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When you are a senior civil servant or politician, can you apply for any position? Or does each post demand specific qualities? Recent news provides us with several striking cases. The best case: Martin Schulz After being elected for a second two-and-a-half year mandate as European Parliament President, Mr Schulz ran for Commission President as… » 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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In the history of the EU, only two initiatives have created a direct link between the Union and its citizens: the Erasmus Programme and the annual nomination of a ‘European Capital of Culture’. According to the Journal des Arts, “the five UK candidates for Capital of Culture in 2023 have been eliminated due to the… » 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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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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Clairement orientés pro-EU la Présidence Macron et son Gouvernement s’attèlent à une remise En Marche de l’Union Européenne. Très bien. Il faut se souvenir que les dernières années rappellent la période 1980-85 caractérisées par la méfiance et la paralysie de l’Union.   C’est en 1985 que Jacques Delors est nommé Président de la Commission avec… » read more

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L’année passée, PACT publiait une brochure intitulée « 10 schémas pour comprendre le paquet ‘Mieux Légiférer’ ». Celle-ci offrait une vue d’ensemble et une analyse du paquet Mieux Légiférer de la Commission européenne, et ce qu’il implique pour les affaires publiques européennes. PACT publie désormais une version mise à jour de la brochure à la… » 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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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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