Internal EU politics

Internal EU politics

ECJ gives Commission exclusive power to sign copyright pact under the EU’s commercial policy

This week, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) opined that the EU is exclusively competent to conclude the 2009 Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled.   Though the matter of the treaty itself is non commercial, the court ruled …

CETA Internal EU politics

CETA vote divides Dutch, Polish, Belgian mainstream MEPs

Data on the European Parliament’s vote consenting to the Comprehensive Economic and Partnership Agreement with Canada released today reveal emerging new fractures in Europe’s political groups as pro-trade mainstream parties saw a rise in votes against the pact.     The vote on CETA held in Strasbourg on Wednesday (15 February 2017) wielded less …

EXCLUSIVE – Beyond the Wallonian veto: sixty academics out to defend European democracy in trade
Internal EU politics

EXCLUSIVE – Beyond the Wallonian veto: sixty academics out to defend European democracy in trade

After the near-death experience of CETA, the controversial trade agreement with Canada that was almost toppled by the regional Belgian government of Wallonia, a group of academics has come out to defend the European democratic decision making process in trade policy.   “The other side of the academic argument needed to be made”. That’s …

Maurel: People need to be convinced trade policy is a positive vehicle for change
Disputes & TDI Internal EU politics

Maurel: People need to be convinced trade policy is a positive vehicle for change

Emmanuel Maurel is the French MEP (S&D) who orchestrated a ‘counter-consultation’ on granting China market economy status in antidumping to protest against a similar initiative led by the Commission in 2016. He was also the EP’s rapporteur on the recent project of macro-financial assistance for Jordan to help the country …