EU Negotiations with UK on Brexit

Reports to the European Parliament - Michel Barnier

President Jean-Claude Juncker and Chief Negotiator for Article 50 Negotiations, Michel Barnier spoke this afternoon at the European Parliament’s Plenary session debate on the latest state of play concerning the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom. They provided a reaction to the vote in the House of Commons last night. President Juncker said: “The Withdrawal…

Power to Gas

Power to Gas

“Power to Gas” uses renewable or low-carbon electricity to make hydrogen. The electrolysis of water to produce hydrogen and oxygen has existed almost since the “discovery” of electricity, writes Mike Parr. Until the 1950/1960s electrolysis was the key method used to produce hydrogen which is an important feedstock for the production of chemicals such as…

Protecting Freedom of Speech

Protecting Freedom

A permanent independent body should be set up to investigate murders of journalists, it has been claimed, writes Martin Banks The demand comes after the murders of three journalists in Europe so far this year, including Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Maltese reporter who was killed by a car bomb in the course of her investigation into…

The Case of Asia Bibi

The Case of Asia Bibi

British Conservative Member of the European Parliament, Sajjad Karim, has held a debate on the case of Asia Bibi postponed to a later date, writes Martin Banks. Karim made a request to the Parliament’s President, Antonio Tajani, to delay the discussion – that was due to take place later this week – in order to avoid…

Rule of law and freedom of the press under threat in Romania

Freedom of the press under threat in Romania

The European Parliament is “deeply concerned” about the reform of the Romanian judicial and criminal laws, which it says risks undermining separation of powers and the fight against corruption, writes Martin Banks. In a resolution wrapping up the plenary debate held with the Romanian PM Viorica Dancila the Chamber called on the Romanian authorities to put in…

Managing Dangerous Substances

Managing Dangerous Substances

Official launch of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2018-19: Manage Dangerous Substances European Week for Safety and Health at Work is actively under way this week with seminars, workshops and events across Europe. Organised every year by OSHA, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work,  the focus of the campaign in 2018 is to…