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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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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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Representing interests (more commonly known as ‘lobbying’) is a complex profession founded on a simple choice: either you try to convince and build consensus via mediation, or you work to impose one side’s view upon the other. The European Union, so long a beacon of mediation, is slowly drifting towards the second option. This is… » read more

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L’on n’ignore pas les défaillances techniques du Parlement européen. Je parle des bâtiments de Bruxelles. Faut-il les rénover ? Les restaurer ? Les reconstruire ? Un vent favorable nous transmet une note sûrement confidentielle qui examine chacune de ces trois options et en évalue le coût. Pour une « simple » rénovation il faudrait compter… » read more

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Everyone knows the European Parliament (EP) is deficient in terms of technical knowledge, but let’s forget that and talk instead about the Parliament buildings in Brussels. Do they need to be renovated? Restored? Or rebuilt? This month a friendly bird dropped onto our desk a memo – undoubtedly intended to be confidential – that examines… » 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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