Is the EU moving towards determining healthcare expenditure?

Something curious is happening with EU health and pharma policies, at a time of the advent of a new European Commission. If one looks at the mission letters of the relevant Commissioners, Vytenis Andriukaitis (Health) and Elżbieta Bieńkowska (Internal Market & Enterprise), the EU health policy agenda is not particularly ambitious. Also, the Commission staff…

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Smooth Operator: The Juncker Commission and its Priorities

A period of intense speculation and Parliamentary hearings with candidate Commissioners is officially over. On 22 October the European Parliament approved the Juncker Commission with 423 votes for to 209 against and 67 abstentions. Contrary to many predictions, the new Commission can start its work as foreseen on 1 November, pretty much with the original line up of candidates. 

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Will the Eurosceptics fall quiet now? Don’t believe it…

Less than five months after the impressive Eurosceptic performance at the European Parliament elections, have the wheels rolled off their bandwagon in Brussels? Today, the political group which UKIP’s Nigel Farage co-chairs in the Parliament, Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD), fell apart after the defection of its single Latvian MEP, Iveta Grigule. While…

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You’re invited! Political communications in a digital age: challenges and opportunities

The potential of digital media in political campaigning has certainly been attested to, but the possibilities and power of digital campaigning are not always that well understood or exploited, whether by politicians seeking to engage the electorate, or stakeholders seeking to engage political movers and shakers. But don’t just take our word for it. Highlighting…

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Commission Hearings: Almost There!

After two weeks of tough European Parliament confirmation hearings it seems that Juncker and his proposed team have come through relatively unscathed. MEPs have cast their votes and only Hungary’s Tibor Navrascsic was asked to be re-assigned to another portfolio instead of Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship. Slovenia’s Alenka Bratušek, Juncker’s candidate for Energy Union,…

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Juncker shakes up the Commission

Last week, the next European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, unveiled his new team of 27 Commissioners and their portfolios. Juncker presented a strong line-up with many new faces including former Prime Ministers, experienced Ministers and nine female Commissioners, aligned to his promise #10ormore. In light of this, we take a closer look at the allocation…

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