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Posted on 22-06-2017

The Brexit negotiations: Issues for the first phase

22-06-2017

Negotiations on the arrangements for the UK's withdrawal from the EU started on 19 June 2017. The European Commission is negotiating on behalf of the EU, on the basis of the European Council guidelines and the mandate given to it by the Council. The European Parliament, for its part, has laid down key principles and conditions for its approval of a UK withdrawal agreement. Three key priorities are set to dominate the first phase of the negotiations (with the future relationship between the EU and ...

Negotiations on the arrangements for the UK's withdrawal from the EU started on 19 June 2017. The European Commission is negotiating on behalf of the EU, on the basis of the European Council guidelines and the mandate given to it by the Council. The European Parliament, for its part, has laid down key principles and conditions for its approval of a UK withdrawal agreement. Three key priorities are set to dominate the first phase of the negotiations (with the future relationship between the EU and the UK being left to a second phase). These are: citizens' rights for EU-27 citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU-27; the settlement of the UK's financial obligations; and ensuring the Northern Ireland peace process is not compromised. This paper looks at the EU negotiating position and the major issues raised under those three priorities to date.

Greece's financial assistance programme (June 2017)

22-06-2017

This briefing provides an overview of the economic situation in Greece and the main elements of the third financial assistance programme. This briefing is regularly updated (this version replaces the version published on 10 March 2017).

This briefing provides an overview of the economic situation in Greece and the main elements of the third financial assistance programme. This briefing is regularly updated (this version replaces the version published on 10 March 2017).

Posted on 21-06-2017

Democratic accountability of Council's budget - Council executive powers

21-06-2017

This in-depth analysis introduces the challenges that have been faced in delivering a discharge of the Council’s budget over the last decade, with particular regard to the Council’s executive activities. It analyses the institutional and legal constraints, and it makes a number of recommendations for how to achieve more accountability regarding the Council’s budget and executive expenditure without resorting to treaty reform.

This in-depth analysis introduces the challenges that have been faced in delivering a discharge of the Council’s budget over the last decade, with particular regard to the Council’s executive activities. It analyses the institutional and legal constraints, and it makes a number of recommendations for how to achieve more accountability regarding the Council’s budget and executive expenditure without resorting to treaty reform.

External author

CEPS: Dr Giacomo Benedetto (Jean Monnet Chair, Royal Holloway, University of London) ; Dr David Rinaldi (Research Fellow, CEPS & Maîtres de conférences, ULB 0Institute for European Studies) ; Dr Hartmut Aden (Professor, Berlin School of Economics and Law)

Posted on 19-06-2017

Economic Dialogue and Exchange of Views with the President of the Council (ECOFIN) - ECON on 19 June 2017

19-06-2017

Edward Scicluna, Minister of Finance of Malta, is participating in the ECON Committee as current President of the ECOFIN Council during the Maltese Presidency (January - June 2017). According to the Treaty of the Union “Member States shall regard their economic policies as a matter of common concern and shall coordinate them within the Council”. This briefing reviews recent developments with regard to Economic Governance issues, including activities in the context of the European Semester, as well ...

Edward Scicluna, Minister of Finance of Malta, is participating in the ECON Committee as current President of the ECOFIN Council during the Maltese Presidency (January - June 2017). According to the Treaty of the Union “Member States shall regard their economic policies as a matter of common concern and shall coordinate them within the Council”. This briefing reviews recent developments with regard to Economic Governance issues, including activities in the context of the European Semester, as well as the latest developments in completing the Banking Union.

Posted on 16-06-2017

La coopération décentralisée dans le contexte de l’Agenda 2030

16-06-2017

La coopération entre les collectivités infranationales est un outil potentiellement puissant pour la mise en œuvre locale et l’appropriation par les citoyens de l’Agenda 2030. Sans une application à tous niveaux, ce programme à la fois ambitieux dans ses objectifs et universel dans sa portée risque de rester lettre morte.

La coopération entre les collectivités infranationales est un outil potentiellement puissant pour la mise en œuvre locale et l’appropriation par les citoyens de l’Agenda 2030. Sans une application à tous niveaux, ce programme à la fois ambitieux dans ses objectifs et universel dans sa portée risque de rester lettre morte.

Posted on 15-06-2017

From arbitration to the investment court system (ICS): The evolution of CETA rules

15-06-2017

After a public consultation on proposed reforms to investment protection and the investor-dispute settlement framework of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the United States of America, the European Parliament requested the replacement of the traditional arbitration framework with a new court system. The European Commission and Canada subsequently renegotiated the relevant provisions of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) to establish a new investment ...

After a public consultation on proposed reforms to investment protection and the investor-dispute settlement framework of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the United States of America, the European Parliament requested the replacement of the traditional arbitration framework with a new court system. The European Commission and Canada subsequently renegotiated the relevant provisions of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) to establish a new investment court system (ICS). The ICS departs substantially from the arbitration model, in particular on the appointment of judges. Procedurally the ICS remains similar to treaty-based arbitration proceedings and retains all the innovations introduced in the early draft of CETA. Those innovations aim, among other things, to prevent ‘forum shopping’ and abuse of the system. Some of the innovations introduced will require further decisions in CETA’s established Committees, such as on the code of conduct and decisions on appellate body judges. Some concerns raised regarding the basis for differences between ISDS and domestic court systems persist in the ICS context. These relate both to the different treatment between foreign and domestic investors, and to uncertainty regarding the compatibility of the ICS system with the principle of autonomy of the EU legal order. On this last point, however, the ICS framework can be distinguished for various reasons from past opinions on the European and Community Patent Court and the EU’s accession to the European Convention on Human Rights.

2017 Country Specific Recommendations: A comparison of the Commission and Council recommendations (the ‘comply or explain’ principle)

15-06-2017

The document compares the draft 2017 Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) proposed by the Commission on 22 May 2017 with the 2017 CSRs agreed on the Council Committee level (documents dated 12 June 2017) and submitted to the Council (ECOFIN) for approval on 16 June 2017. These CSRs are to be generally endorsed by the European Council on 22 23 June 2017 and formally adopted by the Council (ECOFIN) on 11 July 2017.

The document compares the draft 2017 Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) proposed by the Commission on 22 May 2017 with the 2017 CSRs agreed on the Council Committee level (documents dated 12 June 2017) and submitted to the Council (ECOFIN) for approval on 16 June 2017. These CSRs are to be generally endorsed by the European Council on 22 23 June 2017 and formally adopted by the Council (ECOFIN) on 11 July 2017.

Posted on 14-06-2017

Member States with Excessive Macroeconomic Imbalances

14-06-2017

This note provides some information on the six Member States that are experiencing excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the context of the Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure. Separate notes describe the state of play of the MIP implementation and the MIP procedure.

This note provides some information on the six Member States that are experiencing excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the context of the Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure. Separate notes describe the state of play of the MIP implementation and the MIP procedure.

Posted on 13-06-2017

European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR): Regulation of OTC derivatives in the European Union

13-06-2017

‘Derivatives’, ‘central counterparties’ and ‘trade repositories’. What are they and how are they inter-related? Why was regulation necessary, and how does the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) regulate? This paper places these elements in context and provides an introduction to the subject of over-the-counter derivatives, as well as the developments that led to the Commission's proposals for revision of the legislation in 2017.

‘Derivatives’, ‘central counterparties’ and ‘trade repositories’. What are they and how are they inter-related? Why was regulation necessary, and how does the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) regulate? This paper places these elements in context and provides an introduction to the subject of over-the-counter derivatives, as well as the developments that led to the Commission's proposals for revision of the legislation in 2017.

Posted on 12-06-2017

Politique européenne en faveur des personnes handicapées: De la définition du handicap à la mise en œuvre d’une stratégie

12-06-2017

Le handicap touche plus de 70 millions de personnes dans l’Union européenne, soit près d’une personne sur six. Parmi elles, beaucoup rencontrent des difficultés pour accomplir les simples tâches du quotidien, poursuivre des études ou obtenir un emploi. C’est pourquoi, à côté et en soutien des politiques des États membres, l’Union européenne s’est engagée à lutter contre toute forme de discrimination que peut notamment engendrer un handicap.

Le handicap touche plus de 70 millions de personnes dans l’Union européenne, soit près d’une personne sur six. Parmi elles, beaucoup rencontrent des difficultés pour accomplir les simples tâches du quotidien, poursuivre des études ou obtenir un emploi. C’est pourquoi, à côté et en soutien des politiques des États membres, l’Union européenne s’est engagée à lutter contre toute forme de discrimination que peut notamment engendrer un handicap.

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