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The Robert Schuman Foundation has published a paper entitled: “Juncker or European added value: The positive legacy of the European Commission (2014-2019).” One can never talk enough about the harm that subsidised associations do to the cause of the EU. Even for the most pro-European of Europeans, the Juncker Commission has been a failure in… » read more

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An innovation of the Lisbon Treaty, the European Citizens’ Initiative requires one million signatures to encourage the Commission to propose legislation. At first sight, its results seem disappointing. In practice, the situation is more nuanced. Admittedly, the “Ban Glyphosate” Initiative (1.3 million signatures) did not prevent the re-authorisation of the active substance for another five… » read more

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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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Questions naïves sur un dossier où chaque acteur semble jouer à front renversé Lobbyiste affirmé, professeur au Collège d’Europe, auteur, bloggeur, il n’est pas un jour sans qu’un journaliste ou un étudiant ne m’interroge pour un éclairage sur un article ou une contribution à un mémoire. J’y ai toujours répondu positivement sauf pour le tabac.… » 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 proposed comitology reform would allow the Commission to shelter itself under Member States’ umbrella. Possibly due to lack of courage, the Commission is effectively trying to return to the pre-Lisbon system, even though it favoured abandoning this system to increase its power over implementing measures. Confronted with publicly sensitive issues, the Commission wants the… » read more

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All creatures big and small… One has a certain nostalgia for the days of DG Industry, known as ‘DG III’. Back then, in the years between 1986 and 1992, the focus was on building the Single Market with the help of many directives, and DG III was the engine. The question of whether or not… » read more

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