Opinion piece – “EU Nutrition and Health Policy: Who is in the driving seat?”

By Olivier Devaux, Senior Public Affairs and Communications Manager at the European Snacks Association. 

This piece reflects the views of the European Snacks Association and not necessarily those of VoteWatch Europe

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Observers will all agree with the fact that the European Union (EU) is at a turning point. Continue Reading

European center-right gains upper hand to demand less EU legislation

A coalition of pro-free market groups made up of Christian-Democrats (EPP), Conservatives (ECR) and Liberals (ALDE) succeeded to ensure the adoption by the European Parliament of a report backing the doctrine of the Juncker Commission which aims for less regulation. The report, which asks for an improved Single Market regulation, was adopted by EU MEPs by a small margin: 387 votes in favour, 293 against and 26 abstentions. Continue Reading

Last European Council summit of 2015: what’s on the agenda, who will take part and what is their power?

A very important European Council meeting will take place at the end of the week. This is the first EU Council after the tragic Paris terrorist attacks of 13 November and Member States representatives will discuss, among others, the counter-terrorism strategy, combating the financing of terrorism, preventing the radicalisation and information exchange.

Similarly, the EU leaders will discuss the refugee crisis, including migrants’ relocation, hotspots and security of the EU’s external borders. Continue Reading

Bienkowska: Single Market Initiative 2015 will grow the economy. She will have to convince some leftist factions in the European Parliament

by Monika Golaszewska & Doru P. Frantescu

On Wednesday, October 28th, the Commission has launched a single market plan, which aims at unleashing its full potential and creating new opportunities in the global economy.

Commissioner for the internal Market, Elzbieta Bienkowska, has started her public diplomacy campaign by saying that she is very enthusiastic about the new opportunities for innovation and she “fell in love” with the single market while working on new strategies of its upgrading. “EU is the biggest market in the world, with 500 million consumers, but we have not realized its full potential” stressed Bienkowska. She sees the main problems in the barriers and protectionist measures, which hold back the entrepreneurs. The Commission has been working on a new approach to industrial competitiveness, to build an open and efficiently functioning product and service market. Continue Reading

Establishment of single EU Telecoms market seen as the key for Europe’s Rennaissance

The Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) of the European Parliament believes that a single market for electronic communications is a key tool for creating smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. According to specialised studies[1] in e-commerce, EU citizens could save around 60 billion EUR a year as a result of lower prices in telecoms and 95 billion EUR as a result of having more choices. A single market for electronic communications would also increase consumer choices, quality of service and contribute to territorial and social cohesion, as well facilitate overall mobility across the EU. Continue Reading