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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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You will recall that last year PACT European Affairs published its booklet ‘Better Regulation: 10 graphs to help you understand’, providing a useful visual overview and analysis of the Commission’s Better Regulation package and what it means for EU public affairs. PACT has now updated its booklet in light of the new Inter-institutional Agreement on… » 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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Décidément le Président de la Commission est embarrassant. Embarrassant quand il commente. Embarrassant quand il ne décide pas. Et même embarrassant quand il décide. La nomination de Michel Barnier comme négociateur en chef du Brexit pour le compte de la Commission entre précisément dans cette dernière catégorie et à plus d’un titre. D’abord sur le… » read more

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EU crisis Authority and values to restore Europeans’ desire to live together   The reaction of Jean-Claude Juncker to the Nice attacks was interesting. In Le Soir, he stated: “We have to ask ourselves when this is going to stop?” For months, I have been saying over and over again that the President of the… » read more

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Crise de l’UE. De l’autorité et des valeurs pour recréer un « vivre ensemble » européen   La réaction de Jean-Claude Junker sur la tuerie de Nice est éclairante. Dans Le Soir, le Président de la Commission déclare : « On en est à se demander quand ça va s’arrêter. » Depuis des mois, je… » read more

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A century ago – I mean in fact the 1980s and 1990s – the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) was an EU Institution with great influence. Closely involved in the initial reforms of the CAP and in the drafting of Directives (in particular food law) that helped create the Internal Market in 1993; a… » read more

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Let’s be frank: after one year, the Juncker Commission has been a disappointment. Admittedly, it has excuses: too many Member States, an unmanageable decision-making process, intractable geopolitical and humanitarian crises…but be that as it may, the “last-chance Commission” risks living up to its name, if can’t find a path to better governance soon.   The… » read more

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