A new Vice-President for the European Parliament, France-Turkey tensions and other COVID-19 developments

by RPP
Weekly European political updates

A new Vice-President for the European Parliament, France-Turkey tensions and other COVID-19 developments

Europe is a colourful continent in terms of policies and outcomes. It is essential to stay updated on how these policies may impact your work to build better regulatory frameworks, enhance your message and enhance communication with stakeholders. Here you can find a summary of the major European political updates of this week.    



On 12 November, MEP Roberta Metsola (EPP, Malta) was appointed as the first vice-president of the European Parliament and is in fact the first Maltese politician to occupy such a senior post. The role of vice-president was vacated by Ms Mairead McGuinness, who became European Commissioner for the financial portfolio in September.



In response to the ongoing tensions between France and Turkey, President Macron declared his intentions to abolish the customs union between the EU and Turkey.  On 5 November, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned the Turkish president of possible European sanctions if he continued his offensive policy in the Eastern Mediterranean. In other news, Jean-Luc Mélenchon (La France Insoumise) has declared his candidacy for the 2022 presidential election, marking his third presidential venture.



The EU Commission has finalised negotiations with pharmaceutical companies Biontech and Pfizer on the prospective COVID-19 vaccine. As a reaction to this, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) has asked the German Ethics Council, the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Standing Vaccine Commission (STIKO) to develop a distribution plan for the vaccines, which may be available in limited numbers in early 2021. The population groups to be prioritised are said to be residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, healthcare workers and employees of health authorities, police and security services and education facilities.  



On 3 November, a new Prime Ministerial Decree was signed, signifying the 19th Decree signed insofar. The measures include a national curfew between 10pm and 5am, compulsory home-schooling in high schools and a 50% reduction of public transport capacity. Furthermore, a new colour-coding system for risk areas was assigned, impacting the degree of cross-regional mobility.


You can find more information on European news in our EU national elections heatmap, where we provide an overarching perspective with key political insight for individual countries. Make sure to check it here


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