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There is a kind of inevitability when the Commission uses its right of legislative and regulatory initiative. The more the process is framed by impact assessments, consultations and scientific opinions, the more the EU moves towards a subjective approach to law and regulation. Today, it is clichés, conventional wisdom and public opinion that rules in… » read more

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Like every year, the European Commission has a habit of tabling proposals for secondary legislation just before the winter holidays. In the past week, delegated acts on the generalised scheme of tariff preferences and a track and trace regime for tobacco products were adopted, meaning the scrutiny period at the European Parliament and Council will… » read more

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That is what the newspaper Le Monde asserts, without any question mark, on the front page of its 28 November edition, just a few hours before Member States gave a positive opinion. According to Le Monde, the scandal would have been the Commission forcing glyphosate through without a qualified majority from the Appeal Committee. “This… » read more

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In the 1880s, the great philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote: “Our era is an era of frenzy, and for this precise reason it is not an era of passion. It heats up constantly because it feels cold – essentially, it freezes.” The same could be said about our Europe in 2017: it is frozen. We are… » read more

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A few weeks ago, a consultant specialised in ‘e-reputation’ offered his services to me. I Googled him, and not without surprise, I discovered that…he has a bad reputation! From that moment, any possibility of us working together went out the window. Every lobbyist has two assets: credibility and a network. A bad reputation kills credibility.… » read more

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Chaque année dans les semaines qui précèdent la coupure des vacances d’été je m’offre un voyage au sein des Institutions. Le mot « je m’offre » a tout sens car c’est un véritable cadeau que d’échanger librement et en confiance avec un panel d’élus, de hauts fonctionnaires, de chefs lobbyistes, de représentants des principales ONG.… » read more

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La Commission vient d’annoncer que plus d’un million de signatures ont été réunies pour s’opposer au glyphosate dont l’autorisation avait été renouvelée jusqu’à fin 2018 dans l’attente de l’avis de l’ECHA (Agence européenne des produits chimiques). L’ECHA ayant clairement conclu que le glyphosate n’est pas cancérigène, la Commission s’orienterait (conditionnel) vers la prolongation de l’autorisation… » read more

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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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The first opinion poll dates from 1936 when Franklin D. Roosevelt was re-elected US President. Following a notional vote by 10 million Americans, a national magazine predicted Roosevelt’s defeat. Gallup took a representative sample and anticipated Roosevelt’s victory with 62% of votes. The conclusion: a small representative sample is worth far more than consulting everybody.… » read more

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