Headlines March 2013
Speaking at the European Parliament's Open Conference of Presidents this afternoon, Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič told political group leaders and other MEPs that the Commission has done everything in its power to assist Cyprus and work towards a constructive solution.
VP Sefcovic addressed the annual General Assembly of EPACA, the European Public Affairs Consultants' Association (video). He spoke about the achievements in the field of transparency and the review process of the Transparency Register. The register which was set up in 2011 has information about nearly 5600 entities which are engaged in influencing the decision-making process in the EU.
As the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday (13 March) to reject the seven-year EU budget deal agreed by Member States in February, Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič told MEPs that the European Commission remained ready to help broker a new deal.
European political parties should nominate their candidate for the next head of the European Commission and national parties should make their European affiliations clear to all voters. These are just two of the recommendations adopted by the European Commission on Tuesday (12 March 2013) in a bid to encourage voter turnout in the next European Parliament elections in 2014.
Funding for scientific research is too often viewed as an expense rather than an investment in the future, Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič told a group of eminent scientists, including 2012 Nobel Laureate Serge Haroche on Thursday (7 March).
The European Commission's approach to lobbying, ethics and transparency were the main topics for discussion on Thursday morning (7 March) when Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič welcomed the European Ombudsman in Brussels for a debate with the network of ethics correspondents within the European Commission.