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Martin Banks has been a journalist for over 40 years, working in Brussels since 2001 where he has covered EU politics, initially for European Voice and more recently for The Parliament Magazine plus a raft of other titles. He also writes about other topics including culture and travel. Prior to coming to Belgium he had worked in regional (including a 6 year stint as Chief Reporter for the 2nd biggest selling regional in the UK) and national journalism in the UK since 1980.

23 June 2021

Will the Delta variant destroy European Summer?

Up to 10,000 Japanese fans will be permitted to attend Olympic venues  in Tokyo this summer – but the outlook for travel here in Europe is far […]
22 June 2021
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4 years since the end of roaming charges in the EU

On Wednesday June 16th, the Council of the EU adopted its position on the continuation and revision of the regulation on roaming on public mobile communications […]
21 June 2021
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Unvaccinated US citizens might soon be allowed entry to the EU

On Wednesday June 16th, the EU block agreed to expand the approved travel list to include North Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Taiwan, Lebanon and the US. Some […]
21 June 2021
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57% of Europeans expect to travel this summer

A majority of 57% of Europeans expect to travel this summer – France and Italy lead with 67% expecting to take their usual summer holiday.  Europ […]
15 June 2021

European Parliament demands an end to caged farming by 2027

The European Parliament has passed a non-binding resolution demanding a ban on the use of cages in animal agriculture by 2027. 1. The petition A vote […]
14 June 2021

EU Digital Covid Certificate signed today and to enter into force on 1st July

Today, the Presidents of the three EU institutions, the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission attended the official signing ceremony for […]
14 June 2021

European Council updates recommendation on free movement restrictions

The Council today adopted a recommendation amending the recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This […]
10 June 2021

EU’s reform of European airspace risks “collapse”, IATA says

EU countries have agreed to reform the European airspace, the new Single European Sky 2+ (SES 2+), to improve systems of air navigation services, air traffic […]
9 June 2021

European Parliament gives final approval for EU Digital Covid Certificate

MEPs completed today the legislative work on the EU digital Covid Certificate package to facilitate travel within the EU and contribute to the economic recovery. Plenary […]
9 June 2021

European Travel industry call for swift adoption and implementation of harmonised EU travel rules

Ahead of the EU Ambassadors’ meeting on 11 June, the European travel and tourism industry associations call on Member States to approve the Commission’s proposal to […]
7 June 2021

“Destination Summer”: the campaign to boost EU borders reopening

Using the slogan ‘Time to reconnect Europe!’, leading aviation, travel and tourism European associations have launched the “Destination Summer” campaign asking for a harmonised approach to […]
4 June 2021

Towards a trusted and secure Digital Identity for all Europeans

The Commission today proposed a framework for a European Digital Identity which will be available to all EU citizens, residents, and businesses in the EU. Citizens […]
3 June 2021

Soft Drinks 2030: Discover the world of fully circular beverage packaging

Travel with me fast forward to 2030. By then, Europe will be a different place and the world of Europe’s soft drinks will have changed too. […]
1 June 2021

Tourism sector invites Europeans to open up to travel again

The European Travel Commission (ETC) presented today ‘Open up to Europe’, a major promotional campaign that will play a significant role in the reopening of European […]
1 June 2021

European Commission urges summer reopening for vaccinated tourists

In May 21 the EU reached a deal regarding a digital Covid-19 certificates scheme which should be ready by July 1st, and will use a QR […]
27 May 2021

Tourism in Europe for the Next Decade

The Council today adopted a set of conclusions setting out its vision for an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable and resilient tourism sector in Europe. Tourism […]
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