EU Elections 09

20-03-2014

Swedish populists fear poor poll results

During a weekend conference (15-16 March), Sverigedemokraterna chief Jimmie Åkesson said he fears a poor showing in May's European elections, and that it could influence the Swedish general elections, in September.

Elections 15-10-2013

Pascal Lamy should lead European Commission, says Delors

Former European Commission President Jacques Delors has backed the former WTO Director General Pascal Lamy to succeed José Manuel Barroso as the head of the EU executive next year.

27-06-2012

Verhofstadt: Merkel, Hollande squabble like children

Time is running short to make a jump towards federalism - to avoid a complete collapse of the euro, Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament, tells EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

EU Priorities 2020 18-01-2010

Ciolo? stops short talks on EU farm budget cuts

Dacian Ciolo?, the EU's commissioner-designate for agriculture, pledged equal distribution of EU farm aid across the EU 27 and fair income for farmers during a three-hour confirmation hearing in the European Parliament on Friday (15 January). His vision for a strong post-2013 EU farm policy convinced members of the House and reassured farmers alike. 

Regional Policy 14-01-2010

The new European Commission

The selection of a new European Commission, never the simplest of political tasks, has this year been more complex than ever. Politically and institutionally, 2009 came with a whole range of permutations regarding the 'how?', 'when?' and 'who?' of the next EU executive.

Elections 07-12-2009

Europe’s Green parties seek expansion strategy

Building on their successes in France and Germany at the recent EU elections, the European Green Party is launching an offensive to strengthen representation in Eastern and Southern European countries, where they have no elected parliamentarians.

EU Priorities 2020 04-12-2009

National Parliaments and the EU

National parliaments have come to play an increasingly important role in the functioning of the EU, cooperating with the European Commission and the European Parliament as well as with each other. The Lisbon Treaty further strengthens their influence on EU decision-making.

Public Affairs 31-07-2009

French influence remains modest in EU Parliament

Despite increasing its representation in key committee posts, France remains far behind Germany and the United Kingdom in terms of influence in the new European Parliament. EURACTIV France reports.

Public Affairs 30-07-2009

EU elections seen as irrelevant, survey finds

A third of voters who decided not to use their ballot in this summer's European Parliament elections only made their decision in the final days of the election campaign, according to a European Parliament Eurobarometer survey conducted in the month following the June poll.

Digital 28-07-2009

Harbour: Public procurement to drive recovery

Public procurement should become the driver of new technology developments and the main vehicle for economic recovery, Malcolm Harbour MEP, the new head of the European Parliament's internal market committee, told EURACTIV in an interview.

EU Priorities 2020 28-07-2009

Public procurement tipped to drive EU recovery

Public procurement should become the driver of new technology developments and the main vehicle for economic recovery, Malcolm Harbour, the new head of the European Parliament's internal market committee, told EURACTIV in an interview.

Future EU 28-07-2009

EU countries ranked for ‘influence potential’

Germany is over-represented in the European Parliament, giving it a correspondingly high potential to influence EU policies, while other countries are at disadvantage, according to a recent report by a Romanian think-tank. EURACTIV Romania reports.

UK & Europe 27-07-2009

The UK Tories’ European policy: The road to oblivion

The tone of UK Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague's 21 July speech to the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London "takes us back to Winston Churchill's image of Britain at the centre of three concentric circles: transatlantic, Commonwealth and European - a world that no longer exists," writes Stanley Crossick, founder of the European Policy Centre, in a July post on Blogactiv.

MEP: Social policy a central plank in future recovery

In an interview with EURACTIV France, French Socialist MEP Pervenche Berès highlighted the importance of including a social dimension in the battle to solve Europe's economic problems, and questioned the decision to award the European Parliament's important economic committee chair to an English Liberal MEP.

Social policy central to future recovery, says French MEP

In an interview with EURACTIV France, French Socialist MEP Pervenche Berès highlighted the importance of including a social dimension in the battle to solve Europe's economic problems, and questioned the decision to award the European Parliament's important economic committee chair to an English Liberal MEP.

EU Priorities 2020 23-07-2009

Eastern Europe big loser in Parliament horsetrading

Prominent Eastern European MEPs feel their countries are under-represented on European Parliament committee executives, EURACTIV has learned. Meanwhile, as horsetrading drew to a close, it emerged that France had punched below its weight, according to experts.

EU Priorities 2020 21-07-2009

MEP: EU climate vow separate from Copenhagen deal

"Our engagement for climate protection should be independent from Copenhagen," the newly-elected chair of the European Parliament's environment committee, German Social Democrat MEP Jo Leinen, told EURACTIV in an interview, stressing that "if Copenhagen is a success, all the better; if not, we have to stick to our job".

EU Priorities 2020 20-07-2009

EU climate vow ‘separate’ from Copenhagen deal

"Our engagement for climate protection should be independent from Copenhagen," the newly-elected chair of the European Parliament's environment committee, German Social Democratic MEP Jo Leinen, told EURACTIV in an interview, stressing that "if Copenhagen is a success, all the better; if not, we have to stick to our job".

Future EU 20-07-2009

EU Parliament puts Barroso bid on ice

Signalling a nerve-wracking wait for European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, leaders of the European Parliament's political groups have agreed to delay until 10 September their decision on when to stage a vote on the Portuguese's bid for a second term at the EU executive's helm.

Languages & Culture 17-07-2009

Strasbourg woos MEPs in new charm offensive

The host city of the European Parliament's plenary sessions has launched a series of initiatives aimed at strengthening its image as a symbol of post-war European reconciliation and fending off accusations that the assembly's monthly trek to Strasbourg is a waste of taxpayers' money.

EU Priorities 2020 17-07-2009

MEPs elect committee chairs

In a final constitutive lap, MEPs yesterday (16 July) elected chairs and vice-chairs of 12 parliamentary committees. Voting will end on Monday with appointments to the remaining ten committees, including two sub-committees.

Italian MEP calls for EU Parliament mafias probe

The European Parliament should tackle the problems posed by mafias across Europe by setting up an ad hoc committee to investigate their connection with "financial, entrepreneurial and political systems," according to an appeal launched by Rosario Crocetta, a newly-elected Italian MEP who has been living under strict police protection since 2002 due to his activities against the Sicilian mafia.

EU Priorities 2020 16-07-2009

Parliament has to be respected, says new VP

The European Parliament can no longer accept orders from EU heads of state and government, Isabelle Durant, a Belgian Green MEP and former minister who was recently appointed vice-president of the assembly, told EURACTIV in an interview.

EU Priorities 2020 16-07-2009

Durant: ‘Our first priority is to make the assembly respected’

The European Parliament can no longer accept orders from EU heads of state and government, Isabelle Durant, a Belgian Green MEP and former minister who was recently appointed vice-president of the assembly, told EURACTIV in an interview.