From the State of the Union to copyright: 5 numbers from Strasbourg

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his final State of the Union speech. Members voted on digital copyright rules, measures to counter money laundering and a plastics strategy. Parliament calls on the Council to initiate disciplinary measures against Hungary.

State of the EU 2018

12 September, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gave his fourth and last State of the Union speech before Parliament in Strasbourg. He called for a strong and united Europe, warning against the dangers of populism. With eight months to go until the European elections, the debate outlined an ambitious path for the European Union of 27, Strasbourg.

Iris: satcom for aviation

Iris will provide a safe and secure text-based data link between pilots and air traffic control (ATC) networks using satellite technology.

The programme is developed under a public-private partnership between ESA and Inmarsat, and will help relieve pressure on the aviation sector’s congested radio frequency communication channels.

It will so as part of the European Commission’s Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) masterplan to modernise Europe’s air traffic management.

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European elections: the Lead candidate process

In 2014, for the first time in the EU’s history, European voters had a say in who would be named Commission president, thanks to the Lead candidate process. With parliamentary elections approaching, let’s see how this system that designates lead candidate works.