Number 534 | April 26, 2021
On the cover of this issue, Hungarian Renew Europe MP Katalin Cseh, who was drawn to politics after witnessing the deterioration of the rule of law in her native Hungary. She talks to Associate Editor Lorna Hutchinson about what it means to be European, the power of sanctions against China and the SofaGate incident.
In our first article, we examine European efforts to create an effective European anti-money laundering regime. Sharing their views on how the EU can step up the fight against dirty money are Markus Ferber, vice-chairman of the parliamentary sub-committee responsible for fiscal matters and members of the committee on economic and monetary affairs Eero Heinäluoma and Billy Kelleher.
We also look at how the EU can support its struggling cultural and creative sectors. President of the Culture and Education Committee, Sabine Verheyenand vice-presidents Romeo Franz and Dace Melbārde, explain why we need to support European artists more than ever.
We also have Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, recapping the first year of the biodiversity strategy and the future environmental initiatives we can expect.
Co-rapporteurs on the report on a strong social Europe for just transitions, Dennis radtke and Agnes Jongerius, and the shadow reporter, Kira Marie Peter-Hansen, discuss how the EU can involve everyone in its green and digital transformation. While the MEP Alliance for Mental Health explain why we need a European Year of Mental Health.
Members of Parliament’s Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, Maria da Graça Carvalho and Tomislav sokol, raise awareness of the need to prioritize brain disorders, and rapporteur for the European Medicines Agency in the crisis preparedness report, Nicolás González Casares, explains to us why, after COVID, we need greater European competence in the field of health.
Elsewhere, Parliament’s rapporteur for the report on sustainable corporate governance, Pascal Durand, and the shadow reporter, Marie Toussaint, explain how the forthcoming review of the Directive on non-financial reporting must be an important step towards establishing genuinely sustainable economic and environmental governance.
Parliament’s EU4Health program report, Sara cerdas, tells us how Europe can bridge the inequality gap. And Lorna hutchinson recaps the recent Dods Supporting Women at Work event which featured a guest speaker Frances fitzgerald.
Finally, answering our five questions, this question is the Maltese MEP from the EPP David Casa.