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A U.K. criminal offence: “Failure to prevent human rights abuses”?

The Joint Committee on Human Rights – comprised of members of both Houses – has published a report calling on the U.K. government to take significant further steps to improve corporate human rights practices, including criminalising “failure to prevent human rights abuses”. The Committee acknowledges that the U.K. Government’s introduction of reporting requirements under the … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – April 7, 2017

Summary Next week will be a committee week in the European Parliament.  There will be a number of interesting discussions in committee and public hearings. On Tuesday, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (“ENVI”) will vote on a its own-initiative draft report on resource efficiency: reducing food waste, improving food safety.  … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – March 31, 2017

Summary Next week will be an interesting plenary in Strasbourg with a mixture of votes on various long-awaited topics. On Monday, the Parliament will debate a draft report prepared by the Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (“ENVI”) on palm oil and the deforestation of rain forests.  The draft report seeks … Continue Reading

Brexit And Its Implications

Sebastian Vos, a Partner and co-chair of the firm’s global Public Policy and Government Affairs Practice, appeared on CNBC this morning (CET) to discuss Brexit and its implications.  He outlined the likely timeline for the next two years and key players in the negotiations. Mr. Vos discussed the likely pressures, positioning and messaging around the … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament

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, the plenary will vote on a text on long-term shareholder engagement in corporate governance. The European Parliament had previously adopted, with 556 votes to 67, amendments to … Continue Reading

EU Policy Update

Brexit, the EU’s Response, and U.S.-EU relations On February 8, the UK House of Commons approved by 494 votes to 122 the British Government’s Brexit legislation – the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (see here).  This legislation, proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May, would give her Government the power to trigger the UK’s exit … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – February 24, 2017

Summary Next week will be very busy in the European Parliament as it is a committee week. On Monday, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (“ENVI”) will consider amendments on a proposal for a Regulation on the binding annual greenhouse gas emission reductions. The Regulation, dubbed the “Effort Sharing Regulation”, seeks … Continue Reading

Proposal to Amend EU Comitology Rules: Stretching the Limits of the Precautionary Principle

The European Commission has presented a proposal to amend the EU’s examination comitology procedure with the aim of forcing Member States to vote and take responsibility in the adoption of controversial decisions mostly affecting health and the environment, such as pesticides, GMOs, and chemicals.  If adopted, the proposed amendments are likely to result in an … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – February 17, 2017

Summary Next week is constituency week for Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”). MEPs will go back to their home countries to handle national issues, or convene in their parliamentary delegations to work on matters related to non-EU Member States. This week was, however, important as many significant initiatives were adopted by the Parliament. On … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – February 10, 2017

Summary Next week, there will be a plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Several significant debates and votes will take place, in addition to various committee meetings. On Monday, the plenary will debate a draft report on a proposal for a directive regarding enhancing cost-effective emission reductions and low-carbon investments. This debate … Continue Reading

EU Policy Update

Brexit and the EU’s Response On January 17, in a speech in Lancaster House to the British diplomatic corps, Prime Minister Theresa May presented her “plan for Britain”, which includes 12 “priorities” the UK government will defend in the Brexit negotiations.  The text of the speech can be found here. May’s highly-anticipated speech came ahead … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – February 3, 2017

Summary Next week is a committee and political group week.  Political groups will meet to prepare the plenary session, scheduled for February 13 to 16, 2017.  A few interesting committee meetings will take place. On Monday, the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (“ECON”), will organize a workshop on EU energy independence, security of supply … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – January 27, 2017

Summary Next week will be an interesting week in the European Parliament, with a mixture of committee meetings, and plenary sessions. The Parliament will address energy, chemicals, food and drugs, and the constitutional relationship between the United Kingdom and Scotland and Gibraltar respectively. On Monday, the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (“AFCO”) will invite representatives of … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament

Summary On Tuesday, January 17, EU MEPs elected the European Christian Democrat Antonio Tajani (EPP, Italy), as new President of the European Parliament. Mr. Tajani will remain in office for two and a half years. See all new nominations (including Vice-Presidents and Quaestors) here. This week will be very busy in the European Parliament as … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – January 13, 2017

Summary Next week is an important plenary in Strasbourg, as Member of the European Parliaments (“MEPs”) will elect their future President, Vice-Presidents, and Quaestors. New elected officials will remain in office for two and a half years. Though the official list of candidates running for the Presidency will only be announced on Monday, a number … Continue Reading

EU Policy Update

Brexit, the EU’s Response, and a Focus on Defense On December 15, at the end of their traditional end of the year European Council, the 27 “remaining” EU heads of state or government had a short meeting, without Theresa May, to set out how the EU will handle the Brexit process once the UK has notified … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament

Summary Next week is a constituency week for Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”). MEPs will go back to their home country to deal with national issues, or in their parliamentary delegations to work on non-EU countries-related matters. This week was, however, important as many initiatives were adopted by the Parliament. On Tuesday, December 13, … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – December 9, 2016

Summary Strasbourg will be vibrant next week, as it hosts the European Parliament’s plenary session, during which major positions are expected to be adopted. On Tuesday, the achievements of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU will be subject to a debate among the political group leaders, the Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, and … Continue Reading
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