Eleonora Vasques

Future EU 22-06-2022

MEPs could sue EU leaders if they ignore call for treaty reform

The European Parliament could sue EU leaders at the European Court of Justice for breaking treaties’ obligations if they refuse to officially react to EU lawmakers' official call for the Convention to open EU treaties, a constitutional expert told EURACTIV.
Politics 17-06-2022

EU advisory body backs Ukraine candidate status, flags Balkans

Unconditional candidate status must be given to Ukraine without jeopardising the ongoing accession process of Western Balkans countries, a European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) resolution approved on Thursday (16 June) stated.
Politics 10-06-2022

Health could be key to opening EU treaties

Health policy is at the heart of demands for EU treaty reform after MEPs voted on Thursday (9 June) for EU leaders to establish a constitutional convention to reopen the EU treaties.
Economy & Jobs 09-06-2022

Businesswomen are vital to face EU challenges, MEP says

The strengthening of the private sector is a pivotal goal for Europe if it wants to deal with current crises, and women must significantly contribute to it, Danish MEP and former entrepreneur Pernille Weiss told EURACTIV.
Politics 09-06-2022

MEPs urge ministers to block Polish recovery plan following Commission green light

The European Commission's decision to green-light the Polish Recovery Plan on 1 June has prompted an angry backlash from the European Parliament, with MEPs passing a resolution on Thursday demanding that ministers block the approval of €35.4 billion of EU grants and loans to Warsaw.

Governments must increase transparency on lobbying, says anti-corruption group

EU governments must increase their transparency and accountability on lobbying, said the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) of the Council of Europe in an annual report published on Thursday (2 June).

Sinn Féin leaders give backing to EU in NI Protocol dispute

Sinn Féin leaders Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill on Wednesday (1 June) gave their backing for the EU's implementation of the controversial Northern Ireland protocol and called for support in resolving the political impasse in Northern Ireland.
Future EU 23-05-2022

Conference on the Future of Europe is over, what’s the outcome?

This is the end of the journey, but not the end of the story. Citizens approved their recommendations in the context of the Conference on the Future of Europe (COFOE), the first EU deliberative democracy experiment where ordinary citizens took...

Don’t extradite Assange, European human rights chief urges UK

European human rights experts have joined the campaign urging the UK government not to extradite controversial WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange to face trial in the United States, warning that it could have a ‘chilling effect’ on media freedom.
Enlargement 13-05-2022

Ukraine’s integration can start today, EU Parliament chief says

The EU should open its doors to Ukraine, paving the way for immediate access to trade, programs, funding, transport, movement, and more, European Parliament President Roberta Metsola told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. Asked by EURACTIV what her thoughts are...
Global Europe 10-05-2022

EU urges ‘not to give up on Syria’ amid Russia’s war on Ukraine

The Syrian humanitarian crisis remains among the EU’s top priorities, the bloc's chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, said at the sixth pledging conference for the war-torn Middle-Eastern country in Brussels on Tuesday (10 May).
Future EU 09-05-2022

Macron teases alternative to EU enlargement

French president Emmanuel Macron on Monday (9 May) pitched a proposal for a new "political European community" that would allow Ukraine and others currently outside of the EU framework to be more closely involved with the EU.
Future EU 09-05-2022

Von der Leyen hints at support for EU treaty change

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen hinted that she might support changes to EU treaties, should it be necessary to implement the recommendations of citizen panels from the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE).
Global Europe 09-05-2022

MEPs ask that frozen Russian billions be used to rebuild and arm Ukraine

Seventy-three MEPs have called for $300 billion in seized Russian funds and assets to fund the Ukrainian military and the country's reconstruction in a letter sent to EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell. 
Future EU 05-05-2022

MEPs support treaty changes to reform EU

Members of European Parliament passed a resolution on Wednesday (4 May) supporting the outcome of the Conference on the Future of Europe and changing EU treaties to facilitate the implementation of citizens' proposals.
Politics 03-05-2022

Draghi calls for EU treaties change amid ‘ideal’ and ‘pragmatic’ federalism

A mix of ideal and pragmatic federalism should lead toward EU treaties revision quicker integration of the Western Balkans and Ukraine into the EU, according to Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi.
Future EU 28-04-2022

War in Ukraine highlights need for EU reform with citizen participation

As Russia's war in Ukraine rages on, the need to reform the EU and take citizens' voices into account has become more apparent, according to politicians involved in the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Global Europe 20-04-2022

US open to Western Sahara options as Morocco steps up lobbying effort

The United States is keeping its options open on the future of Western Sahara as Morocco, which claims sovereignty over the disputed territory, is trying to garner wider international support from its European neighbours. 
Future EU 15-04-2022

Over 10% of citizen proposals on EU’s future require treaty changes, expert says

Twelve per cent of European citizens’ proposals as a part of the conference on the Future of Europe require a treaty change if they are to be implemented, according to an EU law expert.
Politics 08-04-2022

How Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ended Vatican’s multilateral foreign policy

The Vatican City's multilateral approach to foreign policy has ended with the war in Ukraine as Pope Francis takes an increasingly anti-Putin stance, Vatican expert Piero Schiavazzi told EURACTIV.
Future EU 08-04-2022

Employers’ representative: EU needs competitiveness check, not minimum wage directive

An EU directive on minimum wages "risks undermining collective bargaining and adding up complexities to the recovery and the resilience of the EU economy", Stefano Mallia, who represents employers in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), told EURACTIV.
Future EU 08-04-2022

Citizens criticise lack of political interest in bloc-wide democracy experiment

Representatives of EU citizens panels at the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) asked politicians to take meetings more seriously, noting that the majority did not turn up to the last plenary session, according to a letter seen by EURACTIV.
#Media4EU 01-04-2022

RSF chief: Russian journalists’ exodus comparable to that of Bolshevik regime

An increasing number of independent Russian journalists are fleeing their country, seeking protection in Europe, Secretary-General and Director-General of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Christophe Deloire told EURACTIV in an interview.
Future EU 30-03-2022

Conference on the future of Europe, the citizens finalized their recommendations. What’s next?

Finally, it happened! All four thematic European panels have finalised their 178 recommendations. Proposals relate to a wide range of subjects: education, job, environment, health, climate change, EU foreign policy, migration, youth, and many others. It is the result of...