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Issue 490 | 04 March 2019

12 March 2019

Veteran MEP Evelyne Gebhardt graces this issue's cover as we focus on this year's International Women's Day.

Also inside, Austrian deputy Paul Rübig explains why he believes Europe needs to be at the forefront of scientific research and innovation, Parly Mag's own Martin Banks looks at why online platforms dominated the recent EU Copyright debate and reports on the recent World Congress Against the Death Penalty, held in Brussels.  Meanwhile EU Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella outlines the EU's response to the problem of plastic Waste....

Issue 489 | 18 February 2019

18 February 2019

What next for Britain's MEPs? Reproductive Health, Human Rights, Tightening Parliament's Rulebook, Rare Diseases Day, PKU Screening, Digital for All, Changing the Clocks, Circular Economy, #MeTooEP Election Pledge, Gender Action Plan, 5 Questions with Nadja Hirsh and more...

5 questions with...Julie Girling

23 November 2018

Julie Girling (EPP, UK) member of the parliament’s environment committee and delegation to ASEAN

Agriculture

Issue 491 | 18 March 2019

18 March 2019

Former MEP, Finnish Prime Minister and recent EPP Spitzenkandidat shortlistee, Alexander Stubb graces this issue's cover in an exclusive interview.

Also inside, Czech deputy Pavel Poc explains why the problems surrounding the safety evaluations of glyphosate have shown the urgent need to improve the transparency of assesment processes, while our roving reporter Martin Banks investigates why local and regional leaders in the CoR and EESC are voicing mounting concern about the prospect of a no deal Brexit. MEPs Herbet Dorfmann, István Ujhelyi and Patrizia Toia contribute key...

Parliament’s pesticide committee stance receives mixed reactions

30 January 2019

MEPs have given a mixed reaction to Parliament’s decision to adopt the recommendations of a special committee set up to look into the EU approval procedure of pesticides.

Animal Welfare

MEPs hail new live animal transportation rules

4 March 2019

MEPs from across the political divide have welcomed the adoption of new EU-wide rules designed to give added protection to the transportation of live animals.

A vote for animal health is a vote for your own health

21 February 2019

A Europe whose political and regulatory framework stimulates the growth of innovation in the animal health sector is a Europe that secures a more sustainable future for all, writes Roxane Feller.

EU Parliament week ahead: Vote on no-deal Brexit contingency measures

8 February 2019

MEPs will vote next week in Strasbourg on a list of “emergency” measures the Commission has drawn up to ensure that key links between Europe and the UK will be maintained in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Brexit

MEPs hail UK citizens’ petition to scrap Brexit as signatures reach 3 million

22 March 2019

Senior UK MEPs have lauded the success of an online petition that calls for Brexit to be scrapped, as the number of signatories reach the three million mark.

Alyn Smith: ‘Dark forces’ seeking to undermine European elections

22 March 2019

Scottish MEP Alyn Smith has warned that “dark forces are seeking to undermine the European Parliament elections” and that the “ingredients of Brexit exist in every European 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

Updated: EU copyright debate turns sinister as MEP receives bomb threat

19 March 2019

The fierce debate over EU copyright reforms has taken a worrying turn with a bomb threat being made against the senior German MEP who has steered the legislation through Parliament.

International Women's Day: Seizing the momentum behind gender equality

8 March 2019

On International Women’s Day, we can be proud of what has been achieved, but there is no reason to be complacent, writes Vĕra Jourová.

Development

MEP Awards 2019: Heartfelt reactions from our winners

21 March 2019

Last night “Europe’s Oscars” took place at the Concert Noble in Brussels, to celebrate the hard work and dedication of Parliament’s members across a multitude of policy fields.

Digital Agenda

Time to bring Google Shopping case to a close

21 March 2019

Despite this week's €1.49bn fine by the European Commision, more needs to be done to help European businesses compete against online search giant Google, argues Ramon Tremosa i Balcells

MEP Awards 2019: Heartfelt reactions from our winners

21 March 2019

Last night “Europe’s Oscars” took place at the Concert Noble in Brussels, to celebrate the hard work and dedication of Parliament’s members across a multitude of policy fields.

Economic Affairs

MEP Awards 2019: Heartfelt reactions from our winners

21 March 2019

Last night “Europe’s Oscars” took place at the Concert Noble in Brussels, to celebrate the hard work and dedication of Parliament’s members across a multitude of policy fields.

Connecting Europe by bridging networks

20 March 2019

Incentivising good cooperation between authorities from di­fferent Member States is crucial for the next Connecting Europe Facility, writes Pavel Telička.

Employment and Social Affairs

MEP Awards 2019: Heartfelt reactions from our winners

21 March 2019

Last night “Europe’s Oscars” took place at the Concert Noble in Brussels, to celebrate the hard work and dedication of Parliament’s members across a multitude of policy fields.

Re-shaping mobility in Europe

20 March 2019

A transport revolution is imminent; it is vital that we decide how best to shape it to Europe’s changing needs, writes István Ujhelyi.

Juncker accused of gender bias for top EU finance post selection

18 March 2019

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has been accused of defending the selection of men only for high-level EU finance posts.

Energy

MEP Awards 2019: Heartfelt reactions from our winners

21 March 2019

Last night “Europe’s Oscars” took place at the Concert Noble in Brussels, to celebrate the hard work and dedication of Parliament’s members across a multitude of policy fields.

Issue 491 | 18 March 2019

18 March 2019

Former MEP, Finnish Prime Minister and recent EPP Spitzenkandidat shortlistee, Alexander Stubb graces this issue's cover in an exclusive interview.

Also inside, Czech deputy Pavel Poc explains why the problems surrounding the safety evaluations of glyphosate have shown the urgent need to improve the transparency of assesment processes, while our roving reporter Martin Banks investigates why local and regional leaders in the CoR and EESC are voicing mounting concern about the prospect of a no deal Brexit. MEPs Herbet Dorfmann, István Ujhelyi and Patrizia Toia contribute key...

Parliament political groups under fire for ‘blocking’ Greta Thunberg invitation

15 March 2019

Five political groups in the European Parliament have been criticised for allegedly “blocking” an invitation to 16-year-old environmentalist Greta Thunberg to speak in the assembly earlier this week.

Enlargement

Flourishing trade is bringing Ukraine and EU closer together

24 January 2019

Ukraine has built a lasting partnership with the European Union, underpinned by trade and security, explains Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.

Romania urges EU to start accession talks with Western Balkans countries

22 January 2019

Romanian foreign minister Teodor Meleșcanu has urged the EU to press ahead with the start of accession talks with Western Balkans countries such as Albania during its Presidency.

Serbian Prime Minister admits EU membership by 2025 may prove unattainable

19 December 2018

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić has admitted that the country’s goal of joining the EU by 2025 is “very ambitious” and may prove unattainable.

Environment

World Water Day 2019: Quality on tap

22 March 2019

On the occasion of World Water Day 2019, Rory Palmer writes that the Drinking Water Directive is our opportunity to address the modern challenges of supplying high-quality water to our citizens.

MEP Awards 2019: Heartfelt reactions from our winners

21 March 2019

Last night “Europe’s Oscars” took place at the Concert Noble in Brussels, to celebrate the hard work and dedication of Parliament’s members across a multitude of policy fields.

Driven by the heart

19 March 2019

As the balance in European sentiment increasingly leans to the right, veteran politician Alexander Stubb tells Lorna Hutchinson that election candidates need to become more personal if they are to strike an emotional chord with people on what it means to be European.

EU Council Presidency

Romanian EU Council Presidency: Fighting for a stronger voice

15 February 2019

Romania has been part of the EU for ten years. Its EU Council Presidency is an opportunity to reinforce the country's European credentials, writes Victor Negrescu

Romanian EU Council Presidency: Presenting a united front

12 February 2019

The Romanian EU Council Presidency comes at a time of multiple challenges for Europe, writes Claudia Ţapardel.

Romania urges EU to start accession talks with Western Balkans countries

22 January 2019

Romanian foreign minister Teodor Meleșcanu has urged the EU to press ahead with the start of accession talks with Western Balkans countries such as Albania during its Presidency.

EU Election 2019

Alyn Smith: ‘Dark forces’ seeking to undermine European elections

22 March 2019

Scottish MEP Alyn Smith has warned that “dark forces are seeking to undermine the European Parliament elections” and that the “ingredients of Brexit exist in every European country.”

MEP Awards 2019: Heartfelt reactions from our winners

21 March 2019

Last night “Europe’s Oscars” took place at the Concert Noble in Brussels, to celebrate the hard work and dedication of Parliament’s members across a multitude of policy fields.

‘Deep divisions’ between populist movements in Germany and Italy, survey says

20 March 2019

A new survey has highlighted “deep divisions” between populist movements in Germany and Italy, which will weaken their joint political impact in the post-election European Parliament.

European Commission

Time to bring Google Shopping case to a close

21 March 2019

Despite this week's €1.49bn fine by the European Commision, more needs to be done to help European businesses compete against online search giant Google, argues Ramon Tremosa i Balcells

Re-shaping mobility in Europe

20 March 2019

A transport revolution is imminent; it is vital that we decide how best to shape it to Europe’s changing needs, writes István Ujhelyi.

European Questions

EU leaders voice frustration at UK's Brexit deal rejection

13 March 2019

It’s UK’s responsibility to tell EU what it wants, say Brussels' chiefs, as no deal exit concerns increase

This week in Strasbourg

12 March 2019

MEPs will this week discuss their priorities for the 21-22 March EU summit, focussing on jobs, growth, competitiveness, climate change, external relations and ways to fight disinformation.

Transparency and better regulation in the EU

20 December 2018

Europe’s Citizens should expect the EU decision-making process to be as transparent and open as possible, with access to legislators a fundamental part of the democratic process.

Food

Issue 491 | 18 March 2019

18 March 2019

Former MEP, Finnish Prime Minister and recent EPP Spitzenkandidat shortlistee, Alexander Stubb graces this issue's cover in an exclusive interview.

Also inside, Czech deputy Pavel Poc explains why the problems surrounding the safety evaluations of glyphosate have shown the urgent need to improve the transparency of assesment processes, while our roving reporter Martin Banks investigates why local and regional leaders in the CoR and EESC are voicing mounting concern about the prospect of a no deal Brexit. MEPs Herbet Dorfmann, István Ujhelyi and Patrizia Toia contribute key...

Reduce, reuse, recycle

5 March 2019

Plastics in the environment, need to be better collected and sorted in order make recycling them viable

Foreign Affairs

MEPs hail UK citizens’ petition to scrap Brexit as signatures reach 3 million

22 March 2019

Senior UK MEPs have lauded the success of an online petition that calls for Brexit to be scrapped, as the number of signatories reach the three million mark.

Alyn Smith: ‘Dark forces’ seeking to undermine European elections

22 March 2019

Scottish MEP Alyn Smith has warned that “dark forces are seeking to undermine the European Parliament elections” and that the “ingredients of Brexit exist in every European country.”

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

MEP Awards 2019: Heartfelt reactions from our winners

21 March 2019

Last night “Europe’s Oscars” took place at the Concert Noble in Brussels, to celebrate the hard work and dedication of Parliament’s members across a multitude of policy fields.

Issue 491 | 18 March 2019

18 March 2019

Former MEP, Finnish Prime Minister and recent EPP Spitzenkandidat shortlistee, Alexander Stubb graces this issue's cover in an exclusive interview.

Also inside, Czech deputy Pavel Poc explains why the problems surrounding the safety evaluations of glyphosate have shown the urgent need to improve the transparency of assesment processes, while our roving reporter Martin Banks investigates why local and regional leaders in the CoR and EESC are voicing mounting concern about the prospect of a no deal Brexit. MEPs Herbet Dorfmann, István Ujhelyi and Patrizia Toia contribute key...

International Women's Day: Seizing the momentum behind gender equality

8 March 2019

On International Women’s Day, we can be proud of what has been achieved, but there is no reason to be complacent, writes Vĕra Jourová.

Internal Market

Time to bring Google Shopping case to a close

21 March 2019

Despite this week's €1.49bn fine by the European Commision, more needs to be done to help European businesses compete against online search giant Google, argues Ramon Tremosa i Balcells

MEP Awards 2019: Heartfelt reactions from our winners

21 March 2019

Last night “Europe’s Oscars” took place at the Concert Noble in Brussels, to celebrate the hard work and dedication of Parliament’s members across a multitude of policy fields.

Justice and Rights

MEPs hail UK citizens’ petition to scrap Brexit as signatures reach 3 million

22 March 2019

Senior UK MEPs have lauded the success of an online petition that calls for Brexit to be scrapped, as the number of signatories reach the three million mark.

World Water Day 2019: Quality on tap

22 March 2019

On the occasion of World Water Day 2019, Rory Palmer writes that the Drinking Water Directive is our opportunity to address the modern challenges of supplying high-quality water to our citizens.

Alyn Smith: ‘Dark forces’ seeking to undermine European elections

22 March 2019

Scottish MEP Alyn Smith has warned that “dark forces are seeking to undermine the European Parliament elections” and that the “ingredients of Brexit exist in every European country.”

Maritime and Fisheries

Refugees dying at ‘alarming rate’ at sea, says report

4 February 2019

A new report says that refugees and migrants attempting to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea lost their lives “at an alarming rate” in 2018.

EU lifts Thailand’s yellow card on tackling illegal fishing

11 January 2019

The European Commission has taken Thailand off its group of "warned countries" as recognition of its “progress” in tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

News in a nutshell

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.

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.

Refugee crisis

Driven by the heart

19 March 2019

As the balance in European sentiment increasingly leans to the right, veteran politician Alexander Stubb tells Lorna Hutchinson that election candidates need to become more personal if they are to strike an emotional chord with people on what it means to be European.

EU action on radicalisation needs to be targeted at grassroots level

18 March 2019

Three years after the Brussels attacks, democracy and grassroots activities offer an antidote to radicalisation, writes Francesco Farinelli

Parliament political groups under fire for ‘blocking’ Greta Thunberg invitation

15 March 2019

Five political groups in the European Parliament have been criticised for allegedly “blocking” an invitation to 16-year-old environmentalist Greta Thunberg to speak in the assembly earlier this week.

Regions

Issue 491 | 18 March 2019

18 March 2019

Former MEP, Finnish Prime Minister and recent EPP Spitzenkandidat shortlistee, Alexander Stubb graces this issue's cover in an exclusive interview.

Also inside, Czech deputy Pavel Poc explains why the problems surrounding the safety evaluations of glyphosate have shown the urgent need to improve the transparency of assesment processes, while our roving reporter Martin Banks investigates why local and regional leaders in the CoR and EESC are voicing mounting concern about the prospect of a no deal Brexit. MEPs Herbet Dorfmann, István Ujhelyi and Patrizia Toia contribute key...

No-deal Brexit could ‘jeopardise’ EU aviation safety standards

11 March 2019

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has warned that a no-deal Brexit could “jeopardise” aviation safety standards in Europe.

Parting is such sweet sorrow

18 February 2019

British MEPs will soon bid a fond - or not-so-fond - farewell to Parliament. Some of them told Martin Banks what they will (and won’t) miss about Brussels and their possible plans for a post-Brexit future.

Research and Innovation

Ericsson: Europe’s 5G Partner

18 March 2019

Digital transformation promises to unleash a new era of productivity that will touch all our lives, explains Erik Ekudden.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

5 March 2019

Plastics in the environment, need to be better collected and sorted in order make recycling them viable

Trade

MEP Awards 2019: Heartfelt reactions from our winners

21 March 2019

Last night “Europe’s Oscars” took place at the Concert Noble in Brussels, to celebrate the hard work and dedication of Parliament’s members across a multitude of policy fields.

Romano Prodi: EU confronted by existential crisis

8 March 2019

Former Commission President Romano Prodi says the European Union is “confronted with an existential crisis” with “unhappiness among populations and distrust of politicians.”

Transport

MEP Awards 2019: Heartfelt reactions from our winners

21 March 2019

Last night “Europe’s Oscars” took place at the Concert Noble in Brussels, to celebrate the hard work and dedication of Parliament’s members across a multitude of policy fields.

Connecting Europe by bridging networks

20 March 2019

Incentivising good cooperation between authorities from di­fferent Member States is crucial for the next Connecting Europe Facility, writes Pavel Telička.

Re-shaping mobility in Europe

20 March 2019

A transport revolution is imminent; it is vital that we decide how best to shape it to Europe’s changing needs, writes István Ujhelyi.

US-EU

Driven by the heart

19 March 2019

As the balance in European sentiment increasingly leans to the right, veteran politician Alexander Stubb tells Lorna Hutchinson that election candidates need to become more personal if they are to strike an emotional chord with people on what it means to be European.

Ericsson: Europe’s 5G Partner

18 March 2019

Digital transformation promises to unleash a new era of productivity that will touch all our lives, explains Erik Ekudden.

A United Europe in Space

24 January 2019

Entering space 4.0, Europe’s agencies need to cooperate closely to maximise benefits, writes Johann-Dietrich Wörner.