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5Qs

5 questions with... Liesje Schreinemacher

10 December 2019

Liesje Schreinemacher (NL, RE) is a member of Parliament’s INTA and JURI committees.

5 questions with... Karen Melchior

19 November 2019

Karen Melchior (DK, RE) is a member of the European Parliament’s JURI and FEMM committees

5 questions with... Alexandra Louise Rosenfield Phillips

4 November 2019

Alexandra Louise Rosenfield Phillips (UK, Greens/EFA) is a member of Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs committee.

Agriculture

A prosperous and secure fishing industry

6 December 2019

Despite past failures of the Common Fisheries Policy, the EU can lead the way on restoring the health of our oceans and safeguarding their biodiversity, argues Chris Davies.

Europe must embrace GMOs to address the UN SDGs

26 November 2019

Jonathan D.G Jones argues why the EU should replace chemistry-based agriculture with genetic methods.

In conversation with... Carlo Buontempo

21 November 2019

“Accurate, quality assured and freely available environmental data from ECMWF’s Copernicus Services supports policymakers and businesses throughout the European Union with the information, evidence and tools to make climate smart decisions,” explains Carlo Buontempo, recently appointed Director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service.

Animal Welfare

A prosperous and secure fishing industry

6 December 2019

Despite past failures of the Common Fisheries Policy, the EU can lead the way on restoring the health of our oceans and safeguarding their biodiversity, argues Chris Davies.

EU urged to shut down ivory market

27 August 2019

Animals rights organisations say elephants “are in crisis” now, with 20,000 killed each year.

An inhumane and dangerous practice

25 April 2019

China’s burying of pigs alive in an effort to control African Swine Fever is a brutal method of culling that also poses health risks, explains Annie Schreijer-Pierik.

Brexit

‘Reshuffling of the pack’ in EU health needed after Brexit, conference hears

9 December 2019

The conference on personalised medicine was attended by a range of high-level health experts and EU officials.

Citizens’ rights ‘the great unvoiced issue’ in UK general election

6 December 2019

Campaigners say the lives of 3.4 million EU citizens in the UK and 1.6 million Britons in Europe have been “in limbo” since the 2016 Brexit referendum.

New Commission urged to implement ‘ambitious’ EU trade policy

2 December 2019

The head of an EU-wide body representing Europe’s spirits sector has called for an “ambitious EU trade policy” from the new European Commission.

Climate Crisis

MEPs reiterate call for single seat for Parliament

4 December 2019

Despite claiming to be a carbon-neutral institution, Parliament's 12 annual trips to Strasbourg are estimated to emit between 11,000 and 19,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

EU policymakers gear up to underscore urgency of climate action at COP25

2 December 2019

European Parliament President David Sassoli is part of a parliamentary delegation to the COP25 climate conference in Madrid, which begins on Monday.

New Commission rubber-stamped by Parliament as climate takes centre stage

27 November 2019

The incoming European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen has been given the green light by MEPs after a key vote in Strasbourg.

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

Issue 506 | 2 December 2019

9 December 2019

After conquering the worlds of sport and local politics in his native Sweden, newly-elected MEP David Lega now wants to change the world for the better on a European level. He talks to us about the issues that drive his passion for policymaking and is this issue’s cover star.

A Most Pertinent Parliamentary Question

4 December 2019

Catch Henry Rodgers personal take on British MEP Jude Kirton-Darling’s question to the European Commission, on the continuing discrimination against foreign language teaching staff in Italian universities.

Disability should not be a workplace handicap

3 December 2019

Spanish EPP deputy Rosa Estaràs Ferragut, vice president of parliament’s intergroup on disability, spells out why society needs to remove obstacles to the workplace for people with disabilities.

Development

Practical solutions to climate change

22 November 2019

The demands to act on climate change are correct and justified; let’s ensure we use the right tools and approaches in delivering solutions, writes Peter Liese.

Issue 505 | 18 November 2019

15 November 2019

As Madrid prepares to host COP25, Spanish Socialist MEP Nicolás González Casares, a member of Parliament’s delegation, talks to us about his hopes and ambitions for the keenly-awaited climate conference and is this issue’s cover star.

Issue 504 | 4 November 2019

4 November 2019

As Valdis Dombrovskis, prepares to take on the role of Commission Vice-President for An Economy that Works for People, he tells us why sustainable finance is essential both in safeguarding our planet’s future and making the financial sector a part of the green transition.

Digital Agenda

Cybersecurity: the trust-building core of banking

10 December 2019

Marek Belka explains why cyber security in financial institutions must be treated more seriously.

Big data: Safeguarding our fundamental rights

10 December 2019

Data is ubiquitous, but its value cannot be underestimated so let’s be careful on how it’s used, writes Eva Kaili.

Europe is the natural 5G leader

9 December 2019

Europe is more than just one of Huawei's most important markets, writes Abraham Liu.

Economic Affairs

Opportunities and expectations

10 December 2019

The new EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement will open up new opportunities and increase Europe’s presence in Southeast Asia, explains Pedro Silva Pereira.

Issue 506 | 2 December 2019

9 December 2019

After conquering the worlds of sport and local politics in his native Sweden, newly-elected MEP David Lega now wants to change the world for the better on a European level. He talks to us about the issues that drive his passion for policymaking and is this issue’s cover star.

New Commission rubber-stamped by Parliament as climate takes centre stage

27 November 2019

The incoming European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen has been given the green light by MEPs after a key vote in Strasbourg.

Employment and Social Affairs

Disability should not be a workplace handicap

3 December 2019

Spanish EPP deputy Rosa Estaràs Ferragut, vice president of parliament’s intergroup on disability, spells out why society needs to remove obstacles to the workplace for people with disabilities.

A matter of human rights

3 December 2019

Dealing with discrimination is a daily reality for people with disabilities, but with the right support it is possible to fight it, writes Katrin Langensiepen.

Championing the rights of the disabled

3 December 2019

The European Day of Persons with Disabilities is a chance to invest in the whole of society, writes Greek EPP deputy Stelios Kympouropoulos.

Energy

What if technology could help us hack climate change?

4 December 2019

Cutting-edge technologies such as AI are here to make our lives easier, but they can also be used to make them more sustainable, writes APPLiA’s Paolo Falcioni.

Addressing the air pollution urgency

27 November 2019

LPG can be the alternative energy solution Europe needs to reduce emissions, argues Samuel Maubanc.

Practical solutions to climate change

22 November 2019

The demands to act on climate change are correct and justified; let’s ensure we use the right tools and approaches in delivering solutions, writes Peter Liese.

Enlargement

Iratxe García Pérez: Commission dossier title change not just ‘cosmetic exercise’

27 November 2019

Iratxe García Pérez, the leader of the Socialist group in the European Parliament, has insisted that changing the controversial title of a Commission dossier was “not just merely a cosmetic exercise.”

MEPs weigh up additional answers from Olivér Várhelyi

18 November 2019

The Hungarian commissioner-designate will have until Monday afternoon to answer additional questions from MEPs following his hearing with members of the foreign affairs committee last week.

Hungarian Commissioner-designate rebuts questioning of impartiality

15 November 2019

Olivér Várhelyi faced off attacks on his independence during his confirmation hearing in Parliament on Thursday.

Environment

In partnership across borders

10 December 2019

Whatever the future UK-EU relationship, the City of London Corporation is determined to become a global hub for green investment, an engine of the transition to a low carbon economy and to play its part in championing sustainable green finance. Brian Johnson reports.

MEPs reiterate call for single seat for Parliament

4 December 2019

Despite claiming to be a carbon-neutral institution, Parliament's 12 annual trips to Strasbourg are estimated to emit between 11,000 and 19,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

What if technology could help us hack climate change?

4 December 2019

Cutting-edge technologies such as AI are here to make our lives easier, but they can also be used to make them more sustainable, writes APPLiA’s Paolo Falcioni.

EU Council Presidency

UK edges closer to ratifying Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal

21 October 2019

However, a confirmatory referendum may be price UK prime minister has to pay to pass new Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

To save the EU from collapse, we must reinvent democracy

16 October 2019

Dr. Saqib Qureshi explains why governments should look at what works in the private sector and use that to enhance the public sector.

Taking racism to task

11 October 2019

In Europe’s first Anti-Racism and Diversity Week, a cross-party group of MEPs and campaigners has urged the new von der Leyen Commission to prioritise race equality.

EU Election 2019

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.

EPP Congress: Climate change, populism and enlargement top agenda

21 November 2019

Over 2,000 centre-right Christian Democrat policymakers gathered in Zagreb this week for the European People’s Party (EPP) Congress.

European Commission

A digitally-transformed European society

3 December 2019

Europe’s digital leaders are getting together on 6 February at DIGITALEUROPE’s Masters of Digital 2020 conference to look at what the next 20 years of technological development could bring to European society. Director General Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl gives us a preview of what to expect.

EU policymakers gear up to underscore urgency of climate action at COP25

2 December 2019

European Parliament President David Sassoli is part of a parliamentary delegation to the COP25 climate conference in Madrid, which begins on Monday.

GUE/NGL urges establishment of ethics-probing body to oversee EU institutions

29 November 2019

The Left group in the European Parliament has requested a special body to be set up to probe ethics and possible conflicts of interest in EU institutions, including the assembly itself.

European Questions

5 questions with... Liesje Schreinemacher

10 December 2019

Liesje Schreinemacher (NL, RE) is a member of Parliament’s INTA and JURI committees.

Africa: Why the EU must not get left behind

21 November 2019

With global interest in the continent growing in recent years, from Japan to Turkey, Russia to India, the EU will have to get in line, argues Dr Lubinda Haabazoka.

Food

Happy holidays: family, friends, food and anaphylactic shock?

9 December 2019

At this time of year, it’s more important than ever to be aware of the potential dangers of food allergens. Proper implementation of EU food allergen regulation saves lives, explains Charles Kinney from the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases PatientsAssociations (EFA)

A prosperous and secure fishing industry

6 December 2019

Despite past failures of the Common Fisheries Policy, the EU can lead the way on restoring the health of our oceans and safeguarding their biodiversity, argues Chris Davies.

New Commission urged to implement ‘ambitious’ EU trade policy

2 December 2019

The head of an EU-wide body representing Europe’s spirits sector has called for an “ambitious EU trade policy” from the new European Commission.

Foreign Affairs

EU football authorities urged to tackle racism as incidents mount

10 December 2019

Some 140 MEPs have sent a letter to the European football association, UEFA, calling on the organisation to tackle racism in European stadiums “more vigorously.”

Issue 506 | 2 December 2019

9 December 2019

After conquering the worlds of sport and local politics in his native Sweden, newly-elected MEP David Lega now wants to change the world for the better on a European level. He talks to us about the issues that drive his passion for policymaking and is this issue’s cover star.

EU-Oman Special Supplement

9 December 2019

A Parliament Magazine special supplement with PA International on EU-Oman relations

Gastein

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

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.

Karmenu Vella talks EU Green Week 2019

13 May 2019

Green Week encapsulates all that the EU has achieved so far with its green policies but also highlights what still remains to be done, explains Karmenu Vella.

Health

Happy holidays: family, friends, food and anaphylactic shock?

9 December 2019

At this time of year, it’s more important than ever to be aware of the potential dangers of food allergens. Proper implementation of EU food allergen regulation saves lives, explains Charles Kinney from the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases PatientsAssociations (EFA)

‘Reshuffling of the pack’ in EU health needed after Brexit, conference hears

9 December 2019

The conference on personalised medicine was attended by a range of high-level health experts and EU officials.

New Commission urged to implement ‘ambitious’ EU trade policy

2 December 2019

The head of an EU-wide body representing Europe’s spirits sector has called for an “ambitious EU trade policy” from the new European Commission.

Internal Market

In partnership across borders

10 December 2019

Whatever the future UK-EU relationship, the City of London Corporation is determined to become a global hub for green investment, an engine of the transition to a low carbon economy and to play its part in championing sustainable green finance. Brian Johnson reports.

Europe is the natural 5G leader

9 December 2019

Europe is more than just one of Huawei's most important markets, writes Abraham Liu.

Issue 506 | 2 December 2019

9 December 2019

After conquering the worlds of sport and local politics in his native Sweden, newly-elected MEP David Lega now wants to change the world for the better on a European level. He talks to us about the issues that drive his passion for policymaking and is this issue’s cover star.

Justice and Rights

EU football authorities urged to tackle racism as incidents mount

10 December 2019

Some 140 MEPs have sent a letter to the European football association, UEFA, calling on the organisation to tackle racism in European stadiums “more vigorously.”

‘Reshuffling of the pack’ in EU health needed after Brexit, conference hears

9 December 2019

The conference on personalised medicine was attended by a range of high-level health experts and EU officials.

EU Ombudsman candidates make last-minute pitch to MEPs

6 December 2019

Each candidate told members of the petitions committee at a parliamentary hearing why they should be elected.

Maritime and Fisheries

EU-Oman Special Supplement

9 December 2019

A Parliament Magazine special supplement with PA International on EU-Oman relations

A prosperous and secure fishing industry

6 December 2019

Despite past failures of the Common Fisheries Policy, the EU can lead the way on restoring the health of our oceans and safeguarding their biodiversity, argues Chris Davies.

UK MEPs at loggerheads over fishing industry no-deal Brexit scenarios

27 September 2019

British MEPs Chris Davies and June Mummery have clashed bitterly over the prospect for the UK’s fishing industry if Britain exits the EU on 31 October with no deal.

Mental Health

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.

Time for an EU focus on mental health and suicide

10 October 2019

World Mental Health Day provides an important opportunity to reflect on the importance of good mental health and to mobilise efforts to improve support, says Tomáš Zdechovský.

Mental Health – the hidden epidemic

10 October 2019

Mental health has been on the margins of the European health debate for too long. It’s time to leverage the awareness created by World Mental Health Day.

News in a nutshell

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.

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.

Refugee crisis

EU policymakers gear up to underscore urgency of climate action at COP25

2 December 2019

European Parliament President David Sassoli is part of a parliamentary delegation to the COP25 climate conference in Madrid, which begins on Monday.

Iratxe García Pérez: Commission dossier title change not just ‘cosmetic exercise’

27 November 2019

Iratxe García Pérez, the leader of the Socialist group in the European Parliament, has insisted that changing the controversial title of a Commission dossier was “not just merely a cosmetic exercise.”

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.

Regions

Smart villages

23 October 2019

We spoke to MEPs from across Parliament about how the EU can better support rural communities.

Challenges and opportunities in tourism

23 October 2019

We face unprecedented growth in tourism; Europe needs to be ready to find ways to maximise this both successfully and acceptably, writes István Ujhelyi.

In Conversation with...Brigitte Dero and Laurent Petrynka

24 September 2019

The sports community is taking steps to improve its environmental impact. Brigitte Dero, General Manager of VinylPlus®, the European PVC industry’s sustainability programme, and Laurent Petrynka, President of the International School Sport Federation (ISF), explain why making a long-term impact requires innovative partnerships.

Research and Innovation

Big data: Safeguarding our fundamental rights

10 December 2019

Data is ubiquitous, but its value cannot be underestimated so let’s be careful on how it’s used, writes Eva Kaili.

Issue 506 | 2 December 2019

9 December 2019

After conquering the worlds of sport and local politics in his native Sweden, newly-elected MEP David Lega now wants to change the world for the better on a European level. He talks to us about the issues that drive his passion for policymaking and is this issue’s cover star.

EU-Oman Special Supplement

9 December 2019

A Parliament Magazine special supplement with PA International on EU-Oman relations

Trade

Opportunities and expectations

10 December 2019

The new EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement will open up new opportunities and increase Europe’s presence in Southeast Asia, explains Pedro Silva Pereira.

EU-Oman Special Supplement

9 December 2019

A Parliament Magazine special supplement with PA International on EU-Oman relations

New Commission urged to implement ‘ambitious’ EU trade policy

2 December 2019

The head of an EU-wide body representing Europe’s spirits sector has called for an “ambitious EU trade policy” from the new European Commission.

Transport

EU-Oman Special Supplement

9 December 2019

A Parliament Magazine special supplement with PA International on EU-Oman relations

Walking tall on safer roads

16 September 2019

European Mobility Week is a chance for cities to explore how active mobility can bolster road safety, explains Matthew Baldwin, Road Safety Coordinator of the European Commission.

Old dog, new tricks

16 September 2019

Despite having been part of our lives for many years, bicycles o­ffer one of the best tools for delivering a healthier, cleaner and environmentally-friendlier future for Europe.

US-EU

Cybersecurity: What are the risks?

18 November 2019

With European policymakers mulling the deployment of 5G, MEPs hosted a public debate looking at how the continent can best prepare its cybersecurity for the digital age. Jonathan Benton reports.

Issue 505 | 18 November 2019

15 November 2019

As Madrid prepares to host COP25, Spanish Socialist MEP Nicolás González Casares, a member of Parliament’s delegation, talks to us about his hopes and ambitions for the keenly-awaited climate conference and is this issue’s cover star.

Jens Stoltenberg: 'Differences' between NATO allies on Syria response

24 October 2019

The NATO Secretary General has conceded that there are “differences” between NATO allies on how to resolve the current bitter conflict in Syria.