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Archives for EU Priorities 2020

Guest post by Vidvuds Beldavs, strategist for NZP FOTONIKA-LV, the national photonics platform of the University of Latvia Juncker’s European Commission (EC) has until the end of its term 31 October 2019 to take decisive action to address Europe’s energy problematique – intermingled problems that cannot be solved independently. The EU needs to maintain robust… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Guest blog post by 15 European Citizens’ Initiative organisers and 50 civil society organisations. On 20 June, the Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO) of the European Parliament will cast a vote of crucial importance for the future of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI).* With this open letter, civil society organisations and former ECI organisers call upon… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

The UN expects the world temperature to rise of about 2.7°C, well above the target maximum of 1.5°C to 2°C agreed upon in Paris. Even if countries manage to match this ambition with results, people in many parts of the globe still face a future of more frequent flooding, drought and storms. Urban population growth… » read more

  Posted by Kaj Embren

To all Atlantic Mayors This year, the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities will celebrate its 18th anniversary. This symbolic coming of age implies that we have to assume our political responsibilities at European level in a more energetic way. The moment we live is crucial for the survival of cohesion policy, at least as we… » read more

  Posted by Atlantic Arc Cities

The EU’s budget line for EU health action (‘the Health programme’) will be either dismantled and mashed into the ‘soup’ of the Single Market with other ingredients such as food safety, animal, and plant health or will remain a stand-alone programme which would be actually better for citizens. Here is why. Cooking a healthy EU… » read more

  Posted by My European Civil Voice - Zoltán Massay-Kosubek @EU_ZMK

In the European field of studies, the term democracy comes in all shapes and sizes. Whether it is through a historical lens or questioned on matters of validity under the term deficit, it is undeniably at the core of our political sphere in western civilization. Democracy is something my generation grew up with, this generation… » read more

  Posted by Studies of the European Union

  Guest post by Tom Parker, CEO of Cambre. Parker is an active member of the British business community in Brussels and is a regular commentator on lobbying practice and the future of the advocacy profession. With an eye to 2019, European Parliament elections and the appointment of a new Commission, Jean Claude Juncker set… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

As president of the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities, a city network representing more than 300 local authorities, I do not feel identified with the proposals issued by the Commission on February 14th. The suggested cuts and reorganisation of the multiannual financial framework do not respond neither to the expectations of the EU territories, nor… » read more

  Posted by Atlantic Arc Cities

Guest post by Nicholas Whyte, Senior Director of APCO Global Solutions.   The proposed new allocation of European Parliament seats may benefit ALDE and the EPP, at the expense of the Left and the hard Right. This week’s European Council meeting will consider the European Parliament’s proposals for the reallocation of MEPs between the different… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Kirsten Dunlop is Chief executive of Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate change. Kirsten leads Climate-KIC’s mission to decarbonise and transform land, cities and manufacturing sectors through strategic innovation and systemic change. The European Commission’s HLEG Working Group on Sustainable Finance released its long-awaited final report on 31 January. More than two… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Deutsche Politik und Europas Klimaverpflichtungen Die Wahlergebnisse des vergangenen Jahres haben zu beispiellosen Schwierigkeiten beim Aufbau einer neuen Regierung in Deutschland geführt. Trotz schwerer Verluste bei den Parlamentswahlen, wurde Angela Merkel für weitere vier Jahre als Bundeskanzlerin wiedergewählt. Aber die geschwächte Position der beiden traditionell größten Parteien – Angela Merkels konservativer Union aus CDU und… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

After 4 months of bickering about coalitions and policy measures, Germany’s 2 largest parties – Angela Merkel’s conservative party CDU/CSU and the Social Democrats (SPD) – have formed a grand coalition: the so-called GroKo. German politics plays a mayor role in the climate goals of the whole EU: which parties end up in the government… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

German power struggle leads to GroKo coalition   Last year’s election results have led to unprecedented difficulties to build a new government in Germany. Despite heavy losses in parliamentary elections, Angela Merkel was re-elected as Chancellor for another four years. But the weakened position of the traditionally 2 largest parties – Angela Merkel’s conservative party… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

In fourteen months time the European Union treaties will cease to apply to the United Kingdom. This event will bring to an end almost half a century of Britain’s unquiet membership of the continental bloc. Britain will have rejected the closer unity to which the EU is committed, marking a signal failure for Europe as… » read more

  Posted by Andrew Duff - On Governing Europe

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