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The EU-UK withdrawal agreement: Progress to date and remaining difficulties

With less than one year to go before the planned Brexit date of 30 March 2019, talks are continuing as regards the terms of the United Kingdom’s (UK) withdrawal from the European Union (EU). Continue reading

European Council: Facts and Figures

The European Council is one of the most important European Institutions and receives a lot of media attention when it meets. However, many aspects of this institution are less well known, and citizens ask themselves who are the Members of the European Council, since when does the European Council exist and how did its role evolve and the number and type of participants change over time. Continue reading

Brexit negotiations [What Think Tanks are thinking]

European Union officials have warned the United Kingdom that time is running out if definitive agreement on the country’s withdrawal from the Union is to be reached by this autumn. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May is struggling to keep her Cabinet and Conservative Party united as the focus of negotiations has shifted to the future customs regime and the accompanying, highly sensitive, issue of the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Continue reading

Activity of the European Council

Written by Giulio Sabbati (in collaboration with European Council Oversight Unit) This infographic aims to present the work of the European Council, based on an analysis of the conclusions of its meetings. It focuses on the period under its first permanent President, Herman Van Rompuy, from December 2009 to November 2014, since the Lisbon Treaty … Continue reading

What an extraordinary year for the EU: EPRS-EUI conference on 2014

Written by Marcin Cesluk-Grajewski The European Union has undergone major changes in 2014, which bodes well for its ability to regain citizens’ trust and put behind the economic crisis. The EU’s institution have grown stronger, but they need to play their cards well to stem the tide of radical euro-scepticism,  academics and politicians told a … Continue reading

Changed rules for qualified majority voting in the Council of the EU

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva and Conall Devaney From 1 November 2014, decisions in the Council of the EU (Council of Ministers) requiring a ‘qualified majority’ are adopted by means of the new ‘double majority’. The change lowers the threshold required for adoption by Council, and is intended to increase the speed and efficiency of Council … Continue reading

EP-EUI conference to examine importance of 2014 for the EU

Written by Marcin Cesluk-Grajewski 2014 is certain to feature prominently in the history of European Union institutions. For the first time, EU citizens could influence who became president of the European Commission by voting in the European elections for a candidate from a particular political group. Will this become a precedent? Will it move the EU … Continue reading

Appointment of the Commission: Parliament’s role before 1995

Written by Alexandra Devantier In September 2014, the Commissioners-designate for the Juncker Commission will be required to appear before the European Parliament’s committees as part of the procedure for the approval of the European Commission. This will be the fifth set of hearings to be held since 1995. But what about the Commissions prior to … Continue reading

Parliamentary hearings of the Commissioners-designate: A decisive step in the investiture process

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva French version: Les auditions parlementaires des commissaires désignés – Une étape décisive de l’investiture German version: Parlamentarische Anhörungen der designierten Kommissionsmitglieder – Ein entscheidender Schritt bei der Amtseinführung The hearings of the Commissioners-designate before the European Parliament’s committees are a necessary ingredient in informing Parliament’s decision to give its consent to, … Continue reading

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