Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

Trumpets on board!

Maybe the name of the MEP for Luxembourg shall be of a great significance for this story. The thing is that a representative of the European People’s Party, Georges Bach, addressed the European Commissioner for Transport Siim Kallas with an urgent request. Mr Bach demands for the musicians to be able to transport their instruments much easier than before.

According to the MEP, musical instruments are no ordinary luggage. Apparently they serve a unique job that is why regardless of size, the instruments should always remain by the artists. MEP condemns current practices of the airlines, such as requests to pay for an extra seat, charges for overweight or even reservation cancellations in case of fully booked flights.

I can only imagine the facial expression of the Commissioner when he became familiar with Bach’s request. For now, he only answered politely, that amendments to the European law would not be the best solution and urged the MEP to ‘consider other solutions’.

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Mr Bach was not the only one who wanted to be heard after the holidays. The European Commission is currently working on a regulation that would guarantee 40% of seats on supervisory boards to women. Well, only starting from 2020, but still…

The issue is very sensitive and already now many emotions are being evoked. France, Italy and Spain have got appropriate regulations, while e.g. Great Britain and Sweden don’t. The regulation is supposed to apply to public companies that employ over 250 people and have an annual turnover of at least EUR 50 million.

It is hard to say what may come out of this but a lot of fuss is guaranteed.

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An underappreciated and recently active Commissioner Viviane Reding stated that the best successor to Jose Manuel Barroso would be… Barroso himself. At the same time, Polish Minister Sikorski proclaimed that Prime Minister Donald Tusk would make a great leader of the Union, even though he is not interested.

I do not understand. Did the Prime Minister just give up?

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