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Issue 458 | 26 June 2017

23 June 2017

Brexit talks begin, Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, Future-Proofing Workers Rights, Skin Cancer, Antimicrobial Resistance, EU-Japan Trade, Future Internet, Arms Export Control, 5 questions with Fulvio Martusciello and more.

Issue 457 | 12 June 2017

12 June 2017

Violeta Bulc interview, EU Sustainable Energy Week, Cleaner Cars, Performers' Rights, Antimicrobial Resistance, e-Privacy, Low-Risk Pesticides 5 questions with Hilde Vautmans and more.

Issue 455 | 15 May 2017

15 May 2017

Karmenu Vella interview, Green Week, EU Maritine Day, European Business Summit preview, Alcohol Labelling, Food Waste, Nato summit, Plant Health, european Steel Day, 5 questions with Danuta Hübner and more...

Agriculture

EU Commission monitoring fipronil egg crisis

11 August 2017

The European Commission says it is closely monitoring the egg crisis rapidly engulfing Europe.

New EU report voices fresh concern over AMR

4 August 2017

Fresh concern has been voiced about the impact of use of antibiotics on the increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. 

EU reopens discussions on glyphosate approval

20 July 2017

The EU’s standing committee on plants, animals, food and feed has met to discuss the European Commission's proposal to renew the licence for the use of glyphosate in the EU for 10 years.

Animal Welfare

New EU report voices fresh concern over AMR

4 August 2017

Fresh concern has been voiced about the impact of use of antibiotics on the increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. 

Issue 459 | 10 July 2017

7 July 2017

Michał Boni Interview, Estonian EU Council Presidency Preview, EU-Cuba trade, Towards a Digital Single Market, Antimicrobial Resistance, Fertilizers Regulation, Happiness and Wellbeing, New Skills Agenda, 5 questions with Viorica Dăncilă and more.

Issue 458 | 26 June 2017

23 June 2017

Brexit talks begin, Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, Future-Proofing Workers Rights, Skin Cancer, Antimicrobial Resistance, EU-Japan Trade, Future Internet, Arms Export Control, 5 questions with Fulvio Martusciello and more.

Brexit

Brexit: David Davis slams EU residency rights offer

16 August 2017

The UK’s Brexit Secretary David Davis has said the EU is offering British nationals living in EU member states restricted residency rights post-Brexit.

Oettinger: UK to continue paying into EU post-Brexit

7 August 2017

European Commissioner Günther Oettinger has said the UK will have to transfer funds to Brussels "at least until 2020", even after it leaves the EU in 2019.

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

EU Commission marks International Youth Day

11 August 2017

The European Commission has said the Erasmus education scheme is an example of how Europe can “pull together” in adversity.

In a fast-changing world, EU must invest in changing skills

19 July 2017

Investing in people and skills helps create jobs, economic growth and sustainable wellbeing, explains Alastair Macphail.

EU institutions must ensure fair conditions for all their interns

18 July 2017

The European Parliament has repeatedly called for social progress and the protection of EU workers' rights, while failing to offer its own interns decent working conditions, writes Terry Reintke.

Development

EU Commission marks International Youth Day

11 August 2017

The European Commission has said the Erasmus education scheme is an example of how Europe can “pull together” in adversity.

EDD2017: EU leaders sign Consensus on European development

9 June 2017

Leaders from the main EU institutions have committed to work more closely together on development cooperation.

Digital Agenda

Estonian EU Council presidency to focus on digital

13 July 2017

The digital sphere will be at the heart of Estonia's EU Council presidency, says Kaja Kallas.

Changes in internet landscape must be reflected in regulatory framework

12 July 2017

The internet landscape has radically changed, and this must be reflected in the regulatory framework, argues Marco Zullo.

Economic Affairs

Oettinger: UK to continue paying into EU post-Brexit

7 August 2017

European Commissioner Günther Oettinger has said the UK will have to transfer funds to Brussels "at least until 2020", even after it leaves the EU in 2019.

Employment and Social Affairs

In a fast-changing world, EU must invest in changing skills

19 July 2017

Investing in people and skills helps create jobs, economic growth and sustainable wellbeing, explains Alastair Macphail.

EU institutions must ensure fair conditions for all their interns

18 July 2017

The European Parliament has repeatedly called for social progress and the protection of EU workers' rights, while failing to offer its own interns decent working conditions, writes Terry Reintke.

Estonian Council presidency must tackle unemployment

14 July 2017

One of the priorities of the Estonian presidency is ensuring equal opportunities in the labour market and social inclusion, explains Yana Toom.

Energy

EU must ensure everyone benefits from energy efficient buildings

29 June 2017

The EU must make sure everyone benefits from energy efficiency, and this means investing more in renovations, writes Miapetra Kumpula-Natri.

Energy performance of buildings: Every little helps

29 June 2017

The energy performance of buildings directive should strive for a healthy indoor environment, explains Anneli Jäätteenmäki.

Michael Bloomberg 'hopeful' Donald Trump will reverse Paris climate decision

28 June 2017

The decision by the Trump administration to pull out of the Paris accord has been condemned by the former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Enlargement

MEPs call for suspension of Turkey EU membership talks

18 April 2017

MEPs have given a mixed response to the outcome of Sunday's referendum that gave Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sweeping new powers.

Committee guide: Foreign affairs committee to focus on neighbourhood policy

3 April 2017

Common EU foreign policy is popular with citizens, but the institutions must communicate better to combat the rise of Euroscepticism, writes David McAllister.

Environment

'Lucifer' heatwave: Commission triggers EU civil protection mechanism in Italy

8 August 2017

The European Commission joined in the international response to forest fires that are still raging in parts of Europe.

EU reopens discussions on glyphosate approval

20 July 2017

The EU’s standing committee on plants, animals, food and feed has met to discuss the European Commission's proposal to renew the licence for the use of glyphosate in the EU for 10 years.

Fertilising regulation: Balancing human health and innovation

10 July 2017

Updating the fertilizers regulation must not be used as an excuse for a backdoor revision of the nitrates directive, warns Marc Tarabella.

EU Council Presidency

The Commission's transparency register strategy is extremely worrying

17 August 2017

Regardless of who you talk to, everyone agrees: a strong register is important. But when it comes to practice, things start to look a lot bleaker, writes Margarida Silva.

An ode to the Estonian EU Council presidency

14 July 2017

The award for most creative response on the Estonian Council presidency goes to Indrek Tarand.

Estonian Council presidency must tackle unemployment

14 July 2017

One of the priorities of the Estonian presidency is ensuring equal opportunities in the labour market and social inclusion, explains Yana Toom.

European Commission

The Commission's transparency register strategy is extremely worrying

17 August 2017

Regardless of who you talk to, everyone agrees: a strong register is important. But when it comes to practice, things start to look a lot bleaker, writes Margarida Silva.

EU Commission marks International Youth Day

11 August 2017

The European Commission has said the Erasmus education scheme is an example of how Europe can “pull together” in adversity.

EU Commission monitoring fipronil egg crisis

11 August 2017

The European Commission says it is closely monitoring the egg crisis rapidly engulfing Europe.

Food

EU Commission monitoring fipronil egg crisis

11 August 2017

The European Commission says it is closely monitoring the egg crisis rapidly engulfing Europe.

Issue 459 | 10 July 2017

7 July 2017

Michał Boni Interview, Estonian EU Council Presidency Preview, EU-Cuba trade, Towards a Digital Single Market, Antimicrobial Resistance, Fertilizers Regulation, Happiness and Wellbeing, New Skills Agenda, 5 questions with Viorica Dăncilă and more.

Safe and sound: assessing the risk?

7 July 2017

The European Food Safety Agency needs to do more than merely quantify risk; it needs to consider how risk is effectively communicated, says Julie Girling.

Foreign Affairs

Juncker responds to US sanctions against Russia

4 August 2017

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has expressed concerns about a new raft of US sanctions against Russia.

EU condemns situation in Venezuela

3 August 2017

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani has condemned the arrests of opposition leaders in Venezuela as unjustified.

Green week

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

EU Commission monitoring fipronil egg crisis

11 August 2017

The European Commission says it is closely monitoring the egg crisis rapidly engulfing Europe.

New EU report voices fresh concern over AMR

4 August 2017

Fresh concern has been voiced about the impact of use of antibiotics on the increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. 

Internal Market

Fertilising regulation: Balancing human health and innovation

10 July 2017

Updating the fertilizers regulation must not be used as an excuse for a backdoor revision of the nitrates directive, warns Marc Tarabella.

CEN, CENELEC and the Eurasian Economic Commission formalise their cooperation

6 July 2017

The Memorandum of Understanding between CEN, CENELEC and the EEC paves the way for closer collaboration on various aspects of standardisation.

MEPs clash over tax transparency rules

13 June 2017

Parliament's EPP and ALDE groups have been accused of trying to put a "spoke in the wheel" of attempts to introduce new rules on tax transparency.

Justice and Rights

EU warns Poland over judicial reforms while also reaching out with call for dialogue

28 July 2017

Greens MEP Sven Giegold has welcomed the European Commission’s ‘get tough’ response to Polish government plans to give politicians more power to sack and appoint judges.

EU goes on offensive over controversial Polish judicial reforms

24 July 2017

MEP accuses Poland of “striking at the root of the rule of law” over a controversial set of laws that will give the country’s politicians control over its supreme court.

Maritime and Fisheries

UN 2030 agenda is an opportunity for Europe

31 May 2017

When passing legislation, it's important for the EU to ensure it sticks to its sustainable development commitments, writes José Inácio Faria.

Can the EU's circular economy apply to ports?

19 May 2017

It makes perfect sense for ports to go circular, says Merja Kyllönen, but this will take legislative perseverance.

A sustainable blue economy can boost Europe's tourism

19 May 2017

EU coastal regions attract a huge number of tourists each year but they need more support to unlock the full potential of the blue economy, says István Ujhelyi.

News in a nutshell

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.

Mariya Gabriel nominated as Bulgaria’s European Commissioner

11 May 2017

The Bulgarian government has officially announced the nomination of the EPP group deputy as the country’s new Commissioner.

Refugee crisis

Refugees: Former MEP urges EU Parliament to intervene in Mediterranean

9 August 2017

Former Greens MEP Monica Frassoni has angrily hit out at the “ongoing criminalisation of NGOs” who help migrants in the Mediterranean.

What Europe can do to resolve the Qatar crisis

20 July 2017

If Europe is serious about fighting terrorism and extremism, the institutions of the EU need to be more actively engaged in the current situation involving Qatar, argues Richard Burchill.

European Business Summit 2017: What to expect

19 May 2017

This year's European Business Summit is an opportunity to take part in stimulating debates on the future of Europe.

Regions

Is cohesion policy's future at risk?

7 July 2017

EU cohesion policy, whose long term future is currently under the spotlight, has come under fire on two fronts.

Issue 457 | 12 June 2017

12 June 2017

Violeta Bulc interview, EU Sustainable Energy Week, Cleaner Cars, Performers' Rights, Antimicrobial Resistance, e-Privacy, Low-Risk Pesticides 5 questions with Hilde Vautmans and more.

Integrated urban regeneration booklet – a free FosterREG guide

29 May 2017

Raising awareness and ensuring transparency are key factors in determining successful energy-efficient urban regeneration, says Paweł Nowakowski.

Research and Innovation

Changes in internet landscape must be reflected in regulatory framework

12 July 2017

The internet landscape has radically changed, and this must be reflected in the regulatory framework, argues Marco Zullo.

eCommerce rules should be simplified

12 July 2017

eCommerce rules should be simplified to make things easier for consumers, writes Evelyne Gebhardt.

Trade

Oettinger: UK to continue paying into EU post-Brexit

7 August 2017

European Commissioner Günther Oettinger has said the UK will have to transfer funds to Brussels "at least until 2020", even after it leaves the EU in 2019.

Irish Prime Minister under fire for Brexit comments

3 August 2017

The Northern Irish DUP leader Arlene Foster has joined a war of words over the Brexit talks by saying Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar's recent comments on the issue were disrespectful to British voters.

Tusk highlights EU support for Ukraine on anniversary of MH17 tragedy

18 July 2017

European Council President Donald Tusk has restated the EU's continued support for Ukraine's territorial integrity.

Transport

It's time to step up efforts to promote electric cars

21 June 2017

Electric mobility has never been more accessible, but this requires much more action on the part of national, regional and local authorities, writes Lucy Anderson.

Decarbonising transport: EU going in right direction

21 June 2017

The Commission has put forward a number of proposals to decarbonise transport in Europe - now member states need a common framework, writes Henna Virkkunen.

Clean transport: We need to do more and better

21 June 2017

Electric cars are an essential part of cleaning up our air, writes Karima Delli.

US-EU

Michael Bloomberg 'hopeful' Donald Trump will reverse Paris climate decision

28 June 2017

The decision by the Trump administration to pull out of the Paris accord has been condemned by the former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Sustainable Energy: Speeding up the energy transition

14 June 2017

The US pulling out of the Paris agreement has demonstrated that the EU can, and should, take a leading role on climate issues, argues José Blanco López.

Issue 457 | 12 June 2017

12 June 2017

Violeta Bulc interview, EU Sustainable Energy Week, Cleaner Cars, Performers' Rights, Antimicrobial Resistance, e-Privacy, Low-Risk Pesticides 5 questions with Hilde Vautmans and more.