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23/01/2017

Bratušek: “The EU is the solution, not the problem”

Elections


Elections 18-01-2017

Antonio Tajani: European Parliament's new president

European People’s Party (EPP) candidate Antonio Tajani has been elected as the European Parliament's new president. Tajani won the election by a slim 69 vote margin. In his acceptance speech, he dedicated his win to citizens in need.
Elections 17-01-2017

European Parliament presidential candidates outline their hopes for change

Each candidate gave a short speech before the European Parliament presidential election began. They summarised their plans, emphasising the importance of change and transparency. The election continues into a third round, with a result due this evening (17 January).
Future EU 22-03-2016

Financing the EU primary elections 2019

Leading EU think tanks and European Political Parties came together to present their ideas regarding the financing of the European primary elections ahead of the next round in 2019.
Elections 23-09-2015

Catalan rep: The EU should push Madrid towards a 'more constructive stance'

'We would have already expected a more explicit invitation of encouragement by EU leaders and institutions to Madrid to engage in some kind of political discussion,” said Amadeu Altafaj, the Permanent Representative of Catalonia in Brussels.
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Elections 04-06-2015

Which European primary election system for citizens to connect better with the EU?

With lessons from the 2014 campaigns still fresh in people's minds, this is the perfect time to start the discussions within and among European political parties on how the system for the European elections in 2019 can be improved.
Elections 05-05-2015

Sir Graham Watson: I’m trying to lay the basis of a supranational party

ALDE is the first political family in the EU to offer individual party membership, as an important step in the development of the European Liberal Democrats from a network of parties, into a fully-fledged European party.
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EU Priorities 2020 31-10-2014

Commission's spokespeople say goodbye

The European Commission's team of spokespeople said ‘goodbye’ to the Brussels press on Friday, as a revamped service working for the Juncker Commission will start on Monday.
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Elections 31-10-2014

EU welcomes Orban's scrapping of Internet tax

The European Commission on Friday welcomed Hungary's decision of scrapping plans to impose a tax on Internet traffic.
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EU Elections 2014 31-10-2014

Thomas Tindemans: observations about the new Commission

Hill+Knowlton Strategies’ Thomas Tindemans observes real change in the new Commission and a real need for clear communication to bring the public on board.
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UK & Europe 29-10-2014

Barroso says 'adeus' after 10 years

He has been the longest-serving EU leader. After 10 years in office, outgoing European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso gave his last press conference in Brussels on Wednesday.
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EU Priorities 2020 22-10-2014

Juncker: This will be the 'last chance Commission'

The new Juncker Commission was approved on Wednesday after a vote in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
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EU Priorities 2020 22-10-2014

Barroso's swan song

European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso held a final speech in the European Parliament on Tuesday after 10 years in office. Speaking for over half an hour, Barroso pointed out at what he considered the achievements of the Barroso II Commission, highlighting trade agreements, the Banking Union and the climate goals.


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EU Priorities 2020 21-10-2014

Šef?ovi?: "The time for a European Energy Union has clearly come"

In a three-hour hearing at the European Parliament on Tuesday, Vice-President designate for Energy Union Maroš Šef?ovi? told MEPs that it is “Russia is increasingly using gas supply as an instrument of pressure and as a political weapon against Ukraine and this is totally unacceptable.”
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UK & Europe 21-10-2014

Farage's eurosceptic group saved by Polish MEP

Nigel Farage's Eurosceptic group in the European Parliament reformed on Tuesday after the arrival of Polish MEP Robert Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz.
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Transport 21-10-2014

Bulc to MEPs: “You learned I walk on fire. I thought I would get burnt but I didn't”

Slovenian Commissioner-designate for transport Violeta Bulc appeared to make an excellent impression on MEPs during her confirmation hearing at the European Parliament on Monday.
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Transport 17-10-2014

Will Bulc invite the Parliament to "look through the density of consciousness"?

New Slovenian Commissioner-designate for transport Violeta Bulc will be quizzed by MEPs on Monday, only two days before the new Juncker commission is due to be voted on by the European Parliament in Strasbourg,
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UK & Europe 16-10-2014

Farage's Eurosceptic group collapses, Sakharov prize winner postponed

Nigel Farage's Eurosceptic group in the European Parliament collapsed on Thursday following the withdrawal of Latvian MEP Iveta Grigule.
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EU Priorities 2020 15-10-2014

Doubts loom over new Commission start date

Doubts loom over new Commission start date
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UK & Europe 09-10-2014

Parliament confirms Hill as EU Commissioner

Jonathan Hill was confirmed by the European Parliament on Wednesday as EU Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, after facing questions by MEPs over his commitment to the EU and whether he would use the position to work in favour of the City of London. Hill was the only Commissioner called back to a second hearing with MEPs.
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Public Affairs 08-10-2014

Timmermans supports mandatory EU lobby register

In a three-hour hearing at the European Parliament on Tuesday, designated First Vice-President Frans Timmermans told MEPs if approved, he would draw up proposals for mandatory lobby register across EU institutions.
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Euro & Finance 08-10-2014

Katainen: “I want 300 billion of real investment to support jobs”

In a three-hour hearing at the European Parliament on Tuesday, Commissioner-designate for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen called for public/private partnerships, increased lending capacity for the European Investment Bank and other EU lending bodies, more “future investment” by EU nations in areas such as infrastructure and the completion of the single market.
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Global Europe 07-10-2014

Mogherini: “We will need to reassess relations with Russia in the next 5 years"

Vice-president designate and High Representative-designate of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini has said that even though Russia could not be seen as a “strategic partner” anymore, Moscow was nonetheless a “strategic country and neighbour.”
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EU Priorities 2020 07-10-2014

Parliament rejects Hungary's Navracsics as education and culture commissioner

The European Parliament's culture and education committee has rejected to endorse Hungary's Tibor Navracsics as the future Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship commissioner due to his record in a government accused of attacking civil rights. MEPs voted on Monday to accept Navracsics in another role within the new Juncker's commission.
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Energy 07-10-2014

Bratušek: “The EU is the solution, not the problem”

Former Slovenian Prime Minister Alenka Bratušek, Commissioner and Vice-President-designate for Energy Union, made an unconvincing appearance in front of the European Parliament on Monday, after her expertise was tested by both the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, and the Committee of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety