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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…

  • 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…

  • AVMSD – Take two please

    In some ways, Europe’s policy making industry is not far removed from Hollywood’s film studios: the long gestation period; the power play between the big cheeses; and for all the talk of block-busters, the conveyor belt often churns out a lower common denominator product which people wished had never seen the light of day. Many…

  • 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…

  • UN Sustainable Development Goals – a new role for business?

    One year after the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) the European Commission unveiled its Communication on the next steps for a sustainable European future: European action for sustainability. It maps EU’s policies that contribute to the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and launches a reference indicator framework to measure…

  • It’s the end of trade policy as we know it

    By John Clancy, Senior Advisor and former EU Trade spokesperson (2010-2014) There were sighs of relief among EU officials Sunday as the EU-Canada trade deal known as CETA was finally signed by visiting Canadian premier Justin Trudeau and his EU counterparts. Enormous credit should go to the EU’s chief negotiator Mauro Petriccione who has tirelessly…

  • May must go it alone at first EU meeting in the hot seat

    This blog is published on The Times website. Theresa May will find herself seated between the prime ministers of Malta and Estonia at her first summit of EU leaders this afternoon. She won’t be sitting there for long. EU tradition dictates that every six months leaders shift one place to their left, reflecting the bloc’s…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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