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The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  January 17, 2020

Summary Next week, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will meet in Brussels for Committee Meetings.  Several interesting debates, hearings and votes are scheduled to take place. On Thursday, the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (“AFCO”) will vote on a recommendation to the European Parliament to consent to the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement (also known as the … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  January 10, 2020

Summary Next week, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will travel to Strasbourg for plenary session.  Several interesting debates and votes are scheduled to take place. On Tuesday, the High Representative of the Union and Vice-President of the Commission Joseph Borrell, who has been in office since December 1, 2019, will make a statement regarding the … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  December 13, 2019

Summary Next week, the Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will travel to Strasbourg for plenary sessions.  This will be the last week of the European Parliament before they recess for the Christmas holidays.  They will return on January 6, 2020. On Monday, MEPs will debate fair taxation in a digitalised and global economy.  In … Continue Reading

New Challenges for European Defense

Two days before NATO celebrated its seventieth anniversary in Watford, close to London on December 3–4, Ursula Von Der Leyen started her 5 years as president of the European Commission. She had announced that her Commission would be ‘geopolitical’, and appointed a commissioner, the French Thierry Breton, to deal with ‘Defense Industry and Space’, among … Continue Reading

Advanced Competition Law Conference Brussels – Joint Presentation on Recent EU Cartel Enforcement

On 27 November, Johan Ysewyn and Annemarie ter Heegde (DG COMP) presented the highlights of recent EU cartel enforcement in their annual presentation at the Advanced EU Competition Law Conference in Brussels. They covered the developments in the traditional three pillars of enforcement, policy and court review. In terms of enforcement, the European Commission ( … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  December 6, 2019

Summary Next week will be a mixed week in the European Parliament.  Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will meet in Brussels for political group meetings, several committee meetings, and a plenary session on Wednesday. On Wednesday, during this plenary session, Executive (First) Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans will present his ambitions for … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  November 29, 2019

Summary Next week will be a Committee week in the European Parliament.  Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Brussels to participate in debates and votes. On Monday, the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (“ECON”) will have its first monetary dialogue with the new President of the European Central Bank (“ECB”), Christine … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  November 15, 2019

Summary Next week is a committee and political group week in the European Parliament. Only a few committee meetings are scheduled, as Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will spend the majority of their time with their political groups, preparing for the plenary week in Strasbourg on November 25-28. That week will be important, as … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  October 18, 2019

Summary Next week, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Strasbourg for plenary sessions.  Important debates and votes are scheduled to take place. What won’t take place next week is a vote to confirm the next European Commission.  A spokesman of the Parliament indicated that the vote will be delayed after three Commissioners-designate … Continue Reading

U.S. and U.K. Sign CLOUD Act Agreement

On October 3, 2019, the United States and United Kingdom signed an agreement on cross-border law enforcement demands for data from service providers (“Agreement”). The Agreement is the first bilateral agreement to be entered under the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act. It obligates each Party to remove barriers in their domestic laws … Continue Reading

United States and European Union Impose Additional Sanctions in Response to Actions by Turkish Government

Introduction On October 14, 2019, President Trump issued an Executive Order Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Syria. This Order provides authority for the imposition of sanctions (including secondary sanctions) on certain entities and individuals in response to Turkey’s military operations in Syria, which the Order states endanger … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  October 4, 2019

Summary Next week, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Brussels for committee meetings and mini-Plenary sessions.  Several interesting debates and hearings are set to take place. On Monday, the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (“AFCO”) and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs (“LIBE) will have a hearing with Commissioner-designate Vĕra … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  September 27, 2019

Summary Next week, the European Parliament will conduct the hearings of the Commissioners-designate and a hearing on Search and Rescue operations in the Mediterranean.  The Budgets Committee is set to adopt its position on the annual EU budget for 2020. Throughout the week, the Commissioners-designate will answer questions from Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  September 20, 2019

Summary Next week, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Brussels for committee meetings.  Several interesting debates and hearings are scheduled to take place. On Monday, the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (“ECON”) will have their final “monetary dialogue” with Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank.  They will interrogate Mario … Continue Reading

The New European Commission 2019-2024

On September 10, Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission, presented her new team. If approved by the European Parliament, they will take over from the Juncker Commission on November 1, 2019. This blog outlines the proposed structure of the new Commission, each Commissioner’s portfolio, and the key regulatory priorities that the President … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament

Summary Next week, the European Parliament’s agenda includes debates on the Amazon forest fires, plant patents, and EU aid for the 2018 floods.  MEPs will also discuss political upheavals worldwide, with discussions scheduled on Brexit, foreign electoral interference, and the latest developments in Hong Kong.  Tying it all together is the expected finalization of Christine … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  September 06, 2019

Summary Next week will be a short week in the European Parliament.  Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Brussels for Parliamentary committee meetings and political group meetings. On Tuesday, the President-elect of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will present her new College of Commissioners and MEPs are expected to react.  … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  August 30, 2019

Summary Next week, the Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will return to Brussels from recess to hold Committee Meetings.  Several interesting debates and votes are set to take place. On Tuesday, the Committee on International Trade (“INTA”) will have an exchange of views with the Director General for Trade, Sabine Weyand. She has been … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  July 19, 2019

Summary Next week, the Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Brussels for the final week of committee meetings before the summer recess.  A number of hearings and debates are scheduled to take place. On Tuesday, the Committee on International Trade (“INTA”) will have an exchange of views with Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  July 5, 2019

Summary Next week, the Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will meet in Brussels to hold the constitutive meetings of the Parliamentary committees, and appoint the committee’s chairs and vice-chairs.  Meanwhile, political groups will prepare for the plenary meeting that will take place the week after, during which they will discuss Von der Leyen as … Continue Reading
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