Special highlights from EU decision making: Caged animals, vaccines, EU-UK, biodiversity, State aid, rule of law


This special briefing includes our latest observations regarding the politics behind EU policies on the following subjects:

NB: the Commission pays attention to the size of EP majorities not only when voting on legislation, but also when own-initiative reports are being passed in the preparatory stages, hence the Commission is likely to shape the actual upcoming legislative proposals in line with these political majorities to avoid complications. Continue Reading

Special highlights from EU decision making: Hydrogen, Vaccines, EU-China CAI, Turkey

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This special briefing includes our latest observations regarding the politics behind EU policies on the following subjects:

NB: the Commission pays attention to the size of EP majorities not only when voting on legislation, but also when own-initiative reports are being passed in the preparatory stages, hence the Commission is likely to shape the actual upcoming legislative proposals in line with these political majorities to avoid complications. Continue Reading

Special highlights from EU decision making: EU-UK trade, Covid-19 vaccines, Green Deal and Social Pillar


This special briefing includes our latest observations regarding the politics behind EU policies on the following subjects:

– Digitalisation of the EP

– EU-UK trade relations

– Patents of COVID-19 vaccines

– Green deal policies on soil degradation and maritime emissions (for premium subscribers only)

– EU Social Pillar: harmonisation of policies on children (for premium subscribers only)

NB: the Commission pays attention to the size of EP majorities not only when voting on legislation, but also when own-initiative reports are being passed in the preparatory stages, hence the Commission is likely to shape the actual upcoming legislative proposals in line with these political majorities to avoid complications. Continue Reading

Special highlights from EU decision making: EU-Serbia relations, Data protection & Ambient air quality

This briefing includes our latest observations regarding the politics behind EU policies on the following subjects:

– EU-Serbia relations

– Data Protection

– Ambient air quality (for premium subscribers only)


EU-Serbia relations

The accession of Serbia to the EU is having a hard time, as demonstrated by a wave of criticism injected in its yearly progress report. Continue Reading

Special highlights from EU decision making: Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) and corporate due diligence

This briefing includes our latest observations regarding the politics behind EU policies on the following subjects:

– Corporate due diligence

– Tax coordination

– Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (premium subscribers only)

– Fisheries policy (premium subscribers only)

– Sustainable Growth Strategy  (premium subscribers only)


Corporate due diligence

Latest EP voting sessions indicate that the pro-regulation camp is gaining ground in the European Parliament when it comes to implementing a mandatory and binding human rights due diligence framework across the whole value chain. Continue Reading

Special highlights from EU decision making: sustainable finance and Nord Stream 2 project

This briefing includes our latest observations regarding the politics behind EU policies on the following subjects:

– Sustainable finance

– European Deposit Insurance Scheme

– Nord Stream Pipeline

– EU relations with the Middle East countries

– Green public procurement (premium subscribers only)

– Carbon Capture Storage and Utilisation (premium subscribers only)

– Due diligence in the mineral industry (premium subscribers only)

– EU framework on minimum income (premium subscribers only)

Finance

Broad political support was confirmed in the EP for increasing the share of green bonds in the portfolio of the European Central Bank (ECB). Continue Reading

Winners and losers in the EP decision-making: climate, ETS, EU budget, development aid, Chile and sexual education

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During the last plenary session, MEPs gave the green light to the new von der Leyen’s Commission, as the eventful 2019 year comes close to an end. After a prolonged period of EU transition limbo, in 2020 the focus will shift back to the day-to-day legislative battles. Who are the future winners and losers of EU politics going to be? Continue Reading

Winners and losers in the EP decision-making: EU budget, herbicides, unemployment scheme and electoral interference

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Sylvie Goulard was not the only one to be defeated last week in the European Parliament. While the EPP and S&D were successful in their mission to break even with Macron’s group on the number of commissioners being rejected, the two traditional groups lost on other fronts.

The “good old grand coalition” EPP+S&D also joined forces to propose the set-up of a new special committee to investigate foreign electoral interference and disinformation in European elections. Continue Reading

How each MEP voted on Lagarde, Brexit backstop, US-Iran sanctions and Amazon fires

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While preparing for the upcoming hearings of the EU Commission nominees, MEPs cast their votes on some of the hottest topics on the EU agenda: the appointment of Christine Lagarde to succeed Mario Draghi at the ECB, the EU strategy on the Brexit negotiations, the US sanctions against Iran and the case of the Amazon fires.

While the mainstream forces (S&D, Renew Europe and EPP) managed to remain cohesive in backing Lagarde and the EU Brexit strategy, rifts among these groups were observed with regards to the EU position on US-Iran and the Amazon fires. Continue Reading