June 2016

  • 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…

  • DSM – Towards a Brave Digital Future

    Right now, barely a week goes by without another Commission initiative coming out, promising to deliver untold benefits to business and consumers as we continue towards a brave digital future. This week was a case in point, seeing the adoption of the latest Commission DSM package, this time focussing on online consumer protection, geo-blocking and…

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