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A need to reinforce the Alliance based on a medium-term strategy On the exact day it was announced to be published, the EU Commission adopted its delegated act setting the technical screening criteria for climate adaptation and climate mitigation. Most issues raised were not taken into account or were pushed down the road. Nuclear energy,… » read more

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In a recent article (Exporting the Precautionary Principle) we observed that the EU, under the cover of a concern for food safety, is introducing a subjective dimension into its regulations and creating technical barriers to trade. The globalised economy, new technologies and Brexit call for a modernisation of the EU system. As a Professor at… » read more

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For observers, the EU’s increasing reliance on technical barriers to trade – most often health and phytosanitary measures – amounts to protectionism. But this is not the case, because the Union remains committed to free trade. The explanation lies in its willingness to impose upon third countries the precautionary principle and its own subjective view… » read more

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Pour les observateurs, la multiplication par l’UE des barrières techniques aux échanges – le plus souvent des mesures sanitaires et phyto-sanitaires – relève du protectionnisme. Pas du tout car l’Union demeure libre-échangiste. L’explication est à chercher dans une volonté d’imposer aux pays-tiers son principe de précaution et sa vision subjective de la science. Le problème… » read more

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Is this about bureaucracy or democracy? The word “taxonomy” has the whiff of authority and makes one think of a sort of economic statism. That’s precisely what it is. Regulation 2020/852, adopted via co-decision, sets a “framework for sustainable investment”, i.e. investment that contributes to protecting the environment. It is inspired by the 2015 UN… » read more

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Est-il question de bureaucratie ou de démocratie ? Le mot « Taxonomy » dégage un parfum d’autorité et laisse imaginer une sorte « d’étatisme économique ». C’est bien de cela qu’il s’agit. Le règlement n° 2020/852 du 18 juin 2020 adopté en co-décision qui établit « un cadre pour favoriser les investissements durables (c’est-à-dire contribuant… » read more

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The Covid-19 crisis has demonstrated the need for the EU to maintain control over its strategic production sectors. This includes seeds. However, on 7 April, the Commission – on the initiative of DG SANTE – published a “equivalence” proposal allowing seeds produced in Ukraine to be sold on the European market at a dumped price,… » read more

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La crise du COVID 19 a démontré la nécessité de garder sous contrôle de l’UE les productions stratégiques. Les semences en font partie. Mais voici que la Commission – à l’initiative de la DG SANTE – publie le 7 avril une proposition dite d’équivalence permettant aux semences de maïs produites en Ukraine d’être vendues sur… » read more

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Autumn is a source of melancholy. And in this month of November 2019, the causes for discontent are multiplying. Externally, disinformation and fake news are everywhere. Trade wars are in our midst, as are the eruptive characters of certain world leaders. Within the EU, things are no better. The intention of the next Commission President… » read more

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