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Issue 467 | 18 December 2017

15 December 2017

Eva Maydell interview, Bulgarian EU Council Presidency Preview, ITER, 5G & Artificial Intelligence, Brexit breakthrough, Afrophobia, Inland waterways, EU-Israel, Aviation, 5 questions with Lambert van Nistelrooij and more...

Issue 465 | 20 November 2017

21 November 2017

Julian King interview, Cybersecurity, Press Freedom, Cohesion Policy,  Wildlife Trafficking, Rare Diseases, Workers' Rights, Open Innovation, Security of Energy supply, 5 questions with Anna Maria Corazza Bildt and more...

Issue 464 | 6 November 2017

6 November 2017

Terry Reintke interview, Sexual Harassment and equality, COP23 Climate change talks, Rethinking Recycling: Circular Economy,  COPD Awareness Day, Electrification of Transport, Commissioner Karmenu Vella and the 'Our Ocean' Conference, Antibiotic Awareness Day, 5 questions with Cecilia Malmström and more...

Agriculture

EU more than ever needs a simple CAP

12 December 2017

The latest CAP reform is set to greatly benefit farmers, explains Paolo De Castro.

Future of food and farming communication is only the beginning of the road

12 December 2017

The European Commission’s communication on the future of food and farming leaves too many questions unanswered, says Czesław Adam Siekierski.

Farming: An EU success story

12 December 2017

The communication on future food and farming indicates the way forward for EU farming, says Jerzy Plewa.

Animal Welfare

AnimalhealthEurope welcomes progress on Animal Medicines Legislative Package

20 December 2017

AnimalhealthEurope is pleased to see the European Council receive the mandate to enter into trilogue negotiations with the Commission and the Parliament to agree on the final text of the new EU Veterinary Medicines and Medicated Feed Regulations.

Guardians of the wild: The reality of wildlife conservation on the ground

23 November 2017

Emma Stokes tells us about the dangers from poachers, how demand for ivory and bushmeat is threatening species, and the effectiveness of EU policy on the ground.

Issue 465 | 20 November 2017

21 November 2017

Julian King interview, Cybersecurity, Press Freedom, Cohesion Policy,  Wildlife Trafficking, Rare Diseases, Workers' Rights, Open Innovation, Security of Energy supply, 5 questions with Anna Maria Corazza Bildt and more...

Brexit

Strasbourg plenary: Energy, future of EU top of the agenda

12 January 2018

MEPs will vote on a raft of energy proposals and debate the future of the EU during the first plenary session of the year, next week in Strasbourg.

Michel Barnier to meet with Brexit supporters

9 January 2018

A delegation of Brexit figures, led by independent MEP Steven Woolfe, will travel to Brussels to meet with Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, on Wednesday ahead of the second phase of exit talks.

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

Leeuwarden and Valletta become European capitals of culture

3 January 2018

The Dutch town of Leeuwarden and Valletta in Malta will hold the title of European capital of culture for one year from 1 January.

Cybercrime: More needs to be done to help victims, Brussels conference told

19 December 2017

Victims of cybercrime need to be given access to information about how to make a complaint and how to stand up for their rights, Maltese MEP Miriam Dalli has said.

Development

International Migrants Day: A shrinking humanitarian space for migration work

18 December 2017

Humanitarian organisations must be able to deliver unconditional support to migrants, wherever they are, argues Denis Haveaux.

EU-Africa relations: A renewed partnership with Africa

29 November 2017

A Parliament Magazine special supplement marking the 5th African Union-European Union Summit, 29-30 November 2017, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Tajani calls for €40bn 'Marshall Plan for Africa'

27 November 2017

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani has called for a €40bn ‘Marshall Plan for Africa’ to help secure a better future for the troubled continent.

Digital Agenda

EESC calls for EU-level cybersecurity model

9 January 2018

The European Economic Social Committee has urged the EU and member states to adopt a European-level cybersecurity model.

Cybercrime: More needs to be done to help victims, Brussels conference told

19 December 2017

Victims of cybercrime need to be given access to information about how to make a complaint and how to stand up for their rights, Maltese MEP Miriam Dalli has said.

Economic Affairs

Luxembourg overturns LuxLeaks whistleblower guilty verdict

11 January 2018

Luxembourg’s highest court has overturned the guilty verdict against LuxLeaks whistleblower Antoine Deltour.

MEPs set to vote on new rules to fight terrorist financing

10 January 2018

New rules to better equip EU countries to freeze and confiscate criminal assets across the EU will be voted on by Parliament’s civil liberties committee later this week.

New EU anti-money laundering legislation comes into force

3 January 2018

As of 1 January, national tax authorities will have direct access to information on the beneficial owners of companies, trusts and other entities, as well as customer due diligence records of companies.

Employment and Social Affairs

Eva Maydell: The Council presidency is an important experience for Bulgaria

15 December 2017

Eva Maydell talks about why the digital single market will never be completed, the important links between education, entrepreneurship and tech, and the upcoming Bulgarian EU Council presidency.

Issue 467 | 18 December 2017

15 December 2017

Eva Maydell interview, Bulgarian EU Council Presidency Preview, ITER, 5G & Artificial Intelligence, Brexit breakthrough, Afrophobia, Inland waterways, EU-Israel, Aviation, 5 questions with Lambert van Nistelrooij and more...

Energy

Strasbourg plenary: Energy, future of EU top of the agenda

12 January 2018

MEPs will vote on a raft of energy proposals and debate the future of the EU during the first plenary session of the year, next week in Strasbourg.

Scientists call on MEPs to amend renewable energy directive

11 January 2018

MEPs are being urged to amend the present renewable energy directive to “avoid expansive harm to the world’s forests and the acceleration of climate change.”

Decarbonising transport: This is the time to get it right

9 January 2018

MEPs will soon vote on several important provisions that could determine whether biofuels can make the needed contribution to the decarbonisation of transport, explains Géraldine Kutas.

Enlargement

Ousted Catalan President flees to Brussels to ‘explain’ Catalan problem to EU leaders

31 October 2017

Carles Puigdemont vows to continue independence fight and contest 21 December snap elections called by Madrid.

Issue 462 | 09 October 2017

16 October 2017

Cécile Kashetu Kyenge Interview, Gender Equality, Health and Safety, Future of Food, Spirit Drinks Regulation, Brexit, Energy Labelling, Plastics Strategy, 5 questions with Antanas Guoga and more.

Environment

Official launch of Bulgarian Council presidency marked by protests

11 January 2018

The formal launch of Bulgaria’s EU Council presidency on Thursday was marked by a large-scale demonstration by thousands of protesters in the country’s capital.

Scientists call on MEPs to amend renewable energy directive

11 January 2018

MEPs are being urged to amend the present renewable energy directive to “avoid expansive harm to the world’s forests and the acceleration of climate change.”

Decarbonising transport: This is the time to get it right

9 January 2018

MEPs will soon vote on several important provisions that could determine whether biofuels can make the needed contribution to the decarbonisation of transport, explains Géraldine Kutas.

EU Council Presidency

Juncker: Bulgaria's place is in Europe

12 January 2018

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and his Council counterpart Donald Tusk led an EU delegation to Sofia to launch the Bulgarian Council presidency on Thursday.

Official launch of Bulgarian Council presidency marked by protests

11 January 2018

The formal launch of Bulgaria’s EU Council presidency on Thursday was marked by a large-scale demonstration by thousands of protesters in the country’s capital.

Commissioners travel to Sofia for official launch of Bulgarian EU Council presidency

10 January 2018

The entire college of Commissioners will travel to Sofia on Thursday for the opening of the Bulgarian EU Council presidency.

European Commission

Strasbourg plenary: Energy, future of EU top of the agenda

12 January 2018

MEPs will vote on a raft of energy proposals and debate the future of the EU during the first plenary session of the year, next week in Strasbourg.

Juncker: Bulgaria's place is in Europe

12 January 2018

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and his Council counterpart Donald Tusk led an EU delegation to Sofia to launch the Bulgarian Council presidency on Thursday.

Commissioners travel to Sofia for official launch of Bulgarian EU Council presidency

10 January 2018

The entire college of Commissioners will travel to Sofia on Thursday for the opening of the Bulgarian EU Council presidency.

Food

New EU novel food regulation comes into force

4 January 2018

The European Union’s new regulation on novel food has formally come into force.

Issue 467 | 18 December 2017

15 December 2017

Eva Maydell interview, Bulgarian EU Council Presidency Preview, ITER, 5G & Artificial Intelligence, Brexit breakthrough, Afrophobia, Inland waterways, EU-Israel, Aviation, 5 questions with Lambert van Nistelrooij and more...

MEPs vote down infamous kebab resolution

14 December 2017

A resolution opposing the authorisation of phosphate additives in kebab meat has failed to win an absolute majority of MEPs.

Foreign Affairs

EU and Iranian foreign ministers meet in Brussels

11 January 2018

EU foreign affairs ministers were in Brussels on Thursday for high-level meetings focused on the Iran nuclear deal.

Critics lash out at EU's decision to invite Iranian foreign minister for talks in Brussels

10 January 2018

The EU has been condemned for inviting the Iranian foreign minister for talks in Brussels this week.

Religious refugees from China denied asylum in Europe

9 January 2018

Willy Fautré fears for the future of those fleeing religious persecution in China.

Green week

Raw Materials Week: EU must decrease consumption and embrace eco-sufficiency

8 November 2017

World needs to ‘gear up’ for natural resource ‘paradigm shift’ say Friends of the Earth Europe campaigners.

Green jobs could change the way we live, so what are we waiting for?

18 May 2017

Green jobs could change the way we live, and the world we live in - what are we waiting for, asks Jean Lambert.

Karmenu Vella: Green Week will show how traditional blue collar jobs can become part of green transition

17 May 2017

European environment, maritime affairs and fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella on what to expect from this year's EU Green Week activities, the importance of the blue economy and the job potential of acting green.

Health

Childhood Cancer: Benefiting from the best knowledge available in Europe

11 January 2018

The Paediatric Cancer network, ERN PaedCan is helping to break down barriers to effective cross-border healthcare, writes Ruth Ladenstein

New EU novel food regulation comes into force

4 January 2018

The European Union’s new regulation on novel food has formally come into force.

AnimalhealthEurope welcomes progress on Animal Medicines Legislative Package

20 December 2017

AnimalhealthEurope is pleased to see the European Council receive the mandate to enter into trilogue negotiations with the Commission and the Parliament to agree on the final text of the new EU Veterinary Medicines and Medicated Feed Regulations.

Internal Market

Childhood Cancer: Benefiting from the best knowledge available in Europe

11 January 2018

The Paediatric Cancer network, ERN PaedCan is helping to break down barriers to effective cross-border healthcare, writes Ruth Ladenstein

Real product testing does not entail superpowers, but right focus and financial resources

20 December 2017

 The freshly published Market Surveillance Draft Regulation recognises the importance of market surveillance authorities.

Clean Energy Package must support prosumers

5 December 2017

The message is clear: fuel cell micro-cogeneration is market-ready, argues Hans Korteweg.

Justice and Rights

Luxembourg overturns LuxLeaks whistleblower guilty verdict

11 January 2018

Luxembourg’s highest court has overturned the guilty verdict against LuxLeaks whistleblower Antoine Deltour.

MEPs set to vote on new rules to fight terrorist financing

10 January 2018

New rules to better equip EU countries to freeze and confiscate criminal assets across the EU will be voted on by Parliament’s civil liberties committee later this week.

Maritime and Fisheries

Antimicrobial Resistance: A silent tsunami

15 November 2017

The increasing use of antibiotics is a public health and animal husbandry time bomb, reports Brian Johnson

EU is playing its part to protect our oceans

7 November 2017

With €7bn in pledges, the EU is on course to deliver as a global ocean leader, writes Karmenu Vella.

Issue 464 | 6 November 2017

6 November 2017

Terry Reintke interview, Sexual Harassment and equality, COP23 Climate change talks, Rethinking Recycling: Circular Economy,  COPD Awareness Day, Electrification of Transport, Commissioner Karmenu Vella and the 'Our Ocean' Conference, Antibiotic Awareness Day, 5 questions with Cecilia Malmström and more...

News in a nutshell

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.

Movers and Shakers | Government edition

15 May 2017

Keep track of developments in European governments with a special edition of our movers and shakers column.

Refugee crisis

Religious refugees from China denied asylum in Europe

9 January 2018

Willy Fautré fears for the future of those fleeing religious persecution in China.

International Migrants Day: A shrinking humanitarian space for migration work

18 December 2017

Humanitarian organisations must be able to deliver unconditional support to migrants, wherever they are, argues Denis Haveaux.

Eva Maydell: The Council presidency is an important experience for Bulgaria

15 December 2017

Eva Maydell talks about why the digital single market will never be completed, the important links between education, entrepreneurship and tech, and the upcoming Bulgarian EU Council presidency.

Regions

Greening the Danube’s inland waterway transport

19 December 2017

Europe’s second longest river has major economic potential, but much more needs to be done to make the Danube inland waterway a real EU success story, a recent conference was told.

Special status for Northern Ireland would create unacceptable internal barriers to UK

8 December 2017

Creating barriers to trade with Great Britain would jeopardise Northern Ireland economically and socially - and may be the biggest threat to peace, writes Diane Dodds.

Research and Innovation

Childhood Cancer: Benefiting from the best knowledge available in Europe

11 January 2018

The Paediatric Cancer network, ERN PaedCan is helping to break down barriers to effective cross-border healthcare, writes Ruth Ladenstein

ITER turns 10: Paving an ambitious way to a sustainable future

18 December 2017

As ITER turns 10 years old, now is a good time to take stock of the progress and the challenges ahead, writes Martina Dlabajová.

Trade

Michel Barnier to meet with Brexit supporters

9 January 2018

A delegation of Brexit figures, led by independent MEP Steven Woolfe, will travel to Brussels to meet with Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, on Wednesday ahead of the second phase of exit talks.

Real product testing does not entail superpowers, but right focus and financial resources

20 December 2017

 The freshly published Market Surveillance Draft Regulation recognises the importance of market surveillance authorities.

Transport

Decarbonising transport: This is the time to get it right

9 January 2018

MEPs will soon vote on several important provisions that could determine whether biofuels can make the needed contribution to the decarbonisation of transport, explains Géraldine Kutas.

EU aviation strategy: Turbulent times?

21 December 2017

Two years after the Commission presented its aviation strategy, Jacek P. Krawczyk wonders if industry and policymakers are on the same page.

EU aviation rules must ensure fair and open skies

21 December 2017

The new aviation competition regulation must ensure fairness while leaving no room for protectionism, says Markus Pieper.