News from Brussels / Week 04-10 September 2017
During the last week, Frans Timmermanns, first Vice-President of the Commission, called for a binding transparency register for all EU institutions. In an informal meeting in Tallinn, Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Agriculture, talked about the illegal abuse of the insecticide Fipronil and invited the ministers to a high-level ministerial meeting on 26 September in Brussels to discuss how to improve the way EU networks are dealing with food safety and food fraud. They also debated the risk management measures in the future Common Agricultural Policy. Besides, the Commission presented its principles on the relationship between Ireland and Northern Ireland in the Brexit negotiations on Thursday. The European Parliament's Committee on the Environment criticized the Commission's plan to mitigate controls on Japanese food and feed imports. In addition, the MEPs, especially Guy Verhofstadt and President Antonio Tajani, remain skeptical that there will be great progress in the Brexit negotiations until October. There were moreover discussions about reducing the number of parliamentarians after Brexit. The Council decided that the EU budget for 2018 should cover growth, employment, security and migration.
News from Brussels / Week 15-21 May 2017
Last week, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker allocated the digital dossier to the Bulgarian MEP Mariya Gabriel, who was nominated by the Bulgarian government. MEPs took the final vote on new rules enabling EU citizens with subscriptions for online films, TV series, games and sport events to access this content while temporarily in another EU country. Besides, they advocated a halving of food waste in the EU and debated Brexit. As a follow-up on proposals made by the EU Commission, MEPs also discussed how the EU can tackle the negative effects of globalisation.
News from Brussels / Week 08-14 May 2017
Last week, Bulgaria nominated MEP Mariya Gabriel as Commissioner. The EU Council discussed the new anti-dumping methodology and took stock of trade relations with Chile, New Zealand and Australia. It also debated the state of play of trade negotiations with Japan, Mexico and Mercosur and discussed about the EU-Myanmar/Burma Investment Protection Agreement. The Commission identified three main action points in the Digital Single Market and published its final report on the e-commerce sector inquiry. The European Parliament held a hearing on the situation and rights of EU citizens in the UK.
Position: Strengthening farmers’ position in the food supply chain
Letter to the Slovak Presidency of the EU
“For a fair and open trade policy”
Elmar Brok at the 3rd Brussels Wednesday Social on 15th July 2015
“Of Walls and Paths – Prospects for the EU’s Foreign Policy”. At the 3rd Brussels Wednesday Social, Elmar Brok discussed current developments of the EU’s foreign policy with the audience and presented both successful examples of the common foreign policy and EU foreign policy challenges that have yet to be solved together.