Science has become highly politicised

Science has become highly politicised

In the first week of his presidency of the commission, Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled the EPSC as a revamped version of the bureau of European policy advisers (BEPA).  EFDD member of the industry, research and energy committee Roger Helmer said, "the attitude of parliamentarians to the issue of the chief scientific adviser [was] determined to a considerable extent by their opinion on the salient issue of the day". He added, "there is concern among some that the holder of the post was a supporter of GM crops, rightly in my view, and was dropped because this opinion was an embarrassment to Jean-Claude Juncker. So on those grounds I regret her passing."

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 Written by: Roger Helmer Posted in: Latest news, 2014, Newsroom, November, Industry, Research and Energy

Recognising access to the internet as a human right should be the priority of the EU digital agenda

Recognising access to the internet as a human right should be the priority of the EU digital agenda

The internet, like water, is a common good. It is much more than a platform for entertainment or a virtual location where goods can be bought and sold. In fact, it enables the general public to access, process and share information. It is also essential when dealing with administrative and public bodies. In March 2014, the European commission recognised access to drinking water as a human right, and recognising access to the internet as a human right should be the priority of the EU digital agenda. This would be the best possible starting point from which to implement the bridging of the European Union’s digital divide - the digital agenda’s next priority.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 Written by: Dario Tamburrano Posted in: Latest news, 2014, Newsroom, Dario Tamburrano, November, Industry, Research and Energy

We won’t solve Europe’s problems with new initiatives, new instruments, new policies

We’ll solve Europe’s problems by unwinding the damaging policies of the past

We won’t solve Europe’s problems with new initiatives, new instruments, new policies

Last night I attended a meeting in the Strasbourg parliament of the Industry Committee ITRE, which had been called for a hearing to approve a new Industry Commissioner, Mr. Ferdinando Feroci.  He will be replacing the previous Italian incumbent Antonio Tajani, who has had to step down as Commissioner, having been elected to the European parliament.  But of course a whole new Commission will be sworn in in about four months’ time, so poor Mr. Feroci gets to sit in the seat for a very limited time, in which he will be able to achieve very little, except to keep the ship on course.  The whole thing was a mere formality, and arguably a waste of time.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 Written by: Roger Helmer Posted in: Latest news, 2014, Newsroom, July, Industry, Research and Energy