Jimmy De Bock Exhibition

photograph copyright ©Jimmy De Bock  The way we see the world is often best captured by a photograph. Iconic images of mankind’s plight and triumphs have over and over again been seared into our collective memory.   In this spirit, yesterday Jimmy De Bock Exhibitionon Tuesday, 3 December, BOLDT – in cooperation with Fondation Franz Weber…

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…

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…

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?…

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…

ESBA consortium wins contract to reinvigorate WEgate

Today the European Commission announced that the European Small Business Alliance (ESBA) won the contract to reinvigorate WEgate, the EC women entrepreneurship platform. Renamed WEgate 2020 – We open doors for women entrepreneurs, the portal provides women entrepreneurs with support, training and encouragement to succeed. The WEgate announcement was made during the “Women, Investment, and Access to…

EU Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data Improving

EU greenhouse gas emissions data is reported in line with international requirements and inventories of emissions have improved over time, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors.  However, better insight is needed into specific sectors such as agriculture and forestry, say the auditors. They also suggest further improvements to reporting on…

EP Completes Hearings for New Commission Nominees

The Conference of Presidents (President Sassoli and political groups’ leaders) closed the hearings process today. Parliament will vote on the new Commission on 27 November. After the meeting, European Parliament President David Sassoli said: “During the last two months, the European Parliament has played its democratic role, scrutinising the performances of the proposed Commissioners closely….

EP Hearing for Adina-Ioana Valean

Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee MEPs have quizzed Adina-Ioana Vălean, candidate for the transport portfolio. The committee Chair and political groups’ coordinators will now assess the performance of the Commissioner-designate. The right to move freely is highly valued by EU citizens and transport makes this possible,  Vălean said during her speech. On the European Green Deal,…

EU Launches Infringement Proceedings Against UK

The EU has started legal action against the UK for not putting forward a new commissioner. A commission statement said, “As the Guardian of the Treaties, the European Commission has today sent a letter of formal notice to the United Kingdom for breaching its EU Treaty obligations by not suggesting a candidate for the post of…