Highlights of the Presidential debate


On 15 May, six lead candidates for the presidency of the European Commission, representing the big political families, presented their views on Europe. 84 TV channels and over 60 online platforms worldwide broadcasted or reported from the debate hosted by the European Parliament. Major EU issues like migration, youth unemployment, climate change, taxation and competition, the EU's role in the world and democracy were discussed.

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Debate of the candidates for the presidency of the Commission – EU Elections 2019


Who will be the next president of the European Commission? Follow us live Wednesday 15 May at 21.00 CEST, as candidates for the presidency of the European Commission take part in a Eurovision debate, hosted in the European Parliament in Brussels.
The candidates taking part in the debate are:
Nico CUÉ, European Left (EL)
Ska KELLER, European Green Party (EGP)
Jan ZAHRADIL, Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE)
Margrethe VESTAGER, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)
Manfred WEBER, European People’s Party (EPP)
Frans TIMMERMANS, Party of European Socialists (PES)

Cheaper international calls for European consumers


Europeans will now benefit from cheaper international mobile phone calls, while faster 5G networks begin to be rolled out next year.

European Parliament’s highlights 2014-2019


What has the European Parliament achieved in five years? From measures to combat climate change to making EU citizens’ lives safer, the Parliament has passed legislation on all sorts of subjects, from the environment to data protection to improving work-life balance. Here’s a look back at five major achievements during this legislature.

EU Presidential Debate: lead candidate Ska Keller (EGP)


Ska Keller, 37, is a candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission, representing the European Greens. She will take part in a TV debate with the candidates of other political families on 15 May, organised by the European Broadcasting Union and hosted by the European Parliament.

EU Presidential Debate: lead candidate Manfred Weber (EPP)


Manfred Weber, 46, is the candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission, representing the European People’s Party. He will take part in a TV debate with the candidates of other political families on 15 May, organised by the European Broadcasting Union and hosted by the European Parliament.

EU Presidential Debate: lead candidate Frans Timmermans (PES)


Frans Timmermans, 58, is the candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission, representing the Party of European Socialists. He will take part in a TV debate with the candidates of other political families on 15 May, organised by the European Broadcasting Union and hosted by the European Parliament.

EU Presidential Debate: lead candidate Nico Cué (EL)


Nico Cué, 62, is a candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission, representing the Party of the European Left. He will take part in a TV debate with the candidates of other political families on 15 May, organised by the European Broadcasting Union and hosted by the European Parliament.

EU Presidential Debate: lead candidate Margrethe Vestager (ALDE)


Margrethe Vestager, 51, is a candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission, representing the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. She will take part in a TV debate with the candidates of other political families on 15 May, organised by the European Broadcasting Union and hosted by the European Parliament.

EU Presidential Debate: lead candidate Jan Zahradil (ACRE)


Jan Zahradil, 56, is the candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission, representing the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe. He will take part in a TV debate with the candidates of other political families on 15 May, organised by the European Broadcasting Union and hosted by the European Parliament.

Mental health a growing concern in ageing population


Combating the increase in neurological and psychiatric disease in an ageing population requires greater scientific collaboration. The European Parliament’s STOA panel is bringing together MEPs and researchers to discuss solutions.

Artificial Intelligence: The Ethical and Legal Debate


Artificial intelligence is making our lives easier, but raises many ethical and legal questions. A meeting of experts in Brussels, organised by the European Parliament’s Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) discussed the risks AI poses to human rights, and the ethics frameworks and legal safeguards needed to prevent misuse.

MEPs lead calls for better oversight of AI, robots


Self-driving cars and smarter robots are fast becoming a reality. MEPs are calling for an ethical charter or a European agency to ensure artificial intelligence and robots are used responsibly and do not violate human rights.
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