Want to know who’s in charge of the European Parliament? Here’s a useful infographic with the names of the 14 vice presidents and the 5 quaestors who along with the president make up the bureau’s 20 members:
Following the election of Antonio Tajani as president of the European Parliament, MEPs also selected 14 vice-presidents, who chair debates when the president is not in the chamber and who each have a specific portfolio. In addition, the Parliament has five quaestors, officials responsible for administrative and financial matters. The president, 14 vice-presidents and five quaestors – collectively known as the bureau – are all elected for a period of two-and-a-half years.
Also, if you’d like to know more about what the President of the European Parliament does, have a look at the short explanatory video below:
The January edition of the European CommissionPublications Office Newsletter puts a spotlight on the Data economy:
A thriving data-driven economy is essential for innovation, growth, jobs and European competitiveness, as well as for a functional digital single market.
This month the European Commission published a Communication on Building a European data economy in which it sets out the policy context and a first analysis of the problem drivers in this area. At the same time it has also published two legislative proposals and a communication concerning personal data protection.
As background information, in its latest newsletter the EU Publications Office presents a selection of recent publications and products related to this subject.
The government’s appeal was dismissed in the Supreme Court yesterday. This means that Parliament has to give its approval before the formal process of leaving the EU can begin. The judgement and summary documents are available here.
The original case was about prerogative powers, defined by the High Court in the original case as “the residue of legal authority left in the hands of the Crown” however as the UK has a sovereign parliament it is argued that prerogative powers cannot be used to overrule legislation. The government argued, however, that it did have the prerogative power to “make and unmake treaties” allowing it to launch the process without requiring an Act of Parliament.
University of Aberdeen Vice-Principle Margaret Ross will chair the event and the speakers and their specific topics will be as follows:
Professor Paul Beaumont, University of Aberdeen – What Are the Options for Brexit?
Professor Claire Wallace, University of Aberdeen – Migration and Freedom of Movement
Professor Michael Keating – Options for Scotland
James Bream, Grampian Chamber of Commerce – What Does Brexit Mean for Business in North East Scotland
The event itself will run from 6pm – 8pm and coffee and tea will be available from 5:30pm.
The European Commission have released a new infographic highlighting the causes and consequences of air pollution and the steps the Commission proposes to take in order to tackle the issue. See the explanatory text from the Commission below and click here to view and interact with the infographic.
Every year, more than 400,000 people in the EU die prematurely due to the consequences of air pollution: this is more than 10 times the toll of road traffic accidents. Another 6.5 million people fall sick as air pollution causes diseases such as strokes, asthma and bronchitis. Air pollution also harms our natural environment, impacting both vegetation and wildlife: almost two-thirds of Europe’s ecosystems are threatened by the effects of air pollution. This interactive infographic explains how the European Commission proposes to address air pollution in Europe. Among others, the infographic explains what the main air pollutants and their effects are, where air pollution comes from, what action needs to be taken and what the benefits would be. All the graphics included in the infographic can be downloaded as image files.
The EU Publications office has produced a special edition of their regular newsletter, focusing on human rights. Publications highlighted include The 2016 edition of The Book of Sakharov Prize Laureates, EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2015-2019 and The Frozen Conflicts of the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and Their Impact on the Respect of Human Rights. Look at the full newsletter here (or click on the image to the right) from where you can link through to each publication page on the EU Bookshop.
Applications are now open for paid traineeships of five months’ duration starting on 1 October with the European Commission and some executive bodies and agencies of the European Institutions such as the European External Action Service or Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation. Successful applicants will receive a monthly grant of around €1,120 and reimbursement of travel expenses. Accident and health insurance can also be provided. Every year, there are about 1,300 places available, which provide selected candidates with hands-on experience in an international and multicultural environment, thus enriching their career prospects. Applications must be submitted online by noon (Brussels time), 31 January 2017.
Malta will hold the rotating EU Council presidency from January to July 2017. This is the first time Malta has held the presidency. More information on what the role involves is available here. The six priorities identified by the Maltese government for its presidency are:
A briefing note from the European Parliament Think Tanks looks at these priorities and at other ongoing issues the European Parliament will need to address during this time.
You can follow the Maltese presidency on Facebook.
FRA, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, has published a handbook on access to justice which is now available in 22 EU languages. The handbook summarises key European legal principles in the area of access to justice, focusing on civil and criminal law. It is designed to serve as a practical guide for lawyers, judges and other legal practitioners involved in litigation in the EU, as well as for individuals who work for non-governmental organisations and other entities that deal with the administration of justice.
EuroparlTV have produced a new video explaining that Asylum reform, tax scandals, terrorism, digital borders and energy and climate will be high on the agenda for MEPs in 2017. Have a look at the video below or find it and the transcript on the EuroparlTV site.