The euro is "a lemon" and the investment package is "just another EU turkey"

Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has presented his €315bn growth and investment plan to parliament

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Upon his appointment as commission president, Juncker had promised to have an investment package designed to stimulate the European economy ready by the end of the year. Speaking to MEPs in Strasbourg, he said "Christmas has come early - I am here to deliver on my promise". The Luxembourgish official described his plan as "ambitious yet realistic", adding, "Europe needs a kickstart and today the commission is applying the jump cables". He stressed that "investing in Europe means much more than figures […], it's mainly about people". Juncker said "we should not forget the sacrifices that many in Europe have made over the past six years" and announced that "Europe is back in business".

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 Written by: Patrick O'Flynn Posted in: Latest news, Newsroom, 2014, Economic and Monetary Affairs, November, Patrick O'Flynn

Young people must be focus of alcohol awareness efforts

'Direct and indirect alcohol-related social costs in Europe amount to over €160bn' and we must act now, urges Piernicola Pedicini

Young people must be focus of alcohol awareness efforts

In Europe, the harmful consumption of alcohol is the second largest lifestyle-related cause of illness, and it is a risk factor in over 60 chronic diseases, including alcohol-related liver disease and chronic pancreatitis, diseases of the digestive system, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity and neuropsychiatric diseases. On top of all these ailments, alcohol has many other harmful effects. One in four road traffic accidents in the EU is alcohol-related and account for more than 10,000 road deaths per year - young people between the ages of 18 and 24 are particularly at risk. Overall, direct and indirect alcohol-related social costs in Europe amount to over €160bn. The commission has analysed the resulting impact on the economy and citizens’ health, and has identified five priority issues that need addressing.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 Written by: Piernicola Pedicini Posted in: Latest news, Newsroom, 2014, Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, November, Piernicola Pedicini

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, Newsroom, 2014, 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, Newsroom, 2014, Dario Tamburrano, November, Industry, Research and Energy