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Brexit and Elections in the UK and France The legislative elections in the UK on June 8 resulted in what few observers expected: Theresa May, who was hoping to increase her majority in the house of Commons, instead lost it.  In order to ensure a majority for the confidence vote in her new minority government, … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – June 30, 2017

Summary Next week Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Strasbourg for the last plenary sitting before the Summer break. Interesting votes and debates will take place. On Tuesday, MEPs will vote on the own-initiative report voted in the Parliament’s Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (“IMCO”) on European Standards.  The … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – June 9, 2017

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, the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (“ECON”) and the Committee on Legal Affairs (“JURI”) will jointly vote on an opinion regarding the taxation of multinationals conducting … Continue Reading

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Elections in Europe, Brexit, and a Presidential Visit On June 7th, 2017, the UK went to the polls in a “snap” general election called by the Prime Minister, Theresa May.  The outcome was inconclusive, a “hung Parliament” with no single party holding a majority of the seats. The Conservative Party holds the largest number of … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – May 12, 2017

Summary Next week will be plenary week in Strasbourg, with a few committee meetings. On Monday, the Committee on Regional Development (“REGI”) will introduce its report on “FinTech: the influence of technology on the future of the financial sector” to the plenary, for debate.  The report highlights the development of FinTech in the recent years, … Continue Reading

EU Policy Update

Brexit and European Elections On Tuesday, April 18, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May announced that she was calling a snap general election on June 8.  She explained that divisions in Westminster over Brexit had made an early vote unavoidable: “The country is coming together, but Westminster is not,” she told reporters outside 10 Downing Street.  … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – April 28, 2017

Summary This week was a committee week and a mini-plenary in the European Parliament, during which some interesting votes took place. On Tuesday, the European Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee (“CULT”) passed its report on the draft for a revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive proposed by the European Commission in May 2016.  While some have … Continue Reading

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
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