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Issue 446 | 19 December 2016

19 December 2016

Winter energy package, Maltese Presidency preview, EU-Africa, Sustainable Development, One Belt, One Road, 5 questions with Roberta Metsola and more.

Jens Stoltenberg on the cover of PM 445

Issue 445 | 05 December 2016

5 December 2016

Interview with Jens Stoltenberg, Energy Efficiency, EU-Algeria, Antimicrobial Resistance, EU-Bangladesh, Digital Skills, Gender Equality in Mental Health, 5 questions with Ulrike Lunacek and more.

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Issue 444 | 21 November 2016

21 November 2016

Interview with Kaja Kallas, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, Waste Management, Access to Medicines, EU-Turkey, Neighbourhood Policy, CETA roundup, 5 questions with Catherine Stihler and more.

Agriculture

Agriculture and farming

Brexit: Farmers to face high tariffs once UK leaves EU?

5 January 2017

UK Parliament committee warns "countryside, farming and wildlife at risk" after Britain leaves EU.

Ploughing field

Member states reject EU Commission's endocrine disruptors proposals

22 December 2016

Member states have refused to give their support to the European Commission's revised proposal on criteria for endocrine disrupters.

Ministers discuss the labelling of organic products

14 December 2016

On December 12, the AGRIFISH Council held a discussion on the proposal on organic production and labelling of organic products

Animal Welfare

Clara Aguilera García

Incentives and strong commitment needed to fight antimicrobial resistance

12 December 2016

To effectively tackle AMR, we need incentives and strong commitment from all sectors, says Clara Aguilera García.​

Jens Stoltenberg on the cover of PM 445

Issue 445 | 05 December 2016

5 December 2016

Interview with Jens Stoltenberg, Energy Efficiency, EU-Algeria, Antimicrobial Resistance, EU-Bangladesh, Digital Skills, Gender Equality in Mental Health, 5 questions with Ulrike Lunacek and more.

Brexit

Theresa May conference - PA

Theresa May fails to impress with landmark Brexit speech

18 January 2017

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused of failing to provide clarity in her showcase speech outlining her government's Brexit plans.

Donald Trump

US ambassador to EU: World 'has lost sense of outrage'

16 January 2017

Anthony Gardner, the outgoing US ambassador to the EU, says it is "absolute folly" for America to act as a "cheerleader" for Brexit.

Culture and Education

Roberta Metsola looking up

Roberta Metsola hopes to raise awareness on dangers of revenge porn

6 December 2016

Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola last month launched a written declaration on combatting revenge porn.

Many digital screens

CULT Committee discusses AVMSD

23 November 2016

On November 21, the CULT Committee discussed the draft report on the Coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services in view of changing market realities. 

Development

Tony Graziano, Huawei

Sustainable Development can only succeed if we work together, says Huawei’s Tony Graziano

27 December 2016

Paris agreement and the UN’s sustainable development goals are a testimony to the difference we can make when we join forces across geographical, sectoral and policy dividing lines argues Huawei Communications chief.

Tax havens

ACP-EU: MEPs call for 'more political effort' against tax evasion in Africa

22 December 2016

A cross party group of MEPs have called for “more political effort” to fight illicit financial flows and tax evasion and avoidance in Africa.

PM 446 Cover

Issue 446 | 19 December 2016

19 December 2016

Winter energy package, Maltese Presidency preview, EU-Africa, Sustainable Development, One Belt, One Road, 5 questions with Roberta Metsola and more.

Digital Agenda

PM 446 Cover

Issue 446 | 19 December 2016

19 December 2016

Winter energy package, Maltese Presidency preview, EU-Africa, Sustainable Development, One Belt, One Road, 5 questions with Roberta Metsola and more.

A map of the world in binary

The need to counter extremist propaganda more effectively

13 December 2016

There are different reasons why people believe in extremist ideologies or join extremist groups, explains Alexander Ritzmann.

Roberta Metsola looking up

Roberta Metsola hopes to raise awareness on dangers of revenge porn

6 December 2016

Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola last month launched a written declaration on combatting revenge porn.

Economic Affairs

A photo of Molly Scott Cato

Brexit: MEPs reject UK's 'divide and conquer tactics'

16 January 2017

British and German Green politicians have joined forced to condemn threats by UK foreign minister Philip Hammond about "retaliation" if Britain is denied access to the single market.

Günther Oettinger speaking at a commission press conference

EU Parliament greenlights Oettinger budgets role

13 January 2017

Günther Oettinger has been given the all clear to take over budgets portfolio in the European Commission.

A pile of coins

EU budget funding needs 'major restructuring'

12 January 2017

A top level group of experts has recommended a "major restructuring" of the way the EU budget is funded after 2020.

Employment and Social Affairs

Eleonora Forenza

Eleonora Forenza: EU Parliament's grand coalition is an 'orphan child'

12 January 2017

Eleonora Forenza, the GUE/NGL group candidate for Parliament's presidency, has branded the grand coalition between the EPP and Socialist groups an "orphan child."

Marlene Mizzi MEP

Maltese EU Council presidency: Not business as usual

11 January 2017

Malta's EU Council presidency comes at the most unstable and challenging time for Europe, says Marlene Mizzi.

Paper chain of people community

The people-driven sector

10 January 2017

Europe’s home appliance industry is delivering to Europe’s consumers, explains Paolo Falcioni.

Energy

Paper chain of people community

The people-driven sector

10 January 2017

Europe’s home appliance industry is delivering to Europe’s consumers, explains Paolo Falcioni.

Jerzy Buzek

Jerzy Buzek: 2017 should be Europe’s year of Energy Union implementation

10 January 2017

EU has an opportunity to ‘springboard’ the integration of energy policy across several areas, says European Parliament’s energy committee chief

Enlargement

EU-Montenegro

EU Commission wasting 'significant' sums of money on projects in Montenegro, Parliament told

9 December 2016

A report to Parliament's budgetary control committee reveals that "significant" sums of money have been wasted by the European Commission on projects in Montenegro. 

Andi Cristea

Credibility of EU global strategy depends on neighbourhood policy's success

25 November 2016

The credibility of the EU.s global strategy rests on a successful European neighbourhood policy, writes Andi Cristea.

Environment

Paper chain of people community

The people-driven sector

10 January 2017

Europe’s home appliance industry is delivering to Europe’s consumers, explains Paolo Falcioni.

Jerzy Buzek

Jerzy Buzek: 2017 should be Europe’s year of Energy Union implementation

10 January 2017

EU has an opportunity to ‘springboard’ the integration of energy policy across several areas, says European Parliament’s energy committee chief

EU Council Presidency

Joseph Muscat

Maltese Prime Minister warns EU to prepare for another refugee crisis

18 January 2017

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has warned Europe to prepare for another migration crisis.

Roberta Metsola looking up

EU Council presidency: A proud moment for Malta

11 January 2017

Malta's Council presidency is an opportunity to restore citizens' faith in the EU, writes Roberta Metsola.

Marlene Mizzi MEP

Maltese EU Council presidency: Not business as usual

11 January 2017

Malta's EU Council presidency comes at the most unstable and challenging time for Europe, says Marlene Mizzi.

European Commission

Duff

Andrew Duff: Verhofstadt using EU Parliament presidency bid as gateway to Commission top job

16 January 2017

Former Liberal MEP Andrew Duff says ALDE group leader Guy Verhofstadt is using his bid for Parliament's presidency merely as a springboard to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as head of the Commission.

Günther Oettinger speaking at a commission press conference

EU Parliament greenlights Oettinger budgets role

13 January 2017

Günther Oettinger has been given the all clear to take over budgets portfolio in the European Commission.

Refugees arriving on German vessel

Refugee crisis: EU told to reshape common asylum programme

12 January 2017

A senior UN official has criticised EU asylum policy and also warned that Europe "should prepare" for another wave of migrants from Africa and Syria.

Food

Ministers discuss the labelling of organic products

14 December 2016

On December 12, the AGRIFISH Council held a discussion on the proposal on organic production and labelling of organic products

Helga Stevens on the cover of PM 443

Issue 443 | 7 November 2016

7 November 2016

Interview with Helga Stevens, Aviation Strategy, Food Labelling, Powering Europe's innovation economy, SME Week, tackling Pancreatic Cancer, 5 questions with Alessia Mosca and more.

Steffan Eck on the cover of PM 441

Issue 441 | 10 October 2016

11 October 2016

Telecoms, Copyright, interview with Stefan Eck, Pesticides, Pet trafficking, ETS, Fertilizers Regulation, 5 Questions with Marco Affronte MEP and more…

Foreign Affairs

Joseph Muscat

Maltese Prime Minister warns EU to prepare for another refugee crisis

18 January 2017

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has warned Europe to prepare for another migration crisis.

Theresa May conference - PA

Theresa May fails to impress with landmark Brexit speech

18 January 2017

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused of failing to provide clarity in her showcase speech outlining her government's Brexit plans.

Green week

Woman's hand holding a city in grass

A greener future means investing in cities

17 May 2016

Despite improvements, Europe's cities still face huge environmental challenges, with more possibly to come, writes Hans Bruyninckx.

Giovanni La Via standing in front of a pink background, photo by Natalie Hill

'Green economy' is now a reality in Europe

17 May 2016

The green economy is the only way forward, and the EU must ensure that all its tools are used appropriately to continue in this direction, writes Giovanni La Via.

Karmenu Vella

Karmenu Vella: Green investments bring back greater returns

17 May 2016

Karmenu Vella on why green investments aren't risky business, what to expect from Green Week and why feels the seeds of change have already been planted.

Health

Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea

Gender inequality is most evident in mental health

10 January 2017

The inequalities between men and women are most visible when it comes to mental health, writes Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea.

Françoise Grossetête

MEPs call for better incentives to research childhood cancers

23 December 2016

Centre-right MEPs have urged the EU to improve the current legislation to encourage research into child cancers.

Ploughing field

Member states reject EU Commission's endocrine disruptors proposals

22 December 2016

Member states have refused to give their support to the European Commission's revised proposal on criteria for endocrine disrupters.

Internal Market

Theresa May conference - PA

Theresa May fails to impress with landmark Brexit speech

18 January 2017

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused of failing to provide clarity in her showcase speech outlining her government's Brexit plans.

Justice and Rights

Tony Graziano, Huawei

Sustainable Development can only succeed if we work together, says Huawei’s Tony Graziano

27 December 2016

Paris agreement and the UN’s sustainable development goals are a testimony to the difference we can make when we join forces across geographical, sectoral and policy dividing lines argues Huawei Communications chief.

European Commission unveils ‘strong and coordinated response’ to tackling terror financing

23 December 2016

EU must stay a step ahead of terrorist financing, says commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis.

Pakistan - EU flags

EU condemned for lukewarm response to Pakistan mosque attack

22 December 2016

Dutch MEP Dennis de Jong has condemned the “lukewarm response” from the EU institutions after a deadly mosque attack in Pakistan.

Maritime and Fisheries

Norica Nicolai

Fisheries must be included in international marine biodiversity agreement

26 May 2016

It is crucial that fisheries in areas beyond national jurisdictions are included in any negotiations on the international agreement on marine biodiversity, argues Norica Nicolai.

Tonino Picula

Potential of EU's maritime sector also lies with its incredible heritage

18 May 2016

We must not forget the deep-rooted heritage of Europe's maritime sector, writes Tonino Picula.

Refugee crisis

Joseph Muscat

Maltese Prime Minister warns EU to prepare for another refugee crisis

18 January 2017

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has warned Europe to prepare for another migration crisis.

Refugees arriving on German vessel

Refugee crisis: EU told to reshape common asylum programme

12 January 2017

A senior UN official has criticised EU asylum policy and also warned that Europe "should prepare" for another wave of migrants from Africa and Syria.

Roberta Metsola looking up

EU Council presidency: A proud moment for Malta

11 January 2017

Malta's Council presidency is an opportunity to restore citizens' faith in the EU, writes Roberta Metsola.

Regions

Markku Markkula

Cities and regions are essential to reaching EU climate goals

21 December 2016

Our cities and regions are essential to fulfilling the EU's climate and energy goals, argues Markku Markkula.

Pavel Telicka

Fragmentation of EU airspace costing billions of euros

7 November 2016

The fragmentation of EU airspace is causing Europe to waste billions of euros' worth of funds, warns Pavel Telička.

Anna Lisa Boni

Sustainability in the EU is mission impossible without cities

12 October 2016

Cities are leading the way when it comes to implementing environmentally friendly solutions, writes Anna Lisa Boni.

Research and Innovation

Paper chain of people community

The people-driven sector

10 January 2017

Europe’s home appliance industry is delivering to Europe’s consumers, explains Paolo Falcioni.

Françoise Grossetête

MEPs call for better incentives to research childhood cancers

23 December 2016

Centre-right MEPs have urged the EU to improve the current legislation to encourage research into child cancers.

Trade

Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP/Press Association Images

Brexit: Could the UK leaving the customs union create jobs?

6 January 2017

Reports that the UK exiting could the EU's customs union could create 400,000 jobs have been dismissed. 

Nicola Sturgeon credit David Anderson

Scotland insists it wants to remain in single market

20 December 2016

The Scottish government says there is "no reason" why Scotland should not keep free movement of EU citizens even if the rest of the UK puts new immigration controls in place after Brexit.

Martin Schulz

Schulz threatens 'hardest of Brexits' if EU Parliament is sidelined in talks

15 December 2016

Outgoing Parliament President Martin Schulz has expressed his "disappointment" at the way the draft conclusions of Thursday's EU summit relegate Parliament "to a secondary position in the Brexit negotiation process."

Transport

Agriculture and farming

Brexit: Farmers to face high tariffs once UK leaves EU?

5 January 2017

UK Parliament committee warns "countryside, farming and wildlife at risk" after Britain leaves EU.

Cars parked on street

Dieselgate: Campaigners welcome plans for real world emissions tests

22 December 2016

Plans to introduce tough new “real world” emissions tests to measure particles from modern petrol engines have been welcomed by a leading transport group.

VW logo slightly hidden by leaves

Dieselgate could and should have been prevented, says EU Parliament

20 December 2016

Parliament's dieselgate inquiry committee has published a damning first report on the scandal, saying it represents a case of maladministration by the Commission.

US-EU

Donald Trump

US ambassador to EU: World 'has lost sense of outrage'

16 January 2017

Anthony Gardner, the outgoing US ambassador to the EU, says it is "absolute folly" for America to act as a "cheerleader" for Brexit.

Anthony Gardner

Outgoing US ambassador to EU in blistering attack on Farage, robust defence of EU

13 January 2017

Outgoing US ambassador to the EU Anthony Gardner has launched a blistering attack on Ukip's Nigel Farage, branding his Eurosceptic message a "caricature."

A woman sits at a computer in the dark

Nato signs new cyber security deal with US firm

19 December 2016

British MEP Bill Etheridge has welcomed new efforts by Nato to tackle cyber warfare, saying the move will put the alliance "at the forefront of our cyber defences."