Daniel Gueguen

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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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Due to opposition from 10 Member States and critical comments made in the public consultation, the draft delegated act will be revised. But the Commission will have to add an educational dimension if it wants to convince the real economy of Taxonomy’s validity. One has to read the great novelists to understand the times we… » read more

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L’opposition de 10 Etats membres et les critiques de la consultation publique conduiront à une révision du projet d’acte délégué. Mais il reviendra à la Commission d’y apporter une dimension pédagogique si elle veut convaincre l’économie réelle du bien-fondé de la taxonomie. Il faut lire les grands romanciers pour bien comprendre son temps. Dans 1984,… » read more

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At a time when the European Union is wasting its energy on taxonomy – a kind of bureaucratic statism defining “sustainable” economic activities – China is announcing the launch of an immense market with its 14 neighbours! The shortcut is striking…but leaving aside its totalitarian logic, taxonomy bears all the hallmarks of failed governance: opacity,… » read more

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A l’instant où l’Union européenne gaspille son énergie avec la taxonomie – une sorte d’étatisme bureaucratique pour définir les activités économiquement « durables » – la Chine annonce l’ouverture d’un immense marché unique avec ses quatorze grands voisins ! Le raccourci est saisissant, … Mais outre sa logique totalitaire, la taxonomie véhicule tous les défauts… » read more

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Since the very beginning I have said that Brexit will not work. Today, we can clearly speak of a “Brexit failure”, considering that the 31 October deadline will not help to unblock the situation. This document aims to examine rapidly the reasons for the failure of Brexit and possible scenarios for the next two years.… » 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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The Treaties give the European Commission an exclusive power of legislative initiative. In principle, only the Commission can draft and propose Directives, Regulations and Decisions. The Lisbon Treaty also gave the Commission the power to propose AND adopt delegated acts, with the risk of creating an imbalance of power. Considered boring by the ‘Brussels Bubble’,… » read more

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