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5Qs

5 questions with...István Ujhelyi

27 September 2019

István Ujhelyi (HU/S&D) is vice-chair of the parliaments transport and tourism (TRAN) committee.

5 questions with...Pina Picierno

18 September 2019

Pina Picierno (IT/S&D) is a 2019 MEP award winner and member of parliament’s FEMM and AGRI committees

Great expectations

10 September 2019

Fresh from their victories in this year’s European elections, five of Parliament’s newest deputies from across the political spectrum sat down with Lorna Hutchinson, discussing the path that brought them to Brussels and what they hope the next five years have in store

Agriculture

Global Fertilizer Day: Meeting future food needs

10 October 2019

Jacob Hansen explains how the fertilizer industry’s Feeding Life 2030 vision can continue feeding plants, farmers, people and Europe’s economy while responding to fundamental societal challenges.

The post-2020 CAP can play a crucial role in restoring nature

10 September 2019

Intensive farming is a major driver of biodiversity loss, but as a series of LIFE projects shows, it is possible to restore intensively farmed land and support the recovery of natural habitats and species. 

A wake-up call for EU fisheries ministers

31 July 2019

The latest scientific advice from The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) makes for sad reading - North Sea cod is severely depleted. However, this could be just what is needed to shock EU fisheries ministers into action, write Rebecca Hubbard and Dr Monica Verbeek.

Animal Welfare

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.

MEPs hail new live animal transportation rules

4 March 2019

MEPs from across the political divide have welcomed the adoption of new EU-wide rules designed to give added protection to the transportation of live animals.

Brexit

UK Government under fire from Electoral Commission for democracy failings

11 October 2019

The UK Government has come under heavy criticism from the country's Electoral Commission for failing to “ensure adequate levels of democracy”, including the “exclusion” of up to 1.7 million EU citizens from May’s European elections.

Taking racism to task

11 October 2019

In Europe’s first Anti-Racism and Diversity Week, a cross-party group of MEPs and campaigners has urged the new von der Leyen Commission to prioritise race equality.

Climate Crisis

A passion project

7 October 2019

Petra De Sutter was a world-renowned gynaecologist and fertility expert when she decided to take the leap into politics. Now a newly-elected MEP and Chair of Parliament’s IMCO Committee, she tells Lorna Hutchinson what drives her passion for Green policymaking and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Investing in the solutions Europe needs

2 October 2019

Innovative solutions, both technological and legislative, can help enable the EU’s energy transition.

EU Agricultural Biotech: Something’s gotta give

26 September 2019

The growing demand for food makes changing EU attitudes to GMO technology essential.

Committee guide

Committee Guide: AFCO has enormous responsibility in Brexit process

20 April 2017

The constitutional affairs committee will have a crucial role to play in how Brexit unfolds and beyond, writes Danuta Hübner.

Committee guide: PETI providing a voice to EU citizens

19 April 2017

Parliament's petitions committee strives to address citizens' concerns and foster constructive dialogue, writes Pál Csáky.

Committee guide: FEMM fighting the global backlash against women

18 April 2017

In these increasingly challenging and unstable times, Parliament's women's rights and gender equality committee is ready to lead the fight for equality, says Mary Honeyball.

Culture and Education

Our health is our wealth

26 September 2019

Reflecting on his mandate as he prepares to hand the baton to his successor, European Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis tells Lorna Hutchinson about the highlights of the past five years and what challenges remain in the European health domain.

Easing the demographic tsunami

25 September 2019

Europe’s changing demographic should not be seen as a threat; innovation and investment in the right areas can turn this into an opportunity, says Birgitta Sacrédeus.

How cities can lead the sustainability transition

24 September 2019

We need to rethink our relationship with nature when building cities, argue Marc Palahí, Stefano Boeri, Maria Chiara Pastore and Vicente Guallart.

Development

In Conversation with...Florence Rabier

9 September 2019

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) advances weather science, provides the EU with crucial environmental information and has one of the world’s largest supercomputers, explains Director General Dr Florence Rabier

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.

Delivering a Paris Agreement-compatible EU

12 July 2019

Parliament has already stated its climate change agenda; the new intake of MEPs must ensure that this is honoured and delivered, writes Wendel Trio.

Digital Agenda

When epidemiology meets big data

25 September 2019

The upcoming European Health Forum Gastein is a chance to forge a new “mindset” in tackling infectious disease surveillance, says Andrea Ammon.

AI: Giving healthcare professionals 'The Gift of Time'

24 September 2019

AI will transform the lives of both patients and healthcare professionals, explains Jan-Philipp Beck.

A Digital Roadmap for the next five years

18 September 2019

Europe’s policymakers should focus on encouraging tech firms and start-ups to be based here rather than seek confrontation, writes former ECR MEP Daniel Dalton

Economic Affairs

EU financial watchdog airs concerns over way some EU funds spent

8 October 2019

Klaus-Heiner Lehne, President of the European Court of Auditors, said there had been improvements in the last year but "there continue to be some problems."

Parliament President to meet EU leaders in bid to break Brexit deadlock

7 October 2019

European Parliament President David Sassoli is meeting key EU leaders this week in an attempt to help resolve the Brexit impasse.

Poland’s commissioner-designate ordered to pay back MEP expenses

30 September 2019

Poland’s commissioner-designate Janusz Wojciechowski has been ordered to repay thousands of euros in expenses to the European Parliament from his time as an MEP.

Employment and Social Affairs

Poland’s commissioner-designate ordered to pay back MEP expenses

30 September 2019

Poland’s commissioner-designate Janusz Wojciechowski has been ordered to repay thousands of euros in expenses to the European Parliament from his time as an MEP.

Brexit Party and Lega top bill of MEP ‘highest earners’ report

30 September 2019

The UK's Brexit Party and Italian party Lega have the joint highest outside earnings of any national party delegations in the European Parliament.

Easing the demographic tsunami

25 September 2019

Europe’s changing demographic should not be seen as a threat; innovation and investment in the right areas can turn this into an opportunity, says Birgitta Sacrédeus.

Energy

Moroccan solar power plant hailed as ‘shining example’ for Europe

10 October 2019

North African country’s successful renewable energy sector seen as driving force towards ambitious 52 percent renewables target.

Global Fertilizer Day: Meeting future food needs

10 October 2019

Jacob Hansen explains how the fertilizer industry’s Feeding Life 2030 vision can continue feeding plants, farmers, people and Europe’s economy while responding to fundamental societal challenges.

Investing in the solutions Europe needs

2 October 2019

Innovative solutions, both technological and legislative, can help enable the EU’s energy transition.

Enlargement

Orban nominates EU ambassador as commissioner-designate

2 October 2019

Viktor Orban has nominated Olivér Várhelyi, Hungary’s EU ambassador, as the country’s new commissioner-designate after a parliamentary committee rejected the first nominee last week.

Perfect timing

9 July 2019

With the Arctic becoming an increasing priority around the globe, the start of the Finnish EU presidency, fresh from chairing the Arctic Council and Council of Europe is ideally timed, writes Marja Rislakki.

Environment

Moroccan solar power plant hailed as ‘shining example’ for Europe

10 October 2019

North African country’s successful renewable energy sector seen as driving force towards ambitious 52 percent renewables target.

Global Fertilizer Day: Meeting future food needs

10 October 2019

Jacob Hansen explains how the fertilizer industry’s Feeding Life 2030 vision can continue feeding plants, farmers, people and Europe’s economy while responding to fundamental societal challenges.

Investing in the solutions Europe needs

2 October 2019

Innovative solutions, both technological and legislative, can help enable the EU’s energy transition.

EU Council Presidency

Taking racism to task

11 October 2019

In Europe’s first Anti-Racism and Diversity Week, a cross-party group of MEPs and campaigners has urged the new von der Leyen Commission to prioritise race equality.

UK yet to propose any alternative to Irish backstop, says Verhofstadt

26 September 2019

Guy Verhofstadt, the chair of Parliament's Brexit Steering Group, says no “fully-fledged, legally-operational” backstop alternative has been put forward.

Tips and tricks for MEP assistants

11 September 2019

As the new crop of MEP assistants prepare to become indispensable assets to Parliament’s elected deputies, voices of experience have offered vital advice on how to navigate the political and bureaucratic maze, reports Lorna Hutchinson

EU Election 2019

UK Government under fire from Electoral Commission for democracy failings

11 October 2019

The UK Government has come under heavy criticism from the country's Electoral Commission for failing to “ensure adequate levels of democracy”, including the “exclusion” of up to 1.7 million EU citizens from May’s European elections.

Pro-EU parties sweep to victory in Austrian general election

30 September 2019

The scandal-ridden Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) haemorrhaged a third of its votes while the Greens chalked up impressive gains in Sunday’s poll.

La Rentrée: New Parliament, new ambitions

13 September 2019

May’s European elections now a distant memory, the start of a new five-year parliamentary term has triggered a “wish list” of ambitions from political group leaders.

European Commission

European Commission rebuffs criticism of communications strategy

11 October 2019

The European Commission has hit back at criticism of its communications strategy by a leading journalists’ association.

Taking racism to task

11 October 2019

In Europe’s first Anti-Racism and Diversity Week, a cross-party group of MEPs and campaigners has urged the new von der Leyen Commission to prioritise race equality.

Dubravka Šuica wants close cooperation with Parliament to give citizens more say

8 October 2019

Dubravka Šuica, a former MEP and Commissioner-designate for the democracy and demography portfolio in the new European Commission, has made a strong pitch to work closely with the European Parliament to give citizens a greater say in shaping EU policy.

European Questions

Orban nominates EU ambassador as commissioner-designate

2 October 2019

Viktor Orban has nominated Olivér Várhelyi, Hungary’s EU ambassador, as the country’s new commissioner-designate after a parliamentary committee rejected the first nominee last week.

5 questions with...István Ujhelyi

27 September 2019

István Ujhelyi (HU/S&D) is vice-chair of the parliaments transport and tourism (TRAN) committee.

Keeping Europe united

25 September 2019

My grandmother typed the words that divided Poland - now I want to do everything I can to keep Europe united, writes Seb Dance.

Food

Sustainable, Responsible, Competitive: Aspirations for the Future

3 September 2019

Tim Brett outlines the soft drinks industry’s ambition to advance environmental sustainability, healthy diets and economic growth within a strong single market.

A wake-up call for EU fisheries ministers

31 July 2019

The latest scientific advice from The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) makes for sad reading - North Sea cod is severely depleted. However, this could be just what is needed to shock EU fisheries ministers into action, write Rebecca Hubbard and Dr Monica Verbeek.

Anti-palm oil lobbies bending the EU’s will

30 July 2019

Youssef Kobo explains how anti-palm oil lobbies are hurting the environment and the EU’s poorest members

Foreign Affairs

UK Government under fire from Electoral Commission for democracy failings

11 October 2019

The UK Government has come under heavy criticism from the country's Electoral Commission for failing to “ensure adequate levels of democracy”, including the “exclusion” of up to 1.7 million EU citizens from May’s European elections.

European Parliament urged to ringfence citizens’ rights in event of no-deal Brexit

9 October 2019

A hearing in Parliament on Tuesday heard that this is vital to ensure that the rights of over 5 million people are “saved, not shredded.”

Green week

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.

Karmenu Vella talks EU Green Week 2019

13 May 2019

Green Week encapsulates all that the EU has achieved so far with its green policies but also highlights what still remains to be done, explains Karmenu Vella.

Health

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.

Global Fertilizer Day: Meeting future food needs

10 October 2019

Jacob Hansen explains how the fertilizer industry’s Feeding Life 2030 vision can continue feeding plants, farmers, people and Europe’s economy while responding to fundamental societal challenges.

Mental Health – the hidden epidemic

10 October 2019

Mental health has been on the margins of the European health debate for too long. It’s time to leverage the awareness created by World Mental Health Day.

Internal Market

Do ut Des - I give, so that you may give

30 August 2019

That a member state’s exit from the EU should be occasion for its expatriate citizens working in another member state to finally be awarded what should have been their automatic rights under the Treaty, might on first acquaintance seem an outlandish and far-fetched proposition, argues Henry Rodgers.

Paper food packaging "not as innocent as it seems", says consumer body

30 July 2019

A new study by consumer group BEUC underscores the need for EU-wide rules to regulate non-plastic food packaging and protect consumers from potentially harmful chemicals.

Delivering 5G is not rocket science

12 July 2019

European technology is at the forefront, so how can policy speed up a digitalised economy, asks Gabriel Solomon.

Justice and Rights

UK Government under fire from Electoral Commission for democracy failings

11 October 2019

The UK Government has come under heavy criticism from the country's Electoral Commission for failing to “ensure adequate levels of democracy”, including the “exclusion” of up to 1.7 million EU citizens from May’s European elections.

Taking racism to task

11 October 2019

In Europe’s first Anti-Racism and Diversity Week, a cross-party group of MEPs and campaigners has urged the new von der Leyen Commission to prioritise race equality.

Maritime and Fisheries

UK MEPs at loggerheads over fishing industry no-deal Brexit scenarios

27 September 2019

British MEPs Chris Davies and June Mummery have clashed bitterly over the prospect for the UK’s fishing industry if Britain exits the EU on 31 October with no deal.

UK-EU fisheries relations could become ‘very tense’ in event of No Deal Brexit, warns MEP

24 September 2019

EPP MEP Peter van Dalen has warned that relations between British and European fishermen could “become very tense” in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Fisheries Committee chair discusses No Deal Brexit fears with fishermen and producers

8 August 2019

The new chair of the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee was visiting the largest fishing port in France on Thursday amid fears that the threat of a No Deal Brexit will put cooperation between British and continental fishermen at risk.

Mental Health

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.

Mental Health – the hidden epidemic

10 October 2019

Mental health has been on the margins of the European health debate for too long. It’s time to leverage the awareness created by World Mental Health Day.

Brain disorders could quickly turn into a ticking time bomb

24 September 2018

Tackling the growing brain disorders health threat is the 21st century’s space race, writes Monica Di Luca.

News in a nutshell

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.

MEPs endorse Mariya Gabriel as digital economy Commissioner

4 July 2017

Keep track of the latest appointments and developments in the European institutions and public affairs.

Refugee crisis

Migrants and asylum seekers still given ‘poor’ protection at EU external borders, says report

4 October 2019

A report by JRS Europe has voiced concern at the “poor” protection still given to migrants and asylum seekers at the EU’s external borders.

EU should show leadership on resettlement

23 September 2019

Europe needs to up its game in dealing with the resettlement challenge, and in so doing demonstrate global leadership, argues David Miliband.

Regions

In Conversation with...Brigitte Dero and Laurent Petrynka

24 September 2019

The sports community is taking steps to improve its environmental impact. Brigitte Dero, General Manager of VinylPlus®, the European PVC industry’s sustainability programme, and Laurent Petrynka, President of the International School Sport Federation (ISF), explain why making a long-term impact requires innovative partnerships.

European mayors call for urgent climate action as global strike kicks off

20 September 2019

Mayors representing 8,000 European cities have called for urgent action to meet the EU’s commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement.

Miguel Cañete: Leaders of EU cities and regions must ‘lead by example’ on climate

4 July 2019

Miguel Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, says elected leaders of European cities and regions are “uniquely positioned” to “lead by example” on the transition to a low-emission and climate-resilient economy.

Research and Innovation

Global Fertilizer Day: Meeting future food needs

10 October 2019

Jacob Hansen explains how the fertilizer industry’s Feeding Life 2030 vision can continue feeding plants, farmers, people and Europe’s economy while responding to fundamental societal challenges.

Fighting inequalities in childhood cancer

2 October 2019

Childhood cancer care continues to suffer from widespread inequalities, says Pamela Kearns.

Public authorities falling short in fight against asthma and COPD

27 September 2019

A new report by the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) takes a close look at asthma and COPD care across Europe.

Trade

MEPs put spotlight on Kashmir

25 September 2019

With tensions growing between India and Pakistan following New Delhi’s recent decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, MEPs are divided on how the EU should respond.

UK must “avoid catastrophic No-Deal Brexit” says MEP

22 August 2019

British MEPs have voiced concern at the rising prospect of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal.

MEPs debunk post-Brexit US-UK trade deal

21 August 2019

EU commentators warn the British government that a Trump trade agreement will come at a price and could take years.

Transport

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.

Old dog, new tricks

16 September 2019

Despite having been part of our lives for many years, bicycles o­ffer one of the best tools for delivering a healthier, cleaner and environmentally-friendlier future for Europe.

In conversation with...Lina Konstantinopoulou

6 September 2019

Through its partnerships with civil society, motoring organisations, vehicle manufacturers and road authorities, EuroRAP is championing a Europe free of high-risk roads, explains new Secretary General, Lina Konstantinopoulou

US-EU

Climate change now an ‘emergency’ says former European commissioner

18 September 2019

However, new EU leadership taking the issue “more seriously”, says László Andor.

The new Lunar Gateway

22 July 2019

Fifty years after the first lunar landing, the US and EU are gearing up to send astronauts back to the moon. Brian Johnson reports.

LNG: Transatlantic cooperation at its best

4 July 2019

The 2009 energy crisis taught valuable lessons in diversification and LNG is an important part of the solution. EU-US cooperation in this area is a success story, says Maroš Šefcovic.