Topics

Agriculture

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.

Europe must embrace GMOs to address the UN SDGs

26 November 2019

Jonathan D.G Jones argues why the EU should replace chemistry-based agriculture with genetic methods.

In conversation with... Carlo Buontempo

21 November 2019

“Accurate, quality assured and freely available environmental data from ECMWF’s Copernicus Services supports policymakers and businesses throughout the European Union with the information, evidence and tools to make climate smart decisions,” explains Carlo Buontempo, recently appointed Director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service.

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

UK Withdrawal Agreement passes two key hurdles

24 January 2020

Having received Royal Assent in the UK and consent in a vote by Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee on Thursday, the UK is now well on its way to exiting the EU next week.

AFCO to sign-off UK Withdrawal Agreement

22 January 2020

The committee will vote on Thursday, paving the way for a final vote in plenary next week.

UK government under renewed pressure to provide an EU Green Card

22 January 2020

A House of Lords amendment to the Withdrawal Bill calls on the UK government to provide EU citizens with physical proof of status.

Climate Crisis

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.

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.

Building new partnership is in UK and EU’s ‘mutual interest’, says von der Leyen

9 January 2020

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she hopes the new partnership is “one that will be enabling us to defend and strengthen our interests, both from an economic and a security point of view.”

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

NGOs announce plans for fringe festival alongside Future of Europe conference

23 January 2020

The pan-European “festival of democracy” aims to “harness the energy, imagination and ideas” of citizens.

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.

Issue 506 | 2 December 2019

9 December 2019

After conquering the worlds of sport and local politics in his native Sweden, newly-elected MEP David Lega now wants to change the world for the better on a European level. He talks to us about the issues that drive his passion for policymaking and is this issue’s cover star.

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

European Payment Institutions Federation: Pay it forward

19 December 2019

Europe’s payment sector recently met up to discuss whether the EU’s controversial Interchange Fee Regulation had delivered on its stated objectives. Brian Johnson reports.

Don’t assume technology is racially neutral

11 December 2019

Without adequate and effective safeguards, the increasing reliance on technology in law enforcement risks reinforcing existing prejudices against racialised communities, writes Karen Taylor.

AI: The Brave New World

11 December 2019

Though AI can generate economic growth, and help solve the world’s biggest challenges, the new Commission accepts it also needs to deal with the ‘risks’ the new technology brings, writes Rajnish Singh.

Economic Affairs

European Banking Authority: “An egregious revolving doors case”

17 January 2020

The director of the EBA has been criticised by MEPs for moving to one of the most powerful finance lobby groups in Europe.

At last a European Commission President who is in love with Britain

9 January 2020

For the first time Britain has got full sight of the woman who will face Boris Johnson in the next chapter of the Brexit saga, writes Denis MacShane, the UK’s former Minister of Europe.

European Payment Institutions Federation: Pay it forward

19 December 2019

Europe’s payment sector recently met up to discuss whether the EU’s controversial Interchange Fee Regulation had delivered on its stated objectives. Brian Johnson reports.

Employment and Social Affairs

European Banking Authority: “An egregious revolving doors case”

17 January 2020

The director of the EBA has been criticised by MEPs for moving to one of the most powerful finance lobby groups in Europe.

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.

Women in finance: pushing water uphill

13 December 2019

Fighting for gender equality is an arduous struggle for women across all fields and the financial sector is no exception. Lorna Hutchinson reports on the perspectives of female powerhouses from the world of EU finance.

Energy

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.

Flying the flag for aviation

11 December 2019

The aviation industry has brought myriad benefits in connecting people, boosting trade and developing new technology - let’s not demonise it, says Caroline Nagtegaal.

What if technology could help us hack climate change?

4 December 2019

Cutting-edge technologies such as AI are here to make our lives easier, but they can also be used to make them more sustainable, writes APPLiA’s Paolo Falcioni.

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

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.

COP25 ends on disappointing note

16 December 2019

The 25th UN climate conference (COP25) in Madrid drew to a close without an agreement on binding rules for the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement.

‘Europe’s man on the moon moment’: Von der Leyen unveils EU Green Deal

11 December 2019

“Now it’s time to act”, announced European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen as she laid out the executive’s plans for tackling climate change.

EU Council Presidency

Von der Leyen urges Croatian presidency to focus on four "key" areas

20 January 2020

Implementing the European Green Deal, Brexit negotiations, the MFF and enlargement talks are among the priorities singled out by the Commission president.

Croatian Presidency Preview

20 December 2019

We spoke to Croatian MEPs from across Parliament about what to expect from the upcoming Croatian Presidency of the European Council.

UK edges closer to ratifying Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal

21 October 2019

However, a confirmatory referendum may be price UK prime minister has to pay to pass new Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

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

European Banking Authority: “An egregious revolving doors case”

17 January 2020

The director of the EBA has been criticised by MEPs for moving to one of the most powerful finance lobby groups in Europe.

At last a European Commission President who is in love with Britain

9 January 2020

For the first time Britain has got full sight of the woman who will face Boris Johnson in the next chapter of the Brexit saga, writes Denis MacShane, the UK’s former Minister of Europe.

The Von der Leyen Commission

23 December 2019

We spoke to MEPs from across Parliament about what they expect to see from the new European Commission.

European Questions

Conference on Future of Europe should not be ‘tokenistic rubber-stamping exercise’ say MEPs

15 January 2020

The conference is due to start on 9 May - Europe Day - and last up to two years. It seeks to address the measures deemed necessary to reform the EU.

Corbyn defeat is a lesson for European Left

20 December 2019

There is a major lesson for Europe's Left following UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s defeat, argues Denis MacShane.

5 questions with... Liesje Schreinemacher

10 December 2019

Liesje Schreinemacher (NL, RE) is a member of Parliament’s INTA and JURI committees.

Food

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)

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.

New Commission urged to implement ‘ambitious’ EU trade policy

2 December 2019

The head of an EU-wide body representing Europe’s spirits sector has called for an “ambitious EU trade policy” from the new European Commission.

Foreign Affairs

UK Withdrawal Agreement passes two key hurdles

24 January 2020

Having received Royal Assent in the UK and consent in a vote by Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee on Thursday, the UK is now well on its way to exiting the EU next week.

Arab News led poll shows Arab world at a ‘major turning point

14 January 2020

A ground-breaking Arab News-led poll shows reshaping of mosque and state is transforming the region. Andrew Boff looks at what is driving this change.

MEPs make impassioned plea for post-Brexit protection of citizens’ rights

14 January 2020

A plenary debate on the protection of citizens’ rights saw emotions run high and tempers fray.

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

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 to reform severe asthma services

8 January 2020

Political action is urgently needed to ensure that the four million European citizens with severe asthma routinely have access to specialist care, writes Pascal Chanez.

EIT Health Summit 2019: Defining unmet needs

19 December 2019

Delegates at the recent EIT Health Summit 2019 had the opportunity to meet innovators and gain insight into why defining societal health needs should be the focus of innovation. Brian Johnson reports.

Internal Market

European Payment Institutions Federation: Pay it forward

19 December 2019

Europe’s payment sector recently met up to discuss whether the EU’s controversial Interchange Fee Regulation had delivered on its stated objectives. Brian Johnson reports.

Women in finance: pushing water uphill

13 December 2019

Fighting for gender equality is an arduous struggle for women across all fields and the financial sector is no exception. Lorna Hutchinson reports on the perspectives of female powerhouses from the world of EU finance.

In partnership across borders

10 December 2019

Whatever the future UK-EU relationship, the City of London Corporation is determined to become a global hub for green investment, an engine of the transition to a low carbon economy and to play its part in championing sustainable green finance. Brian Johnson reports.

Justice and Rights

UK Withdrawal Agreement passes two key hurdles

24 January 2020

Having received Royal Assent in the UK and consent in a vote by Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee on Thursday, the UK is now well on its way to exiting the EU next week.

NGOs announce plans for fringe festival alongside Future of Europe conference

23 January 2020

The pan-European “festival of democracy” aims to “harness the energy, imagination and ideas” of citizens.

AFCO to sign-off UK Withdrawal Agreement

22 January 2020

The committee will vote on Thursday, paving the way for a final vote in plenary next week.

Maritime and Fisheries

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.

EU-Oman Special Supplement

9 December 2019

A Parliament Magazine special supplement with PA International on EU-Oman relations

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

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.”

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.

Regions

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.

Smart villages

23 October 2019

We spoke to MEPs from across Parliament about how the EU can better support rural communities.

Research and Innovation

Time to reform severe asthma services

8 January 2020

Political action is urgently needed to ensure that the four million European citizens with severe asthma routinely have access to specialist care, writes Pascal Chanez.

EIT Health Summit 2019: Defining unmet needs

19 December 2019

Delegates at the recent EIT Health Summit 2019 had the opportunity to meet innovators and gain insight into why defining societal health needs should be the focus of innovation. Brian Johnson reports.

COPD: the Invisible killer

17 December 2019

Health experts have issued stark warnings on the need or further commitment to effectively tackle asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Martin Banks reports.

Trade

British MEPs urge EU to 'get tough' with UK in upcoming trade talks

10 January 2020

Outgoing British MEPs have urged the EU to adopt a “get tough” approach with the UK in the upcoming trade talks, which will decide whether or not Britain leaves the EU with or without an agreement.

Brexit Steering Group member casts ‘serious doubt’ on Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit free trade deal

10 January 2020

In an exclusive interview with this website, senior Polish MEP Danuta Hubner said that a No Deal scenario in 11 months was a real possibility “unless we have 10 to 15 negotiating ‘tables’ agreed.”

At last a European Commission President who is in love with Britain

9 January 2020

For the first time Britain has got full sight of the woman who will face Boris Johnson in the next chapter of the Brexit saga, writes Denis MacShane, the UK’s former Minister of Europe.

Transport

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.

EU-Oman Special Supplement

9 December 2019

A Parliament Magazine special supplement with PA International on EU-Oman relations

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

EU says no plans to evacuate staff from Iran or Iraq despite tensions

8 January 2020

A European Commission spokesman told reporters that the safety of EU nationals and EU personnel in the area was a “top priority.”

Iran crisis could test EU’s mettle as ‘global actor’, says ambassador

7 January 2020

As her country takes the reins of the EU’s rotating Council presidency, Croatia's ambassador to the EU has called for a ‘de-escalation’ in tensions between the West and Iran.

Corbyn defeat is a lesson for European Left

20 December 2019

There is a major lesson for Europe's Left following UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s defeat, argues Denis MacShane.