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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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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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Three cases show the lack of analysis of contributions to consultations and make the distrust in the system grow Progress on Better Regulation without a doubt,… Since the adoption of the Better Regulation package in 2015 and the adoption of the Inter-institutional Agreement on Better Law-making in 2016, progress has been made in terms of… » 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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That is what the newspaper Le Monde asserts, without any question mark, on the front page of its 28 November edition, just a few hours before Member States gave a positive opinion. According to Le Monde, the scandal would have been the Commission forcing glyphosate through without a qualified majority from the Appeal Committee. “This… » read more

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What strikes me most, 12 months into the Brexit process, is the preparedness of some and unpreparedness of others.   Methodical preparation in Brussels After lengthy meetings with officials in the European Council’s Brexit taskforce at the end of August 2016, I was amazed by their in-depth knowledge of the ins and outs of Article… » read more

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Le premier sondage d’opinion date de 1936 pour l’élection du Président Roosevelt. Un magazine national au terme d’un vote fictif de 10 millions d’américains prévoit la défaite de Roosevelt. Gallup établit un échantillon représentatif et anticipe la victoire de Roosevelt qui obtiendra 62% des voix. Conclusion : mieux vaut un petit échantillon représentatif qu’une consultation… » read more

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