 February 2020

The coming 12 months will see roll out of 5G technology “gather speed” across Europe, predicts Chinese tech giant Huawei, but an “inclusive and facts-based” approach will be key to a successful deployment, reports Martin Banks.

FinTech: What is it all about?

11 February 2020

Fintech is a sector where Europe can be a global competitor, writes Nickolas Reinhardt

Justice and Rights

Scotland’s First Minister tight-lipped on alternatives if no second independence vote

12 February 2020

Nicola Sturgeon said that latest polling showed rising support for independence and that Scotland “will then return to its rightful place” in the EU.

New EU Public Prosecutor's Office chief says it has insufficient funds and staff

11 February 2020

Laura Kövesi has admitted that the body does not have the “tools” to operate effectively and has demanded a “significant” rise in its budget and an increase in staff.

A ‘sad day’ for racial diversity in the EU

10 February 2020

With the UK’s departure from the EU, MEPs and the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) say the Brussels institutions have become ‘whiter’ and less representative of Europe’s diverse population. Rajnish Singh reports.

Maritime and Fisheries

Clara Aguilera: Rural defender

17 February 2020

As the EU fights climate change, farmers are often blamed for the environmental effects of their activities. Clara Aguilera explains that 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.

Commission officials often ‘let off the hook’ in parliamentary questioning, says senior MEP

6 January 2020

Outgoing UK Liberal MEP Chris Davies has admitted that although the European Parliament has “many faults,” it is a place where ideas can gain momentum.

A prosperous and secure fishing industry

6 December 2019

Despite past failures of the Common Fisheries Policy, the EU can lead the way on restoring the health of our oceans and safeguarding their biodiversity, argues Chris Davies.

Mental Health

Brexit and Mental Health: Are you coping?

23 December 2019

Soon to be departing British MEP Jane Brophy reflects on Brexit’s under-recognised impact on EU citizens’ mental health.

Gastein 2019: A healthy dose of disruption

22 October 2019

Participants at this year’s European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) were urged to embrace the challenge of integrating “disruption” into Europe’s healthcare systems. The Parliament Magazine’s Martin Banks and Brian Johnson were on hand to report.

Time for an EU focus on mental health and suicide

10 October 2019

World Mental Health Day provides an important opportunity to reflect on the importance of good mental health and to mobilise efforts to improve support, says Tomáš Zdechovský.

News in a nutshell

Issue 503 | 21 October 2019

21 October 2019

In our latest issue, Federica Mogherini, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, tells us why the EU’s emphasis on international cooperation is not only relevant but crucial.

Movers and Shakers | 25 June 2018

25 June 2018

Keep track of developments in the European institutions and public affairs with our movers and shakers column.

Movers and Shakers | 4 September 2017

4 September 2017

Keep track of developments in the European institutions and public affairs with our movers and shakers column.

Refugee crisis

Claude Moraes: Brexit should not be at expense of asylum seekers

28 January 2020

UK MEP Claude Moraes has criticised UK Home Office plans to “send people back to Europe” after Brexit.

EU policymakers gear up to underscore urgency of climate action at COP25

2 December 2019

European Parliament President David Sassoli is part of a parliamentary delegation to the COP25 climate conference in Madrid, which begins on Monday.

Iratxe García Pérez: Commission dossier title change not just ‘cosmetic exercise’

27 November 2019

Iratxe García Pérez, the leader of the Socialist group in the European Parliament, has insisted that changing the controversial title of a Commission dossier was “not just merely a cosmetic exercise.”

Regions

A sustainable transformation

18 February 2020

For the European Green Deal to work effectively, everyone must do their part, writes Miriam Dalli.

EU “putting its money where its mouth is” with Green Deal financing

20 January 2020

The €100 billion 'Just Transition Fund' to support European regions' transition away from fossil fuels has been cautiously welcomed by NGOs.

Peter Pollák: Giving a voice to the vulnerable

17 December 2019

As the first Slovak MEP of Roma origin, Peter Pollák is a man on a mission, determined to use his European platform to raise awareness of the plight of Roma people and strengthen their rights across the EU.

Research and Innovation

Harnessing possible benefits of AI will create “massive challenges”, conference hears

13 February 2020

Spanish MEP Susana Solís Pérez told the DIGITALEUROPE conference that AI was already widely used, creating huge challenges for regulators.

 

In conversation with...Johanna Friedl-Naderer

11 February 2020

Innovative treatments and genetic testing can write a new chapter in the history of rare diseases. Together, we can make a difference and improve patients’ lives, explains Biogen’s President, Europe & Canada, Johanna Friedl-Naderer.

Viviane Reding: ‘We must not compromise on security or trust’ in 5G rollout

5 February 2020

The former European Commission Vice-President emphasised that the aim in the rollout of 5G technology is to ensure that everyone abides by the same rules and standards.

Trade

Brexit shakes up European Parliament

17 February 2020

The withdrawal of the UK from the EU has signalled a series of key changes in the way the European Parliament is set up.

Committee guide 2020 | INTA: Forward-looking and independent

4 February 2020

Growing global uncertainty is the single biggest challenge for EU trade policy, writes Bernd Lange.

Von der Leyen warns UK it must abide by ‘level playing field’ in trade talks

3 February 2020

Her comments come as the European Commission on Monday issued a recommendation to Member States to open negotiations on a new partnership with the UK.

 

Transport

Committee guide 2020 | INTA: Forward-looking and independent

4 February 2020

Growing global uncertainty is the single biggest challenge for EU trade policy, writes Bernd Lange.

Getting to the Green Deal: Don’t rule out alternative fuels

20 January 2020

A coalition of vehicle manufacturers and fuel producers are calling for consistency in defining alternative fuels.

Walking tall on safer roads

16 September 2019

European Mobility Week is a chance for cities to explore how active mobility can bolster road safety, explains Matthew Baldwin, Road Safety Coordinator of the European Commission.

US-EU

Jens Stoltenberg: ‘Strong support for NATO from all our members’

14 February 2020

NATO’s Secretary General has made a robust defence of the alliance after polls showed its popularity had markedly declined in France and Germany.

FinTech: What is it all about?

11 February 2020

Fintech is a sector where Europe can be a global competitor, writes Nickolas Reinhardt

Committee guide 2020 | SEDE: Protecting Europe

3 February 2020

With the EU facing a growing number of security threats, Nathalie Loiseau stresses that although voters are demanding greater efforts to improve defence, there still needs to be ‘democratic control’.