Issue 12 of Government offers a preview of the incoming cabinet of new European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. With his administration adopting a new structure, Juncker looks set to bring some upheaval to the commission, which could either serve him or set him back at a time when Europe faces a number of internal and international crises, including the rise of the so-called Islamic State militant group, the ongoing Ukraine conflict, and the Ebola pandemic in Africa.
This edition examines the political changes taking place in Brussels, turns its focus towards the technological developments that are creating an impact in every sector of transportation, and investigates Europe’s health agenda, with a particular spotlight on the social elements of health policy.
What challenges is the Juncker Commission facing?
- Lamberto Zannier, secretary general of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) reflects on the challenges the EU has faced in 2014;
- Director of Transparency International’s EU office Carl Dolan explains the need to curb corruption through transparency;
- Dr Gwennaël Joliff-Botrel of DG Research discusses the need for Horizon 2020 to meet emerging energy challenges; and
- The European Ombudsman’s Emily O’Reilly details her work making EU institutions more open and accountable.
What should the commission’s priorities be?
- The European Environment Agency’s Hans Bruyninckx reviews his key priorities for creating a sustainable future for Europe;
- The World Health Organization’s Dr Roberto Bertollini speaks about collaboration with the EU on tackling public health concerns.
- Robert Teltzrow of the Council of Europe’s Pompidou Group sheds light on the conflict in Ukraine, and the resulting drug and HIV crises;
- Jan Pie of the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe outlines Europe’s present defence dynamics;
- Former European Commissioner Tonio Borg reflects on his tenure and highlights ongoing public health issues that Europe must address; and
- Giovanni Kessler of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) details Europe-wide efforts to tackle fraud.
How are maritime regions mitigating climate impact?
- The International Maritime Organization’s Stefan Micallef talks about improving the sustainability of maritime regions;
- The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency opens up about issues around safety at sea;
- Transport & Environment’s Sotiris Raptis brings an NGO perspective to the debate over the environmental impact of shipping; and
- John Maggs and Emma Priestland of Seas at Risk discuss issues such as emissions in shipping and marine litter.