This edition of Government Europa Quarterly (GEQ) takes a special focus on culture in light of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, features the European Commission’s creating a value chain for energy storage, and hears from a number of stakeholders arguing for better support and funding for Europeans with mental disorders.
What is the future of European transport?
- Philip Evans of the European Freight and Logistics Leaders’ Forum details his response to the smart developments that are taking over the sector;
- The International Maritime Organization writes about its new ballast water regulations and how technology can help the environment; and
- Marianne Weinreich of the Cycling Embassy of Denmark talks about the growth of cycling and bike-sharing systems in the country.
How is energy becoming more sustainable?
- European Commission Vice President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič tells GEQ how the European Battery Alliance will create a value chain for batteries and energy storage in Europe; and
- Patrick Clerens of the European Association for the Storage of Energy discusses his organisation’s efforts to make energy storage an affordable and achievable reality.
How is mental health being treated?
- Nessa Childers MEP, the co-founder of the European Parliament’s Interest Group on Mental Health, Wellbeing and Brain Disorders details the EU’s current action; and
- Paul Farmer CBE, CEO of Mind, offers the UK as a case study for how mental health is treated in Europe and how his charity is driving change.
How is the EU celebrating the Year of Cultural Heritage?
- Adele Gambaro from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe discusses the role of culture in upholding democratic principles and reconciliation in post-conflict situations;
- In a special culture section, the European Cultural Centre highlights its work alongside EU networks, universities, foundations and festivals; and
- Marshall Marcus of the European Union Youth Orchestra talks about the organisation’s future.