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By Marc de Werd, judge in the Amsterdam Court of Appeal and professor of European Justice (Maastricht University) Back to the drawing board   Much has already been written in the blogospere about the CJEU’s Opinion 2/13 on the draft accession agreement on the accession of the European Union to the European Convention for the… » read more

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In the recent news about Greece, there is one issue that keeps on resurfacing: trust. News reports will state that there is a ‘trust gap’ between Greece and the Troika, that creditors don’t trust Greece’s plans and the breakdown of the talks was ultimately caused by a lack of trust between the negotiating parties. In… » read more

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Renewed efforts by a small group of member states to take Council transparency forward.   by Maarten Hillebrandt   The embattled EU is currently dealing with issues within, beyond, and on its borders all at the same time. Within its borders, the fresh conservative government of prime minister Cameron has made its first steps to… » read more

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By ACELG’s P.J. Kuijper It is interesting to note that recent blogposts commenting on Case C-409/13 (Council v Commission) by Steve Peers and Laurens Ankersmit largely take the perspective of the Council and the intervening Member States by presenting this as a constraint upon or a curtailment of the Commission’s presumably unfettered right to withdraw… » read more

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  By Javier Solana and Steven Blockmans One of the EU’s so-called founding fathers, Jean Monnet, has taught Europeans that “Europe will be forged in crises, and will be the sum of the solutions adopted for those crises”. Multiple emergencies and rapidly evolving global trends have undermined the European Union’s role as a security actor… » 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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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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