A guide to EU procedures for the conclusion of international trade agreements (EP Briefing)

ORIGINAL PUBLISHED HERE by  Laura Puccio (European Parliament Members’ Research Service) SUMMARY The European Union (EU) was the world’s biggest exporter and importer of goods and services in 2015, representing 32.51 % of global trade in goods and services. The USA and China, meanwhile, accounted for 12.01 % and 10.68 % respectively. The EU has been… Continue reading A guide to EU procedures for the conclusion of international trade agreements (EP Briefing)

The Bratislava Declaration on migration: European irresponsibility instead of solidarity

ORIGINAL PUBLISHED ON OMNIA (Odysseus Network) SITE (27 Sep 2016) By Phillippe De Bruycker (ULB/EUI) & Evangelia (Lilian) Tsourdi (Max Weber Fellow, EUI) The Bratislava Declaration refers on two occasions to “the principles of responsibility and solidarity”. The basic idea is to “broaden EU consensus” by devising a “long term migration policy” on the basis of the two principles.… Continue reading The Bratislava Declaration on migration: European irresponsibility instead of solidarity

‘Inside’ the European Parliament’s Closed Reading Rooms: Transparency in the EU

ORIGINAL PUBLISHED ON EU LAW ANALYSIS by Dr Vigjilenca Abazi (Assistant Professor of European Law Maastricht University) What do documents about negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), oversight of the EU’s Food Safety Authority or Tax-Justice have in common? In order to access these documents, (selected) Members of the European Parliament are requested… Continue reading ‘Inside’ the European Parliament’s Closed Reading Rooms: Transparency in the EU

Leaving the EU: UK Parliament’s Role in the Process

Published Thursday, June 30, 2016 Following the result of the referendum held on 23 June 2016, this House of Lords Library briefing examines what Parliament’s role would be in the process of withdrawing from the European Union in several key areas: invoking Article 50; overseeing the negotiation process; ratifying agreements; repealing and reviewing domestic legislation.… Continue reading Leaving the EU: UK Parliament’s Role in the Process

Openness, Transparency and the Right of Access to Documents in the EU

THIS IS AN  “In-depth analysis” FOR THE PETITIONS COMMITTEE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT. FULL TEXT ACCESSIBLE HERE  AUTHORS : Deirdre CURTIN, Päivi LEINO-SANDBERG. Abstract . Upon request of the PETI Committee, the Policy Department on Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs commissioned the present analysis, which examines the situation in relation to openness, transparency, access to documents and… Continue reading Openness, Transparency and the Right of Access to Documents in the EU

Referendum Briefing 3: Does the EU have a ‘democratic deficit’?

ORIGINAL PUBLISHED ON EU LAW ANALYSIS by Professors Laurent Pech and Steve Peers The EU is regularly accused from suffering a ‘democratic deficit’. In particular, it is often asserted that all EU decisions are made by the EU Commission – who are ‘unelected bureaucrats’. As we demonstrate in this post, this criticism is clearly invalid. It… Continue reading Referendum Briefing 3: Does the EU have a ‘democratic deficit’?

EU Referendum Briefing 1: Can the UK control the EU’s future if it stays a member?

 ORIGINAL PUBLISHED ON EU LAW ANALYSIS BLOG by Steve Peers During the EU referendum campaign, a number of arguments have been made that staying in the EU is risky, because of possible future developments of the EU itself. While there will always be someone somewhere who says they would like to see an EU army,… Continue reading EU Referendum Briefing 1: Can the UK control the EU’s future if it stays a member?

Accord politique ou juridique : Quelle est la nature du “machin” conclu entre l’UE et la Turquie en matière d’asile?

ORIGINAL PUBLISHED HERE  on 10 Friday Jun 2016 Par Olivier Corten, et Marianne Dony, Professeurs ordinaires à l’Université libre de Bruxelles, Alors que trois demandeurs demandeurs d’asile – apparemment deux Pakistanais et un Afghan dans les affaires T-192/16, 193/16 et 257/26 – ont demandé au Tribunal de l’Union Européenne l’annulation de l’accord conclu le 18 mars 2016 entre l’UE et la Turquie, il est… Continue reading Accord politique ou juridique : Quelle est la nature du “machin” conclu entre l’UE et la Turquie en matière d’asile?

Casse-tête jurisprudentiel autour de l’exequatur (A propos des arrêts Meroni et Avotins)

ORIGINAL PUBLISHED ON CDRE SITE by Maxime Barba, EDIEC Les arrêts Avotins et Meroni, rendus coup sur coup selon un timing remarquable, l’un par la Grande Chambre de la Cour EDH, l’autre par la CJUE en formation classique, mettent aux prises la discipline européenne de l’exequatur et les exigences du procès équitable. Si le relief individuel… Continue reading Casse-tête jurisprudentiel autour de l’exequatur (A propos des arrêts Meroni et Avotins)

Data retention and national law: whatever the CJEU rules, data retention may still survive!

ORIGINAL PUBLISHED ON EU LAW ANALYSIS by Matthew White, Ph.D candidate, Sheffield Hallam University Should governments be able to retain data on everyone’s use of the Internet and their phones – because it might arguably aid the fight against terrorism and serious crime? This ‘data retention’ issue raises fundamental questions about the balance between privacy… Continue reading Data retention and national law: whatever the CJEU rules, data retention may still survive!