Welcome to Tweets of the Week. I’m not here. Well, I am here, but I’m not here – I’m in Malta. So fortunately, we have a guest presenter this week, Roland.
Thanks Jen. It’s an honor to guest host Tweets of the Week. This week we’re looking at the end of roaming, the European Parliament plenary, and Erasmus turning 30.
So it’s goodbye roaming! The EU has finally achieved something concrete. And they haven’t been shy telling us all about it.
— Jean-Claude Juncker (@JunckerEU) June 14, 2017
— Manfred Weber (@ManfredWeber) June 15, 2017
But is it really goodbye? Not all data is covered. And it remains to be seen if mobile operators will increase their domestic rates to compensate for the additional roaming.
— Ryan Heath (@PoliticoRyan) June 15, 2017
So it might not be “roam like at home” but at least it “roam a bit like at home”.
— Sean Kelly MEP (@SeanKellyMEP) June 14, 2017
Moving on to the European Parliament, where Trump’s pullout from the Paris Agreement was the topic of the week.
— Margaritis Schinas (@MargSchinas) June 14, 2017
Many MEPs were quick to criticise the move.
— S&D Group (@TheProgressives) June 14, 2017
But Bas Eikhout told everyone to take a long hard look in the mirror, as Europe itself isn’t yet on track to deliver on the Paris Agreement.
Pendant ce temps au Parlement européen…
Un député néerlandais dénonce l'hypocrisie de l'UE sur Donald Trump et l'accord de Paris. pic.twitter.com/sbTL3d0J4a
— Brut FR (@brutofficiel) June 13, 2017
MEPs also voted to ban pesticides in “ecological focus areas”.
— EEB (@Green_Europe) June 14, 2017
And they removed the parliamentary immunity of Le Pen and another Front National MEP in response to a French racism investigation.
EP voted to lift the parliamentary immunity of Marine Le Pen on defamation following a request by French authorities.
— JURI Committee Press (@EP_Legal) June 15, 2017
— Emmanuel Foulon (@efoulon1) June 14, 2017
And finally, moving on to a more joyful topic, the EU’s Erasmus programme turned 30 this week.
— Students For The EU (@Students4TheEU) June 14, 2017
Many people on Twitter celebrated the occasion. Surely including the over 1,000,000 Erasmus babies that are a direct result of the programme.
— WhyEurope (@WhyEuropeORG) June 13, 2017
— Seb Dance MEP (@SebDance) June 13, 2017
Now, if you’re British and a bit jealous of all the celebration, there’s good news.
Guy Verhofstad’s birthday wish for Erasmus is that UK students can continue to participate in the future, despite Brexit.
— Guy Verhofstadt (@GuyVerhofstadt) June 13, 2017
So that’s it for me. Back to you, Jen. Thanks Roland for filling in.
This week we are supported by Statoil. You can check out Anders’s tweet about the future of the world’s energy needs in 2050 at @StatoilEU.
— AndersMarvik (@StatoilEU) June 13, 2017
I’m back next week for more of the same, but if you just can’t get enough, you could check out the second best thing. That’s Roland’s Week in 60 seconds on YouTube.