People Vs the EU on Climate Targets

The European Parliament and the Council have submitted their responses on the appeal of the legal action challenging the EU’s 2030 climate target. Despite the political momentum in the EU to increase the 2030 climate target, both institutions argue that the families and the Sami youth who are affected by the climate crisis shouldn’t be heard in…

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…

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…

The EU should demand urgent action on Romania’s shameful prison conditions

The spotlight had already been on Romania’s prison conditions due to a report earlier this year by the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), writes Dr Charles Tannock. There was further international scrutiny as commentators wondered how Liviu Dragnea, the leader of country’s Social…

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…

New EU Mission for Central African Republic

The Council adopted a crisis management concept for a new civilian CSDP Advisory Mission in the Central African Republic (EUAM RCA).  The mission will support the reform of the internal security forces to enable the CAR authorities to mitigate the current security challenges in the country. EU experts will support the Ministry of the Interior and the internal security forces,…

Donald Tusk: President of EPP

Newly elected President of the EPP Donald Tusk gave a wide ranging speech las week to mark the start of the new academic year at the College of Europe in Bruges – and a farewell to his role as President of the European Council On Brexit, he said he “did everything in my power to avoid…

Agreement Reached on Tyre Labelling Legislation

A breakthrough has been achieved for a new labelling scheme for car and truck tyres aims to increase consumer awareness and fuel savings, improve safety and decrease noise pollution. The legislation was informally agreed by MEPs from the Industry and Research Committee and the Finnish Presidency of the Council last week. Under the new rules,…