ACELG

Climate change is real. It is scientifically and politically accepted that greenhouse gas emissions by humans, primarily caused by the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation, contribute to warming the planet. The rising temperatures have far-reaching negative consequences, including rising sea levels, the increase of destructive weather events, such as most recently hurricane Sandy (Bloomberg… » read more

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The Commission’s Second Report concerning the application of the Directive on injunctions for the protection of consumers’ interest was recently published. While the publication of the report went rather unnoticed it does merit a short comment for the following reason. The report illustrates well how the Commission’s general policy is developing with regard to consumer… » read more

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Kosovo is the largest per capita recipient of European Union financial aid in the world, notes the European Court of Auditors in its recent Special Report on EULEX. In spite of this, the biggest and most expensive aid mission in the history of the European Union suffers from “lack of co-ordination between the EU and… » read more

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Dalligate tests the European Parliament’s oversight over the Commission. By Maarten Hillebrandt A few weeks ago, the European institutions were shaken by a series of events which, at first sight, could constitute the plot of an institutional thriller. On 16 October, after an investigation into allegations of corruption conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF),… » read more

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Last Friday, the Second Annual Conference of the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG) took place in the historic Trippenhuis building of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), not far from the Centre’s home in the heart of Amsterdam. The conference, entitled ‘A New Role for the EU in Economic… » read more

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William H. Riker once called federalism ‘the constitutionally assured potential for local government to disrupt’ (i). Disruptions of different (pre-) federal systems can certainly be witnessed currently in the European Union. Within a timeframe of less than two weeks three prominent European regions voiced their claims for (more) independence in suddenly very concrete terms. In… » read more

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A draft proposal from the Commission to amend Directives 2009/30/EC and 2009/28/EC seems to attest a radical change in the promotion of biofuels in the European market, one of the most controversial fields of EU policy. The draft, leaked earlier in September, aims to address the adverse effects on food prices and land-use change resulting… » read more

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