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Below is an extract from an Euractiv report on a speech by a Commission Director at the European Parliament on 12 October 2016: Marie Donnelly, Director for Renewables, Research, and Energy Efficiency in the Commission’s Energy directorate, explained the reasons behind the decision to phase out first generation biofuels… In essence, she said the Commission… » read more

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Pour donner au Brexit une dimension concrète, j’ai choisi de l’aborder sous l’angle de la Politique Agricole Commune, qui demeure à ce jour la seule politique intégrée de l’Union. Ne prétendant pas maîtriser l’ensemble de ces questions, j’ai obtenu l’aide de Michel Jacquot, un nom bien connu, ancien du Cabinet Delors, négociateur de la Commission… » read more

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Given the sensitivity of the issue, I have to be careful and begin by stating that I have no interest, direct or indirect, with any of the players in this dossier which combines all the flaws of today’s EU governance: no objective science, full-on op between NGOs and industry, and an incomprehensible process. The book… » read more

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I often write about EU secondary legislation and I am happy to host this piece on my blog – because comitology does not always have to be serious and dry!   Mr Trump, what is your overall view on the Lisbon Treaty framework of secondary legislation and Level 2 acts? Secondary? Level 2? Come on… » read more

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As everyone knows, the European Parliament is not a real Parliament. It is a co-legislator rather than a legislator, and does not possess the power of legislative initiative, which belongs to the Commission. This anomaly, which needs to be corrected as soon as possible, provides justification for determined action by a Parliament becoming more and… » read more

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At a time when the European Union is faced with major dangers both internal and external, our elite leaders are focussing on issues that, while perhaps important, have no relation to their priorities. So we see Mr Juncker – otherwise inaudible – taking action on secondary legislation concerning roaming and glyphosate, but still not proposing… » read more

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Three months on from 23 June, we are seeing incredible and enduring improvisation. We are barely starting to realise the huge complexity presented by the three phases of Brexit. The first phase, involving the triggering of Article 50, poses countless questions: does the UK Parliament need to vote? Would this vote be binding or advisory?… » read more

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My article ‘Barnier and Brexit: bad mood before the holidays’ provoked a lot of comment about the respective roles of the Commission and Council in the upcoming negotiations. Some people responded saying “the negotiations will be conducted by the Commission.” This is not accurate, but not necessarily inaccurate. Article 50 of the Treaty does not… » read more

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Without doubt, the Commission President is embarrassing – embarrassing when he comments, embarrassing when he doesn’t take decisions, and even embarrassing when he does. Appointing Michel Barnier as chief Brexit negotiator on behalf of the Commission comes squarely under this last category, and in more ways than one. First of all, the process. We know… » read more

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