About: Richard Howitt

Is Europe’s ‘refugee deal’ giving in to blackmail by Turkey?

Two million Syrian refugees are being treated as bargaining chips, with the result being European complicity in rigging Turkey's 1 November elections, writes British MEP Richard Howitt.
MH17 wreckage guard
Europe's East 27-07-2015

How far should Europe go for the security of Ukraine?

Europe should be prepared to commit hard defence in support for Ukraine and maintain sanctions against Russia, writes Richard Howitt ahead of a UN Security Council meeting over the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 one year ago.
Richard Howitt MEP
Global Europe 23-02-2015

Europe and Pakistan: Neither autocracy or theocracy

Whether the Taliban reasserts control within its borders and across them, what happens in Pakistan really matters to Europe and the rest of the world, writes Richard Howitt.
Richard Howlett

Europe must continue to lead on corporate social responsibility

Although Europe has led the way in the corporate social responsibility debate, according to MEP Richard Howitt, but it must now reshape the whole structure of remuneration across markets, to incorporate social and environmental goals.
Global Europe 18-12-2014

European Parliament passes watered-down Palestine resolution

The European Parliament has voted in favour of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. The final resolution was heavily watered down in order to obtain the support of Europe's right wing parties. EURACTIV France reports
Richard Howitt MEP (UK, Labour) [European Parliament]
Europe's East 04-12-2014

Macedonia’s feeble flame of aspiration

Are European policy-makers crushing hopes of progress in Macedonia by putting enlargement on the back burner, Richard Howitt wonders. 
Herman Van Rompuy, European Council president, with Conny Reuter of SOLIDAR [April 2012; Social Platform/Flickr]
Public Affairs 10-07-2014

EU’s civil society giants push for treaty change

NGOs and civil society organisations demanded "a new wave of inclusiveness" and more citizens' participation in EU decision-making on Tuesday (8 July), pushing to put treaty change back on the political table.

The time is now for company non-financial reporting

It may seem incredible that anyone can continue arguing that corporations should not be responsible for their impacts on wider society. Yet that was effectively the argument put forward by some European Union member states last week when they attempted to block the EU legislation on non-financial reporting for large companies, writes Richard Howitt.
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Health 09-10-2013

Blindness – the invisible threat. How can Europe respond?

Approximately 314 million people in the world are visually impaired, of whom 45 million are blind.1 Four of the most common causes of blindness globally are cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age- related macular degeneration (AMD); together they account for almost three quarters of all blindness. Around 50% of visual impairment in Europe is avoidable, if earlier and more targeted interventions are initiated.
Trade & Society 09-05-2012

MEP: Hollande will play his hand carefully

François Hollande will play his hand carefully and those who expect him to precipitate a crisis in the eurozone are wrong, MEP Richard Howitt (S&D, UK), European Parliament Rapporteur on Corporate Social Responsibility, told EURACTIV in an interview.

Howitt: Not only one approach to corporate responsibility

The debate on voluntary versus mandatory reporting is dead and the EU proposal on Corporate Social Responsibility to be unveiled today by the European Commission, after years of deadlock, goes in the right direction, said MEP Richard Howitt in charge of the dossier for the European Parliament in an interview with EURACTIV.

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