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Saving the lives of critically ill children

Written by Gianluca Quaglio with Sarah McCormack, Approximately one in seventy children face critical illness or injury each year in Europe. While there has been substantial improvement in the survival rates of critically ill children in EU Member States over the past three decades, more can be done. Opening a workshop on ‘Improving Outcomes for … Continue reading

EP-EUI policy roundtable on ‘Media Pluralism in the EU’

Written by Alina Dobreva, Contemporary democracies cannot function without the media. Therefore, guarantees for a free and pluralistic media are essential to the legitimacy of our political systems. Monitoring the risks to media pluralism was the central topic of an EPRS-EUI workshop, which took place on 21 June in Brussels. In her opening speech, Mairead … Continue reading

EUI/EP Policy roundtable discussion on transformations in the Middle East and North Africa – the EU’s response

Written by Beatrix Immenkamp On 14 June, the European Parliament library hosted a round-table discussion on transformations in the Middle East and North Africa, chaired by MEP Pier Antonio Panzeri, member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries (DMAG) and the Arab Maghreb Union, and … Continue reading

Improving the outcomes for critically ill children

Workshop hashtag: #PaediatricSTOA Webstreaming: http://eptwitter.eu/PaediatricSTOA Registrations: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/stoa/cms/home/workshops/pediatric Written by Gianluca Quaglio and Sarah McCormack, Major progress has been made in the care of critically ill children since paediatric intensive care units (PICUs) were implemented in the 1960s in Europe. Despite this progress, mortality and morbidity rates in PICU have not significantly improved in the last … Continue reading

European elections: Past and Future

Written by Richard Freedman, In the opening remarks of the roundtable discussion on the European elections: past and future, held in the Brussels Library Reading Room, Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness touched on the fact that citizens wanted a better definition of what was meant by ‘more Europe’. In fact, often what was … Continue reading

Waste management: Which way for the circular way?

Workshop hashtag: #EndWasteSTOA Registrations: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/stoa/cms/home/workshops/waste Webstreaming : http://eptwitter.eu/EndWasteSTOA Written by Nera Kuljanic with Sarah McCormack, On 15 June 2016, the EP Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel, represented by its First Vice Chair Eva Kaili (S&D, EL), will host a workshop to discuss waste management in the EU. It will bring together policy-makers, experts … Continue reading

Innovation policy mix: can we get it right in Europe?

Written by Vincent Reillon, In the last decade, innovation has been seen at the EU level as a key process in order to achieve the objectives of economic, sustainable and inclusive growth. Strategies, policies and instruments have been developed mainly by the European Commission in order to support all the activities of the innovation process. … Continue reading

MEPs will be meeting scientists once again in 2016

Written by Sarah McCormack and Zsolt G. Pataki, Ensuring that MEPs are informed about scientific and technological developments is crucial for their policy-making role and an essential part of the mission of the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel. STOA will host, on 8 November 2016, the second ‘Science meets Parliaments’ event, … Continue reading

Investing in health in the developing world

Written by Sarah McCormack and Gianluca Quaglio, Investing in health in the developing world: an introduction Many challenges face healthcare in the developing world. The Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) workshop entitled ‘The case for investing in health within the developing world‘ provided an opportunity for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), international experts … Continue reading

EU Lobbying Transparency Public Debate – ‘Have Your Say!’

Written by Lisa Bauer and Marie Thiel, To hear the views of all interested parties on the performance of the current joint Transparency Register for interest groups and its possible evolution towards a mandatory scheme, Parliament Vice-President Sylvie Guillaume and Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans together hosted a conference on Monday 2 May 2016. This is … Continue reading

Chernobyl 30 years on: impact and response

Written by Didier Bourguignon, In the early hours of 26 April 1986, an incident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and subsequent explosions released nuclear radioactive material into the atmosphere. Some 600 000 people took part in the containment operations and around 350 000 people were displaced in the years following the accident. Radioactive material was scattered … Continue reading

Can Europe lead the Second Quantum Revolution?

Written by Sarah McCormack, Zsolt G. Pataki, and Nera Kuljanic, It is thought that quantum technologies will lead a new wave of revolutionary developments in Europe. With the Quantum Manifesto due to be officially released in May 2016 with wide-ranging EU backing, now is a good time to investigate the challenges facing quantum technologies and … Continue reading

Nothing to hide: the EU Transparency Register

Written by Elisabeth Bauer and Marie Thiel, Decisions taken by the EU affect millions of European citizens. These decisions must be taken as openly as possible. At the same time, the EU institutions interact with a wide range of groups and organisations representing specific interests. This is a legitimate and necessary part of the decision-making … Continue reading

US Presidential Election: Transatlantic Perspectives

Written by Richard Freedman, Making the introductory speech to an event entitled ‘The US Presidential election: Transatlantic perspectives’, MEP David McAllister (EPP, Germany), Chairman of the European Parliament delegation to the United States, referred to the US election campaign as an ‘ongoing movie’. The event was the first in a series organised by the EPRS … Continue reading

Economic crisis: the right time for product and labour market reforms

Written by Cemal Karakas, How could the global, and in particular European, economy recover from the ongoing economic crisis? What kind of reforms should take place? What are the prospects for the European Union (EU) and its Member States? On 18 April 2016, the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) organised its first roundtable discussion with … Continue reading

How can more investment in health help the developing world?

Written by Nera Kuljanic and Sarah McCormack, Good health and adequate healthcare systems contribute to the eradication of poverty and help achieve sustainable growth and development. Many countries in the developing world are unable to provide even basic health services for their citizens. On 19 April 2016 the EP’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) … Continue reading

Do we know enough about our brain?

Written by Sarah McCormack and Nera Kuljanic, Brain disorders cost Europe nearly 800 billion euro a year, which is far greater than the cost resulting from cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes combined. On 15 March 2016 the EP’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel hosted a workshop in conjunction with the DANA Foundation in … Continue reading

Quantum Technologies or how microscopic things can change our lives

Written by Nera Kuljanic and Sarah McCormack, Over the past 15 years the EU has been supporting research into quantum technologies. With a number of research projects being funded under the Horizon 2020 programme, the EU aims to stimulate interactions and collaborations amongst individuals and groups in Europe working in the field. Through the early … Continue reading

MEP-Scientist Pairing Scheme, how to make policy and science come together

Written by Nera Kuljanic and Zsolt G. Pataki, Finding a firm and lasting link between science and politics was the main reason for the European Parliament’s STOA (Science and Technology Options Assessment) Panel to run the MEP-Scientist Pairing Scheme for the 4th time. The project was officially introduced by the First STOA Vice-Chair Eva KAILI … Continue reading

Are we doing enough for our brains?

Written by Liliana Cunha and Sarah McCormack, Workshop hashtag: #brainSTOA Depression, stroke, dementia and other brain disorders affect one in every fifteen Europeans every year according to the Word Health Organisation. Brain disorders are the largest unmet health issue affecting European citizens today. The prevalence of brain disorders in the elderly is increasing with the ageing … Continue reading

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