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5 questions with...Julie Girling

23 November 2018

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

Issue 485 | 19 November 2018

19 November 2018

Anna Elżbieta Fotyga interview, Artificial Intelligence & Security, Cybersecurity, EU-Africa, Sexual Harrasment, Press Freedom, e-Cigarettes, Rail Passenger Rights, Innovation & Technology, Health & ICT, Hepatitis, 5 Questions with Julie Girling, and more...

5 questions with... Alojz Peterle

15 October 2018

Alojz Peterle (EPP, SL) ispresident of the European Parliament's all-party MEPs Against Cancer group.

Agriculture

How Europe has priced out innovation: the example of plants

16 January 2019

Europe is lagging behind on several breakthrough technologies, especially in the field of agricultural biotechnology, explains Joanna Dupont-Inglis.

EU Parliament vote highlights need to build trust in risk assessment

19 December 2018

EuropaBio responds to the EU Parliamentary plenary vote on a legislative proposal for a regulation on the transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain.

Animal Welfare

Think before you click

11 December 2018

Tighter controls are needed on the growing phenomenon of online pet advertisements to protect the health and welfare of the dogs and cats involved and the consumer rights of their owners, explains Rory Watson

Issue 486 | 10 December 2018

10 December 2018

Claude Moraes interview, Brexit, Human Rights, Austrian Presidency, European Payments, eHealth, Middle East, Artificial Intelligence, Cultural Heritage, Illegal Online Pet Sales, Agricultural Policy, Respiratory Diseases and more...

Reducing Antibiotic Resistance - How do the numbers add up to ONE?

21 November 2018

The collective goal of tackling antibiotic resistance should be to ensure One Health for our people, our animals and our planet, argues Roxane Feller

Brexit

UK has two options: alternative deal or stop Brexit, says senior MEP

17 January 2019

Photo Credit: Press Association


Senior Labour MEP Richard Corbett says the failure to approve Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons this week has left the UK facing only two options.

Speaking to this website on Thursday, Corbett said, “The UK Parliament does not want a no-deal Brexit but has rejected the only deal currently on the table.”

Corbett, a constitutional expert, added, “There are now only two possibilities:...

Dutch government confirms UK nationals will retain existing rights if UK leaves the EU without a deal

16 January 2019

The Dutch Government’s guarantee to British residents in the Netherlands in the event of no-deal Brexit has been welcomed by a group championing EU citizenship rights.

MEPs say ball is in UK court over future relationship with EU

16 January 2019

MEPs are adamant that a no-deal Brexit would be in no one’s interest and say that it is up to the UK to make it clear what type of relationship it wants with the European Union.

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 lights for Colchester camera action

10 January 2019

Essex Euro MP Alex Mayer clapped shut a film clapperboard and she welcomes a £1,320 European LoCASE – low carbon- grant as part help towards buying lighting equipment (Thursday 20 December at the Knowledge Pathways International, Unit 1 Block B, The Knowledge Gateway, University of Essex, Colchester, CO4 3ZL).

European Schools below par in supporting disabled children

4 January 2019

European Schools lack the proper support and amenities for children with disabilities, according to a joint report released by Human Rights Watch and the European Disability Forum.

Issue 486 | 10 December 2018

10 December 2018

Claude Moraes interview, Brexit, Human Rights, Austrian Presidency, European Payments, eHealth, Middle East, Artificial Intelligence, Cultural Heritage, Illegal Online Pet Sales, Agricultural Policy, Respiratory Diseases and more...

Development

The problem with Public-Private Partnerships and the role of the EU

3 December 2018

Public-Private Partnerships are a deeply worrying trend and carry far more risk for the state than for the private companies involved, writes Enrique Guerrero Salom.

Post-Cotonou period is decisive for EU-Africa relations

21 November 2018

Talks on the future of the Cotonou Agreement are a unique chance to become genuine political partners with Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, says Louis Michel

 

 

Digital Agenda

EU lights for Colchester camera action

10 January 2019

Essex Euro MP Alex Mayer clapped shut a film clapperboard and she welcomes a £1,320 European LoCASE – low carbon- grant as part help towards buying lighting equipment (Thursday 20 December at the Knowledge Pathways International, Unit 1 Block B, The Knowledge Gateway, University of Essex, Colchester, CO4 3ZL).

Cross-border TV and radio to be made available online

21 December 2018

Viewers will be able to watch news and current affairs programmes from across the EU online under new arrangements agreed by the Council and Parliament.

EU must address ICT skills shortfall before unlocking AI potential

20 December 2018

An ICT skills shortage needs to be urgently addressed before Europe unlocks the full potential of AI, reports Martin Banks.

Economic Affairs

EU must ‘step up its fight’ against fraud, says Court of Auditors’ report

11 January 2019

A damning new report published this week by the European Court of Auditors says that the European Commission lacks “comprehensive information on the scale, nature and causes” of fraud.

Challenging times lie ahead as Romania kicks off EU Presidency

9 January 2019

Romania has taken over the rotating presidency of the EU, for the first time since joining the bloc in 2007, with warnings that it faces multiple challenges during its six-month tenure.

Brian Hayes under fire for taking ‘revolving door’ to private sector

8 January 2019

Irish MEP Brian Hayes has been criticised for “taking the revolving door” to the private sector when he steps down as a deputy ahead of May’s European elections.

Employment and Social Affairs

EU lights for Colchester camera action

10 January 2019

Essex Euro MP Alex Mayer clapped shut a film clapperboard and she welcomes a £1,320 European LoCASE – low carbon- grant as part help towards buying lighting equipment (Thursday 20 December at the Knowledge Pathways International, Unit 1 Block B, The Knowledge Gateway, University of Essex, Colchester, CO4 3ZL).

Jeremy Corbyn: From thinly-veiled indifference to Europe basher

2 January 2019

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s Bernie Sanders-type speeches denouncing austerity, cuts in the public realm and blasting Trump certainly go down well. But what about his view of - and vision for - Europe, asks Denis MacShane.

UK White Paper sounds death knell for freedom of movement

21 December 2018

Few issues divide Britain from the rest of the EU as much as attitudes towards free movement, says Roger Casale.

Energy

Neutrality Pact

8 January 2019

The built environment – offices, houses and other buildings – can be the flagbearers of current efforts to turn Europe into a carbon-neutral economy.

MEPs laud Ukraine’s ‘positive’ reform progress

21 December 2018

MEPs have hailed Ukraine‘s “positive” reform track, while condemning Russia‘s aggression in the Kerch Strait and the construction of Nord Stream 2.

Provisional agreement on better integrated EU electricity market

21 December 2018

The creation of a "genuine" EU electricity market to better integrate renewable energy has been provisionally agreed between MEPs and member states.

Enlargement

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.

Issue 486 | 10 December 2018

10 December 2018

Claude Moraes interview, Brexit, Human Rights, Austrian Presidency, European Payments, eHealth, Middle East, Artificial Intelligence, Cultural Heritage, Illegal Online Pet Sales, Agricultural Policy, Respiratory Diseases and more...

Jens Stoltenberg urges ‘de-stabilising’ Russia to return Ukrainian sailors and vessels

7 December 2018

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called on Russia to return the Ukrainian sailors and naval vessels it captured in the Sea of Azov.

Environment

How Europe has priced out innovation: the example of plants

16 January 2019

Europe is lagging behind on several breakthrough technologies, especially in the field of agricultural biotechnology, explains Joanna Dupont-Inglis.

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.

Neutrality Pact

8 January 2019

The built environment – offices, houses and other buildings – can be the flagbearers of current efforts to turn Europe into a carbon-neutral economy.

EU Council Presidency

Challenging times lie ahead as Romania kicks off EU Presidency

9 January 2019

Romania has taken over the rotating presidency of the EU, for the first time since joining the bloc in 2007, with warnings that it faces multiple challenges during its six-month tenure.

Romania braces for no-deal Brexit as it prepares EU presidency

18 December 2018

Romania says it is “preparing” for a no-deal Brexit as it gears up to take the reins of the EU presidency in January.

Issue 486 | 10 December 2018

10 December 2018

Claude Moraes interview, Brexit, Human Rights, Austrian Presidency, European Payments, eHealth, Middle East, Artificial Intelligence, Cultural Heritage, Illegal Online Pet Sales, Agricultural Policy, Respiratory Diseases and more...

EU Election 2019

UK has two options: alternative deal or stop Brexit, says senior MEP

17 January 2019

Photo Credit: Press Association


Senior Labour MEP Richard Corbett says the failure to approve Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons this week has left the UK facing only two options.

Speaking to this website on Thursday, Corbett said, “The UK Parliament does not want a no-deal Brexit but has rejected the only deal currently on the table.”

Corbett, a constitutional expert, added, “There are now only two possibilities:...

Theresa May suffers historic drubbing in UK Parliament Brexit vote

16 January 2019

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been overwhelmingly defeated in a House of Commons vote, by 432 votes to 202.

European Commission

Theresa May suffers historic drubbing in UK Parliament Brexit vote

16 January 2019

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been overwhelmingly defeated in a House of Commons vote, by 432 votes to 202.

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.

European Questions

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.

5 questions with...Julie Girling

23 November 2018

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

Maastricht Manifesto marks 25 years of Treaty

2 November 2018

Students from all over Europe joined with representatives from civil society to mark the 25th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty coming into effect.

Food

How Europe has priced out innovation: the example of plants

16 January 2019

Europe is lagging behind on several breakthrough technologies, especially in the field of agricultural biotechnology, explains Joanna Dupont-Inglis.

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.

Foreign Affairs

UK has two options: alternative deal or stop Brexit, says senior MEP

17 January 2019

Photo Credit: Press Association


Senior Labour MEP Richard Corbett says the failure to approve Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons this week has left the UK facing only two options.

Speaking to this website on Thursday, Corbett said, “The UK Parliament does not want a no-deal Brexit but has rejected the only deal currently on the table.”

Corbett, a constitutional expert, added, “There are now only two possibilities:...

Dutch government confirms UK nationals will retain existing rights if UK leaves the EU without a deal

16 January 2019

The Dutch Government’s guarantee to British residents in the Netherlands in the event of no-deal Brexit has been welcomed by a group championing EU citizenship rights.

MEPs say ball is in UK court over future relationship with EU

16 January 2019

MEPs are adamant that a no-deal Brexit would be in no one’s interest and say that it is up to the UK to make it clear what type of relationship it wants with the European Union.

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

How Europe has priced out innovation: the example of plants

16 January 2019

Europe is lagging behind on several breakthrough technologies, especially in the field of agricultural biotechnology, explains Joanna Dupont-Inglis.

Member States should stop turning a blind eye to product safety

7 January 2019

Europeans should not have to play a dangerous game of Russian roulette when they purchase products, argue Sirpa Pietikäinen, Françoise Grossetête and Bart Staes.

Internal Market

Driving the next technology revolution

13 December 2018

The digital transformation of Europe’s non-bank payment sector is set to deliver instant, frictionless and ‘invisible’ transactions, reports Brian Johnson

Think before you click

11 December 2018

Tighter controls are needed on the growing phenomenon of online pet advertisements to protect the health and welfare of the dogs and cats involved and the consumer rights of their owners, explains Rory Watson

Issue 486 | 10 December 2018

10 December 2018

Claude Moraes interview, Brexit, Human Rights, Austrian Presidency, European Payments, eHealth, Middle East, Artificial Intelligence, Cultural Heritage, Illegal Online Pet Sales, Agricultural Policy, Respiratory Diseases and more...

Justice and Rights

EU leaders pay tribute to slain Gdansk mayor

15 January 2019

EU leaders have paid tribute to Paweł Adamowicz, the mayor of Gdansk, who died after being stabbed by a knife-wielding assailant at the weekend.

EU must ‘step up its fight’ against fraud, says Court of Auditors’ report

11 January 2019

A damning new report published this week by the European Court of Auditors says that the European Commission lacks “comprehensive information on the scale, nature and causes” of fraud.

European Parliament urged to honour commitment to EU 'Green Card’

10 January 2019

Campaigners pressing for a “green card” for Europe are calling on the European Parliament to “honour the commitment” to safeguard the free movement right of Britons in Europe.

Maritime and Fisheries

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.

EU Ombudsman urged to probe Commission support of pulse fishing

7 November 2018

Campaigners have stepped up their efforts to enforce the ban on pulse fishing approved earlier this year by MEPs.

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

EU leaders pay tribute to slain Gdansk mayor

15 January 2019

EU leaders have paid tribute to Paweł Adamowicz, the mayor of Gdansk, who died after being stabbed by a knife-wielding assailant at the weekend.

UK White Paper sounds death knell for freedom of movement

21 December 2018

Few issues divide Britain from the rest of the EU as much as attitudes towards free movement, says Roger Casale.

Regions

Regional leaders urge Michel Barnier to limit Brexit damage

20 December 2018

Regional leaders have called on Michel Barnier to help “limit Brexit’s damaging impact” on regions in the Atlantic, the Channel and North Sea areas.

Issue 483 | 22 October 2018

19 October 2018

Bas Eickhout interview, Climate Change & COP24, Migration and Asylum, Eastern Ukraine, Digitalisation & Work, Marine Litter, ePrivacy, Third Mobility Package, Digital Innovation, Regional Cooperation, and more...

Will the Bavaria election spare the German Government fresh blushes?

12 October 2018

Ever since the current federal coalition in Germany was forged earlier this year, it has been plagued by scandals, explains Yuriy Sheyko.

Research and Innovation

How Europe has priced out innovation: the example of plants

16 January 2019

Europe is lagging behind on several breakthrough technologies, especially in the field of agricultural biotechnology, explains Joanna Dupont-Inglis.

Neutrality Pact

8 January 2019

The built environment – offices, houses and other buildings – can be the flagbearers of current efforts to turn Europe into a carbon-neutral economy.

EU must address ICT skills shortfall before unlocking AI potential

20 December 2018

An ICT skills shortage needs to be urgently addressed before Europe unlocks the full potential of AI, reports Martin Banks.

Trade

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.

Member States should stop turning a blind eye to product safety

7 January 2019

Europeans should not have to play a dangerous game of Russian roulette when they purchase products, argue Sirpa Pietikäinen, Françoise Grossetête and Bart Staes.

Transport

Brexit deal could be nudged through with a ‘judicious tweak'

8 January 2019

Former UK MEP Andrew Duff says a “tweak” of the political declaration agreed by the EU and UK could help Theresa May get her Brexit deal through the House of Commons next week.

Member States should stop turning a blind eye to product safety

7 January 2019

Europeans should not have to play a dangerous game of Russian roulette when they purchase products, argue Sirpa Pietikäinen, Françoise Grossetête and Bart Staes.

Issue 485 | 19 November 2018

19 November 2018

Anna Elżbieta Fotyga interview, Artificial Intelligence & Security, Cybersecurity, EU-Africa, Sexual Harrasment, Press Freedom, e-Cigarettes, Rail Passenger Rights, Innovation & Technology, Health & ICT, Hepatitis, 5 Questions with Julie Girling, and more...

US-EU

Anthony Gardner: ‘Disdain for EU’ in Washington brought about diplomatic downgrade

11 January 2019

A former US ambassador to the EU has angrily condemned President Trump’s decision to “downgrade” the role of his counterpart in Washington.

Stopping the ‘Hezbollahisation’ of Yemen

20 December 2018

As with Hezbollah, the EU should designate the Houthis as terrorists, argues Julie Lenarz.

Jens Stoltenberg urges ‘de-stabilising’ Russia to return Ukrainian sailors and vessels

7 December 2018

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called on Russia to return the Ukrainian sailors and naval vessels it captured in the Sea of Azov.