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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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Un nombre très significatif d’Etats de l’Union sont en crise : le Royaume-Uni avec le Brexit; l’Allemagne et ses immigrés; l’Italie, l’Espagne, la Grèce victimes d’un Schengen inabouti ; les 4 de Visegrad trop régionalistes ; la France trop française, … Faut-il quitter l’Union ? Tenir dans la tempête en espérant qu’elle se calme ?… » 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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Naive questions about a file where every actor seems to be acting in reverse Being a recognised lobbyist, professor at the College of Europe, author and blogger, hardly a day goes by without a journalist or student asking me to contribute to an article or thesis. I have always responded positively – except for tobacco.… » 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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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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