Entries by European Parliament Web Team from 11/2012

Election Observation: Reinforcing the Democratic Process

| Posted 11.06.2012 | UK Politics

True democracy is never thrust onto a country; it is something it grows into. Institutions needs to be developed, an independent media fostered, legislation fine-tuned and citizens have to learn how to take part and wield their vote effectively.

ETS: Putting a Price on an Invaluable Commodity

| Posted 11.12.2012 | UK Politics

To understand why the EU is putting a price on polluting emissions through the Emission Trading System (ETS), you first have to understand what economists call negative externalities, that is when you reap benefits individually, but pay the price collectively.

EP's Health Check of the EU's New Commissioner

| Posted 11.16.2012 | UK Politics

Commissioners aren't directly elected, but scrutiny by the parliament is the next best thing.

Getting Under the Surface of Shale Gas Extraction

| Posted 11.26.2012 | UK Politics

Shale gas extractions offers tantalising prospects but any rush to get there without taking the necessary precautions could lead us to repent at leisure.