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The Future of Europe: Making the most of the Treaty of Lisbon (Elmar Brok)

EU affairs - 20.02.2017 - 11:29

The European Parliament has adopted a set of three resolutions exploring the future development of the European Union. One of the rapporteurs, Elmar Brok, urges the EU to take full advantage of the Treaty of Lisbon, whose political potential has not yet been fully tapped. The EU should move towards more transparency for instance and a common defence policy.

The Future of Europe: Europe "is undergoing an existential crisis" (Guy Verhofstadt)

EU affairs - 16.02.2017 - 18:30

The European Parliament has adopted a set of three resolutions exploring the future development of the European Union. One of the rapporteurs, Guy Verhofstadt, explains why it is urgent to do an in-depth reform given the challenges the EU is facing.

Five numbers from the February 2017 plenary

EU affairs - 16.02.2017 - 11:55

Five numbers to take away from Strasbourg: Justin Trudeau's visit, a new anti-terror law, Greece's bailout package, future of Europe and carbon emissions.

Thumbs up for barrier-free trade with Canada

Economy - 15.02.2017 - 14:21

The European Parliament has approved the historic Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), clearing one of its last hurdles. Seven years in the making, the deal is set to ease trade barriers between Canada and the EU, and remains to be ratified by national parliaments.

MEPs push for carbon trading reform

Economy - 14.02.2017 - 18:34

The European cap-and-trade system is the first of its kind in the world to tackle carbon emissions with free market tools...and it direly needs an update. Ian Duncan, the Parliament’s rapporteur on the project, is spearheading negotiations for urgent reforms.

Replacing dangerous pesticides

World - 13.02.2017 - 08:59

MEPs want to make it quicker and easier to swap chemical pesticides for bio alternatives.

Coming up in Strasbourg: EU-Canada trade deal, anti-terror rules and Europe's future

EU affairs - 10.02.2017 - 09:51

Canadian premier Justin Trudeau is travelling to Strasbourg for Parliament's final vote on the EU-Canada trade deal. MEPs will also adopt new anti-terror rules, and table ideas on how to cut pollution and reform the EU.

More women in science

Society - 10.02.2017 - 09:05

February 11 is the UN International Day of Women and Girls in the Sciences. Very few women are pursuing scientific careers. They are still discouraged from entering a male-dominated field, say MEPs Eva Kaili and Michèle Rivasi.