EU data protection supervisor calls for rapid deal on reform
Buttarelli wants the EDPS to be a 'key player' in data protection in the EU.
Giovanni Buttarelli, the newly-appointed European data protection supervisor (EDPS), is urging that European Council and MEPs agree reform of data protection rules as soon as possible if the European Union wants to be a credible global player on data protection.
Françoise Grossetête says there is still much the European Parliament can do to boost European health policy.
- Why Europe is fertile ground for extremistsThe EU has not done enough to foster integration and social harmony in the battle against radicalisation.
- Where our problems lieThe message on Russia is clear: Europe needs to worry about Russian money and influence-peddling in politics, media and the energy sector.
Rather than being an obstacle to peace, the International Criminal Court could be used by both sides to seek accountability and to increase the chances of ending the cycle of violence, writes Israeli photojournalist Alex Levac.
- Making sense of the Swiss shockSwitzerland is an example of just some of the risks that might emerge if a country with a strong economy were to leave the eurozone, write Markus Brunnermeier and Harold James.
- The Russian threat runs out of fuelWhen oil prices rise, Russia expresses its latent resentments more aggressively, writes Daniel Gros.
Quote of the Week
We need to improve our capacity to speak Arabic, to write in Arabic, and to listen to the messages that are coming from the Arab world.Federica Mogherini, the EU's foreign policy chief, after a meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday (19 January) at which they discussed the EU's response to the shootings in Paris and anti-terrorist raids in Belgium.
The week in numbers
Profile of Poland’s secretary of state for European Affairs.
Starring in “Our Backyard”, a 1980 Polish children’s television series, eight-year-old Rafał Trzaskowski appeared to have a promising career as an actor in his sights. It did not work out that way. Thirty-five years later as an expert on European Union affairs, he has moved smoothly from academia to the European Parliament and on to government. Few people doubt that the Polish government’s ‘golden boy’, now 43, will rise high: the question is where – in Brussels or in Warsaw?
People & Places
Andris Berzinš, the president of Latvia, has appointed Andris Piebalgs as a special adviser on Latvia’s presidency of the Council of the EU. Piebalgs’s experience includes being …
Latvia is probably one of the least known countries of the European Union. It is certainly one of the smallest and, unfortunately, one of the poorest. So Latvia’s presidency of the EU’s Council of Ministers, during the first half of 2015, will test its resilience and resourcefulness.
- Latvia’s fresh start
- Latvia: stability amid the flux
- Low birth rate locks in Latvia’s demographic destiny
- Latvia: populate or perish
- Latvia: leading on austerity
Latvia was a frontrunner on reform and is now a frontrunner for growth. Its new challenge is to lead other countries towards both.
Domestic consensus on the need for stability should prevent Latvia’s political volatility from undermining its presidency.
The economic downturn has also had a negative effect on the birth-rate in Latvia.
The tide of young, educated Latvians leaving the country is creating a skills shortage which poses a threat to the country’s economic recovery.
Latvia’s liberalised economy has enjoyed some of the strongest growth in the eurozone, but pressure is growing on the government to improve services for citizens.
- Latvia's environmental ambition
- Latvian citizens caught in the EU-Russia crossfire
- Latvia in purple
- Laimdota Straujuma: Latvia's prime minister
- Dana Reizniece-Ozola: Latvia's economics minister
- Jānis Dūklavs: Latvia's agriculture minister
- Jānis Reirs: Latvia's finance minister
- Edgars Rinkēvičs: Latvia's foreign minister
- Anrijs Matīss: Latvia's minister of transport
- Small country, big agenda
- The agenda for Latvia
Latvia has some impressive achievements on the environment, but inconsistency has marred its record.
The large ethnic-Russian minority poses a political challenge for its own representatives as well as the government.
Latvia needs to be better connected to Europe’s energy networks, but its vulnerability can be over-stated.
Mini-profile of Latvia's prime minister.
Mini profile of Latvia's economics minister.
Mini profile of Latvia's agriculture minister.
Mini profile of Latvia's finance minister.
Mini profile of Latvia's foreign minister.
Mini profile of Latvia's minister for transport.
Latvia faces some daunting tasks in a period of fast-changing policy.
The first half of 2015 holds some challenges for the Latvian government.
Payments: cornerstone of the digital economy
28 January 2015 - 6-7:30pm
Thon hotel EU, Brussels, BE
28 January – the debate starts at 6pm until 7.30pm followed by a networking reception. Registrations open at 5.30pm. Please make sure you arrive on time as there …
With: Jasmin Battista, Pablo Zalba Bidegain, Fernando Herrero, Martin Weiderstrand, Chris Kangas