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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

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

The proposed comitology reform would allow the Commission to shelter itself under Member States’ umbrella. Possibly due to lack of courage, the Commission is effectively trying to return to the pre-Lisbon system, even though it favoured abandoning this system to increase its power over implementing measures. Confronted with publicly sensitive issues, the Commission wants the… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

The European Commission has recently released its publication “Horizon 2020 – First Results”, sharing data collected throughout the first year of implementation of Horizon 2020, the European Union’s research and innovation framework programme for 2014-2020. Let’s take a look at it together. By 1 December 2014, a total number of 100 calls for proposals had… » read more

The European Commission has recently released its publication “Horizon 2020 – First Results”, sharing data collected throughout the first year of implementation of Horizon 2020, the European Union’s research and innovation framework programme for 2014-2020. Let’s take a look at it together. By 1 December 2014, a total number of 100 calls for proposals had… » read more

The Christian Democrat  EPP, Socialists and Liberals think they have the eternal right to select old and pensioned-off politicians to be their Commissioners. The European Commission, was once a politician-free zone. It was then much more effective politically. One Commission president was a law professor, another was an engineer, a third was formerly a trades… » read more

USSR Reloaded?

(Third edition)    One man with courage makes a majority. Andrew Jackson     In a historic second referendum on a treaty changing the way the European Community functions (the Treaty of Lisbon amending the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community (Conference of the Representatives of the Governments of the… » read more

Like many people in Brussels I was following yesterday the election of Jose Manuel Barroso as Commission President in the European Parliament. Specifically I was asking myself what role the Socialist Group in the EP played. The official line of the Socialist & Democrats Group was to abstain in the vote on the Commission President.… » read more

Sir,   Regarding ‘Barroso warns opponents not to weaken Europe’:   I would like to share with you my personal view on why José Manuel Barroso should not be re-elected as president of the Commission of the European Communities (alias the European Commission).   I would not support Mr. Barroso for a second term because:… » read more

The Subsistence Expenses Deceit   In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell   Part 2: The EPSO’s Personal Data Protection Policy Deceit Part 1: The Treaty of Lisbon Deceit     Note to the reader: Some attachments have been omitted or replaced by blank forms in the… » read more

ESU reacts to the Commission’s education and training strategic framework It is designed to set the tone for cooperation on education policy across all 27 Member States for the decade ahead. And last week, ESU had the opportunity to comment on the European Commission’s updated strategic framework for European cooperation on education and training at… » read more

La démocratie est semble t-il l’élément fondateur de l’Union européenne. En effet, il faut savoir que dans les critère d’adhésion à l’Union, celle-ci est un des 3 critères incontournables L’adhésion à l’Union européenne est soumise à des conditions strictes et implique que les États candidats respectent de nombreuses obligations. Les États candidats doivent satisfaire à… » read more

The past six weeks have seen comments/visits by EU Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner to the following: Armenia – Upcoming visit in February 2008/implementation of Action Plan/Inclusion in Baku-Tbilisi-Kar railway Georgia – Upcoming visit planned early February 2008/Free Trade Agreement negotiations (expected completion 2009) Tajikistan/Afghanistan – Stronger border controls Pakistan – +61 person observer mission for February 17th,… » read more

The past six weeks have seen the EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson make notable announcements on China, Iraq, and, South Korea. Trade talks were also held with the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority. At the 10th China-EU summit meeting in November besides highlighting the balance of EU-China trade reference was made to ways in… » read more

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