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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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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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Au cours des 60 années de son histoire, l’Union européenne s’est souvent distinguée par des mécanismes innovants. Deux viennent immédiatement à l’esprit : les quotas et les mécanismes de la Convention de Lomé offrant aux exportateurs des PVD non le prix de dumping pratiqué sur les marchés mondiaux, mais le prix intérieur de l’UE. Depuis,… » 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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Les dernières discussions entre Michel Barnier et son homologue britannique David Davis validées côté UE par le Conseil européen des chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement interpellent. Elles relèvent d’une incompréhension technique, d’une magistrale hypocrisie ou de l’amorce d’un plan B, on ne sait trop à ce stade, … A lire les communiqués le Royaume-Uni aurait… » 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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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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La Commission vient d’annoncer que plus d’un million de signatures ont été réunies pour s’opposer au glyphosate dont l’autorisation avait été renouvelée jusqu’à fin 2018 dans l’attente de l’avis de l’ECHA (Agence européenne des produits chimiques). L’ECHA ayant clairement conclu que le glyphosate n’est pas cancérigène, la Commission s’orienterait (conditionnel) vers la prolongation de l’autorisation… » read more

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The Commission has just received more than one million signatures opposing glyphosate, the active substance which had its approval extended until the end of 2017. Since the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) conclusion that the substance is not carcinogenic, the Commission is leaning towards granting a new 10-year authorisation. And now we have a million EU… » read more

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You will recall that last year PACT European Affairs published its booklet ‘Better Regulation: 10 graphs to help you understand’, providing a useful visual overview and analysis of the Commission’s Better Regulation package and what it means for EU public affairs. PACT has now updated its booklet in light of the new Inter-institutional Agreement on… » read more

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