Europe to become top Supercomputing Region

Eight sites for supercomputing centres have been selected across the EU to host the first European supercomputers.  They will support Europe’s researchers, industry and businesses in developing new applications in a wide range of areas, from designing medicines and new materials to fighting climate change. In a major step towards making Europe a top supercomputing…

Tusk Happy with Voter Turnout for EP Election

European council president Donald Tusk says he is “very happy” about the turnout in the EU elections, the highest for 20 years. Tusk said the 50 per cent turnout makes the parliament “more representative.” He said, “First and foremost, we are very happy about the turnout, which was the highest in 25 years.  “This proves…

Big Pharma Lobby in Brussels Damaging Consumer Interest

Pharmaceutical industry lobbying in Brussels is blocking any solution to the growing problem of extremely high medicine prices in Europe, a new report by Corporate Europe Observatory claims. It says the crisis of affordability that has “long plagued” health care systems in the Global South has reached the European Union, as the “industry’s profit maximisation logic…

Sibiu Summit Fails to Prioritise Climate Change Crisis

The leaders of Europe met in the Romanian town of Sibiu this week and agreed on ten points regarding the future of Europe. Climate change featured only tenth as a priority though. Reacting to the outcome the co-leading candidate of the European Green Party, Greens/EFA co-president Ska Keller was very critical of this. She said:“The seriousness of the…

Building a Sustainable Environmental Future for Europe

The future of Europe is environmentally and socially sustainable, write Kélig Puyet and Ariel Brunner. It is within reach if political leaders take action now – as environment and social organisations, representing millions of Europeans, we stand together to deliver this message to national and EU leaders meeting in Sibiu on 9 May to discuss…

UK Politics in Trouble: Smith

SNP MEP Alyn Smith has today given an impassioned speech in the European Parliament in Strasbourg warning that the Leave campaigns lied and broke the law, and that politicians from the campaign will do so again in the upcoming EU elections. Smith said: “President, thank you. So as a Scottish and UK member it turns out reports of…

MEPs vote to establish new Internal Security Fund

Vote to establish new Internal Security Fund

A new fund that will support Member States’ efforts to boost security within and between their countries has been endorsed during a vote at this week’s plenary meeting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. As currently proposed, the Internal Security Fund will have a budget of just under €5 billion to support objectives such as…

Council Agrees Position on Flight Safety After Brexit

Flight Safety in Europe After Brexit

The EU is taking the steps which are needed to continue to ensure a high level of aviation safety in its airspace the event that the UK leaves the EU without a negotiated agreement. Today, the Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee approved a mandate for the presidency to start talks with the European Parliament on a…

Finnish Premier Talks Up the Finnish Presidency of the Council

Finnish Presidency

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä debated the future of Europe with MEPs and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday. In his speech to MEPs, Finnish Prime Minister Sipilä expressed his support for the “kind of EU that proves its credibility through concrete action”. He highlighted that the way to win back people’s trust and fight…