A strategy for the UK’s future trade policy
30 Sep 2016 – 17:05

The United Kingdom’s future trade policy should certainly start with the EU, its main and most proximal trade partner, writes Mark Manger, a Professor at the University of Toronto and a former consultant to the …

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European Commission’s fight against cancer grows stronger
30 Sep 2016 – 17:25

The European Commission aims to reduce the burden of cancer through the Joint Action CANCON (European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control), European Code Against Cancer and by heavily investing on research. Antoni Montserrat Moliner, Senior Expert for Cancer and Rare Diseases, Directorate of Public Health, European Commission, elaborates on the EU fight against cancer

Bladder cancer is the ninth most common cancer worldwide. Despite significant advances in the treatment of bladder cancer, it remains a growing problem in the European Union. Based on key statistics published in the International Agency for Research on Cancer for 2012, the crude annual incidence of bladder cancer in the European Union is 16.3 per 100,000 of population with 123,000 new cases per year. The mortality in the EU is 4.7 per 100,000, meaning that 40,300 people in the EU die from bladder cancer annually, nearly 30,000 men and 12,000 women respectively. Read the full story »

Reducing risk factors for bladder cancer: the legislator’s role
30 Sep 2016 – 17:17
Reducing risk factors for bladder cancer: the legislator’s role

Discussing the legislator’s role in beating bladder cancer, Daciana Octavia Sarbu MEP says a broader strategy including, emissions from road traffic and pesticide limits is equally important if we are to control risk factors for …

Let’s put the evidence into practice
30 Sep 2016 – 17:14
Let’s put the evidence into practice

‘At least one of your neighbours, one of your children’s school friends or someone who you see on the bus to work every day might be suffering from the consequences of diabetes milletus. In order …

EU acts against work related cancer
30 Sep 2016 – 17:13
EU acts against work related cancer

The most common cause of work-related deaths in the EU is cancer and bladder cancer was one of the first cancers to be linked to occupation. The European Commission recently proposed changes to the Carcinogens …

Screening for bladder cancer: rationale and perspectives
30 Sep 2016 – 17:10
Screening for bladder cancer: rationale and perspectives

Bladder Cancer screening is currently not recommended in routine practice partly because of low overall incidence. However, Prof Morgan Roupret, Professor, Université Paris, believes that rational screening policies for smaller groups of people based on …

A strategy for the UK’s future trade policy
30 Sep 2016 – 17:05
A strategy for the UK’s future trade policy

The United Kingdom’s future trade policy should certainly start with the EU, its main and most proximal trade partner, writes Mark Manger, a Professor at the University of Toronto and a former consultant to the …

Can we solve the trade problem while keeping the spirit of Brexit in place?
30 Sep 2016 – 17:00
Can we solve the trade problem while keeping the spirit of Brexit in place?

Pondering over the UK’s trade problem and the essence of the Leave camp, The Rt Hon John Redwood MP, the former cabinet minister, argues that Britain need not belong to the single market in order …

The Brexit effect and why strong neighbourhoods matter
30 Sep 2016 – 16:10
The Brexit effect and why strong neighbourhoods matter

The United Kingdom is strong only when her neighbourhood is safe and secure, writes Dr Simon J. Smith, Lecturer of International Relations from StaffordshireUniversity. Considering Britain’s long-term security interests from an insider’s perspective, he argues …

Papadimoulis provides an alternative vision for the future of Europe
29 Sep 2016 – 13:35
Papadimoulis provides an alternative vision for the future of Europe

Dimitrios Papadimoulis MEP, Vice President of the European Parliament worries that removing Britain from the continental bloc will shift the balance of power within Europe and force a rethink of its role in the world. …

Leading the sustainable revolution
29 Sep 2016 – 11:48
Leading the sustainable revolution

The Basque Country has positioned itself among the leaders of local sustainability and its environmental policy has a proven track record dating three decades back. In an exclusive interview with Janani Krishnaswamy, Commissioning Editor, Government …

Cities lead by example and go renewable
29 Sep 2016 – 11:29
Cities lead by example and go renewable

In the aftermath of the global climate Paris agreement, the focus now shifts to taking action to limit the impacts of climate change and stabilise global warming. Local authorities involved in the Covenant of Mayors …

How food tax policies can lower the risk of Type 2 Diabetes
29 Sep 2016 – 11:25
How food tax policies can lower the risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes prevention programs are an effective individual-level approach to prevent type 2 diabetes in those at high-risk. Dr Nicola Guess, Division of Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences at King’s College London, says food taxation policies are …

Caught between a rock and a hard place
29 Sep 2016 – 09:05
Caught between a rock and a hard place

The people of Britain voted to Leave the European Union, in a decision which will transform the political, economic and cultural relationships between Britain and the EU. FRANÇOISE GROSSETÊTE MEP analyses the potential consequences of …

Did Brexit benefit from the far-right?
29 Sep 2016 – 09:00
Did Brexit benefit from the far-right?

Monitoring and analysing the rise in followership of Britain’s far-right groups on Twitter, Melanie Smith, Researcher, Institute for Strategic Dialogue, notes that these extremist groups will continue to sow discord and disharmony, both online and …

Economic repercussions of a political convulsion
29 Sep 2016 – 09:00
Economic repercussions of a political convulsion

The historic plebiscite has tipped many into disillusionment and despair. While the poor, the jobless and the pensioners would face the severity of the Brexit storm, Philippe Legrain, British political economist, journalist and founder of …

Understanding the security implications of Brexit
29 Sep 2016 – 09:00
Understanding the security implications of Brexit

Professor Emeritus Malcolm Anderson, Professor of Politics, University of Edinburgh, analyses the grave implications for the security of Britain and Europe. He notes that Brexit poses specific and general threats to internal and external securities …

Crossing the line
29 Sep 2016 – 09:00
Crossing the line

The Republic of Ireland, which is part of the EU and Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK, have been united for more than 100 years, entwined through trade and culture. Worried that Brexit …

‘It’s high time we combated the rise of the far-right’
29 Sep 2016 – 09:00
‘It’s high time we combated the rise of the far-right’

Ever since Britain’s Leave vote, widespread Eurosceptic and anti-immigrant sentiments, have without doubt dominated in the United Kingdom and across Europe, triggering the rise of political parties supporting the anti-Europe rhetoric. European far-right groups are …

Thank you, Volkswagen!
29 Sep 2016 – 08:55
Thank you, Volkswagen!

Although the shift towards sustainable transportation seems to be painfully slow in EU strategies and initiatives, Merja Kyllönen MEP says that the revolution doesn’t have to wait for EU regulators to be pioneers

Thank you Volkswagen: …

European Commission’s action on health priorities
31 Mar 2016 – 13:14
European Commission’s action on health priorities

In an exclusive interview with Government Gazette, Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, discusses the EU action on cancer, diabetes and healthcare technology
The incidence of prostate cancer and diabetes has significantly increased …

Reducing mortality rates tops MAC’s latest agenda
31 Mar 2016 – 10:00
Reducing mortality rates tops MAC’s latest agenda

The MEPs Against Cancer (MAC) group strives to reduce cancer incidence by promoting prevention, reducing mortality through equitable access to high-quality care and ensuring good quality of life for cancer patients. MEP Nessa Childers, Vice …

The five faces of prostate cancer
31 Mar 2016 – 10:00
The five faces of prostate cancer

Prostate cancer can no longer be treated as one disease. Dr. Alastair Lamb, Clinical Lecturer in Urology, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, UK, outlines some recent work identifying genetic subtypes of prostate cancer and how this could …

Active surveillance – a great alternative to curative therapies
30 Mar 2016 – 17:29
Active surveillance – a great alternative to curative therapies

The ‘active surveillance’ protocol has become an alternative to curative therapy for prostate cancer that is unlikely to be biologically or clinically significant. However, Dr Riccardo Valdagni, Director, Radiation Oncology, European School of Oncology says …

Improving European healthcare with evidence-based information
30 Mar 2016 – 16:59
Improving European healthcare with evidence-based information

For almost 40 years, the European Association of Urology has addressed the most pressing concerns of urological diseases. Prof. Dr. Nicolas Mottet and Prof. Dr. Hein Van Poppel — on behalf of the EAU — …

Integrated services: (how) does it work?
30 Mar 2016 – 15:15
Integrated services: (how) does it work?

Local public social services rise to the integration challenge.  John Halloran, CEO and Alfonso Lara Montero, Policy Director, The European Social Network share their experiences from a recent seminar on integrated services

On 5-6 November, more …

It’s time to take action, or it could be you…
30 Mar 2016 – 14:45
It’s time to take action, or it could be you…

Considering that prostate cancer is effecting one in nine men, there are chances that 51 MPs, 67 members of House of Lords and 52 MEPs already have or will develop the commonest cancer of men …

Improving patient safety and embracing technology
30 Mar 2016 – 13:37
Improving patient safety and embracing technology

Canvassing for innovative mobile solutions in disease management and improving patient safety, MEP Piernicola Pedicini, Member of EP’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety explores measures that could potentially boost the uptake …

Do immigrants really think differently?
30 Mar 2016 – 12:48
Do immigrants really think differently?

While immigrants to the European Union may show different psychological characteristics compared to the mainstream majority population, Dr Alex Mesoudi, Associate Professor in Cultural Evolution, University of Exeter, UK says “these differences substantially reduce in …

Europe must take control of the migration crisis
30 Mar 2016 – 12:43
Europe must take control of the migration crisis

Will 2016 be a better year for migrants? It will be, if we take urgent action to stop Europe from falling apart. Demetrios G. Papademetriou, Founder and President, Migration Policy Institute Europe, offers a five-point-cluster …

‘No forced migrant left behind’
30 Mar 2016 – 12:37
‘No forced migrant left behind’

The mounting migration crisis in Europe cannot be resolved by short-term solutions. To tackle this urgent humanitarian priority, we need a four-pronged approach with an emphasis on resilience building and sustainable development. Magdy Martinez-Soliman, Assistant …

Zero carbon, zero poverty
30 Mar 2016 – 11:44
Zero carbon, zero poverty

Climate change impacts working people first. Leading the worker’s fight on climate change, Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation talks about why we should act now to secure a stable climate with development …

Climate change and migration – reflections from the Paris summit
30 Mar 2016 – 11:43
Climate change and migration – reflections from the Paris summit

Though it is important that migration was mentioned at the Paris Summit, Dr Giovanni Bettini, Lecturer in Global Climate Politics and International Development says relying on the UN’s climate policy to solve migration means “hoping …

Why climate financing matters to real people
30 Mar 2016 – 11:27
Why climate financing matters to real people

Although most of the focus at COP21 was on the emission reductions required to achieve the global targets, the real issue on the table was climate finance. Erik Solheim, Chair, OECD Development Assistance Committee discusses …

The Paris Accord: From agreement to implementation
30 Mar 2016 – 11:20
The Paris Accord: From agreement to implementation

The COP21 has brought us the much-needed global commitment to tackle climate change. It’s now time to deliver on these commitments. Gabriela Ramos, Special Counsellor to the Secretary General, Chief of Staff and Sherpa, OECD, …

Is the UK Government living up to its Paris rhetoric?
30 Mar 2016 – 11:04
Is the UK Government living up to its Paris rhetoric?

The UK Government is committed to the Paris climate accord, yet last year’s General Election illustrates the difficulties that lie ahead. Will UK deliver on climate change?  Fabrice Leveque, Energy & Climate Specialist  and Imke …

Europe, living on the edge
30 Mar 2016 – 10:59
Europe, living on the edge

The unprecedented influx of migrants, fear of terrorist attacks and increasing number victims of human trafficking have widened the scope of organisations created to advance policy and practice in prevention and control of crime. In …

Post-COP21 … Will we stop our climate from changing?
30 Mar 2016 – 10:57
Post-COP21 … Will we stop our climate from changing?

The Paris deal signals progress on a number of fronts, but perhaps, the most significant one is the signal that it sends to investors. MEP Miriam Dalli, Member of EP’s COP21 delegation discusses the urgent …

Can national governments keep up with the change in the world?
30 Mar 2016 – 10:48
Can national governments keep up with the change in the world?

Anna Leidreiter, Policy Officer, Climate and Energy, World Future Council shares positive stories of how to mitigate climate change and boost socio-economic development
The UN Climate Conference in Paris was a test to see whether national …

Europe will continue to lead the global clean energy revolution
30 Mar 2016 – 10:20
Europe will continue to lead the global clean energy revolution

 The European Union has played a key role in brokering the historic agreement in Paris, where 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal.  In an exclusive interview with Government Gazette, Jos …

Amplifying the voice of water in COP21 climate talks
30 Mar 2016 – 10:19
Amplifying the voice of water in COP21 climate talks

Hydro-climate disasters account for nearly 95% of all people affected by disasters, and have caused over 60% of all damage incurred worldwide by such disasters. Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, Stocholm International Water Institute (SIWI), says …

Europe needs to promote a climate of zero tolerance
30 Mar 2016 – 10:05
Europe needs to promote a climate of zero tolerance

Labour exploitation is not an isolated phenomena. Despite its pervasivness, it has received little attention from researchers. The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights has recently investigated labour exploitation, from the perspective of experts in the …

Time to take the gender dimension more seriously
30 Mar 2016 – 09:57
Time to take the gender dimension more seriously

Women and girls are inherently more vulnerable to trafficking because they are disproportionally affected by some factors which make them easy prey to traffickers. Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder sheds light on current perspectives on …

Europe needs a forceful response and a victim-centred approach
30 Mar 2016 – 09:44
Europe needs a forceful response and a victim-centred approach

Human trafficking is a complex crime that is constantly evolving, with traffickers adopting newer methods and routes. Strasbourg Labour MEP Marlene Mizzi discusses the current state of human trafficking in Europe, evaluates the tools used …

Will Europe seize the opportunity of the circular economy?
30 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 …

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? …

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 …

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 …

Human Trafficking: Modern Trends of the Slavery Enterprise and the Missing Links
07 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 …

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 …

Measuring the value of care in the management of bladder cancer
30 Sep 2016 – 17:15
Measuring the value of care in the management of bladder cancer

How should we define success in disease management and track the level of achievement in order to continuously improve the health care system to be functional and sustainable? Dr. Zenichi Ihara, Health Economics Manager, Commercial …

Industries at risk of bladder cancer within Europe
30 Sep 2016 – 17:10
Industries at risk of bladder cancer within Europe

Several occupations have an elevated risk of bladder cancer. The highest risks occur in workers within tobacco manufacture, dye and rubber production, nurses, hairdressers and radiation workers. Prof James W.F. Catto, Professor of Urology at the …

Vicinium: A recombinant targeted protein therapeutic for Non-muscle invasive bladder cancer
30 Sep 2016 – 17:08
Vicinium: A recombinant targeted protein therapeutic for Non-muscle invasive bladder cancer

Vicinium is currently being evaluated in a single arm, registrational phase 3 clinical trial in the USA and Canada in patients with high grade Non Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer (NMIBC). Dr Gregory Adams, Chief Development …

Bladder Cancer – The forgotten killer
30 Sep 2016 – 17:03
Bladder Cancer – The   forgotten killer

According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, bladder cancer is the 9th most common cancer. The EU has witnessed more cases than any other part of the world, with Belgium having the highest instances …