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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 représentation d’intérêts (dit vulgairement le « lobbying ») constitue un métier complexe qui repose sur un choix simple : ou l’on s’efforce de convaincre, de rapprocher les points de vue via une médiation, ou l’on s’oppose pour imposer la position d’un camp à un autre. L’Union européenne longtemps phare de la médiation glisse progressivement… » 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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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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In the 1880s, the great philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote: “Our era is an era of frenzy, and for this precise reason it is not an era of passion. It heats up constantly because it feels cold – essentially, it freezes.” The same could be said about our Europe in 2017: it is frozen. We are… » read more

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