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Brexit under the radar

If the House of Commons, Council and European Parliament are to approve any deal by 29 March 2019, negotiations will need to be done by the end of October 2018 at the latest. Taking into account the summer break, that is basically tomorrow! Not only have talks been advancing at a snail’s pace for months,… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

Un acte délégué présenté en vertu de la législation européenne sur le tabac déclenche un débat interpellant sur la relation entre les traités internationaux et la législation secondaire de l’UE. La Commission européenne respecte-t-elle le protocole de l’OMS visant à éliminer le commerce illicite des produits du tabac? Telle est la question qui se pose.… » read more

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A delegated act tabled under EU tobacco legislation has sparked off an intriguing debate about the relationship between international treaties and EU secondary legislation. Is the European Commission respecting the WHO Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products? In past years the Newsletter has spilt copious amounts of ink writing about the relationship between… » read more

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The United Kingdom wants to leave the EU, Catalonia wants to get back in! Two curiously star-crossed destinies that raise a disturbing question: does national sovereignty still exist? The answer, a cruel one, is ‘no’. National sovereignty no longer really exists, a fact that frustrates the independence wishes of some and the emancipation of others.… » read more

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The long-awaited Delegated Acts Register has arrived but that doesn’t mean an end to the usual opacity, as we can see with files like formaldehyde and the on-going reform of supplementary protection certificates (SPC). The latter is an IP tool that extends patent rights by 5 years, helping manufacturers of pharma and plant health products… » read more

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Reputation

A few weeks ago, a consultant specialised in ‘e-reputation’ offered his services to me. I Googled him, and not without surprise, I discovered that…he has a bad reputation! From that moment, any possibility of us working together went out the window. Every lobbyist has two assets: credibility and a network. A bad reputation kills credibility.… » read more

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L’acquis communautaire, c’est-à-dire l’ensemble des lois et règlements de l’UE applicable aux Etats membres s’élève à plus de 14.000 textes (1.685 directives et 12.410 règlements). Le lendemain du Brexit cette masse législative continue à s’appliquer aux 27, mais aussi …. au Royaume-Uni, … ce qui surprendrait au plus haut point les citoyens britanniques s’ils en… » read more

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The first opinion poll dates from 1936 when Franklin D. Roosevelt was re-elected US President. Following a notional vote by 10 million Americans, a national magazine predicted Roosevelt’s defeat. Gallup took a representative sample and anticipated Roosevelt’s victory with 62% of votes. The conclusion: a small representative sample is worth far more than consulting everybody.… » read more

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Le premier sondage d’opinion date de 1936 pour l’élection du Président Roosevelt. Un magazine national au terme d’un vote fictif de 10 millions d’américains prévoit la défaite de Roosevelt. Gallup établit un échantillon représentatif et anticipe la victoire de Roosevelt qui obtiendra 62% des voix. Conclusion : mieux vaut un petit échantillon représentatif qu’une consultation… » read more

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Pendant une heure Daniel Guéguen a répondu sans tabou aux questions de Lora Verheeke qui, outre l’animation de son émission consacrée au Lobbying européen, collabore à Corporate Europe Observatory, une association qui entend promouvoir les bonnes pratiques de lobbying et dénoncer les manquements à l’éthique. A la suite d’une introduction classiquement consacrée à la définition… » read more

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Ci-dessous, un extrait d’un article d’EurActiv à propos d’un exposé au Parlement européen par un Directeur de la Commission, le 12 octobre 2016 : « Marie Donnelly, directrice pour les renouvelables, la recherche et l’efficacité énergétique à la DG Énergie, a expliqué les raisons qui se cachent derrière l’abandon progressif des biocarburants de première génération…… » read more

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