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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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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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The motion to veto endorsed on 30 May by the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) is based on two grounds. The first ground concerns the content of the delegated act: one of the measure’s provisions proposes banning the use of pesticides within Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs). This provision has drawn a… » read more

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Politicians always think they are able to perform in any job. A failed candidate for Commission President, Mr Verhofstadt has now stood for EP President, with the same success. But here, it is failure coupled with indignity. To win votes, our unfortunate candidate sidelined everyone who stood in his way (in particular Sylvie Goulard –… » read more

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Does anyone remember Antoine Wiertz? For the honest European, Belgian fin de siècle art can be summed up in three names: Ensor, Rops and Khnopff. But not Wiertz! What a pity, because Wiertz was a pioneer of symbolist art, a mysterious and fertile period including among its ranks prestigious figures like Odilon Redon, Munch, Böcklin,… » read more

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