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Michèle Finck, University of Oxford Next month, voters in Luxembourg will have to participate in a referendum (voting is mandatory in Luxembourg) that raises three different questions, among which is the following: do you agree that those residents that are not Luxembourg nationals should be entitled to participate in national legislative elections under the condition… » read more

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by Maria Weimer This issue was discussed this week at a seminar organized by the Maastricht Centre for European Law in Maastricht. It refers to the recently agreed reform (see here) of the EU legal framework for the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which essentially gives  the Member States a legal basis to ban… » read more

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by Marija Bartl One of the issues on the agenda of the forthcoming workshop ‘Why TTIP? On its rationale, institutions and substantive areas”, taking place at the UVA on the 17th February 2015, are thedemocratic implications of TTIP’s regulatory cooperation framework. Alberto Alemmano, a visiting scholar of Access Europe and one of the most outspoken… » read more

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EU Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, has recently demanded improvements in the Commission’s practice of consulting Expert Groups. Among other things, the Ombudsman has demanded legally binding rules to improve transparency and a balanced composition of the Commission expert groups. This recent initiative is part of the Ombudsman’s ongoing investigation into the systemic issues of the Commission’s… » read more

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Thanks to Leonard Besselink for giving a fast, sensible and innovative approach to get the Union out of the quagmire created by the Court’s Opinion 2/13. He proposes an amending Protocol to the TEU, which will basically amend Article 6(2) of that Treaty by announcing that this accession will happen “notwithstanding” the Opinion of the… » read more

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Since the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon the passionate desire of the European Ombudsman and European Parliament is to create a regulation for administrative procedures for all European institutions. Unfortunately the legal basis for such a proposal is far from solid. By Pieter van der Ploeg Currently, rules on administrative procedures for… » read more