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5Qs

5 Questions with... Monica Semedo

9 March 2020

Monica Semedo (LU, RE) is a member of the Employment and Social Affairs committee.

5 Questions with... Josianne Cutajar

17 February 2020

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

5 Questions with... Susana Solís Pérez

30 January 2020

Susana Solís Pérez (ES, RE) is a member of Parliament’s REGI Committee

Agriculture

Me(a)t the Future

31 March 2020

Karsten Maier highlights the functioning of the food-chain during crisis and its approach to future EU policy.

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.

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

Michel Barnier tests positive for COVID-19

19 March 2020

With the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator now in self-isolation, having contracted Coronavirus, questions now abound over a possible extension of the Brexit transition period.

Phil Hogan: Showing the value of trade policy

9 March 2020

In today’s world, EU trade policy is about much more than trade; it is a vehicle for promoting our values and standards around the world explains Phil Hogan.

Talks between EU and UK have entered “crucial phase” says senior MEP

6 March 2020

David McAllister, the chair of the European Parliament’s new UK Coordination Group, was speaking following the start this week of EU-UK negotiations on a future partnership.

Climate Crisis

MEPs urge Commission to put Green Deal on ice amid COVID-19 crisis

1 April 2020

Nearly 40 MEPs have asked that the European Green Deal, a Commission flagship policy, is dropped for the time being due to the coronavirus crisis.

Turning legislation into action

23 March 2020

The Water Framework Directive is a well-designed piece of legislation. However, without proper implementation it will remain ineffective in delivering water protection, writes Grace O’Sullivan.

Unlocking the hidden potential of waste water

23 March 2020

It’s time we adapted our water management to the challenges we face – that includes tapping the potential in water, says Pernille Weiss.

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

Why the EU should rethink its push for a digital research and education “lighthouse”

30 March 2020

Europe must connect its ambition of being a digital leader with initiatives already happening at its universities, says Amanda Crowfoot.

Star-struck Parliament

6 March 2020

Soul legend Mary Wilson speaks to Rajnish Singh, describing what it was like taking on The Beatles, a star in segregated America and how she is still inspiring positive change today.

Evelyn Regner: 21st Century Woman

5 March 2020

While the fight for gender equality is far from over, women are making strides in advancing their rights, gaining an ever-louder voice across the world. Evelyn Regner, Chair of Parliament’s FEMM Committee tells Lorna Hutchinson that despite resistance from male-dominated power structures, this will be the Century of Women.

Development

Why Coronavirus means the EU must suspend its palm oil ban

20 March 2020

In light of Coronavirus, the EU must suspend its proposed palm oil ban – for the sake of its own economy and millions of Malaysia’s poorest, argues Youssef Kobo.

In conversation with... Florian Pappenberger

17 March 2020

The relationship between weather forecasting and flood prediction is set to become stronger as both activities increasingly rely on an Earth system approach, says Florian Pappenberger, Director of Forecasts at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).

Greek Prime Minister: Migrants and asylum seekers must not be used as ‘pawns’

6 March 2020

Kyriakos Mitsotakis made the remarks alongside several EU leaders who were visiting Greece's border with Turkey to assess the new crisis over refugees and migrants trying to enter the EU.

Digital Agenda

Why the EU should rethink its push for a digital research and education “lighthouse”

30 March 2020

Europe must connect its ambition of being a digital leader with initiatives already happening at its universities, says Amanda Crowfoot.

Digital autonomy

17 March 2020

We need to invest in our own digital sovereignty, writes Axel Voss.

A European workforce fit for the digital age

17 March 2020

Keeping Europe’s workers safe and healthy is the key to success in the digital age, explains Christa Sedlatschek.

Economic Affairs

Political groups welcome emergency unemployment scheme

3 April 2020

Two of Parliament’s biggest political groups have welcomed the Commission’s new scheme, which aims to support workers and avoid massive unemployment caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Emergency Coronavirus measures approved in extraordinary plenary

26 March 2020

The special plenary session saw 687 deputies overwhelmingly approve a set of urgent measures which aim to boost European and global efforts to help combat the spread of Coronavirus.

Exceptional times require decisive action, says EESC chief

23 March 2020

The EU must come together, support each other and take concerted action to defeat the COVID-19 outbreak, writes Luca Jahier.

Employment and Social Affairs

Political groups welcome emergency unemployment scheme

3 April 2020

Two of Parliament’s biggest political groups have welcomed the Commission’s new scheme, which aims to support workers and avoid massive unemployment caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

A European workforce fit for the digital age

17 March 2020

Keeping Europe’s workers safe and healthy is the key to success in the digital age, explains Christa Sedlatschek.

EU and Member States urged to ensure businesses survive Coronavirus

16 March 2020

With the virus causing havoc in Europe and globally, there are growing concerns about the impact the outbreak will have on the business sector.

Energy

Why Coronavirus means the EU must suspend its palm oil ban

20 March 2020

In light of Coronavirus, the EU must suspend its proposed palm oil ban – for the sake of its own economy and millions of Malaysia’s poorest, argues Youssef Kobo.

In conversation with... Florian Pappenberger

17 March 2020

The relationship between weather forecasting and flood prediction is set to become stronger as both activities increasingly rely on an Earth system approach, says Florian Pappenberger, Director of Forecasts at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).

An industrial scale Green Deal

4 March 2020

While the European Green Deal may prove to be the defining strategy of this legislature, it will need to built on a sustainable industrial policy, says Simona Bonafè.

Enlargement

EU set to start membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia

24 March 2020

An EU General Affairs Council meeting today is likely to give the go ahead - a decision that has been long awaited in the region.

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.”

Environment

MEPs urge Commission to put Green Deal on ice amid COVID-19 crisis

1 April 2020

Nearly 40 MEPs have asked that the European Green Deal, a Commission flagship policy, is dropped for the time being due to the coronavirus crisis.

Turning legislation into action

23 March 2020

The Water Framework Directive is a well-designed piece of legislation. However, without proper implementation it will remain ineffective in delivering water protection, writes Grace O’Sullivan.

Unlocking the hidden potential of waste water

23 March 2020

It’s time we adapted our water management to the challenges we face – that includes tapping the potential in water, says Pernille Weiss.

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

MEPs urge Commission to put Green Deal on ice amid COVID-19 crisis

1 April 2020

Nearly 40 MEPs have asked that the European Green Deal, a Commission flagship policy, is dropped for the time being due to the coronavirus crisis.

MEPs slam Hungary after “lockdown of democracy”

31 March 2020

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's coalition passed an emergency bill in parliament that allows the government to rule by decree indefinitely during a state of emergency over the Coronavirus outbreak.

Emergency Coronavirus measures approved in extraordinary plenary

26 March 2020

The special plenary session saw 687 deputies overwhelmingly approve a set of urgent measures which aim to boost European and global efforts to help combat the spread of Coronavirus.

European Questions

An uncertain future for Conference on Future of Europe

23 March 2020

The launch of the Europe-wide Conference, which aims to kickstart debate about the future of Europe, is looking increasingly unlikely amid the escalating Coronavirus crisis. 

5 Questions with... Atidzhe Alieva-Veli

23 March 2020

Atidzhe Alieva-Veli (BG, RE) is a vice-chair of Parliament’s delegation to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

Parliament to hold COVID-19 crisis plenary with remote voting

19 March 2020

The extraordinary plenary session, which will take place on March 26, will see MEPs use a remote voting system for the first time.

Food

Me(a)t the Future

31 March 2020

Karsten Maier highlights the functioning of the food-chain during crisis and its approach to future EU policy.

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.

Foreign Affairs

MEPs slam Hungary after “lockdown of democracy”

31 March 2020

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's coalition passed an emergency bill in parliament that allows the government to rule by decree indefinitely during a state of emergency over the Coronavirus outbreak.

Remote working: The new normal

24 March 2020

With millions of workers across Europe now confined to their homes due to the COVID-19 outbreak, an expert has offered advice to the challenges facing many companies.

An uncertain future for Conference on Future of Europe

23 March 2020

The launch of the Europe-wide Conference, which aims to kickstart debate about the future of Europe, is looking increasingly unlikely amid the escalating Coronavirus crisis. 

Gastein

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.

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

EU calls for ramp-up in production on vital medical equipment

3 April 2020

EU Internal market chief Thierry Breton also warned EU Member States to remove any barriers to free movement of medical supplies.

A deepening health crisis

3 April 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic should act as a stark warning for policymakers on the growing threat to healthcare of Antimicrobial resistance, argue Martin Hojsík and Irena Joveva.

Autism Awareness Day: Being unique

2 April 2020

The EU needs to do more to empower people with disabilities and give them the opportunity to learn and excel in their own way, argues Miriam Dalli.

Internal Market

Me(a)t the Future

31 March 2020

Karsten Maier highlights the functioning of the food-chain during crisis and its approach to future EU policy.

Creating “human-centric” Artificial Intelligence

3 March 2020

Digital developments will affect us all but, as Maltese Socialist deputy Alex Agius Saliba warns, the risks associated with new technologies must be addressed.

Bringing Europe into the digital age

3 March 2020

Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl explains how Europe can boost the number of its digital unicorn companies.

Justice and Rights

EU steps up efforts to counter disinformation during COVID-19 crisis

2 April 2020

The European Commission has launched a special section on its website where people can fact-check information, including so-called “cures” for the virus.

Autism Awareness Day: Being unique

2 April 2020

The EU needs to do more to empower people with disabilities and give them the opportunity to learn and excel in their own way, argues Miriam Dalli.

Autism Awareness Day: The right to work

2 April 2020

People with Autism Spectrum Disorder have the right to work to gain their economic independence, but greater investment and resources are needed, argues Alicia Homs Ginel.

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

Stigma and chronic pain

18 March 2020

Chronic pain is a huge problem; not just because of its debilitating effects on those afflicted but also because of the associated stigma, writes Jeroen Lenaers.

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.

News in a nutshell

Sassoli under fire over ‘mini plenary’ amid rising Coronavirus concerns

11 March 2020

Parliament President David Sassoli decided to keep MEPs and parliamentary staff in Brussels for a “mini plenary” this week despite increasing fears over the rapid spread of the Coronavirus.

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.

Refugee crisis

EU urged to re-examine 2016 Turkey migration deal

16 March 2020

The deal involved Ankara agreeing to control the flow of migrants to Europe in exchange for financial assistance and other steps including the easing of visa restrictions.

 

First 100 days of von der Leyen Commission: Juggling crises and feting flagship policies

9 March 2020

The last three months have seen the EU plunged into full-scale crisis management mode with the outbreak of the Coronavirus in Europe and tensions reaching boiling point on the Greek-Turkish border.

Greek Prime Minister: Migrants and asylum seekers must not be used as ‘pawns’

6 March 2020

Kyriakos Mitsotakis made the remarks alongside several EU leaders who were visiting Greece's border with Turkey to assess the new crisis over refugees and migrants trying to enter the EU.

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

A deepening health crisis

3 April 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic should act as a stark warning for policymakers on the growing threat to healthcare of Antimicrobial resistance, argue Martin Hojsík and Irena Joveva.

Why the EU should rethink its push for a digital research and education “lighthouse”

30 March 2020

Europe must connect its ambition of being a digital leader with initiatives already happening at its universities, says Amanda Crowfoot.

EU vaccine developers ‘overlooked’ in Coronavirus inoculation race

17 March 2020

Some research centres and vaccine developers in Europe have been “overlooked” and are “missing out” in desperate efforts to curb the rapid spread of Coronavirus, it has been claimed.

Trade

The Private Sector must unite to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic

2 April 2020

Businesses, government and civil society can lead together, with compassion and solidarity, writes CEO of Kale Group Zeynep Bodur Okyay.

Me(a)t the Future

31 March 2020

Karsten Maier highlights the functioning of the food-chain during crisis and its approach to future EU policy.

Why Coronavirus means the EU must suspend its palm oil ban

20 March 2020

In light of Coronavirus, the EU must suspend its proposed palm oil ban – for the sake of its own economy and millions of Malaysia’s poorest, argues Youssef Kobo.

Transport

European Commission proposes temporary ban on non-essential travel to EU

17 March 2020

Under the proposals, entry to the European Union at its external borders will be restricted for any non-EU national for an initial period of 30 days.

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.

US-EU

Phil Hogan: Showing the value of trade policy

9 March 2020

In today’s world, EU trade policy is about much more than trade; it is a vehicle for promoting our values and standards around the world explains Phil Hogan.

Star-struck Parliament

6 March 2020

Soul legend Mary Wilson speaks to Rajnish Singh, describing what it was like taking on The Beatles, a star in segregated America and how she is still inspiring positive change today.

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.