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Issue 452 | 03 April 2017

3 April 2017

With power comes huge responsibility

Mairead McGuinness talks to Julie Levy-Abegnoli about taking risks, building bridges with national parliaments, and why she’s excited about her new responsibility for interreligious dialogue

Issue 451 | 20 March 2017

20 March 2017

Lynn Boylan interview, Winter Package review, Ports and Shipping, Dutch elections, ePrivacy, Counterfeit Electrical Products, World Water day, 5 questions with Davor Škrlec and more...

Agriculture

EU can compete at highest levels of bioeconomy

6 April 2017

Europe can compete at the highest levels of the bioeconomy, says Philippe Mengal.

Committee guide: CAP reform requires extensive public consultations

6 April 2017

Simplifying the CAP without decreasing its funding will be a key focus for Parliament's agriculture committee, writes Czesław Adam Siekierski.

Animal Welfare

Committee guide: CAP reform requires extensive public consultations

6 April 2017

Simplifying the CAP without decreasing its funding will be a key focus for Parliament's agriculture committee, writes Czesław Adam Siekierski.

EU Parliament backs measures to improve farmed rabbit welfare

15 March 2017

MEPs have voted to back measures to improve farmed rabbit welfare, which ending the use of battery cages. 

Brexit

May in constructive talks with Barnier and Juncker

27 April 2017

UK Prime Minister Theresa May reportedly held constructive talks with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday.

EU leaders to outline Brexit negotiating position at Brussels summit

26 April 2017

EU leaders are expected to demand later this week that the UK respects the right of EU nationals who have lived in the UK for five years to acquire permanent residence in the country.

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

Viktor Orbán in heated EU Parliament debate

26 April 2017

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and MEPs debated the rights situation in his country, attended by Commission first Vice President Frans Timmermans.

IMCO committee expected to back geo-blocking proposals

25 April 2017

MEPs are expected to back calls for a ban on unjustified geo-blocking, strengthening last year's European Commission proposal.

Controversial House of European History to open on 6 May

20 April 2017

The long-awaited House of European History will open its doors on 6 May in the Eastman Building in Brussels' Leopold Park, organisers have announced.

Development

Committee guide: From refugees to SDGs: The challenges of EU development

4 April 2017

The first half of this mandate secured some important victories, but the coming years are set to be particularly challenging, writes Linda McAvan.

Dramatic rise in world hunger, says new report

31 March 2017

A new report said that despite international efforts to address food insecurity, about 108 million people in the world were severely food insecure in 2016, a dramatic increase compared with 80 million in 2015.

Digital Agenda

EU Parliament approves new geo-blocking rules

25 April 2017

Newly-adopted laws on geo-blocking will increase cultural diversity in Europe, says Parliament's rapporteur Róża Thun.

IMCO committee expected to back geo-blocking proposals

25 April 2017

MEPs are expected to back calls for a ban on unjustified geo-blocking, strengthening last year's European Commission proposal.

Committee guide: Brexit to bring fresh challenges for JURI

18 April 2017

Parliament's legal affairs committee has achieved considerable success in the first half of this mandate, but with Brexit come fresh challenges, says Pavel Svoboda.

Economic Affairs

Packed agenda for Parliament's April mini plenary

21 April 2017

Next week’s parliamentary plenary will discuss the recent controversial referendum in Turkey, which is expected to result in sweeping new powers for Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan, and the situation in Venezuela.

Controversial House of European History to open on 6 May

20 April 2017

The long-awaited House of European History will open its doors on 6 May in the Eastman Building in Brussels' Leopold Park, organisers have announced.

Sven Giegold: Time for EU member states to stop blocking progress on tackling tax evasion

13 April 2017

German MEP Sven Giegold has called for further tough EU-wide action to tackle tax evasion, saying member states are guilty of "tacit acceptance of tax dodging".

Employment and Social Affairs

Jobs and Growth: Can innovative structural reforms help the EU shift into a higher gear?

27 April 2017

New EU wide programme will support member states in implementing structural reforms, writes Lambert van Nistelrooij.

Will the EU's work-life balance package be the first in a long line of social rights legislation?

26 April 2017

New EU measures a first attempt to finally respond to the needs of families, says European families network chief.

Committee guide: Brexit to bring fresh challenges for JURI

18 April 2017

Parliament's legal affairs committee has achieved considerable success in the first half of this mandate, but with Brexit come fresh challenges, says Pavel Svoboda.

Energy

Electrification of heating and transport could bring 'tangible benefits' for Europe

21 April 2017

A new report says that electrification of sectors such as transport and heating/cooling will bring “tangible benefits” for Europe.

EU's energy industry must reduce CO2 emissions and invest in renewables

19 April 2017

Europe's energy industry needs to reduce its CO2 emissions while investing more in renewable energy, the 3rd EU Energy Summit was told in Brussels.

How can lightweight materials such as aluminium help the EU meet its CO2 emissions reduction targets?

18 April 2017

EU legislation needs to recognise the advantages lightweight materials can offer in reducing CO2 emissions from vehicles, write Patrik Ragnarsson and Dieter Höll.

Enlargement

MEPs call for suspension of Turkey EU membership talks

18 April 2017

MEPs have given a mixed response to the outcome of Sunday's referendum that gave Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sweeping new powers.

Committee guide: Foreign affairs committee to focus on neighbourhood policy

3 April 2017

Common EU foreign policy is popular with citizens, but the institutions must communicate better to combat the rise of Euroscepticism, writes David McAllister.

Environment

Electrification of heating and transport could bring 'tangible benefits' for Europe

21 April 2017

A new report says that electrification of sectors such as transport and heating/cooling will bring “tangible benefits” for Europe.

EU's energy industry must reduce CO2 emissions and invest in renewables

19 April 2017

Europe's energy industry needs to reduce its CO2 emissions while investing more in renewable energy, the 3rd EU Energy Summit was told in Brussels.

How can lightweight materials such as aluminium help the EU meet its CO2 emissions reduction targets?

18 April 2017

EU legislation needs to recognise the advantages lightweight materials can offer in reducing CO2 emissions from vehicles, write Patrik Ragnarsson and Dieter Höll.

EU Council Presidency

Committee guide: Time for youth to get involved in environment debate

5 April 2017

Parliament's environment, public health and food safety committee can look forward to a packed agenda of legislative initiatives and negotiations, writes Adina-Ioana Vălean.

Tusk: UK must show 'significant progress' on exiting EU before discussing other topics

31 March 2017

European Council President Donald Tusk has warned the UK it will have to show sufficient progress on the separation agreement with the EU before talks about a future trade deal could start.

European Commission

Jobs and Growth: Can innovative structural reforms help the EU shift into a higher gear?

27 April 2017

New EU wide programme will support member states in implementing structural reforms, writes Lambert van Nistelrooij.

Hotspot approach has helped improve migration management - but serious challenges remain

27 April 2017

According to the European Court of Auditors, the EU's hotspot approach for irregular migrants arriving in Italy and Greece has helped to significantly improve the registration, identification and security checking of migrants. 

May in constructive talks with Barnier and Juncker

27 April 2017

UK Prime Minister Theresa May reportedly held constructive talks with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday.

Food

MEPs present new proposals to cut food waste

12 April 2017

MEPs have called for steps to lift the confusion caused to consumers by 'best before' and 'use by' labelling.

Committee guide: Without common fisheries policy, there would be no more fishermen in EU

11 April 2017

Parliament's fisheries committee is firmly committed to making the common fisheries policy work, says Alain Cadec.

Committee guide: Time for youth to get involved in environment debate

5 April 2017

Parliament's environment, public health and food safety committee can look forward to a packed agenda of legislative initiatives and negotiations, writes Adina-Ioana Vălean.

Foreign Affairs

Hotspot approach has helped improve migration management - but serious challenges remain

27 April 2017

According to the European Court of Auditors, the EU's hotspot approach for irregular migrants arriving in Italy and Greece has helped to significantly improve the registration, identification and security checking of migrants. 

May in constructive talks with Barnier and Juncker

27 April 2017

UK Prime Minister Theresa May reportedly held constructive talks with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday.

Viktor Orbán in heated EU Parliament debate

26 April 2017

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and MEPs debated the rights situation in his country, attended by Commission first Vice President Frans Timmermans.

Green week

A greener future means investing in cities

17 May 2016

Despite improvements, Europe's cities still face huge environmental challenges, with more possibly to come, writes Hans Bruyninckx.

'Green economy' is now a reality in Europe

17 May 2016

The green economy is the only way forward, and the EU must ensure that all its tools are used appropriately to continue in this direction, writes Giovanni La Via.

Health

EU standards encourage innovation

11 April 2017

Standards are of paramount importance and must be developed in close partnership with all stakeholders, says Marlene Mizzi.

Petition urges EU governments to adopt European environmental standards

7 April 2017

A new report says that effective air pollution limits could save more than 20,000 lives every year even though national governments are said to be threatening to veto EU measures to tackle toxic pollution.

The car industry needs to clean up and reinvent itself - with our support

7 April 2017

The aftershocks of dieselgate are still being felt, but together the Commission and Parliament are moving forward on effective legislation, says Elżbieta Bieńkowska.

Internal Market

Mogherini: UK to lose more than the EU from Brexit

21 April 2017

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini has said Britain will lose more than the EU from its decision to leave the bloc.

How can lightweight materials such as aluminium help the EU meet its CO2 emissions reduction targets?

18 April 2017

EU legislation needs to recognise the advantages lightweight materials can offer in reducing CO2 emissions from vehicles, write Patrik Ragnarsson and Dieter Höll.

Committee guide: Brexit to bring fresh challenges for JURI

18 April 2017

Parliament's legal affairs committee has achieved considerable success in the first half of this mandate, but with Brexit come fresh challenges, says Pavel Svoboda.

Justice and Rights

Viktor Orbán in heated EU Parliament debate

26 April 2017

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and MEPs debated the rights situation in his country, attended by Commission first Vice President Frans Timmermans.

EU leaders to outline Brexit negotiating position at Brussels summit

26 April 2017

EU leaders are expected to demand later this week that the UK respects the right of EU nationals who have lived in the UK for five years to acquire permanent residence in the country.

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.

Maritime and Fisheries

Committee guide: Without common fisheries policy, there would be no more fishermen in EU

11 April 2017

Parliament's fisheries committee is firmly committed to making the common fisheries policy work, says Alain Cadec.

How can the EU unlock investments in its maritime economy?

21 March 2017

Growing demand in both tourism and trade means that the EU cannot waste any time in properly regulating its ports, says Gesine Meissner.

News in a nutshell

Gerard Batten to contest Theresa May’s seat in Maidenhead

26 April 2017

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

Refugee crisis

Hotspot approach has helped improve migration management - but serious challenges remain

27 April 2017

According to the European Court of Auditors, the EU's hotspot approach for irregular migrants arriving in Italy and Greece has helped to significantly improve the registration, identification and security checking of migrants. 

Viktor Orbán in heated EU Parliament debate

26 April 2017

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and MEPs debated the rights situation in his country, attended by Commission first Vice President Frans Timmermans.

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.

Regions

Jobs and Growth: Can innovative structural reforms help the EU shift into a higher gear?

27 April 2017

New EU wide programme will support member states in implementing structural reforms, writes Lambert van Nistelrooij.

Committee guide: REGI providing scrutiny on implementation of cohesion policy

14 April 2017

It's important not just to ensure cohesion policy works, but also that citizens are aware of its successes, writes Iskra Mihaylova.

Committee guide: Security and defence subcommittee committed to deeper integration within CSDP

4 April 2017

Parliament’s security and defence subcommittee will continue to focus on identifying common threats, says Anna Elżbieta Fotyga.

Research and Innovation

Committee guide: Brexit to bring fresh challenges for JURI

18 April 2017

Parliament's legal affairs committee has achieved considerable success in the first half of this mandate, but with Brexit come fresh challenges, says Pavel Svoboda.

EU standards are fundamental to today's high-tech world

13 April 2017

Incentives to innovate and contribute to standardisation must be encouraged, writes Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz.

EU standards encourage innovation

11 April 2017

Standards are of paramount importance and must be developed in close partnership with all stakeholders, says Marlene Mizzi.

Trade

EU Parliament approves new geo-blocking rules

25 April 2017

Newly-adopted laws on geo-blocking will increase cultural diversity in Europe, says Parliament's rapporteur Róża Thun.

Mogherini: UK to lose more than the EU from Brexit

21 April 2017

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini has said Britain will lose more than the EU from its decision to leave the bloc.

Ireland, Netherlands and Denmark to hold mini Brexit summit

19 April 2017

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny will organise a mini-summit in The Hague on Friday with his counterparts in the Netherlands and Denmark, the countries he says are the most adversely affected by Brexit.

Transport

Electrification of heating and transport could bring 'tangible benefits' for Europe

21 April 2017

A new report says that electrification of sectors such as transport and heating/cooling will bring “tangible benefits” for Europe.

How can lightweight materials such as aluminium help the EU meet its CO2 emissions reduction targets?

18 April 2017

EU legislation needs to recognise the advantages lightweight materials can offer in reducing CO2 emissions from vehicles, write Patrik Ragnarsson and Dieter Höll.

Committee guide: Climate is an absolute priority for TRAN

10 April 2017

The transport committee’s work has a direct impact on people’s everyday lives, and is therefore committed to communicating as clearly as possible with citizens, says Karima Delli.

US-EU

Anthony Gardner: EU must offer a vision that can inspire

20 April 2017

Anthony Gardner, the former US ambassador to the EU, has made a withering attack on the EU's perceived failure to communicate its message to citizens.

Is Ukraine still capable of being a bridge between the west and the east?

12 April 2017

Following the European Parliament’s vote on visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizens, there is renewed hope for Ukraine’s European future, writes Eli Hadzhieva.

CETA is a major success story for the EU

4 April 2017

The success of CETA has given the EU a boost for future trade and political deals, writes Charles Tannock.