European Commission

The EU Needs to Learn the True Meaning of 'Wealth'

Martin Whitlock | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Politics
Martin Whitlock

If the E.U. is keen to assert leadership on these issues, it could do worse than reflect upon what "wealth" really means for its 500 million citizens.

Micro Business Owners of the EU Must Stand Together

Soozi Baggs | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Politics
Soozi Baggs

The senior civil servants, politicians, and people who drafted the legislation do not understand how micro-level ecommerce works.

This Is an Emergency! Hundreds of Thousands of Micro Business at Risk of Closure From 1 January 2015

Alison Goodwin | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK
Alison Goodwin

This is no longer urgent. It is now an emergency! We have less than a week before the EU closes for Xmas! But all is not lost, I believe that together we can make a difference. This is what you can do:

EU Budget Explained: Expenditure and Contribution by Member State

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

There are in fact two types of EU budgets. There is the long-term budget, known as the multi-annual framework, which establishes the annual spending limits. This is negotiated ever seven years. There is also the annual budget, which sets out in more detail how the EU should spend its budget over the coming year.

Juncker Questioned in European Parliament Over Controversial Tax Scheme

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Bruno Gollnisch said tax harmonisation is not needed but that there is a need to make multinationals pay tax in the countries where they make profits. He also voiced concerns about Commission officials, led by Juncker, being responsible for the inquiry.

The Conservative Party Must Not Pander to Ukip Hysteria About Europe

Sajjad Karim MEP | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK Politics
Sajjad Karim MEP

The Conservative party must not become a Ukip proxy. We cannot as a centre-right party be drawn into the hubris and hysteria of populism that demands total withdrawal from Europe while ignoring the obvious dangers of such action and spurning the opportunity for reform that lies ahead of us.

No to GMO: EU Countries to Enjoy Greater Powers to Ban GMOs

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The proposal enabling a member state to invoke legal justifications to prohibit GMO cultivation will have to be approved by both the European Council and the European Parliament before it can enter into force.

New European Commission: Upcoming Laws That Will Affect Your Life

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

MEPs will take a close look at the plans and amend or even reject them as necessary. They will also critically follow the negotiations for all trade agreements as these will also need to be approved by the Parliament.

Why University Campuses are Key Enablers of Europe's Future Prosperity

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dirk Jan van den Berg

The quality of European universities and their campuses not only affects policy agendas of education, research and innovation. It also affects Europe's position in the global competition for the best students and professors (the global 'battle for brains'), and the wider competitive advantage, productivity, profitability and sustainable development of Europe.

This May Be The Most Confused Question In British Politics

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron's feud with Brussels escalated today as incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker told one of his team to "promote free...

When the Bubble Bursts

Susannah Savage | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Politics
Susannah Savage

For the trainees, or for me at least, the Euro bubble has finally burst. In the last few weeks in Brussels, plunged into denial that the traineeship is ending, we trainees become a red-eyed mass of reckless hedonists bouncing from leaving party to leaving party with work somehow sandwiched in the middle...

'Our Era's Biggest Humanitarian Emergency' - The Plight of Three Million Syrian Refugees

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK
European Parliament Web Team

The continuing conflict has led to an unprecedented number of people fleeing their homes in Syria and Iraq. While Europe has taken in thousands of refugees, hundreds of thousands have found temporary shelter in neighbouring countries that struggle to deal with the influx...

Rejecting Oil Baron Canete as Climate Commissioner Should Be Common Sense

Keith Taylor | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

Tonight at the European Parliament there will be a vote on whether Miguel Arias Canete, nicknamed "Senor Petrolhead" by the Sunday Times, will be accepted as the new EU commissioner for Climate and Energy. To cut a long story short, Canete has long embedded family ties with the oil industry so if common sense were to prevail, he would not be appointed.

Is 'Pink It, Shrink It' Really the Answer?

Rachel Swidenbank | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Tech
Rachel Swidenbank

Within the consumer world one way marketers encourage more women to purchase their goods is what we refer to as "pink it, shrink it". Make it feel more like a women should use it. But should we be using this method to encourage more girls to code?

Erasmus Didn't Travel to Boost Employability and Job Prospects

Layli Foroudi | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Layli Foroudi

A boost to employability and job prospects is great news, but the more noble, founding notions that underpin the Erasmus scheme must not be forgotten.

How to Follow the Hearings for the Candidate Commissioners at the European Parliament

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The next two weeks will be crunch time for the 27 candidates hoping to be part of the European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker. From 29 September to 7 October they will face hearings at the European Parliament to assess their suitability. MEPs will then vote on 22 October on whether to approve the new European Commission as a whole.

European Commission: Scrutinising the People Who Will Be Running Europe for the Next Five Years

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The aim is to assess each candidate's suitability as commissioner, evaluate their knowledge of the proposed portfolio and find out about their future plans. Based on the candidates' responses and performance, the committees will then draw up a recommendation and send it to the president of the European Parliament...

Outnumbered on the Western Front

Susannah Savage | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics
Susannah Savage

One of the many joys of being a trainee in the European Commission is being able to socialise in the international melting pot of the European bubble, to gluttonously gorge on a feast of cultures and languages, to take the notion of 'nationality' and throw it off like a duvet on a sweaty summer night such as we have rarely experienced in the UK...

Russia: Helping European Companies Deal With the Impact of Import Bans

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The situation is far from being resolved. Despite the agreed cease-fire, fighting continues in Eastern Ukraine and the EU has already announced further sanctions.

We Bagged a Great Portfolio - Now Let's Get on With the Job in Europe

Peter Wilding | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Wilding

This is an important moment for the UK but it is even more important for the wider EU. The restructuring of the Commission to place an emphasis on action to develop economic growth is a real move forward. The UK must seize this opportunity to make a reality of its own reform agenda and work for the vast majority of British people who see reform and change in the EU, not defeat and exit, as the real prize.

Work in Progress: The Challenges Facing the European Parliament in the Coming Months

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

September is not just a time when trees start shedding their leaves and university students dust off their books, it's also when the European Parliament returns from the summer recess and starts work on legislation that will affect the lives of everyone living in the European Union.

Juncker's 'Women Problem' - And How to Solve It

Giles Goodall | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Politics
Giles Goodall

The current nine female commissioners have called for 10 or more women in the new team, while Juncker himself called gender balance 'a political must'. With 37% women among its own ranks, the European Parliament will be in no mind for compromise.

Five Key Takeaways on Russia's Relations With the West

Ruth Green | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Green

After months of fraught relations between Russia and the West which have seen a flurry of tit-for-tat sanctions triggered by the growing unrest in Ukraine, the final straw seemed to come with the suspected downing on 17 July of flight MH17 over Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists.

EU: How the UK's Next Commissioner Will Be Appointed

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The name raised a few eyebrows in Brussels when he was announced as the nominee for the UK's spot in the European Commission. Lord Jonathan Hill of Oareford, the leader of the House of Lords, is little known abroad and his appointment is far from guaranteed as he will be subjected to a careful vetting process over the coming months.

EU Reform - Can We Learn From the Polish Transition?

Witold Sobków | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Witold Sobków

There is an appetite for change shared not only by EU member states, but also by many people in EU institutions, who are able to identify challenges faced by Europe nowadays. Poland believes in strong EU institutions and deeper political integration, as well as aims, like the UK, at the completion of the single market.