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  • Europe: Foreign Direct Investment under Scrutiny

    Responding to recent calls from France, Germany and other Member States for stricter controls on foreign takeovers, Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, has proposed a new EU framework for the screening of foreign direct investment. Although the proposed Regulation comes in large part in reaction to the rise in Chinese investment into…

  • O CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN – JUNCKER’S STATE OF THE UNION

    Among EU observers, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union speech was highly anticipated and widely expected to be more visionary and personal than in previous years. The speech was indeed much more optimistic and forward looking; Juncker claimed that the EU now had the wind in its sails. In this snapshot, we…

  • Energy Union – On Track?

    The Energy Union has had an impressive start, with 12 legislative proposals in 2016 alone the European Commission means business. However, publishing proposals is one thing, getting the legislation adopted by the European Parliament and Member States is a much harder challenge. While the security of gas supply package was adopted relatively smoothly, it is…

  • The DSM @2: where now for tech in the EU?

      Spring 2017 marks two years since the launch of the Digital Single Market strategy – one of the flagship policy areas identified by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to bring much-needed jobs, economic growth, innovation and digital infrastructure to the EU. To mark the occasion, the Commission has published its DSM Mid Term Review…

  • What’s next for the EU? – The 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

    The European Union celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome on 25 March 2017. The Treaty of Rome is the bedrock of the longest period of peace the continent has ever experienced. Yet as leaders of the EU celebrate this achievement, multiple challenges lie ahead, ranging from populism, the refugee crisis, Brexit, geopolitical…

  • Will the grass be greener on the other side of 2017? Guide to this year’s EU agriculture policy

    2017 started with the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as policymakers seek to finalise a number of regulations affecting the environmental impact of agriculture. In addition to the big overhaul and greening of the CAP, the EU aims to curtail emissions from agriculture and land-use by concluding the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) and…

  • REFIT: what’s it all about?

    Everybody loves a good plumber. One who comes in, fixes a leak and leaves with a minimum of fuss. That is precisely what the European Commission’s REFIT programme is designed for: give anyone in Europe the opportunity to flag red tape in EU laws and get EU institutions to fix it. Well, that’s the theory.…

  • The e-commerce sector inquiry at a glance

    Earlier this month, the European Commission published the preliminary findings of its e-commerce sector inquiry launched in May 2015 as part of its Digital Single Market strategy. The objective of the sector inquiry was to obtain an understanding of the market and to gather evidence on potential barriers to competition linked to the growth of…

  • The new EU copyright rules – how to reconcile innovation and culture online

    Yesterday, the European Commission finally tabled its much awaited proposals for copyright reform. New technologies, changing consumer behaviour and new players have entered the creative industry, but it rules have remained largely unchanged. This proposal has set out to make the copyright rules fit for the digital age and businesses are already gearing up for what…

  • State of the Union – steadying the ship

    Brexit, economic sluggishness and the refugee crisis has dented the EU’s reputation over recent months both at home and abroad. These were the challenges confronting Jean-Claude Juncker – the President of the European Commission – as he contemplated his second annual ‘State of the Union’ speech, which he delivered today at the European Parliament in…

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