Ex-prime ministers could get management roles in next Commission
Summer blog: A shake-up of the Commission's structure could give former national leaders more influence.
Jean-Claude Juncker, the president-elect of the European Commission, is reported to be considering giving management roles to former prime ministers who are members of the college of commissioners.
Summer blog: Allowing the Commission's chief scientific adviser position to become a casualty of the GM crop war would be a disservice to EU policymaking.
One might think that a shrinking population is a bad thing, but in fact the benefits of demographic stability – or even decline – outweigh any adverse effects, writes the former chairman of the UK’s Financial Services Authority.
- Scotland's EU reform agendaWith a month to go until Scotland votes on whether to leave the UK, the Scottish government is setting out its vision for a future relationship with the EU, writes Fiona Hyslop, Scotland’s external affairs secretary.
- What I learned from Vladimir PutinPutin and his colleagues have been economical with the truth for a long time, writes Chris Patten, chancellor of the University of Oxford.
Quote of the Week
The sanctions policy pursued by the West...causes more harm to us than to Russia.Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s prime minister, says the EU is harming itself by imposing sanctions on Russia.
The week in numbers
Profile of the interim president of the European Parliament.
It is traditional for pride to come before a fall, but Gianni Pittella is reversing the process as he becomes interim President of the European Parliament this week. He will be wearing his new honour on crutches. Seven days before the European elections he jumped spontaneously off the stage where he had delivered a speech – and fractured his ankle. He hobbled through the remainder of his campaign on crutches. “It happened because for a moment I thought I was 20 again, rather than 55,” Pittella says.
People & Places
The former leader of the ECR group, voted out of office in May, will sit in the UK's House of Lords.
Although European member states have, by global standards, well-developed healthcare systems, equality of access for all is still far from reality. In practice there are considerable variations in care between member states and within each member state.
- The (un)informed patient
Having the correct information about treatment can have life-or-death consequences, but patients are often left in the dark.
- Equal care for all?
- Healthcare in the time of crisis
- Too poor to be treated?
- Where science leads, legislation tries to follow
- Have sickness, will travel
- High hopes for high standards
Much of the national and European policy that this special report examines has relied on a central assumption that greater access to healthcare is both desirable and possible, but is it?
The financial crisis has put great strains on healthcare systems across the EU.
There are huge gaps between member states when it comes to healthcare provision.
EU efforts towards a single market for medicines are still facing national obstacles.
Travelling across borders to receive treatment could become easier under new EU rules, but member states have been slow to transpose the law.
The EU is increasingly looking at ways to improve the quality of care in the member states.
18 September 2014
The Crowne Plaza, Brussels, BE
Connected vehicles hold the promise of increased safety and security, better network efficiency, improved traffic management and reduced environmental impact. Car makers, mobile-network operators, insurers, IT solutions …
With: Pierre MASAI, Stefano FRATTA, Fotis Karamitsos, Klaus SCHIERHACKL, Arndt OHLER, Fabrizio CORTESI, Frans OP DE BEEK
Cyber-security in 2014
23 September 2014
Regulatory compliance, internal controls, crisis management... best practices to protect data and intellectual property
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