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Archives for EU Priorities 2020

Guest blog post by MEP Filiz Hyusmenova (ALDE Group), Marc Tarabella (S&D Group), Elisabeth Morin-Chartier (EPP Group). Giving birth is as old as life itself. Every year in the EU, 5 million women give birth and we don’t give it a second thought. But we need to think again: in 2013 there were an estimated… » read more

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Guest blog post by Dr. Caroline Pauwels, Professor at the department of media & communications at the Free University of Brussels. Caroline is also the Director of iMinds-SMIT and the founder of DifferenceDay.com. As early as 1993 the General Assembly of the United Nations declared May 3rd World Press Freedom Day. It so happened that… » read more

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Who are the experts?

Guest blog post by Daniel Freund, Head of Advocacy EU Institutions at Transparency International. The term “expert group” evokes images of scientists in white coats with test tubes explaining complex equations to politicians in suits. The reality is quite different. Expert groups are a mix of industry lobbyists, NGOs, trade unions and other practitioners chosen… » read more

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Guest blog post by Joe Mathews, columnist & Innovation editor at Zócalo Public Square and Board Member of Democracy International. A recent European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) intending to ban same-sex marriage has led to commotion in the European Commission and to a questioning of the participation instrument itself. Instead, Joe Mathews argues, the ECI should… » read more

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Guest blog post by Leo Watson, freelance writer.   Prime Minister Beata Szydlo has stated that Poland will not take any refugees, a day after the terror attacks on Brussels. In January, Szydlo announced that 400 refugees would be accepted by Poland, but has now gone back on that decision. Szydlo did not cite security… » read more

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Guest blog post by Milan Nitzschke, spokesperson for AEGIS Europe & President of EU ProSun. Any partnership or friendship must be based on clarity and openness. In contrast the relationship between Europe and China, as understood by many Europeans is all about not upsetting the Chinese government and not communicating clear positions vis-a-vis issues of… » read more

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Brussels, 17 February 2016 Dear President Tusk, We are writing to you today as representatives of eleven pan-European youth organisations – representing millions of young people across Europe – because we are seriously worried about the future of the Schengen Area. Open borders are one of Europe’s greatest milestones – we want to keep it… » read more

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Guest blog post by Sergi Corbalán, Executive Director of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office and Co-chair of the Civil Society Alliance for the European Year for Development 2015. Sergi Corbalán argues that the universality of the new Sustainable Development Goals’ framework is one of the most important features as it eliminates the old division between… » read more

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