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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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A petition, an open letter, a blog article – these are all modest contributions. What else can I do? I am just a practitioner. But there is nothing degrading about being a practitioner in European affairs. Because a practitioner is perfectly able to analyse what is good and what is bad in the functioning of… » read more

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Three cases show the lack of analysis of contributions to consultations and make the distrust in the system grow Progress on Better Regulation without a doubt,… Since the adoption of the Better Regulation package in 2015 and the adoption of the Inter-institutional Agreement on Better Law-making in 2016, progress has been made in terms of… » 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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The European Union acquis – that is, the body of EU laws and regulations applicable to Member States – comes to over 14,000 texts in total (1,685 Directives and 12,410 Regulations). The day after Brexit, this legislative mass will continue applying to the 27…but also to the United Kingdom. This is something that would greatly… » 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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