Jean Arthuis – veteran debutant

At 70 years of age, Jean Arthuis may be a late-comer to the intricacies of the European Parliament, but a long, varied and (mostly) successful career at all levels of finance and politics in France – albeit often below the radar – suggests that opponents would be unwise to underestimate him. As chair of the Parliament’s influential budget committee, Arthuis may finally have found a role in which his public profile matches his influence. Busy of late negotiating with the Council of Ministers over the European Union’s budget for 2015, he also has his sights on the Parliament’s hard-won right to review the multiannual financial framework in 2016.

People & Places

Gallach goes to the UN

Cristina Gallach, head of unit in the media and communications directorate of the Council, has been appointed under-secretary-general for communications and public information at the United Nations. …

This timely special report takes as its starting point the declared ambition of the EU – both the European Council and the new European Commission to create a digital single market, seen as essential for Europe’s economic recovery. The EU seeks to regulate emerging industries in such a way that it encourages a single market and stimulates growth while at the same time safeguarding consumers.


Latvia's EU Presidency: a common EU agenda?

21 January 2015 - 6:30-8pm

Résidence Palace, Brussels, BE

On 21 January, European Voice will host a debate to discuss the programme, priorities and preoccupations of Latvia’s presidency of the Council of the EU. The debate …

With: Valdis Dombrovskis, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, Roberts Zīle


Payments: cornerstone of the digital economy

28 January 2015 - 6-7:30pm

Thon hotel EU, Brussels, BE

The ability to make electronic payments safely, quickly and conveniently has become an important part of the digital economy. Every day millions of businesses and consumers pay …

With: Michal Boni, Jörgen Gren, Fernando Herrero, Martin Weiderstrand, Chris Kangas