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When we first floated the idea to publish a magazine on the committees of the European Parliament, enthusiasm was low. It couldn't be that interesting, could it? But the ones who thought this would be a dull exercise, were very wrong.

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euobserver EDITORIAL ADDRESS EUobserver Magazine Rue Montoyer 18B 1000 Brussels Belgium contact@euobserver.com EDITORIAL Editor: Koert Debeuf Editorial contributions: Andrew Rettman, Elena Sanchez Nicolas, Eszter Zalan, Koert Debeuf, Nikolaj Nielsen, Matt Tempest ART DIRECTION Tobias Andreasen ADVERTISING EUobserver Magazine Rue Montoyer 18B 1000 Brussels Belgium advertising@euobserver.com DISTRIBUTION EUobserver Magazine Rue Montoyer 18B 1000 Brussels Belgium Henner Sorg hsorg@euobserver.com PUBLISHER EUobserver.com ASBL www.euobserver.com INFLUENTIAL. INVESTIGATIVE. INDEPENDENT EUobserver is a not-for-profit, independent online newspaper established in Brussels in 2000. We value free thinking and plain speech and aim to support European democracy by reflecting the voice of people and by giving people the information they need to hold the EU establishment to account. OUR REACH The EUobserver is the fourth-most influential news platform in the European institutions. With a small but dedicated team, we succeed in having an impact. Our reporting has made sure that issues were put on the EU agenda, that ordinary people from Europe and beyond have been heard in Brussels, and even forced officials to resign because they did not live up to the moral standards the EU should have. DISCLAIMER All information stated in the magazine is correct at time of printing. We have to be honest When we first floated the idea to publish a magazine on the committees of the European Parliament, enthusiasm was low. It couldn't be that interesting, could it? But the ones who thought this would be a dull exercise, were very wrong. When we asked the committee chairs what the challenges were for the next five years, the responses appeared to be fascinating. Not only can we confirm that almost every committee chair actually knows well what he or she is talking about. When you put all the responses together, you get a complete overview of what the European Union will work on in the years to come. When you go through the overview, you will also see that the challenges for the EU are probably bigger than ever. We are reaching critical years in the fight against climate change, in the rise of artificial intelligence and digitalisation. Topics like ageing and migration have not received a proper answer yet, while at the same time a new financial and economic crisis might be around the corner. Brexit will give headaches in many fields, but perhaps most in the EU budget for 2021-2027, as other countries will have to fill the gap that the UK leaves behind. A major question remains how Europe can continue to play the role of good example in its foreign policy and trade, while at the same time governments of member states are breaking the rules. Another challenge that needs a response is the remaining gap between western and central (eastern) Europe. Not only politically, but also socially and economically, as waves of change might affect newer member states more than expected. A last point that has become clear during the last months: the European Parliament is becoming less and less a follower, and more and more of an actor. The signal that was given during the hearings - and refusals - of candidates for the European Commission was just a first warning. The European Parliament will play a stronger role in European decision-making than ever before. And that's great news for Europe's democracy. — Koert Debeuf

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