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The June 28 European Council: Four Challenges to EU Solidarity

Transatlantic trade tensions, the Brexit negotiations, migration, and Eurozone reform will dominate the June 28 European Council. Each of these issues are potentially divisive, and the leaders know that a new dose of solidarity will be needed to address them properly. They also know that next year will see additional challenges to the cohesion and … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – June 15, 2018

Summary Next week is a Committee week in the European Parliament (“EP”).  The week will see many votes, debates and committee meetings. On Monday, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) from the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (“ECON”) will hold a number of important votes.  Inter alia, the Committee will vote on the proposed … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – June 8, 2018

Summary Next week is plenary week in Strasbourg, France.  A number of important votes, committee meetings and debates will take place.  In addition, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will visit the Parliament on Wednesday to discuss the future of Europe with Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. During Monday’s plenary … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – June 1, 2018

Summary After this week’s plenary in Strasbourg, the upcoming week will see the Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) gather in Brussels for a committee and political group week.  Next week also marks the 30th anniversary for the European Parliament’s annual Sakharov Prize, awarded to individuals or groups who have made an exceptional contribution to … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – May 25, 2018

Summary The coming week will see the European Parliament hold a plenary setting in Strasbourg, France.  Besides important votes, debates and committee meetings, this week will see visits from two Presidents and a Prime Minister. The first session on Monday focuses on fisheries.  Members of European Parliament (“MEPs”) will debate the multi-annual plan for demersal … Continue Reading

The Commission’s Proposal on Health Technology Assessment – Will the EU Member States Accept its Mandatory Provisions?

Introduction Health technology assessment (“HTA”) is a multidisciplinary assessment process that seeks to evaluate the added therapeutic value of health technologies (i.e., drugs, certain medical devices, medical treatments including surgical procedures, and measures for disease prevention and diagnosis) based on both clinical and non-clinical elements.  Until now, HTA has strictly fallen in the purview of … Continue Reading

Encryption Policy Issues in the EU

In light of increasing discussion about the public policy implications of encryption, opinions among EU Member States on how best to tackle the issue are split.  Certain Member States, such as the UK, have repeatedly called for uninhibited access by national authorities to encrypted messages for national security purposes.  Others recognize the legitimate security interests … Continue Reading

EU Policy Update for Q1 2018 – Budgets and Upcoming EU Elections, Steel and Aluminum Tariffs, a “Digital Tax” proposal, and Brexit

Four major issues dominated the EU agenda in the first quarter of 2018: institutional adaptations in view of next year’s elections and appointments; a threat by the United States to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium; a proposal for a tax on technology companies; and the beginning of the second phase of the … Continue Reading

Competing in Africa: China, the European Union, and the United States

Given recent developments in the global economy, especially Brexit and the Trump administration’s “America First” policy, it is worth assessing how Africa’s three largest commercial partners—China, the European Union, and the United States—are likely to impact the region in the near future as it relates to trade and investment trends. The China-in-Africa story may be … Continue Reading

EU Releases e-Evidence Proposal for Cross-Border Data Access

On April 17, 2018, the European Commission published the e-Evidence Initiative, long-awaited legislation that would create a new framework for European Union (“EU”) Member States to access content data and metadata (collectively “e-evidence”) across national borders.  The European Commission released the proposal less than one month after the United States created its own framework governing … Continue Reading

House of Lords Select Committee publishes report on the future of AI in the UK

Reflecting evidence from 280 witnesses from the government, academia and industry, and nine months of investigation, the UK House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence published its report “AI in the UK: ready, willing and able?” on April 16, 2018 (the Report). The Report considers the future of AI in the UK, from perceived … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – April 27, 2018

Summary Due to the bank holidays, next week will be a relatively calm week in the European Parliament.  However, there will be a mini plenary session and one committee meeting. On Wednesday, Members of Parliament (“MEPs”) will debate various topics, including the Post-2020 budget proposal.  On March 14, MEPs adopted a resolution in which they … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – April 20, 2018

Summary Next week will be a committee week in the European Parliament. Interesting votes, discussions and events will take place. On Tuesday, the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (“INTA”) will debate the draft parliamentary report on the Commission’s proposal for macro-financial assistance to Ukraine.  The Commission proposes that the EU provide additional financial assistance … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – April 13, 2018

Summary Next week, there will be a plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Several significant debates, votes and committee meetings will take place. On Monday, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will debate a report by Norbert Lins MEP (DE, EPP) on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – March 23, 2018

Summary Next week is a committee week in the European Parliament. Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) are expected to discuss and vote on a number of interesting files before they leave Brussels for a short Easter break. On Monday, the European Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee (“CONT”) and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – March 16, 2018

Summary Next week will be very busy in the European Parliament, as it is a committee week. On Tuesday, the Committee on Transport and Tourism (“TRAN”) will vote on a draft report by Markus Pieper (DE, EPP) on safeguarding competition in air transport. The proposed measures would protect European airlines against unfair competition practices adopted … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – March 9, 2018

Summary Next week, there will be a plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Several significant debates, votes and committee meetings will take place. On Tuesday, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will vote on a report on cross-border parcel delivery prices. Under the new proposed legislation, part of the e-commerce package, cross-border … Continue Reading
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