MEPs Call for Action to Combat Child Trafficking

MEPs have called for more action to combat child trafficking and forced marriage, whilst stressing the crucial contribution that kids make in the fight against climate change. Following the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on 20 November, the European Parliament adopted a resolution, assessing the many challenges that…

Digitalisation of Transport of Goods

The European Parliament, Member States and the European Commission have reached a deal on the Electronic Freight Transport Information (EFTI) proposal late yesterday.  The new law will speed up the digitalisation of the transport of goods by creating an e-platform where businesses and authorities can digitally exchange information on road operations. “We laid down the foundations…

Review of EU Defence

Defence ministers have shared their expectations and views ahead of the presentation  of the first full Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD) Report which will be delivered to the Steering Board in November 2020.   Ministers took the opportunity to highlight their expectations and share success factors they deem important ahead of delivery of the first full…

Change to EU-Ukraine Trade Agreement for poultry meat

The European Parliament has agreed to modify the EU-Ukraine trade agreement to curb imports of cheap Ukrainian poultry meat entering the EU using a legal loophole. In a resolution adopted by 444 votes to 128 with 74 abstentions, MEPs called on Ukraine to respect the full trade agreement for good cooperation between the EU and Ukraine. Food…

EU Business Pessimistic about Economic Outlook

European firms are becoming increasingly pessimistic about the economic outlook according to the new EIB report. The report also finds that investment in climate change mitigation is lower than that of major economies like the US and China.  Infrastructure investment is stuck at 1.6% of EU GDP, the lowest in 15 years and Europe is…

Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense

The European Defence Agency (EDA) has for the first time been chosen to support the development of a PESCO project as an Agency initiative, in line with the PESCO commitment to use EDA as the European forum for project capability development.  The Austrian-lead project, CBRN Surveillance as a Service (CBRN SaaS), will provide a rapidly…

Radu Dumitrescu wins SME Youth Essay Competition

Radu Dumitrescu, a 24 year-old from Romania, was proclaimed a winner of this year’s SME Week Youth Essay Competition during the European Commission’s SME Assembly. Radu Dumitrescu is one of the Editors-in-Chief of The New Federalist web magazine. In his speech as potential EU Commissioner for SMEs and Entrepreneurship he said: “So, what is our goal?…

Defend Our Scotch Whisky

The European Union’s deepening trade war with America must be de-escalated if the Scotch whisky industry is not to suffer severe damage in the crossfire, a Conservative MEP has warned. Baroness Nosheena Mobarik said her constituents in Scotland were concerned by the potential harm to exports and jobs from the crisis. She spoke out ahead…

Nuclear Power Essential to Fight Global Warming

Scrapping nuclear power would make the fight against global warming impossible to win, a senior UK Conservative MEP is warning. Anthea McIntyre spoke out after a move by Greens and Left-wingers inserted a call to ban nuclear power into an otherwise constructive set of goals for the forthcoming Climate Summit in Spain. The West Midlands MEP…

Save Bees and Nature!

A European Citizens’ Initiative has been launched to phase out synthetic pesticides by 2035, support farmers, and save bees and nature. If it gathers one million signatures by September 2020, the EU Commission and Parliament must consider turning the campaign’s demands into law. The aim of the ECI is to bring the European Commission to propose…