June 2016

  • Will there be fireworks for privacy on Fourth of July?

    Yesterday the Article 31 Committee met to discuss the recently agreed privacy shield text, one of the last steps before the deal enters into force. Yesterday was also the day – as Commissioner Věra Jourová had expressed her wish for – the Article 31 Committee were supposed to agree by strong consent on the text…

  • BREXIT Post-Weekend European Reaction

    Just over 72 hours after the Brexit referendum, politicians and business far and wide spent the weekend reflecting on the outcome and attempting to anticipate the implications and next steps. In the United Kingdom, the result continues to impact political parties across the divide and throughout the whole of the country. Further developments lie in…

  • Spanish general elections – Political deadlock remains

    After six months of political deadlock, Spaniards headed to the polls on Sunday 26 June for an unprecedented repetition of the general elections. The truth is that little has changed since the December ballot that left the country without an elected government. The conservative Partido Popular (PP) has won most votes and increased the number…

  • Changing tides for country-specific recommendations on Finance?

    Why you should be aware of this underrated policy tool? On 18 May, the European Commission adopted its yearly country-specific recommendations that are expected to be passed by the European Council at the end of the month. Rooted in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), these recommendations provide non-binding guidelines for…

  • Vestager and the European Parliament – closing the gap?

    As expected, the Commission’s Annual Report on Competition policy is a dry and technical affair, listing the different cases the Commission worked on in the previous year. One difference in this year’s report though is that the European Parliament (EP) gets a higher profile. The EP has not been altogether content with its role of…

  • Migration, Skills, Action!

    The European Commission has been busy with yet more major policy announcements – this time relating to migration and skills. On Tuesday (7 June), the Commission unveiled its Action Plan on Integration, designed to help Member states integrate third-party (i.e. non-EU) nationals and enable them to contribute positively to the social and economic well-being of…

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