Intergroup in EP to be established for Wine, Spirits and Quality Foodstuffs

The body that represents the spirits industry at EU level – spiritsEUROPE – says it “strongly supports” the re-establishment of the Parliamentary Intergroup on Wine, Spirits and Quality Foodstuffs.  This intergroup allows for the enhanced understanding of the cultural, traditional and economic importance of spirits among key decision-makers in the European Parliament, and should be re-constituted. “We encourage MEPs from all political groupings, sitting on…

Economic Output of over 50s grows by 20% since 2004

New research by the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC) will find that the economic output (GDP) generated by earned income of individuals aged 50 and over has grown by 20% between 2004 and 2018. “Maximising the Longevity Dividend”, a new ILC report to be launched alongside the fifth annual Future of Ageing conference, will highlight…

Final NECPs due by the end of the month

By the end of the year, EU countries will have to submit their final National Energy and Climate Plans to present how they will contribute to the EU’s 2030 climate and energy targets. A new report released last week indicates how much progress has been made since the European Commission published its recommendations on each…

Benefits of generic and biosimilar medicines

The European Commission has identified the use of generic and biosimilar medicines as crucial for EU health systems in  report released on Friday. Detailing the potential benefits of generic and biosimilar medicines use, the European Commission identified the urgency to foster the use of biosimilar medicines specifically, an urgency heightened due to the expenditure rate…

Consistency needed across EU to implement Istanbul Convention

The Left group has strongly condemned EU member states that have either failed to ratify, or are obfuscating and even revoking measures to implement the Istanbul Convention. With one in three women over the age of 15 having been a victim of physical and/or sexual violence in the EU, the Istanbul Convention is the most…

Europe Needs to Rediscover Vision – Sassoli

Yesterday evening the European Parliament President David Sassoli used a speech at the Jacques Delors Institute in Paris to call on EU leaders to rediscover the former European Commission President’s ambition and reforming zeal to tackle the many challenges Europe faces. President Sassoli said: “During his ten years at the head of the European Commission, he…

Lisbon Treaty part of Europe’s DNA

Charles Michel says the Lisbon Treaty is part of the “European DNA.” The former Belgian PM, now the EU’s new President of the Council, was speaking on Sunday at an event to mark the 10th anniversary of the landmark treaty. He said,”There is so much to discover in every corner of Europe. This diversity living…

Inauguration of the New Commission

The EU needs to “turn the promises of the past few months into results that improve people’s lives” That was the message on Sunday from parliament’s president David Sassoli who was speaking in Brussels. He joined the Presidents of the three EU institutions and the European Central Bank to mark the inauguration of the new Commission and…

Climate Change Impact Unpredictable

An arctic expert has warned that some of the impact of climate change will be “unforeseeable and intangible.” Einar Gunnarsson was speaking at an arctic symposium in Brussels with other specialists. He is Ambassador Arctic Affairs and Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials with the Arctic Council. He said, “Warming climate is having unprecedented influence worldwide and it is…