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5 Questions with... Ernest Urtasun

28 April 2020

Ernest Urtasun (ES, Greens/EFA) is a member of Parliament’s FEMM and ECON committees.

Agriculture

Commission’s unveiling of Farm to Fork Strategy receives mixed response

20 May 2020

The Farm to Fork Strategy is the agriculture and food part of the Green Deal, the EU's flagship initiative for an ecological transformation of Europe's economy.

From pitch fork to plate: steps to greater food safety

20 May 2020

We should not pretend that everything will return to normal after the Coronavirus, but instead seize the opportunity to reform the CAP to meet Europe’s future needs, says Eric Andrieu.

European Commission unveils Biodiversity Strategy

20 May 2020

After months of delay, the Commission presented its Biodiversity Strategy on Wednesday, one of the two landmark strategies for the European Green Deal.

Animal Welfare

Commission’s unveiling of Farm to Fork Strategy receives mixed response

20 May 2020

The Farm to Fork Strategy is the agriculture and food part of the Green Deal, the EU's flagship initiative for an ecological transformation of Europe's economy.

European Commission unveils Biodiversity Strategy

20 May 2020

After months of delay, the Commission presented its Biodiversity Strategy on Wednesday, one of the two landmark strategies for the European Green Deal.

Why the Biodiversity Strategy must be free from taboos

20 May 2020

The current Coronavirus crisis is an illustration of the disastrous impact of humankind on biodiversity. An ambitious and effective framework to combat its erosion urgently needs to be defined at all levels, writes Agnès Evren.

Brexit

Ensuring a seamless pan-European sky

20 May 2020

We must ensure that cross-border collaboration in our skies continues beyond Brexit, writes NATS CEO Martin Rolfe.

Commission launches infringement proceedings against UK over free movement

18 May 2020

The move, which is the latest sign of tension between the EU and UK, alleges that the UK has failed to comply with EU law on the free movement of EU citizens and their family members.

Michel Barnier accuses UK of “lacking understanding” on Brexit trade talks

15 May 2020

EU’s chief Brexit negotiator says he’s not optimistic deal can be struck, given “incomprehension on UK side”.

Climate Crisis

Commission’s unveiling of Farm to Fork Strategy receives mixed response

20 May 2020

The Farm to Fork Strategy is the agriculture and food part of the Green Deal, the EU's flagship initiative for an ecological transformation of Europe's economy.

European Commission unveils Biodiversity Strategy

20 May 2020

After months of delay, the Commission presented its Biodiversity Strategy on Wednesday, one of the two landmark strategies for the European Green Deal.

Issue 515 | 18 May 2020

18 May 2020

In our latest issue Europe’s environmental policy is in the spotlight. We take an in-depth look at two of the most anticipated proposals from the European Green Deal: The Biodiversity and Farm to Fork strategies.

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

Protecting culture during the Coronavirus pandemic

13 May 2020

Europe’s cultural and creative industries risk being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and therefore need tailored, EU level support to recover, argues Sabine Verheyen.

Europe’s media is in crisis and needs immediate EU support

7 May 2020

Media policies should remain a national competence, but the EU can, and must, play a supporting role, argues Dace Melbarde.

Ahmed Rahhou: Friends and Allies

5 May 2020

Morocco is looking to develop a fuller partnership with the EU, one that will bring Rabat and Brussels closer together on key strategic issues such as climate change, education, security and mobility, explains Head of Mission to the EU, Ambassador Ahmed Rahhou.

Development

European Commission unveils Biodiversity Strategy

20 May 2020

After months of delay, the Commission presented its Biodiversity Strategy on Wednesday, one of the two landmark strategies for the European Green Deal.

Afghanistan: a war not to be forgotten, a people to support

6 May 2020

With the Coronavirus crisis creating havoc around the world, Afghanistan risks disappearing from the international headlines, writes EU High Representative Josep Borrell.

Ahmed Rahhou: Friends and Allies

5 May 2020

Morocco is looking to develop a fuller partnership with the EU, one that will bring Rabat and Brussels closer together on key strategic issues such as climate change, education, security and mobility, explains Head of Mission to the EU, Ambassador Ahmed Rahhou.

Digital Agenda

Europe at a Crossroads: Abraham Liu

19 May 2020

The EU has a unique opportunity to lead the world – but only if it remains united, writes Huawei‘s Chief EU Representative, Abraham Liu

Huawei confident about survival, despite 'unjustified' US action

19 May 2020

Technology giant remains committed to its customers, open innovation, and inclusive development, says Rotating Chairman Guo Ping.

Convergence between technological progress and sustainability is not that obvious

6 May 2020

The coronavirus pandemic, like climate change, teaches us about the importance of mitigating risk to ensure our future prosperity. Should we place all our hopes on technology to deliver this safer future?

Economic Affairs

European Commission unveils Biodiversity Strategy

20 May 2020

After months of delay, the Commission presented its Biodiversity Strategy on Wednesday, one of the two landmark strategies for the European Green Deal.

EBA risked perpetuating one of the core regulatory problems it was created to fix, says EU ombudsman

12 May 2020

The EU’s banking regulator should have stopped its executive director Ádám Farkas from becoming a lobbyist, according to Emily O’Reilly.

EU leaders sign off on €540bn Coronavirus rescue scheme

24 April 2020

Beyond the immediate aid, disputes remain over the structure and funding of a long-term recovery plan for Europe’s Coronavirus-battered economies.

Employment and Social Affairs

College of Europe defends Mogherini appointment as new Rector

25 May 2020

Federica Mogherini, the former High Representative of the EU for Foreign and Security Policy, is expected to be confirmed in the post at a meeting on Tuesday.

European Commission unveils Biodiversity Strategy

20 May 2020

After months of delay, the Commission presented its Biodiversity Strategy on Wednesday, one of the two landmark strategies for the European Green Deal.

Energy

Europe’s future growth strategy

21 April 2020

EU policymakers need to consider the impact of the Coronavirus crisis and adapt its growth policy initiatives accordingly, argues Siegfried Mureşan.

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).

Enlargement

EU enlargement must happen in tandem with EU reform

6 May 2020

The prospect of EU membership has been a driver for reforms in Western Balkan countries, now we must ensure that the enlargement process goes hand in hand with the reform of the EU, writes Ilhan Kyuchyuk.

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.

Environment

Commission’s unveiling of Farm to Fork Strategy receives mixed response

20 May 2020

The Farm to Fork Strategy is the agriculture and food part of the Green Deal, the EU's flagship initiative for an ecological transformation of Europe's economy.

European Commission unveils Biodiversity Strategy

20 May 2020

After months of delay, the Commission presented its Biodiversity Strategy on Wednesday, one of the two landmark strategies for the European Green Deal.

Why the Biodiversity Strategy must be free from taboos

20 May 2020

The current Coronavirus crisis is an illustration of the disastrous impact of humankind on biodiversity. An ambitious and effective framework to combat its erosion urgently needs to be defined at all levels, writes Agnès Evren.

EU Council Presidency

Coronavirus: EU’s national leaders must seize the moment

5 May 2020

Can Europe’s political leaders rise to the challenges of a hostile, post COVID-19 world, asks Friends of Europe's Giles Merritt.
 

A European call to action: Time to invest in strengthening EU’s capacity

5 May 2020

Pro-Europeans need to go on the offensive and ensure Euroscepticism doesn’t gain any ground during the current crisis, argue Seb Dance, John Howarth and Mike Buckley.

EU leaders sign off on €540bn Coronavirus rescue scheme

24 April 2020

Beyond the immediate aid, disputes remain over the structure and funding of a long-term recovery plan for Europe’s Coronavirus-battered economies.

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

Commission’s unveiling of Farm to Fork Strategy receives mixed response

20 May 2020

The Farm to Fork Strategy is the agriculture and food part of the Green Deal, the EU's flagship initiative for an ecological transformation of Europe's economy.

European Commission unveils Biodiversity Strategy

20 May 2020

After months of delay, the Commission presented its Biodiversity Strategy on Wednesday, one of the two landmark strategies for the European Green Deal.

Virginijus Sinkevičius: Enhancing ecosystems is key to a more resilient economy and society

19 May 2020

European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius explains why it's no coincidence that the EU's new Biodiversity Strategy will be adopted at the same time as the Farm to Fork Strategy, as the two are inextricably linked.

European Questions

European Parliament must play decisive role in Coronavirus recovery plan

19 May 2020

Now that our economies are slowly coming out of quarantine, so should European democracy; it is a precondition for a successful recovery, writes Manfred Weber.

Europe’s media is in crisis and needs immediate EU support

7 May 2020

Media policies should remain a national competence, but the EU can, and must, play a supporting role, argues Dace Melbarde.

Food

Commission’s unveiling of Farm to Fork Strategy receives mixed response

20 May 2020

The Farm to Fork Strategy is the agriculture and food part of the Green Deal, the EU's flagship initiative for an ecological transformation of Europe's economy.

From pitch fork to plate: steps to greater food safety

20 May 2020

We should not pretend that everything will return to normal after the Coronavirus, but instead seize the opportunity to reform the CAP to meet Europe’s future needs, says Eric Andrieu.

European Commission unveils Biodiversity Strategy

20 May 2020

After months of delay, the Commission presented its Biodiversity Strategy on Wednesday, one of the two landmark strategies for the European Green Deal.

Foreign Affairs

Terrorism is terrorism, and no exceptions can be made

22 May 2020

It’s time the EU ended its differentiation between Hezbollah’s so-called ‘political’ and ‘military’ wings, and outlawed the entire organisation, argues Charlie Weimers

Michel Barnier accuses UK of “lacking understanding” on Brexit trade talks

15 May 2020

EU’s chief Brexit negotiator says he’s not optimistic deal can be struck, given “incomprehension on UK side”.

Lebanon’s Central Bank must not fall victim to Hezbolla

6 May 2020

With the country in its worst economic crisis in decades, the country stands at a critical political crossroad, writes James Wilson.

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

Effectively addressing the urgent need for better mental health

25 May 2020

Despite a limited remit, the European Commission should press forward and propose a comprehensive EU Mental Health Strategy, argue MEPs Alex Agius Saliba, Radka Maxová, Maria Walsh and Tomáš Zdechovský.

Leaving no cancer patient behind during the Coronavirus crisis

25 May 2020

COVID-19 has hit Europe hard, highlighting the frailties of our cancer patients; it should remind us of our commitments to them, writes María Soraya Rodríguez Ramos.

Giving health policy the attention it deserves

22 May 2020

In light of the current Coronavirus crisis, doctors in the European Parliament, including myself, are united in the pledge to make health a new priority in EU policy.

Internal Market

European Commission unveils Biodiversity Strategy

20 May 2020

After months of delay, the Commission presented its Biodiversity Strategy on Wednesday, one of the two landmark strategies for the European Green Deal.

Ensuring a seamless pan-European sky

20 May 2020

We must ensure that cross-border collaboration in our skies continues beyond Brexit, writes NATS CEO Martin Rolfe.

Health in Europe: the way forward

14 May 2020

The EU must prioritise those issues that European citizens really care about, such as their health and wellbeing, write Greens/EFA MEPs Petra De Sutter, Tilly Metz, Jutta Paulus and Michèle Rivasi.

Justice and Rights

Supporting LGBTQI+ young people and understanding the challenges they face

19 May 2020

In a society that places increasing pressure on all of us, we must be aware of mental health difficulties and how to offer support. LGBTQI+ young people are particularly vulnerable, writes Alex Agius Saliba.

Future of Europe conference in limbo

8 May 2020

The two-year event was supposed to launch on Europe Day but has been postponed due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.

Europe’s media is in crisis and needs immediate EU support

7 May 2020

Media policies should remain a national competence, but the EU can, and must, play a supporting role, argues Dace Melbarde.

Maritime and Fisheries

Commission’s unveiling of Farm to Fork Strategy receives mixed response

20 May 2020

The Farm to Fork Strategy is the agriculture and food part of the Green Deal, the EU's flagship initiative for an ecological transformation of Europe's economy.

European Commission unveils Biodiversity Strategy

20 May 2020

After months of delay, the Commission presented its Biodiversity Strategy on Wednesday, one of the two landmark strategies for the European Green Deal.

Virginijus Sinkevičius: Enhancing ecosystems is key to a more resilient economy and society

19 May 2020

European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius explains why it's no coincidence that the EU's new Biodiversity Strategy will be adopted at the same time as the Farm to Fork Strategy, as the two are inextricably linked.

Mental Health

Effectively addressing the urgent need for better mental health

25 May 2020

Despite a limited remit, the European Commission should press forward and propose a comprehensive EU Mental Health Strategy, argue MEPs Alex Agius Saliba, Radka Maxová, Maria Walsh and Tomáš Zdechovský.

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.

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 under fire for response to plight of asylum seekers on Greek islands

4 May 2020

A special online meeting of Parliament’s petitions committee heard there had been a “lack of a coherent response” to the “appalling” conditions facing asylum seekers and refugees during the Coronavirus crisis.

Overcrowded refugee camp could become Coronavirus disaster, says MEP Erik Marquardt

9 April 2020

The EU cannot keep avoiding the refugee and asylum problems on Europe’s external borders, warns the Greens/EFA deputy.

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

Europe at a Crossroads: Abraham Liu

19 May 2020

The EU has a unique opportunity to lead the world – but only if it remains united, writes Huawei‘s Chief EU Representative, Abraham Liu

Huawei confident about survival, despite 'unjustified' US action

19 May 2020

Technology giant remains committed to its customers, open innovation, and inclusive development, says Rotating Chairman Guo Ping.

WEBINAR: After COVID-19, will there be an even more devastating AMR outbreak?

19 May 2020

The online event will look at the requirement for a new business model for the development, production and sales of new antibiotics.

Trade

European Commission unveils Biodiversity Strategy

20 May 2020

After months of delay, the Commission presented its Biodiversity Strategy on Wednesday, one of the two landmark strategies for the European Green Deal.

Ahmed Rahhou: Friends and Allies

5 May 2020

Morocco is looking to develop a fuller partnership with the EU, one that will bring Rabat and Brussels closer together on key strategic issues such as climate change, education, security and mobility, explains Head of Mission to the EU, Ambassador Ahmed Rahhou.

Coronavirus: World must change its relationship with animals, says leading animal welfare group

29 April 2020

Weak sanitary measures and inadequate regulation on global wildlife trade have played critical role in pandemic argues IFAW’s Staci McLennan.
 

Transport

Ensuring a seamless pan-European sky

20 May 2020

We must ensure that cross-border collaboration in our skies continues beyond Brexit, writes NATS CEO Martin Rolfe.

Vestager hopes that European summer tourism season can be salvaged

6 May 2020

European Commission Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager says she still hopes “that the summer is not lost and that we will all get the chance to travel” despite the devastating health crisis.

US-EU

Europe at a Crossroads: Abraham Liu

19 May 2020

The EU has a unique opportunity to lead the world – but only if it remains united, writes Huawei‘s Chief EU Representative, Abraham Liu

Huawei confident about survival, despite 'unjustified' US action

19 May 2020

Technology giant remains committed to its customers, open innovation, and inclusive development, says Rotating Chairman Guo Ping.

Afghanistan: a war not to be forgotten, a people to support

6 May 2020

With the Coronavirus crisis creating havoc around the world, Afghanistan risks disappearing from the international headlines, writes EU High Representative Josep Borrell.