DIGITIZING DEMOCRACY: How technology can help reinvigorate the bond between people and politics
28 Sep 2015 – 09:48

Following the lead of Estonia and Switzerland, will Britons get to vote online in 2020 General Election? While that might be one of the major outcomes of the The UK Parliamentary Commission on Digital Democracy, …

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SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT: Why does it matter and what can we do?
30 Sep 2015 – 09:00

The growth of urban population combined with widespread use of cars has led to increasing congestion and a rising level of air pollution and transportation collisions.  Member of European Parliament and former Transport Minister for Finland Merja Kyllonen discusses why europe’s transport policy needs some bold and ambitious steps to attain sustainability

FI As a former minister for transport in Finland, I am in love with transport. Yes, transport. The infrastructure that makes our societies and cities run smoothly. The backbone of integrity and competitiveness in Europe. I love the nitty-gritty of transport regulation, but even more I love the opportunities transport offers: access to education, participation in society, social interaction, imports and exports. Transport is in my opinion a crucial lubricant for the employment and value creation of economy. It is also one of the most important services for European citizens.Therefore the transport policy implemented in EU, national, regional and local level really makes the difference. Read the full story »

Sustainable Urban Mobility »

Towards a sustainable culture for urban mobility
28 Sep 2015 – 14:11

Development of sustainable urban transport requires a conceptual leap. Keith Taylor, Member of European Parliament Highlights actions that can change current mobility patterns towards sustainability.

It is indeed a watershed year for our path to a more sustainable future. The Sustainable Development Goals, a universal set of goals relating to international development, were adopted on 25 September at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York, with global leaders finally putting environmental sustainability and climate action at the core of the new agenda. Read the full story »

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Why should Europe embrace multimodality?
28 Sep 2015 – 09:47

Rising greenhouse gas emissions and global temperatures highlight the imminence of developing a sustainable culture towards mobility. Yet, which road should we take to initiate such a culture in a society that is predominantly urban? In an exclusive interview with Janani Krishnaswamy, Commissioning Editor of Government Gazette, Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport, shares her vision for a sustainable transport network and explains how multimodality can be an compelling approach towards a resource-efficient transport system

© European Parliament/Violeta Bulc

Transport systems worldwide are facing innumerous challenges. Urbanisation, globalisation and climate change are three such challenges which have a profound impact on infrastructure and transport. Expanding highways, rising demand for road space and limited parking availability have become major challenges for the passer-by, the passenger or the commercial driver in urban jungles.
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Circular Economy, Focus, Resource Efficiency »

Will Europe seize the opportunity of the circular economy?
28 Sep 2015 – 09:46

A Circular economy could increase european competitiveness and deliver better societal outcomes. It could result in twice the benifits seen on the current development path. By adopting the principles of a circular economy, Europe can take advantage of the technology revolution, could create more jobs, increase average disposable incomes, halve carbon emissions, and do much more. Jocelyn Blériot, Executive Officer, Lead, Communications and Policy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, presents the findings of their nine-month study and explains how the circular thinking might persuade companies to seek ways of retaining the value of their production costs

JossBlériotThe European Commission’s much anticipated circular economy package is due at the end of the year, and the European Parliament continues to push for ambitious legislation on the topic. As discussions bring together advocates for a regenerative European growth and competitiveness, converging signals seem to indicate that a transition to a circular economy could be the next major political project for Europe. Read the full story »

Financing for Development, Sustainable Development »

The European Union – A development superpower
28 Sep 2015 – 09:25

European Union countries and the EU as an institution contribute to more than half of global development assistance. Erik Solheim, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and former Norwegian Minister of Environment & International Development takes a frank and honest look at the success stories of European leadership in development cooperation and environmental protection

eric solheim 2 Europe is by far the biggest development aid provider in the world. But this is a big secret to many people. Most of the developing country presidents and ministers I meet believe that the United States or China provides most development aid. China and the US have often better access and gain more political capital in developing countries even though Europe is the biggest aid provider, trading partner and foreign direct investor.
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Financing for Development, Sustainable Development »

Paving the way for the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda
28 Sep 2015 – 09:24

As an author of European Parliament’s report on eu’s position on development aid, Pedro Silva Pereira, European Parliament’s Rapporteur on Financing for Development makes a checklist of some of the new policy deliverables and some disappointing facts in the agenda featured at the financing conference

Pedro Silva Pereira

The Addis Ababa Conference on Financing for Development (13-16 July 2015) was the kick off to a critical year for sustainable development, leading up to the adoption of the post-2015 agenda in September and of a new climate change agreement in December. The conference’s outcome document – known as the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) and representing the world’s plan to support implementation of the development agenda after 2015 – is not everything we wished for, but it still sets a positive framework for the global change we need towards a fairer and more sustainable future.
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Post-2015 development agenda: Opportunities for action on climate change
28 Sep 2015 – 09:10

To safeguard development gains made under the MDGs, action on adaptation is needed and mitigation is essential if we want to remain at 1.5 degrees of warming. Magdy Martinez-Soliman, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, presents the main lines of actions

Magdy Official Final PictureThe work undertaken over the last fifteen years by the global community to implement the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Kyoto Protocol and the Rio Conventions, the Hyogo Framework for Action on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and other international accords on climate has established the basic equation according to which integrating climate action in development planning can deliver resilient results for sustainable development. Hence the “Sustainable Development Goals” as the engine of the Post-2015 Agenda. Read the full story »

Financing for Development, Sustainable Development »

New development goals lack the required resources
28 Sep 2015 – 09:10

Public-private financing partnerships was the buzzword at the Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa. Will public sector money be sufficient to transform development? Heidi Hautala, European Parliament’s Greens/EFA group shadow rapporteur on financing for development discusses the outcome rhetoric on private sector money

Heidi HautalaYear 2015 is crucial not only for tackling climate change, but also for sustainable development. Progress has been made in reducing poverty, getting children to school and providing access to clean water, but much more needs to be done in supporting developing countries. To achieve that, the new sustainable development goals (SDGs) will be officially approved at the UN General Assembly in September. The goals themselves are an improvement compared to the present Millenium Development Goals. However, there is a huge gap between goals and concrete actions.
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Human trafficking »

Human Trafficking: Modern Trends of the Slavery Enterprise and the Missing Links
28 Sep 2015 – 09:07

Human trafficking, one of the world’s most shameful ills has found its well-deserved place in United Nation’s post-2015 development agenda. Emily Daglish, Head of Content at International Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Head of Policy at Human Security Centre argues that there is an urgent need to re-evaluate current infrastructure designed to tackle the slavery enterprise, both in terms of preventative, proactive and retrospective policy

Unbound Stop Modern Slavery Walk 2013

Media and political rhetoric in recent months have focussed on the arrival of thousands of migrants and refugees fleeing conflict and oppression to Europe. Mismanagement has diverted attention from the reality that human trafficking has exploited the vulnerable and critically contributed to the consequential humanitarian crises by facilitating life threatening transit. There is an urgent need to re-evaluate current infrastructure designed to tackle human trafficking, both in terms of preventative, proactive and retrospective policy.
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Water for Development »

A blueprint for climate policy
28 Sep 2015 – 09:06

Water is crucial for human sustenance, health and dignity; as a driver for business; for food and energy security; and for the broader ecosystem. Karin Lexen, Director of World Water Week, International Processes and Prizes, Stockholm International Water Institute addresses the role of water for development within the thematic scope of this year’s World Water Week in Stockholm

Karin Lexén (1)This year, a number of high-level decisions on sustainable development will be made – decisions that will steer our future. The anticipated climate agreement of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris in December is one such milestone.
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EU Health, Health, Prostate Cancer »

Europe has breast cancer units – so why not PCa units?
28 Sep 2015 – 09:06

The time has come to consider this problematic issue and promote establishment of PCUs in Europe, says Dr. Riccardo Valdagni, Coordinator of the European School of Oncology’s Prostate Cancer Programme and Director of the Radiotherapy

Foto Dr. Riccardo Valdagni

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men, with 417,000 new cases every year in Europe. There is a critical need throughout Europe to provide prostate cancer patients with high quality, standardized and integrated care. This need is currently not being adequately addressed. That is why the European School of Oncology (ESO) – the international organization dedicated to improving the skills of all health professionals supporting cancer patients – has developed and promoted the concept of Prostate Cancer Units (PCUs). Their central principle is specialist, multi-professional care. Read the full story »

Digital Democracy, Elections and Governance, International »

The Insider’s view of Swiss e-voting
28 Sep 2015 – 09:05

Voting via the internet is a key element in Switzerland’s e-government strategy. The authorities have decided to proceed with this project with caution. Corina Casanova, Federal Chancellor of Switzerland says the introduction of e-voting is taking place step by step, and the watchword is “security before speed”

Casanova_1Switzerland is the home of direct democracy. Citizens have extensive rights to have their say at all three levels of the state: the Confederation, the cantons and the communes. Not only can they elect their representatives to parliament, but they also vote regularly on specific issues. Another characteristic of Swiss democracy is that the means of participating are constantly changing and developing. Since 1994, all those eligible to vote in national elections and other votes have been able to do so by post. Postal voting has proved extremely popular and is now by far the most common method used.
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Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency »

Squaring the circle between growth & sustainability
28 Sep 2015 – 09:05

What do we need to know to trigger the shift from a linear to a circular economy? Karl Falkenberg, Director-General of European Commission’s DG Environment debates whether a full systemic change is required, including a radical way in the way we consume and produce. 

Karl Falkenberg

A few days ago the outcome document of the post 2015 agenda “Transforming our world: the 2030 agenda for sustainable development” was adopted and will formally be endorsed by Heads of State at the Summit later this month. With this there is an agreement establishing a universal agenda for sustainable development calling on the world to move towards sustainable consumption and production patterns and efficient use of natural resources, halving per capita global food waste, sound management of chemicals and wastes, substantially reducing waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse, more sustainable practices at the level of businesses, building people’s awareness of sustainable development and lifestyles.

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Circular Economy, Focus, Resource Efficiency, UN »

Reduce, Re-use, Recycle: Enabling sustainable patterns of production and consumption
28 Sep 2015 – 09:02

Implementing innovative measures to “decouple” natural resource use from economic growth is paramount, and one way to do so is adopting the circular economy model. Dr Ligia Noronha, Director of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics calls for a shift from a ‘take, make, dispose’ approach

Ligia Noronha The 20th century saw huge increases in demand for natural resources as industrialization and urbanization spread around the world. While current patterns of resource exploitation already exceed the Earth’s biological capacity, it is expected that, by 2050, humanity could consume approximately 140 million tonnes of minerals, ores, fossil fuels and biomass each year – three times the current level— thus risking to jeopardize the fundamental economic, social and environmental systems on which our livelihoods and development rely.

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Elections and Governance, EU, International, Latin America »

Latin America offers Europe lessons in regional integration
24 Apr 2015 – 09:30

Europe is currently living a process of change. In Europe’s periphery, a growing number of people are challenging the aggressive neoliberal policies imposed on the working class by Europe’s institutions, which are perceived as undemocratic by a growing number of people. Marina Albiol Guzmán MEP, Vice-Chair of EuroLat argues that the EU must learn from Latin America’s strong popular movements and democratic regional integration

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Interviews, Latin America, Sustainable Development, UN, Washington »

INTERVIEW: Roberto Calzadilla, Bolivian Ambassador to the UK
22 Apr 2015 – 16:09 One Comment
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Photo: theworldmarch.org

In the 16th century, half the silver produced in the New World came from Potosí in Bolivia, then one of the largest and wealthiest cities on Earth. Today, following years of dictatorships and aggressive foreign interventionist policies, Bolivia is one of the most poverty-stricken nations in South America in spite of its abundant natural resources. In this interview with Olivia Arigho Stiles, Ambassador Calzadilla discusses Bolivia’s commitment to the planet, its relations with the global north and why Bolivian cuisine will be the next culinary craze.

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Energy & Environment, Environment, EU, Focus, Policy »

Is Europe still the world leader in the fight against climate change?
20 Apr 2015 – 12:27

Europe defines itself as the world leader in the fight against climate change. This is true in many ways. The bloc’s commitment towards the upcoming global deal on climate action, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% in 2030 compared to 1990 levels, is among the most ambitious in the world. Pascal Canfin at the World Resources Institute (WRI) argues that Europe risks being left behind on the global stage if its Member States fail to invest in low-carbon economies.
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Elections and Governance, electoral, Home Affairs, Policy, UK General Election »

British politics is breaking open – the system is ripe for reform
15 Apr 2015 – 09:40

Katie Ghose of the Electoral Reform Society argues the case for proportional representation in UK General Elections. 

katie ghose

At the time of writing, no one knows what the outcome of the UK General Election will be. But we do know one thing for certain – it’s going to be incredibly unfair. Britain’s First Past the Post (FPTP) electoral system – where one candidate per constituency wins if they get more votes than the rest (while all other votes are ‘wasted’) – has long been the least proportional, and arguably the most undemocratic, way of electing our representatives. But in recent years the situation has gone from bad to worse.

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INTERVIEW: Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party
09 Apr 2015 – 10:56

As the UK’s General Election 2015 race gets under way, Olivia Arigho Stiles speaks to Amelia Womack, the Deputy Leader of the Green Party about the party’s election priorities, mobilising young people and the sea change in European politics.

Photo: Green Party

Few parties in Britain have recently experienced a spike in membership as remarkably rapid as the Greens. The so-called ‘Green Surge’ has seen the party move from the periphery to the near-centre of UK politics, with party membership now exceeding 60,000 and surpassing that of both the Liberal Democrats and Ukip. Alongside the SNP and Ukip, the Greens have been at the helm of major shifts taking place in British politics.
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EU-US Relations, Europe, TTIP »

For recovery, Europe needs to support labour not trade
18 Mar 2015 – 10:45

The March issue of the Government Gazette features a balanced and evidence-based overview of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, with opinion and analysis from both sides of the debate. Here, Jeronim Capaldo from Tufts University reveals that TTIP, if successfully concluded, would result in job losses, wage decline and fiscal instability for Europe.

Jeronim Capaldo

In the coming weeks and months Europeans are likely to hear a great deal about the benefits of trading with the US. The EU and the US have just resumed negotiations of the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (or TTIP), an agreement that would further liberalize trade between the two Unions. In fact, EU-US trade is already quite free from tariffs but TTIP aims at reducing or eliminating residual barriers, mostly related to differences in regulations, in order to facilitate exchanges even more. To those who expect trade liberalisation to always bring economic opportunities and jobs this seems like a good idea, while those concerned about the distribution of the costs to different social groups remain scpetical. Read the full story »

Baltic, Defence, International & Defence, Latvian EU Presidency »

All Quiet on the Eastern Front?
06 Mar 2015 – 10:38

 As part of the Government Gazette’s extended feature on the 2015 Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Artis Pabriks MEP analyses the impact of tensions between Russia and the EU  in the wake of the escalating conflict in Ukraine.

Photograph: Ivan Bandura

Amongst other things, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union is a maturity test for Latvia. It is the first time since the accession of Latvia to the EU in 2004 that the country has held the Presidency. To Latvian authorities and its wider public, the EU Presidency is seen as an opportunity to integrate national and regional interests into the EU agenda as well as to end the informal perception of Latvia as a ‘new Member State’.
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Energy & Environment, International & Defence, Sustainable Development »

Sustainable development targets need firm spending commitments
04 Mar 2015 – 12:13

As part of Government Gazette’s extended focus on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Linda McAvan MEP argues that Europe’s leaders must make firm spending commitments in order to tackle the challenges of poverty and climate change.

Photograph: Nana B Agyel

Will 2015 go down as the year global leaders took decisive action to secure a sustainable future for our planet?  That is the crucial question as the UN steps up negotiations on replacement targets for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the General Assembly in September in New York. Draft documents propose new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), applicable to all countries. Then just two months later in Paris, global leaders will come together again to seek a deal on combating climate change.
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EU-US Relations, TTIP »

TTIP: A deal to bolster the power of non-elected bodies
03 Mar 2015 – 11:08

The February-March issue of the Government Gazette features a balanced and evidence-based overview of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, with opinion and analysis from both sides of the debate. Here, Jean Lambert MEP (Green, London) argues that TTIP transfers regulatory power away from elected bodies into unaccountable corporate hands. 

 

Jean Lambert MEP (Photograph: euranet_plus)

The proposed trade agreement currently under negotiation between the EU and the US is proving highly controversial. We have seen the Commission forced to respond to public concern by increasing transparency and holding a public consultation on the Investor-State-Dispute -Settlement (ISDS) mechanism.  So, what’s different about the trade deal getting increasing headline space at the moment – TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership)?
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2015 Latvian Presidency – Will Latvia secure a détente with Russia?
26 Feb 2015 – 16:49

 As part of the Government Gazette’s extended feature on the 2015 Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Karolina Borońska-Hryniewiecka and Kinga Dudzińska analyse the significance of the Latvian Presidency for the EU’s relations with Russia. 

Ukraine (Photograph: Streetwrk.com, Flickr)

Latvia has taken over the rotating presidency of the EU Council at a turbulent time, marked by intensified terrorist threats and disturbances to territorial integrity on the continent. The exacerbating Ukrainian conflict and aggressive Russian policy in the region pose a direct threat to the stability of the Eastern flank of the EU and will be a test for Latvia’s  pragmatic approach towards Russia. In the current geopolitical circumstances, the aim of the Latvian foreign minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, expressed at the beginning of the presidency, to overcome stereotypes and convince Moscow that the Latvian stance is “in no way anti-Russian” might be difficult to realise. Read the full story »

Elections and Governance, electoral, Greek Market, Policy »

Greek elections: Syriza and the populist blame game
17 Feb 2015 – 16:19

The February-March issue of the Government Gazette offers an extended focus on the implications of the 2015 Greek elections and the eurozone debt crisis. Here, Takis S. Pappas assesses Syriza’s populist rhetoric and analyses the possible political machinations behind a Grexit.

In last month’s snap© European Union 2015 - European Parliament election, the Greek voters brought to power the populist Coalition of the Radical Left (known by its acronym, Syriza), a party led by the 41-year old Alexis Tsipras. However, as Syriza was unable to muster a parliamentary majority on its own, it opted to form a coalition government with the rightist populist and ultra nationalist Independent Greeks (ANEL), a party that was launched in February 2012 also on an anti-austerity platform. Read the full story »

Diabetes, EU Health, Healthcare Policy »

Time to defuse the diabetes time bomb
30 Sep 2015 – 10:00

Identifying problems within diabetes policy, Mayur Mandalia from IDF Europe and co-author of Diabetes in Europe: Policy Puzzle, creates a template for change and shares best practices for tackling the challenge

TIB_1719With over 32 million people living with diabetes in the EU and a total of 52 million across the wider European region (1), it is unequivocal that diabetes is an urgent EU public health priority. These numbers are projected to increase to 37.5 million and 69 million respectively by 2035. Read the full story »

SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT: Why does it matter and what can we do?
30 Sep 2015 – 09:00
SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT: Why does it matter and what can we do?

The growth of urban population combined with widespread use of cars has led to increasing congestion and a rising level of air pollution and transportation collisions.  Member of European Parliament and former Transport Minister for …

Towards a sustainable culture for urban mobility
28 Sep 2015 – 14:11
Towards a sustainable culture for urban mobility

Development of sustainable urban transport requires a conceptual leap. Keith Taylor, Member of European Parliament Highlights actions that can change current mobility patterns towards sustainability.
It is indeed a watershed year for our path to a …

Why should Europe embrace multimodality?
28 Sep 2015 – 09:47
Why should Europe embrace multimodality?

Rising greenhouse gas emissions and global temperatures highlight the imminence of developing a sustainable culture towards mobility. Yet, which road should we take to initiate such a culture in a society that is predominantly urban? …

Will Europe seize the opportunity of the circular economy?
28 Sep 2015 – 09:46
Will Europe seize the opportunity of the circular economy?

A Circular economy could increase european competitiveness and deliver better societal outcomes. It could result in twice the benifits seen on the current development path. By adopting the principles of a circular economy, Europe can …

The European Union – A development superpower
28 Sep 2015 – 09:25
The European Union – A development superpower

European Union countries and the EU as an institution contribute to more than half of global development assistance. Erik Solheim, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and former Norwegian Minister of Environment & …

Paving the way for the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda
28 Sep 2015 – 09:24
Paving the way for the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda

As an author of European Parliament’s report on eu’s position on development aid, Pedro Silva Pereira, European Parliament’s Rapporteur on Financing for Development makes a checklist of some of the new policy deliverables and some …

Post-2015 development agenda: Opportunities for action on climate change
28 Sep 2015 – 09:10
Post-2015 development agenda: Opportunities for action on climate change

To safeguard development gains made under the MDGs, action on adaptation is needed and mitigation is essential if we want to remain at 1.5 degrees of warming. Magdy Martinez-Soliman, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of …

New development goals lack the required resources
28 Sep 2015 – 09:10
New development goals lack the required resources

Public-private financing partnerships was the buzzword at the Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa. Will public sector money be sufficient to transform development? Heidi Hautala, European Parliament’s Greens/EFA group shadow rapporteur on financing for …

Human Trafficking: Modern Trends of the Slavery Enterprise and the Missing Links
28 Sep 2015 – 09:07
Human Trafficking: Modern Trends of the Slavery Enterprise and the Missing Links

Human trafficking, one of the world’s most shameful ills has found its well-deserved place in United Nation’s post-2015 development agenda. Emily Daglish, Head of Content at International Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Head of Policy …

A blueprint for climate policy
28 Sep 2015 – 09:06
A blueprint for climate policy

Water is crucial for human sustenance, health and dignity; as a driver for business; for food and energy security; and for the broader ecosystem. Karin Lexen, Director of World Water Week, International Processes and Prizes, …

Europe has breast cancer units – so why not PCa units?
28 Sep 2015 – 09:06
Europe has breast cancer units – so why not PCa units?

The time has come to consider this problematic issue and promote establishment of PCUs in Europe, says Dr. Riccardo Valdagni, Coordinator of the European School of Oncology’s Prostate Cancer Programme and Director of the Radiotherapy

Prostate …

The Insider’s view of Swiss e-voting
28 Sep 2015 – 09:05
The Insider’s view of Swiss e-voting

Voting via the internet is a key element in Switzerland’s e-government strategy. The authorities have decided to proceed with this project with caution. Corina Casanova, Federal Chancellor of Switzerland says the introduction of e-voting is …

Squaring the circle between growth & sustainability
28 Sep 2015 – 09:05
Squaring the circle between growth & sustainability

What do we need to know to trigger the shift from a linear to a circular economy? Karl Falkenberg, Director-General of European Commission’s DG Environment debates whether a full systemic change is required, including a …

Reduce, Re-use, Recycle: Enabling sustainable patterns of production and consumption
28 Sep 2015 – 09:02
Reduce, Re-use, Recycle: Enabling sustainable patterns of production and consumption

Implementing innovative measures to “decouple” natural resource use from economic growth is paramount, and one way to do so is adopting the circular economy model. Dr Ligia Noronha, Director of the United Nations Environment Programme’s …

Latin America offers Europe lessons in regional integration
24 Apr 2015 – 09:30
Latin America offers Europe lessons in regional integration

Europe is currently living a process of change. In Europe’s periphery, a growing number of people are challenging the aggressive neoliberal policies imposed on the working class by Europe’s institutions, which are perceived as undemocratic …

INTERVIEW: Roberto Calzadilla, Bolivian Ambassador to the UK
22 Apr 2015 – 16:09 One Comment
INTERVIEW: Roberto Calzadilla, Bolivian Ambassador to the UK

In the 16th century, half the silver produced in the New World came from Potosí in Bolivia, then one of the largest and wealthiest cities on Earth. Today, following years of dictatorships and aggressive foreign …

Is Europe still the world leader in the fight against climate change?
20 Apr 2015 – 12:27
Is Europe still the world leader in the fight against climate change?

Europe defines itself as the world leader in the fight against climate change. This is true in many ways. The bloc’s commitment towards the upcoming global deal on climate action, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions …

British politics is breaking open – the system is ripe for reform
15 Apr 2015 – 09:40
British politics is breaking open – the system is ripe for reform

Katie Ghose of the Electoral Reform Society argues the case for proportional representation in UK General Elections. 

At the time of writing, no one knows what the outcome of the UK General Election will be. But we …

INTERVIEW: Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party
09 Apr 2015 – 10:56
INTERVIEW: Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party

As the UK’s General Election 2015 race gets under way, Olivia Arigho Stiles speaks to Amelia Womack, the Deputy Leader of the Green Party about the party’s election priorities, mobilising young people and the sea change in European …

For recovery, Europe needs to support labour not trade
18 Mar 2015 – 10:45
For recovery, Europe needs to support labour not trade

The March issue of the Government Gazette features a balanced and evidence-based overview of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, with opinion and analysis from both sides of the debate. Here, Jeronim Capaldo …

All Quiet on the Eastern Front?
06 Mar 2015 – 10:38
All Quiet on the Eastern Front?

 As part of the Government Gazette’s extended feature on the 2015 Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Artis Pabriks MEP analyses the impact of tensions between Russia and the EU  in the wake of the …

Sustainable development targets need firm spending commitments
04 Mar 2015 – 12:13
Sustainable development targets need firm spending commitments

As part of Government Gazette’s extended focus on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Linda McAvan MEP argues that Europe’s leaders must make firm spending commitments in order to tackle the challenges of poverty and climate change.

Will …

TTIP: A deal to bolster the power of non-elected bodies
03 Mar 2015 – 11:08
TTIP: A deal to bolster the power of non-elected bodies

The February-March issue of the Government Gazette features a balanced and evidence-based overview of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, with opinion and analysis from both sides of the debate. Here, Jean Lambert …

2015 Latvian Presidency – Will Latvia secure a détente with Russia?
26 Feb 2015 – 16:49
2015 Latvian Presidency – Will Latvia secure a détente with Russia?

 As part of the Government Gazette’s extended feature on the 2015 Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Karolina Borońska-Hryniewiecka and Kinga Dudzińska analyse the significance of the Latvian Presidency for the EU’s relations with Russia. 

Latvia has …

Greek elections: Syriza and the populist blame game
17 Feb 2015 – 16:19
Greek elections: Syriza and the populist blame game

The February-March issue of the Government Gazette offers an extended focus on the implications of the 2015 Greek elections and the eurozone debt crisis. Here, Takis S. Pappas assesses Syriza’s populist rhetoric and analyses the possible political …

PCa specialist nursing workforce under threat
30 Sep 2015 – 09:07
PCa specialist  nursing workforce  under threat

With a diminishing nurse:patient ratio and no consistent approach for training a new workforce, Professor Sara Faithfull worries that patients in Europe might face a future without the expertise these nurses offer
According to new research …

POLICY PRESCRIPTIONS: Fixing diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer
30 Sep 2015 – 09:00
POLICY PRESCRIPTIONS: Fixing diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer

Prostate Cancer (PCa) is one of the most urgent medical problems in adult males and is the most widespread and third deadliest cancer for men in the European Union. It is very well known that …

DIGITIZING DEMOCRACY: How technology can help reinvigorate the bond between people and politics
28 Sep 2015 – 09:48
DIGITIZING DEMOCRACY: How technology can help reinvigorate the bond between people and politics

Following the lead of Estonia and Switzerland, will Britons get to vote online in 2020 General Election? While that might be one of the major outcomes of the The UK Parliamentary Commission on Digital Democracy, …

Switching from linear economy
28 Sep 2015 – 09:47
Switching from linear economy

Our quality of life, health and jobs all depend on the environment. However, the way and the rate we are using up natural resources today risk undermining our well-being along with nature’s ability to provide …