European Parliament

One in four Europeans hit with mental illness,depression a major cause of illness by...

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The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection Committee last week adopted a report on mental health entitled “Improving the Mental Health of the Population, Towards a Strategy on Mental Health for the...

Lawmakers fear US economic espionage

Aresolution by EU lawmakers last Thursday warned that alleged US efforts to obtain information on global bank transfers linked to counter-terror actions could amount to economic espionage. The resolution said that the data managed...

MEPs call on states to share immigration ideas

Members of the European Parliament last week called on member states to exchange information about planned national action on asylum and immigration in a bid to curb the flow of illegal immigrants into the...

EPP president congratulates Gruevski for victory

Wilfried Martens, president of the European People’s Party (EPP) the largest transnational party of Europe, last week sent his warmest congratulations to Nikola Gruevski, leader of VMRO-DPMNE, for his great victory in parliamentary elections...

HIV/AIDS: MEPs say “time to deliver”

The European Parliament last week adopted a joint resolution on “HIV / AIDS - Time to Deliver,” and MEPs welcomed the commitment to a massive scale-up of HIV prevention, treatment and care, with the...

Parliament gives nod to new cohesion policy

Billions to bridge disparities and create jobsThe European Parliament last Tuesday gave the green light to “the legal basis for the new ambitious Cohesion Policy 2007- 2013. The new set of rules consists in...

OSCE PA, in Brussels, elects Lennmarker as president

The 15th Annual Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE, taking place in Brussels, elected last week as its new President, EPP candidate Goran Lennmarker, the leading politician of the Swedish Moderaterna party.The...

Italian agent arrested over US rendition

Atop Italian intelligence official was arrested last week over his alleged involvement in the abduction three years ago of a suspected Islamic terrorist by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA.) Marco Mancini, described as the...

FIFA: Review of its statute in accordance

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At the end of the World Cup which took place in Germany and whose organisation has been really successful with its foremost, Mr Franz Beckenbauer, to be really valuable, the news has been heard...

Wine reform proposals not too Chablis

The conservative lobby of the European Parliament last week welcomed the recent move by the EU executive for reforming the EU’s wine regime. The European Commission’s proposals “are a positive step towards enabling the...

More US action violating human rights likely

A leading member of Europe’s top human rights watchdog last week warned that suspected CIA activities on the continent are only the beginning of more secret United States’ counter-terrorism measures to be revealed. “There’s more...

Parliament seen as vital to Serbia and Kosovo

Though the role of the European parliament in foreign policy matters is principally advisory, it could still play as a decisive persona in shaping up of the future of Serbia and Kosovo. That was...

Brok: US supports rule of law

The Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the European Parliament, Elmar Brok (EPP-ED), strongly welcomed the latest US Supreme Court’s decision on the US detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “The court...

Brok does balancing act for approach to Iran

Elmar Brok, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament emerged as the best diplomat on the subject as he called upon Iran to do the needful to regain confidence. Summing...

Parliament under pressure over plant closures

Threatened job cuts in Europe by US car giant GM last week led to pressure in the European Parliament for robust new EU measures for dealing with multinational companies, and continuation of talk on...

Radical wine sector reform to face New World rivals

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The European Union’s top farm official last week called for a radical shake-up of the bloc’s wine sector to meet rising competition from New World wine producers. Reforms aimed at streamlining wine production to...

Deal with New Zealand, premier to visit

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The European Commission last Wednesday signed an aviation agreement which will allow European airlines to fly between New Zealand and any EU member state. The agreement does not replace the existing bilateral agreements between...

First worldwide meeting of regions 

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Brazil, Argentina, Tunisia, Chile, Russia, South Africa and of course the European Union. For the first time, leaders from regions the world over have been discussing their views on globalisation, a phenomenon that imposes...

Rehn tells parliament enlargement a success

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The European Commission last week expressed satisfaction over the conclusions of the European Council on the subject of enlargement which was called an “historic success” and a tool to bring peace, democracy and prosperity...

MEPs warn Albania to speed reforms

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European Union lawmakers last week told visiting Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha they expected harder work on political reform and moves to stamp out human rights violations, organised crime and corruption. “Without fundamental root...

Committee week: the parliament never sleeps

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After the previous week’s plenary session in Strasbourg, MEPs were back in Brussels last week for Committee week to find a host of issues awaiting their attention, ranging from animal welfare to the copyright...

Lawmakers fear threat to car industry jobs

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The European Union last week was urged to act over what some members of parliament called a threat to the European car industry from American car giant General Motors. Following the firm’s decision to shut...

ECB chief signals interest rate hike

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European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet signalled last week that interest rates in the 12-member Eurozone could rise again in a bid to head off renewed inflationary pressures. “Inflation rates are likely to remain...

MEPs want more women in top political jobs

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Europe is still a man’s world. Although an increasing number of women are grabbing top political posts across the continent, female politicians and decision-makers are still much too rare, European Union lawmakers said last...

Fundamental Rights not a closed chapter

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Despite some positive steps to improve fundamental rights in the European Union, Member States still have a long way to go to become the model for other countries. That is the conclusion of the...

Avian flu: a problem for ACP and EU

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In debating avian flu, an African-Caribbean-Pacific-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly last week highlighted that that it poses a global threat with possible repercussions for human health, the global economy and world stability, since little is...

European economic blues persist

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Bill Clinton used to keep a sign on his desk in the Oval Office which said “It’s the economy stupid.” That simple message acted as a constant reminder that economic prosperity and financial confidence...

“Europe paves the way for the 21st century”

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In current times one has the impression that the word crisis already is a synonym of the European Union: constitutional crisis, financial crisis, crisis about the future of the European Union, and thus an...

From the “Blue Book” to the European Constitution

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For one year, since the rejection of the European Constitution registered by France and the Netherlands, the 25 member States of the European Union (EU) have had to re-evaluate the situation. This week the...

Another face of globalisation

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The consolidation of one of the chief industries fuelling globalisation has been reduced to a bitter fight in a tiny corner of Europe. News that Arcelor’s latest defensive move against Indian-origin entrepreneur Lakshmi Mittal...

Our Aim Your Europe

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The next Statutory Congress will take place in Rome on March 30-31, 2006 and will coincide with the 30th Anniversary celebrations of the EPP. At the very onset let me congratulate your able leadership and the...

EU must maintain momentum on energy issue

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It is high time that we made energy a top priority both on national and EU levels. The Austrian Presidency has committed to putting energy at the top of the agenda. With the EU...

Carbon Capture and Storage

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Last week I hosted a hearing on the issue of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), also known as carbon sequestration. It was an opportunity for me and others in the European Parliament to hear...

A common energy policy for Europe ?

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The recent gas crisis between Russia and Ukraine has opened the eyes of European decision makers and provoked a change of heart in national capitals on the EU energy debate. The time has now...

On Smoking

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Smoking provides a massive cost to the health systems of Europe. The tobacco companies profit from their goods. They find ways to market their addictive products, to reach children and adults, to make them...