The new Swedish and Polish governments want to improve relations with Russia. But the Kremlin has other ideas.
- Fighting to give a voice to patients in the European healthcare debateThe patient perspective deserves greater attention, because patients are experts too, says their European spokesperson, Nicola Bedlington.
- The five-year plan for the EUJuncker’s Commission needs to show political will and urgency from the outset.
In the Ukraine crisis, Europe is repeating mistakes that it has many times before with Russia, writes the foreign minister of Lithuania.
- What chance a 2030 deal?The chances of a climate and energy agreement are high – but don’t bet your house just yet.
- A pivotal point for Europe’s economyThe 2030 climate and energy package that EU leaders will discuss next week should be seen as part of an economic-recovery stimulus package, writes Jeremy Oppenheim, programme director for the New Climate Economy.
A good week for...
Alenka Bratušek had performed so badly in her hearing before MEPs that Bulc was almost certain to be a better choice as Slovenia’s nominee for the European Commission. She was, and brought energy and enthusiasm to her hearing before the transport committee – at least initially (she faded towards the end). Having just two days to prepare for the hearing did Bulc little harm; MEPs forgave her understandable vagueness in some answers.
A bad week for...
Italy’s foreign minister, who will be the next EU foreign policy chief, faced a barrage of online criticism over Italy’s objection to an EU ban on the sale of aviation fuel to Syria. Italy eventually lifted its opposition, and Mogherini took to Twitter late on Friday, saying: “I’ve checked and stopped a technical input. Italy supports sanctions”. She did not, however, say what the “technical input” was and the online campaign continued, prompting a testy exchange between Mogherini and the actress Mia Farrow.
Profile of the chairman of the European Parliament's trade committee.
Many in the European Parliament have for weeks been impatiently waiting for the hearings of the European commissioners-designate to end and for normal business to resume. One MEP, though, has been rushing around ever since this Parliament was formed in July: Bernd Lange, the German socialist who now heads the Parliament’s trade – INTA – committee.
People & Places
Ladislav Miko will become acting director-general of the European Commission’s department for health and consumers on 1 November to fill the gap left by Paola Testori Coggi, …
- Erasmus+ means more mobility
- Bologna looks to the future
- Knowledge alliances roll out across Europe
- Studying the EU at a distance
The structure of the Erasmus programme has changed, giving students more opportunities to study abroad.
A review of the Bologna process for higher education reform is long overdue.
Commission searches for projects that bring together higher education and the workplace.
Students as far afield as the United States and New Zealand are keeping a close eye on developments in the European Union.
EV Health Check Annual Forum
4 November 2014 - 9-4:30pm
Résidence Palace, Brussels, BE
Building on 5 years of successful “EV Health check” events, European Voice’s annual event on healthcare will gather key policy makers, international business leaders and industry specialists.
With: Carole Longson, Roberto Bertollini, Peter Liese, Nicola Bedlington, Peter O'Donnell, Günter Danner, Zaide Frias
EMIR European Market Infrastructure Regulation
6 November 2014 - 9-5:30pm
Salons Etoile Wagram, Paris, FR
The first obligations of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation – EMIR – have come into force in 2014. EMIR, combined with other regulations like Mifid II and …
With: Jacques Molgo, Ben Parker, Mark Barber, Valérie Sainsaulieu, Lee McCormack, Gail Le Coz, Eugene Stanfield, Gérard De Lambilly, Andrew Sterry, Patrik Roos