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TTIP: Opportunities and Risk of an EU-US Free Trade Agreement

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

It has the potential to create the world's largest bilateral free-trade area, creating jobs and boosting economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic, yet the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has proved controversial from the start.

Britain's European Question Will Not Be Answered by an In-Out Vote

Tim Oliver | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Oliver

Like it or not, the idea of an in-out referendum will play a big part in the Britain's forthcoming general election. Britons might tell pollsters they care little about the topic, but Europe is woven into so many issues that it will be up there in the headlines day after day. Yet the question of Britain's E.U. membership defies simple answers.

€730 Million a Year: Consumers to Benefit From Cap on Card Payment Fees

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Consumers can look forward to estimated savings of €730 million a year under new EU rules on card payment fees. Legislation approved 10 March by the...

Are LED's About to Take Over the World?

Anna Gillespie | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Tech
Anna Gillespie

The European Commission has also recently announced that it may ban halogen bulbs as early as next year as part of their drive on energy efficiency which means LED's and CFL's (compact fluorescent lamps) are set to become even more widespread.

A European Energy Union Would Hit Putin Where It Hurts Most

Guy Verhofstadt | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Politics
Guy Verhofstadt

If Europe can deliver an ambitious and effective Energy Union, we will deliver a range of crucial goals; more independence, a secure supply of energy, a more sustainable economy, with Europe once again leading the development of green technologies. Putin and many of the other energy exporters outside the EU, who have grown wealthy on our addiction to fossil fuels, will be willing us to fail; but this is a fight we cannot afford to lose.

Working Together in Europe to Fight Terrorism

Vĕra Jourová | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Politics
Vĕra Jourová

The recent attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, and the London and Madrid bombings ten years ago, were an attack on our core values: respect for life, freedom and tolerance. We must stand up to protect these fundamental principles and values.

Petitions: The European Parliament Gives You a Chance to Be Heard

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Do you have a problem linked to the EU? The European Parliament can help. The EP's petitions committee ensures that people's complaints are heard at the highest level. And thanks to a new website launched this week, it is now easier than ever.

No More: The European Parliament Will Debate How to End Female Genital Mutilation

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

On 10 February MEPs will discuss with Commission representatives what measures are needed, such as funding for support services, protection of asylum seekers and the prevention of violence against women and girls in general.

Another Greek tragedy

Nikolaos Dimou | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK
Nikolaos Dimou

The international lenders of European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund (Troika) have plans for Greece. The last loan instalment to the country is in February. Greece is certain to require a new bail-out loan.

Good Intentions: What the European Commission Has in Store for 2015

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Eating less, exercising more... It's the time of year for forging resolutions. It's also the occasion for the European Commission to see what it cou...

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

Martin Whitlock | Posted 14.02.2015 | 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 14.02.2015 | 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 10.02.2015 | 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 02.02.2015 | 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 13.01.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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 30.12.2014 | 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 24.12.2014 | 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 21.12.2014 | 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.