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Guest post by Dr Julian Little, former Chair of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council At the end of last year, I was invited to speak at a Knowledge 4 Innovation meeting in the European Parliament in Brussels on the subject of Smarter Regulation and Innovation for EU Agriculture chaired by West Midlands MEP Anthea McIntyre. This… » read more

  Posted by Trade Talk

Free or freeze EU innovation

Guest post by Garlich Von Essen, Secretary General of the European Seed Association (ESA) 2016. Like any New Year, this one as well starts with high expectations and many solemn declarations. Most of them are rather personal and ambitious ones, like quitting smoking or running the next Brussels Marathon. By contrast, it seems that Europe… » read more

  Posted by Trade Talk

Amidst debates of varying speeds and directions of European integration, Michael J. Geary and Kiran Klaus Patel point to the need for historical reflection. Historians, they argue, can provide a fresh contribution to the ongoing interdisciplinary discussions on the future direction of the European integration process. Michael J. Geary and Kiran Klaus Patel Contemporary debates… » read more

  Posted by CERiM

Last month’s Paris Climate Conference (COP 21) was an exemplary moment in the history of stupid. A dismal failure, the much anticipated climate event did not produce any binding treaty, any strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and its toothless “non-adversarial and non-punitive” accord essentially put climate decisions on the back-burner until after 2050. Rather… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

Coinciding with the COP21 climate talks in Paris, ACEA’s Board of Directors met earlier this month to reiterate the industry’s long-term commitment to reducing the environmental footprint of its vehicles and production processes. Addressing climate change and air quality concerns tops the agenda of Europe’s automobile manufactures. Thanks to their efforts, CO2 emissions from new… » read more

  Posted by Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA)

The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) review released in mid-November 2015 has defined a new overarching goal for the EU – ‘stabilising the neighbourhood’. Does this shift in objectives signal a new era for the EU’s relations with its neighbours? Will the ‘new’ ENP become more political, more strategic and more impactful after its failure to… » read more

  Posted by CERiM

  The following is Part 3 of a ten-part blog on governance to be serialised over the holidays. How to Deal with Stupid, essentially a policy pamphlet, will examine how stupid has been able to rise, be used by clever manipulators to achieve legislative success and what can be done to begin to return stupid… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

The European Commission has signalled it will increase the limits of its officials’ preliminary research for new energy efficiency laws. It had faced accusations that the lower limits it favoured effectively capped the ambition of its 2030 climate and energy targets.

  Posted by Heard in Europe

  I am sure there are days when the Food Babe, Vani Hari, must close her laptop, look out of her living room window and marvel: How is it that a woman with a diploma in computer science and without any education in toxicology, chemistry or nutrition could become a global leader in diet and… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

The following is Part 1 of a ten-part blog on governance to be serialised over the holidays. Today our personal decision-making process is strongly influenced by the latest social media applications yet EU and American government policy mechanisms, developed in the last century, have not been adapted to these communications tools. This discrepancy has created… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

Guest blog post by Mark Hiley, CEO of The Analyst; and Jakob Kucharczyk, Director of CCIA Europe. Investors are betting on the success of Europe’s ecommerce ventures, with investment growing from millions to billions since 2012. A November study prepared by The Analyst, an independent equity research house, reveals an upward trend in capital investment… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

  It is commonly believed that organic farmers do not use pesticides and that organic food is therefore safer to consume than conventionally farmed fruit and vegetables. In a UK poll, 95% of the consumers bought organic food because they wanted to avoid consuming pesticides. This belief could not be further from the truth. The… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

As we watch the mainstream media come up with excuses for the IARC monograph that showed, without a shadow of a doubt, that prepared meats and sausages are carcinogenic (Group 1 = carcinogenic), we should take a moment to reflect on why our news sources have become so inconsistent when it comes to reporting on… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

Opened back in 2009, the “Orphacol file” is still not closed, despite three actions at the Court of Justice. What is to blame: the complexity of EU procedures or the Commission’s reluctance to recognise its errors of judgment? Probably a little of both! It is extremely rare to go to the Court of Justice three… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

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