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Eva-Maria Poptcheva

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The European Commission’s right to withdraw a legislative proposal

Written by Eva Poptcheva On 14 April 2015, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) delivered a judgment on the power of the Commission to withdraw a legislative proposal during the legislative procedure. The Court confirmed, for the first time, that the right of the Commission to withdraw legislative proposals is inseparable from its … Continue reading

Asylum and irregular immigration in the EU

Written by Eva Poptcheva The latest deaths in the Mediterranean have prompted calls from all political actors and stakeholders for action at EU level. The Common European Asylum System, completed in 2013, and the many pieces of legislation on irregular immigration at EU level, have not succeeded in stopping further tragedies in the Mediterranean. Criticism … Continue reading

Asylum in the EU: Facts and Figures

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva, Susan Saliba and Giulio Sabbati Asylum is a form of international protection given by a state on its territory to someone who is threatened by persecution on grounds of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular group or political opinion in their country of origin or residence. In the EU, this consists of … Continue reading

Member States and the rule of law Dealing with a breach of EU values

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva The European Union is founded on values common to all Member States. These are supposed to ensure a level of homogeneity among Member States, while respecting their national identities, so facilitating the development of a European identity and their integration. Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union provides mechanisms to enforce EU values, based … Continue reading

EU legal framework on asylum and irregular immigration ‘on arrival’

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva With asylum-seekers and immigrants still dying off the shores of European Union Member States, EU asylum and migration policies are high on the political agenda. The newly completed Common European Asylum System and the many pieces of legislation on irregular immigration at EU level have not succeeded in stopping further tragedies … Continue reading

Parliament’s investigative powers – Committees of inquiry and special committees

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva In the aftermath of the ‘LuxLeaks’ scandal relating to tax evasion by multinational companies through Luxembourg, Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands, Parliament decided to set up a ‘special committee’ to look into unfair tax practices in the EU. 188 MEPs had originally requested a committee of inquiry be established, but the … Continue reading

European Commission’s 2015 Work Programme

Written by Etienne Bassot, Ariane Debyser and Eva-Maria Poptcheva On 16 December 2014 the newly appointed European Commission adopted its Work Programme for the year ahead (2015 CWP). Based on the political guidelines set out by its President, Jean-Claude Juncker, the Programme forms the basis for the Commission’s work in putting these ten priorities into … Continue reading

The European Council and its President

Written by Joséphine Vanden Broucke, Stanislas De Finance (both European Council Oversight unit) and Eva-Maria Poptcheva (Members’ Research Service) The European Council has brought together EU Heads of State or Government in regular summit meetings since March 1975. An initiative of the then French President, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, who sought to convert the periodic holding … Continue reading

Disenfranchisement of EU citizens resident abroad – Situation in national and European elections in EU Member States

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva Updated on 30 June 2015 The right to vote is a fundamental one and of utmost importance for the democratic legitimacy of any public power. Six EU Member States deprive their nationals permanently resident abroad of the right to vote in national parliamentary elections. They also deprive such citizens residing in … 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

Additional hearings for Commissioners-designate

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva A debate has been launched as to whether additional parliamentary hearings for Commissioners-designate – beyond the initial scheduled three hours – have any legal basis. The subject was raised when Jonathan Hill was called back for an additional hearing after Members of the Economic Affairs Committee registered their dissatisfaction with the … 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

Rules on political groups in the EP

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva Updated in June 2015 Members of the European Parliament may form political groups; these are not organised by nationality, but by political affiliation. At the start of the current parliamentary term there were seven political groups in the Parliament, as there were throughout the 2009-14 period. The formation of a new, … Continue reading

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