Category Archives: Europe

A vision for growth

Henri Malosse, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, explains his way forward for Europe to Peter Cheney: a renewed focus on competitiveness and a safety net of social security for...

The role of an MEP

A summary of how members seek to maximise their influence within the Parliament. When the newly elected European Parliament holds its first meeting on 1 July, a total of 751 members will...

European election countdown

agendaNi previews the key dates and phases of the campaign as polling day approaches. The European election campaign will officially last for six weeks in April and May, although parties have been...

A Parliament in review

The last five years have seen Northern Ireland compete for funding and influence at a time of considerable change across Europe. Peter Cheney reviews the work of European Parliament and local MEPs...

UK better off in

Richard Corbett defends the UK’s place in the EU. Despite the shrill anti-European rhetoric from some politicians and much of our media, we are better off being part of the European Union....

The Parliament’s groups

Most MEPs will join a group after their election to the European Parliament, with the groups covering a range of views on the political spectrum. European People’s Party No local party Conservative...

Europe’s flexibility challenge

Writing for agendaNi, former Regional Policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner reflects on the significance of 2014 for Europe as a whole. She also calls for aspiring euro members to have a say in...

Audit reform compromise agreed

On 17 December last, the European Union under the Lithuanian Presidency signed off on a set of proposals aimed at improving arrangements for improving and assuring audit quality across member states. However,...

Looking east

Peter Cheney examines the EU’s plans to expand in the Balkans. EU enlargement into the Balkans over the next decade is likely to affect the level of Northern Ireland’s European funding as...

Making data protection stronger

The EU’s Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, puts forward her case for tougher Europe-wide standards on data protection following on from the NSA controversy. Data protection in the European Union is a fundamental...