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  • 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…

  • It’s the end of trade policy as we know it (or is it?)

    It’s very easy to be extremely pessimistic about Europe’s trade policy these days. From the outside, it would seem to lurch from crisis to crisis. Timing is everything in politics and one has to wonder why on earth the European Commission chose to put the spotlight on the EU-Canada (CETA) deal just days after the…

  • Strasbourg Diary #1 – Listening to the heart of EU’s democracy as terror shut the EU capital down

                      Travelling to Strasbourg for this week’s European Parliament Plenary session felt like a mission. With Brussels under lockdown for the whole weekend and the state of emergency extended, no one really knew what to expect when leaving the security of ones home. Metros shut, schools and…

  • EU drones are taking off

    The European Parliament has adopted a non-binding report on the safe use of drones in civil aviation. Drafted by MEP Jacqueline Foster (ECR, UK), the report highlights that a clear European legal framework is required in order to ensure the development of the European drone sector. Today Europe is the leader in civilian drone operations,…

  • Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: time for business to take a leadership role

    Over the past few months, the debate about the passage of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has rapidly intensified. Originally conceived as a free trade deal designed to remove artificial barriers between the economies of the European Union and the United States, the debate on the policy has been plagued by misinformation and…

  • The TTIP vote – high noon in the European Parliament

    Rumour has it that MEPs are complaining of boredom due to a lack of dossiers on their desks – this is certainly not the case for Bernd Lange, Chair of the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee and Rapporteur for its TTIP report. The German MEP’s office faced an impressive challenge in recent weeks as they…

  • How to avoid slipping back to the ‘pre-penicillin era’

     This week the European Parliament adopted its own-initiative Report on Safer Healthcare in Europe: Improving Patient Safety and Fighting Antimicrobial Resistance. With this report MEPs are pointing to a looming global health crisis which requires urgent action on many fronts. In our latest snapshot Kyra Obolensky and Darren Kinsella from FTI Consulting’s healthcare team say…

  • The Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy

    Announcing the DSM strategy in Brussels on 6 May, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, together with Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society Günther Oettinger, have outlined their strategy for 2015-2016. It is a highly ambitious roadmap which is likely to have a major impact across the EU and beyond, not just…

  • The European Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy: Focused. Ambitious. Effective?

    FTI hosts event captivating initial reactions to the Commission’s announcement One day after the Commission announced the Digital Single Market Strategy, FTI Consulting invited three speakers from the European Commission, European Parliament and the tech industry to debate the key challenges and opportunities the DSM faces. Having taken a leading role in drafting the DSM strategy…

  • Super-Juncker or Junck-Man?

    It’s been a very lively year for the Juncker Commission and the final highlight came this week when the Commission Work Programme was presented this Tuesday.   Juncker has promised to do things very differently to previous Commissions, making the Work Programme highly anticipated. In the end, the withdrawal or rather delay of the air…

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