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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Shale gas hasn’t gone away

    Europe still needs pragmatic solutions to its critical energy challenges. Europe’s Energy Union Strategy shapes the EU’s approach to climate and energy policy. Its intentions are clear:  to provide a framework to address an increasingly turbulent and rapidly evolving geopolitical landscape at a time when our own indigenous resources are declining.  In short, seeking to…

  • Indecisive Ireland

    The mist is clearing and the shape of the new political landscape is emerging following the most inconclusive general election in Ireland’s history. While counting is still ongoing three days later – thanks to Ireland’s single transferrable vote form of proportional representation – and the final exact numbers are not yet in, it is clear…

  • FTI Consulting EU 2016 Outlook

    The EU is going through something of an existential crisis and 2016 will arguably be the most critical year in its history. Challenges range from refugees and migration to the Brexit referendum and growing anti-EU sentiment and populism in many member states. At the same issues like tax, the Digital Single Market, the circular economy…

  • EU Energy Security 2.0

    Taking its first step towards the delivery of the Energy Union, on Tuesday 16th February, the European Commission (EC) presented its Energy Security Package. With the aim of bolstering security of supply, the package sets out a wide range of measures to strengthen the European Union’s (EU’s) resilience to gas supply disruptions and takes yet…

  • 2016 – A year of big change for asset managers and the financial community in Europe

    2016 will be a busy year for financial services in Brussels thanks to the amount of legislation currently under scrutiny and the number of amendments to regulations affecting the financial services sector that are being considered. With the implementation of MiFID II (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive) including the possible postponement by a year of its application, and with…

  • Strasbourg Diary #4: part 2 – Besides Brexit…

    …there were other items on the Strasbourg agenda too! Here are a few quick summaries on the other key discussions that took place in Strasbourg. Anti-Tax Avoidance Package Tuesday: The European Parliament held a lively debate on the long awaited Anti-Tax Avoidance Package (ATAP) that the European Commission presented last week. The package, the Commission’s…

  • 2016 Energy Outlook

    2016 will be a critical year for energy policy in the EU and beyond. Most of the initiatives to be adopted as part of the EU’s Energy Union Strategy will happen this year and, finally, the EU legislature will have proposals to work on. The successful COP21 and resulting Paris agreement are yet to be…

  • Strasbourg Diary #3 – 2016: Time for action

    Anyone that lives and breathes the Brussels bubble will be all too familiar with the enduring phrase, “2016: the EU year of delivery.” It’s the year we’ve all been waiting for. The year of legislative action with proposals expected on heavyweight topics e.g. review of the Telecoms regulation and the EU gas package. 2015 ended…

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