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Issue 474 | 23 April 2018

23 April 2018

Antanas Guoga interview, Blockchain, State of the Energy Union, intestinal failure, circular economy, mental health, fake news, recognising cancer nursing, polio, cohesion policy, 5 questions with Biljana Borzan and more.

 

Issue 473 | 09 April 2018

9 April 2018

Soraya Post interview, Violence Against Women, Biofuels, Bulgarian EU Council Presidency Reception coverage, Fisheries, EU Enlargement, MEP Awards winners, AMR, Immunisation Week, 5 questions with Miapetra Kumpula-Natri and more...

Issue 472 | 19 March 2018

19 March 2018

Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov interview, ePivacy, Copyright, Fire Safety, Online Gambling, CAP Post-2020, Smart Farming, Foreign Investment,Sustainable Finance, Listeria, ASEM, 5 questions with Peter Kouroumbashev and more...

Agriculture

New report claims glyphosate has 'serious adverse' health effects

18 May 2018

The controversial substance glyphosate has serious adverse health effects, including on sexual and reproductive health, according to a new report published this week.

Scratching the surface: why mandatory GMO feeding studies just do not make sense

15 May 2018

It’s time to scratch the surface, and recognise that advanced plant breeding methods, including GM crops, can really make a positive impact, writes Julian Little.

Is Europe willing to make animals the scapegoat through a disproportionate focus on their role in AMR?

8 May 2018

Unlike human medicines veterinary medicines undergo a thorough environmental risk assessment, explains AnimalhealthEurope Secretary General, Roxane Feller.

Animal Welfare

Issue 476 | 21 May 2018

18 May 2018

Miriam Dalli interview, European Week Against Cancer, Anti-Semitism, World No Tobacco Day, Development Days, European Maritime Day, MFF negotiations, Product Safety, Animal Testing, 5 questions with Marlene Mizzi and more.

Scratching the surface: why mandatory GMO feeding studies just do not make sense

15 May 2018

It’s time to scratch the surface, and recognise that advanced plant breeding methods, including GM crops, can really make a positive impact, writes Julian Little.

Is Europe willing to make animals the scapegoat through a disproportionate focus on their role in AMR?

8 May 2018

Unlike human medicines veterinary medicines undergo a thorough environmental risk assessment, explains AnimalhealthEurope Secretary General, Roxane Feller.

Brexit

Does Brexit really mean 'taking back control' of immigration?

15 May 2018

The UK will have to demonstrate that it is still ‘open for business’ after it leaves the EU at the end of March 2019, according to Greens MEP Jean Lambert.

McDonald's accused of tax avoidance

14 May 2018

Parliament’s Greens/EFA group has warned that the UK could become the “biggest tax haven near the EU” after Brexit.

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

Refugee Integration in Europe: good practices and challenges

16 May 2018

The EU has a duty to protect refugees from exploitation, while preserving the values upon Europe’s  democratic societies are built, argues Tommaso Virgili.

Why Europe matters: Talking about my generation

8 May 2018

While Europe’s young people are keen to develop modern soft skills and entrepreneurial know-how, they also want policymakers and business leaders to listen to them on why Europe matters.

Brexit: research and education must be solved now

3 May 2018

Research and education should be among the easier elements of the Brexit negotiations, argue Paul Boyle and Rolf Tarrach

Development

Issue 476 | 21 May 2018

18 May 2018

Miriam Dalli interview, European Week Against Cancer, Anti-Semitism, World No Tobacco Day, Development Days, European Maritime Day, MFF negotiations, Product Safety, Animal Testing, 5 questions with Marlene Mizzi and more.

Scratching the surface: why mandatory GMO feeding studies just do not make sense

15 May 2018

It’s time to scratch the surface, and recognise that advanced plant breeding methods, including GM crops, can really make a positive impact, writes Julian Little.

Pakistan’s gender discrimination in law is a violation of GSP+

25 April 2018

Pakistan's constant gender discrimination is in direct violation of its GSP+ obligations, explains Jude-Kirton Darling, so why is the Commission turning a blind eye to the country's lack of equality?

Digital Agenda

Business groups call for leniency ahead of GDPR entry into force

18 May 2018

Jan Albrecht, who steered the general data protection regulation (GDPR) through Parliament, has defended the legislation.

Mark Zuckerberg to visit European Parliament

18 May 2018

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to a private meeting with the leaders of Parliament’s political groups.

Economic Affairs

McDonald's accused of tax avoidance

14 May 2018

Parliament’s Greens/EFA group has warned that the UK could become the “biggest tax haven near the EU” after Brexit.

Issue 475 | 07 May 2018

4 May 2018

Adina-Ioana Vălean interview, Green Week 2018, EU Enlargement: Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, eHealth, Future of Europe, eGigarettes, Cohesion Policy, Brexit, 5 questions with Laima Andrikienė and more.

Employment and Social Affairs

Issue 476 | 21 May 2018

18 May 2018

Miriam Dalli interview, European Week Against Cancer, Anti-Semitism, World No Tobacco Day, Development Days, European Maritime Day, MFF negotiations, Product Safety, Animal Testing, 5 questions with Marlene Mizzi and more.

Refugee Integration in Europe: good practices and challenges

16 May 2018

The EU has a duty to protect refugees from exploitation, while preserving the values upon Europe’s  democratic societies are built, argues Tommaso Virgili.

Why Europe matters: Talking about my generation

8 May 2018

While Europe’s young people are keen to develop modern soft skills and entrepreneurial know-how, they also want policymakers and business leaders to listen to them on why Europe matters.

Energy

Issue 476 | 21 May 2018

18 May 2018

Miriam Dalli interview, European Week Against Cancer, Anti-Semitism, World No Tobacco Day, Development Days, European Maritime Day, MFF negotiations, Product Safety, Animal Testing, 5 questions with Marlene Mizzi and more.

Biofuels in the renewable energy directive: The last call

15 May 2018

Ahead of this week's RED II negotiations, Géraldine Kutas explains where policymakers are getting it wrong on biofuels - and how they can fix their mistakes before it's too late.

EU member states must encourage cities and regions in their energy transition plans

10 May 2018

Cities and regions should look to several EU-funded projects to help facilitate their energy transition, says Maria Spyraki.

Enlargement

Western Balkans summit: More work to be done ahead of accession talks

18 May 2018

The EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia has ended with no clear sign as to when accession talks may start for the six Balkan states hoping to join the EU.

5 questions with... Laima Andrikienė

9 May 2018

Laima Andrikienė (EPP, LT) is a Vice-Chair of Parliament’s delegation to the EU-Kazakhstan, EU-Kyrgyzstan, EU-Uzbekistan and EU-Tajikistan parliamentary cooperation committees and for relations with Turkmenistan and Mongolia.

Edi Rama: Albania on the road to European Union membership

7 May 2018

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama talks reforming Europe and the Balkans and why 80 per cent of Albanians want EU membership.

Environment

New report claims glyphosate has 'serious adverse' health effects

18 May 2018

The controversial substance glyphosate has serious adverse health effects, including on sexual and reproductive health, according to a new report published this week.

Issue 476 | 21 May 2018

18 May 2018

Miriam Dalli interview, European Week Against Cancer, Anti-Semitism, World No Tobacco Day, Development Days, European Maritime Day, MFF negotiations, Product Safety, Animal Testing, 5 questions with Marlene Mizzi and more.

EU to ban plastic straws, cutlery and balloons

15 May 2018

The EU has confirmed that it aims to ban straws, cutlery, plates and balloon sticks made of plastic as part of a purge on the use of plastics.

EU Council Presidency

Western Balkans summit: More work to be done ahead of accession talks

18 May 2018

The EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia has ended with no clear sign as to when accession talks may start for the six Balkan states hoping to join the EU.

Biofuels in the renewable energy directive: The last call

15 May 2018

Ahead of this week's RED II negotiations, Géraldine Kutas explains where policymakers are getting it wrong on biofuels - and how they can fix their mistakes before it's too late.

Steel packaging and the circular economy: How to close the loop?

27 April 2018

EU policymakers and stakeholders recently got together in Brussels to discuss how they could better work together on closing the recycling loop for steel packaging in Europe.

European Commission

Western Balkans summit: More work to be done ahead of accession talks

18 May 2018

The EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia has ended with no clear sign as to when accession talks may start for the six Balkan states hoping to join the EU.

Issue 476 | 21 May 2018

18 May 2018

Miriam Dalli interview, European Week Against Cancer, Anti-Semitism, World No Tobacco Day, Development Days, European Maritime Day, MFF negotiations, Product Safety, Animal Testing, 5 questions with Marlene Mizzi and more.

EU to ban plastic straws, cutlery and balloons

15 May 2018

The EU has confirmed that it aims to ban straws, cutlery, plates and balloon sticks made of plastic as part of a purge on the use of plastics.

European Questions

5 questions with... Laima Andrikienė

9 May 2018

Laima Andrikienė (EPP, LT) is a Vice-Chair of Parliament’s delegation to the EU-Kazakhstan, EU-Kyrgyzstan, EU-Uzbekistan and EU-Tajikistan parliamentary cooperation committees and for relations with Turkmenistan and Mongolia.

5 questions with... Biljana Borzan

25 April 2018

Biljana Borzan (S&D, HR) is a member of Parliament’s environment, public health and food safety committee

5 questions with... Miapetra Kumpula-Natri

13 April 2018

Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (S&D, FI) is a member of Parliament’s industry, research and energy committee.

Food

Scratching the surface: why mandatory GMO feeding studies just do not make sense

15 May 2018

It’s time to scratch the surface, and recognise that advanced plant breeding methods, including GM crops, can really make a positive impact, writes Julian Little.

Is Europe willing to make animals the scapegoat through a disproportionate focus on their role in AMR?

8 May 2018

Unlike human medicines veterinary medicines undergo a thorough environmental risk assessment, explains AnimalhealthEurope Secretary General, Roxane Feller.

EU must reinstate science in GMO safety assessment and eliminate unnecessary animal testing

17 April 2018

Beat Späth, Director of Agricultural Biotechnology at EuropaBio, calls for an end to unneeded animal testing.

Foreign Affairs

Western Balkans summit: More work to be done ahead of accession talks

18 May 2018

The EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia has ended with no clear sign as to when accession talks may start for the six Balkan states hoping to join the EU.

Issue 476 | 21 May 2018

18 May 2018

Miriam Dalli interview, European Week Against Cancer, Anti-Semitism, World No Tobacco Day, Development Days, European Maritime Day, MFF negotiations, Product Safety, Animal Testing, 5 questions with Marlene Mizzi and more.

Green week

Issue 476 | 21 May 2018

18 May 2018

Miriam Dalli interview, European Week Against Cancer, Anti-Semitism, World No Tobacco Day, Development Days, European Maritime Day, MFF negotiations, Product Safety, Animal Testing, 5 questions with Marlene Mizzi and more.

EU member states must encourage cities and regions in their energy transition plans

10 May 2018

Cities and regions should look to several EU-funded projects to help facilitate their energy transition, says Maria Spyraki.

Cities and regions: An alternative solution to uphold the COP21 agreement?

10 May 2018

Parliament’s report highlights the key role cities play in the fight against climate change, explains Ángela Vallina.

Health

New report claims glyphosate has 'serious adverse' health effects

18 May 2018

The controversial substance glyphosate has serious adverse health effects, including on sexual and reproductive health, according to a new report published this week.

Issue 476 | 21 May 2018

18 May 2018

Miriam Dalli interview, European Week Against Cancer, Anti-Semitism, World No Tobacco Day, Development Days, European Maritime Day, MFF negotiations, Product Safety, Animal Testing, 5 questions with Marlene Mizzi and more.

Scratching the surface: why mandatory GMO feeding studies just do not make sense

15 May 2018

It’s time to scratch the surface, and recognise that advanced plant breeding methods, including GM crops, can really make a positive impact, writes Julian Little.

Internal Market

Issue 476 | 21 May 2018

18 May 2018

Miriam Dalli interview, European Week Against Cancer, Anti-Semitism, World No Tobacco Day, Development Days, European Maritime Day, MFF negotiations, Product Safety, Animal Testing, 5 questions with Marlene Mizzi and more.

Scratching the surface: why mandatory GMO feeding studies just do not make sense

15 May 2018

It’s time to scratch the surface, and recognise that advanced plant breeding methods, including GM crops, can really make a positive impact, writes Julian Little.

Campaigners call for all British citizens living in Belgium to be granted EU citizenship

7 May 2018

EU must act to secure the rights of all UK nationals living in the EU, not just those working for the EU institutions, argues former British MP.

Justice and Rights

Business groups call for leniency ahead of GDPR entry into force

18 May 2018

Jan Albrecht, who steered the general data protection regulation (GDPR) through Parliament, has defended the legislation.

Mark Zuckerberg to visit European Parliament

18 May 2018

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to a private meeting with the leaders of Parliament’s political groups.

Refugee Integration in Europe: good practices and challenges

16 May 2018

The EU has a duty to protect refugees from exploitation, while preserving the values upon Europe’s  democratic societies are built, argues Tommaso Virgili.

Maritime and Fisheries

Thailand is making significant progress in its fight against illegal fishing

9 April 2018

Towards IUU-free fisheries: Thailand is making significant progress in its fight against illegal fishing, argues Chatchai Sarikulya.

An existential crisis: The CFP needs reformed now

9 April 2018

The future of sustainable and successful fisheries and a healthy marine environment needs ordinary fishermen to be involved at every level, writes Liadh Ní Riada.

EU must steel itself for protracted fight over plastics, warns Friends of the Earth Europe

26 February 2018

Few environmental problems have thrust themselves into the public consciousness as quickly as plastics, writes Meadhbh Bolger.

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

Refugee Integration in Europe: good practices and challenges

16 May 2018

The EU has a duty to protect refugees from exploitation, while preserving the values upon Europe’s  democratic societies are built, argues Tommaso Virgili.

Antonio Tajani appeals for 'fair and free' elections in Turkey

7 May 2018

Turkish media has 'key role to play' in upcoming elections says European Parliament President.

 

US to impose Russia sanctions while EU warns there can be 'no impunity' over Syrian chemical weapons attack

16 April 2018

The US is set to impose fresh sanctions on Russia over its support to Syria’s chemical weapons programme, according to Washington’s ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Hayley.

Regions

New study highlights the added value of cohesion policy

11 May 2018

Cohesion policy benefits both the recipient and donor countries, explain Lambert van Nistelrooij and Andrey Novakov.

EU member states must encourage cities and regions in their energy transition plans

10 May 2018

Cities and regions should look to several EU-funded projects to help facilitate their energy transition, says Maria Spyraki.

Cities and regions have a key role to play in tackling the global climate emergency

10 May 2018

European regions and cities have already demonstrated their commitment to fighting climate change, writes Gilles Pargneaux.

Research and Innovation

Issue 476 | 21 May 2018

18 May 2018

Miriam Dalli interview, European Week Against Cancer, Anti-Semitism, World No Tobacco Day, Development Days, European Maritime Day, MFF negotiations, Product Safety, Animal Testing, 5 questions with Marlene Mizzi and more.

eHealth provides opportunities for smaller countries with limited resources

9 May 2018

While the positives of developing eHealth and ICT quickly become apparent, there are still some major challenges, writes Andrey Kovatchev.

Transport

Issue 476 | 21 May 2018

18 May 2018

Miriam Dalli interview, European Week Against Cancer, Anti-Semitism, World No Tobacco Day, Development Days, European Maritime Day, MFF negotiations, Product Safety, Animal Testing, 5 questions with Marlene Mizzi and more.

Biofuels in the renewable energy directive: The last call

15 May 2018

Ahead of this week's RED II negotiations, Géraldine Kutas explains where policymakers are getting it wrong on biofuels - and how they can fix their mistakes before it's too late.

Parliament endorses agreement on Type Approval of motor vehicles

20 April 2018

The European Parliament endorsed the provisional agreement reached on new rules on type approval of motor vehicles.

US-EU

Scratching the surface: why mandatory GMO feeding studies just do not make sense

15 May 2018

It’s time to scratch the surface, and recognise that advanced plant breeding methods, including GM crops, can really make a positive impact, writes Julian Little.

Cities and regions have a key role to play in tackling the global climate emergency

10 May 2018

European regions and cities have already demonstrated their commitment to fighting climate change, writes Gilles Pargneaux.