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Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 06th July 2018

Dear Fred,
Tuesday was Day 29 of the interpreters’ strike and the Parliament was somehow still functioning. Their go-slow tactics seemed to be having no effect so a band of militant MEPs showed them how you really do a protest. Read more...

Third United Nations High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases: A Turning Point for Action on Chronic Diseases?

Tuesday, 19th June 2018

On the 27th of September, Heads of State and Government from across the continents will gather in New York City to review progress on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) for the first time in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This landmark meeting could be a decisive step in the response to chronic diseases globally and an occasion for the European Union to show leadership and commitment to dramatically decrease the burden of these diseases in Europe by 2030. Read more...

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 15th June 2018

Dear Fred,
It was an inauspicious start to the week. The special train ferrying officials down to Strasbourg broke down for several hours in the picturesque French countryside, leading to the inevitable headlines about the gravy train being derailed and renewed complaints about the travelling circus. Read more...

Engagement with the Eye on the Next Policy Cycle

Wednesday, 16th May 2018

A brief calm permeated the Eurobubble around the Easter break, which saw policy wonks spread to various exotic or less exotic locations for a brief (or not so brief) holiday. With the return of business as usual, we had the last flurry of activity, as the European Commission scrambled to publish its last outstanding legislative proposals so that the co-legislators can – hopefully - go through them before next year’s European Parliament elections. The 25th of April officially marked the publication of the last proposals making up the Digital Single Market, signaling the end of this Commission’s work on this priority. Read more...

Tear Down the Silos

Monday, 14th May 2018

It is largely understood that with the arrival of new technologies on European soil, such as AI, blockchain, e-mobility and e-health the European Commission will need to tap fresh knowledge and expertise from industry, academics and scientific bodies in order to be properly prepared when drafting policy.

However, it takes more than that in order to tackle the technology tsunami.