Category Archives: Europe

Energy union proposals unveiled

European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič (pictured) has announced plans to establish a single energy union. Delivering on President Juncker’s priorities the energy union will be established in conjunction with comprehensive climate change...

The R&D opportunity

agendaNi discusses Horizon 2020 with the European Commission’s Alan Cross. Northern Ireland has the chance to tap into a €79 billion European funding package for research and development, according to a senior...

Barroso report takes stock

Seven years on from the launch of the Barroso task force, the European Commission has reviewed its success in a new report: Northern Ireland in Europe. José Manuel Barroso has just stepped...

Focus on results

The EU’s official auditors have demanded better value for money and a stronger focus on results from the union’s budget. The European Court of Auditors found that a “use it or lose...

New Commission convenes

The newly constituted European Commission met for the first time on 5 November for a general debate on Europe’s economic challenges. The Bureau of European Policy Advisers, which advices the Commission President,...

Science dispute

Jim Nicholson has criticised the Commission’s decision to abolish the post of Chief Scientific Advisor. This followed previous assurances to MEPs that the post would continue in the new administration. The post...

Leading Europe

agendaNi summarises the personalities and priorities of the new EU leadership. Jean-Claude Juncker Seen as the ultimate insider, the Commission President entered politics straight after studying law. Juncker became Luxembourg’s Prime Minister...

The European semester

Peter Cheney looks at how the European Commission has a say in domestic policy through the European semester process and the implications for how national governments make decisions. At face value, housing...

Agriculture priorities in Europe

Director of the British Agricultural Bureau Maeve Whyte discusses the European issues affecting Northern Irish farmers with Fiona McQuade. Since most laws affecting Northern Irish farmers are decided by the EU and...

A maturing Parliament

Jim Nicholson sees the European Parliament becoming more responsible by accepting a frozen budget alongside its enhanced powers. He discusses its relevance to Northern Ireland with Peter Cheney. MEPs must use their...