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The Commission has just received more than one million signatures opposing glyphosate, the active substance which had its approval extended until the end of 2017. Since the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) conclusion that the substance is not carcinogenic, the Commission is leaning towards granting a new 10-year authorisation. And now we have a million EU… » read more

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Clearly pro-EU, President Macron and his government are starting to translate En Marche! to the Union level. This is good. Recent years are similar to the 1980-85 period when there was much distrust and paralysis in the EU. In 1985, Jacques Delors was appointed Commission President with the aim of jump-starting the European Economic Community.… » read more

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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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