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Grahnlaw (in English) -

The Commission’s White paper on the future of Europe: Reflections and scenarios for the EU27 by 2025 COM(2017) 2025 invited the citizens of the European Union to discuss our common future ahead of the elections to the European Parliament in 2019. In the White paper, published 1 March 2017, the European Commission promised to contribute to the discussion during the coming months with a series of reflection papers on the following topics: • developing the social dimension of Europe; •...

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It is possible to find overviews in Reader’s Digest style of the most notable Future of Europe initiatives . The annotated version of president Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union 2017 address, with the sub-heading Proposals for the future of Europe that can be implemented on the basis of the Lisbon Treaty , demonstrates how the flexibilities of the EU treaties can be used to improve the effectiveness of European Union action, without embarking on a formal process of treaty reform...

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The European Parliament, the European Commission and its president Jean-Claude Juncker, as well as the French president Emmanuel Macron, have provided substantive initiatives for the ongoing debate about the future of Europe.   This blog post provides the main references for contemplation, discussion and engagement. European Parliament The directly elected European Parliament, which represents the citizens of the union, launched a real discussion, by setting out its vision for the future of...

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In the blog post State of the Union: public opinion I wondered at the usefulness of the latest Standard Eurobarometer 87 (fieldwork in May 2017), and the timing and value of the three reports of the special Eurobarometer 461 opinion poll purportedly dedicated to Designing Europe’s Future  (fieldwork in April 2017). Great if people value the European Union and its policy areas more, but why do the opinion polls not ask the citizens of the EU about the kind of union they want for the future...

Eurooppaoikeus -

Kansalliset, ehkä oikeammin valtiokeskeiset mielipidesiilot muovaavat EU-asenteita eri jäsenmaissa. Poliitikkojen ja tiedotusvälineden sanomissa on lähes symbioottisia piirteitä, mutta jäsenmaittain mielipideilmastot vaihtelevat. Kansallisten poliitikkojen tekemisissä ja median seurannassa jäsenmaiden hallitusten tekemiset Eurooppa-neuvostossa ja neuvostossa ovat saaneet tärkeimmän roolin, sikäli kuin mielenkiintoa on riittänyt EU:n seuraamiseen ylipäätään. Tiedotusvälineiltä...

Eurooppaoikeus -

Euroopan tulevaisuutta koskevien tärkeimpien ehdotusten ja keskustelualoitteiden viitteet löytyvät ruotsiksi kirjoituksesta Initiativen om EU:s framtid . Suomeksi silmäilimme jäsenmaiden johtajien reaktiota blogimerkinnässä EU-johtajien asialista 2017-2019 sekä aloitteiden havainnollisia esittelyjä ja vertailuja kahdessa kirjoituksessa: Euroopan tulevaisuus: parlamentti ja komissio yhtä jalkaa ja Euroopan tulevaisuus: Junckerin ja Macronin visioiden vertailu . Euroopan parlamentin...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

The web page for the Commission Work Programme 2018 (CWP 2018) offers access to the communication, the five official annexes and additional documents, but at this stage mainly in the three internal working languages of the Commission (English, French and German). At this point in time, the language choice is no wider if we access the official documents through the legal portal Eur-Lex. However, let us fetch the exact reference there: Commission Work Programme 2018: An agenda for a more united...

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Normal 0 21 false false false FI X-NONE X-NONE I know you are not used to me being political here on the blog and I have stayed away from political subjects. But I am a mother of three girls and while raising them, or letting them grow to be the wonderful women they are today, has not always been easy and interpreting the world to them has sometimes been challenging. I need to write about this now. The popularity of the #MeToo Movement has once again shaken me up. The title for this post is...

Eurooppaoikeus -

Jos unionin kansalaisia edustava Euroopan parlamentti ja yleistä etua ajava komissio etenevät yhtä jalkaa kohti Euroopan tulevaisuutta , avoimeksi jää hallitusten välinen unioni, jota edustavat valtioiden tai hallitusten päämiesten Eurooppa-neuvosto ja ministereiden neuvosto.     Presidentti Emmanuel Macronin Sorbonnen palopuhe loi demokraattiselle sekä ulkoisesti ja sisäisesti vahvalle Euroopalle sillanpääaseman jäsenmaiden hallituksia edustavaan leiriin. Tähän mennessä...

Eurooppaoikeus -

EU:n tulevaisuuskeskustelun aikaperspektiivi näkyy nimestä Valkoinen kirja Euroopan tulevaisuudesta: Pohdintaa ja skenaarioita: EU-27 vuoteen 2025 mennessä , siis kutakuinkin vuonna 2019 valittavan seuraavan Euroopan parlamentin toimikauden loppuun. Jo ennen komission valkoisen kirjan ja sitä seuraavien pohdinta-asiakirjojen julkaisemista Euroopan parlamentti oli käynnistänyt keskustelun toimintakykyisestä ja demokraattisesta unionista hyväksymällä kolme päätöslauselmaa. EP...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

Our discussion about the European Council (EUCO) and the new Leaders’ Agenda for thematic meetings continued with a look at the briefings from the  European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) and the EUCO conclusions of 19 October and EU27 conclusions 20 October 2017 (Article 50 TEU), in EPRS: keeping tabs on the European Council . The Leaders’ Agenda timetable was described by president Tusk as a living document, apt to change over time, but let us take a look at the near future. Less...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

The blog posts European Council: United we’re stuck? and European Council: Leaders’ Agenda presented facts and expressed doubts regarding the efforts of the EUCO president Donald Tusk to overcome paralysis or stagnation among the heads of state or government. It remains to be seen, if the Bratislava implementation report, the description in the invitation letter and the timetable downloadable from EUCO’s Leaders’ Agenda web page, are going to turn the European Council into the impetus...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

The blog post European Council: United we’re stuck? noted the effort of the EUCO president Donald Tusk to cut the Gordian knots among the heads of state or government (and more generally the governments of the member states), by a structured approach to difficult issues. At the same time, the entry doubted if a schedule for thematic meetings would be more successful now than at the time of Herman Van Rompuy. What if sub-optimal procedures and outcomes for EU citizens and enterprises are...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

After the blog entry Reflection paper on EMU future we take a look at what has happened regarding the  priority ‘a deeper and fairer economic and monetary union’  during the first half of the European Commission’s term in office. In July 2017 the EPRS European Parliamentary Research Service published The European Commission at mid-term: State of play of President Juncker’s ten priorities (35 pages; available also in French), where the text on priority 5, A deeper and fairer economic...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

Cristo si è fermato a Eboli: Why do I remember Carlo Levi and the saying “Christ stopped short of here, at Eboli” , when facing the conflict between a European level currency and national economic policies, as well as when following the many efforts to correct the design and to advance on the road to a robust, resilient and democratically legitimate euro area? In the blog post A better future for the EMU? we saw how the Five Presidents’ Report outlined the unfinished work and the road...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

In the blog entry Future of Europe to meet European Council about the winds of change from the European Parliament, the European Commission and president Emmanuel Macron, we saw the: White Paper on the Future of Europe: Reflections and scenarios for the EU27 by 2025; Brussels, 1.3.2017 COM(2017) 2025 final The White Paper promised to deliver further food for thought and debate through five thematic papers, among which (page 18): The European Commission will contribute to that discussion in the...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

We are approaching the moment of truth. Let us wait for the “Leaders’ Agenda” president Donald Tusk is going to present to the European Council (EUCO), before we definitively state that the EU27 heads of state or government have become impetus takers, instead of impetus providers, as they imagined in Article 15(1) TEU. But the years since the Lisbon Treaty entered into force have revealed the limitations of an intergovernmental EU, while the world has become even more challenging. The...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

Under the fifth priority of the European Commission, to deepen the economic and monetary union (EMU) - #deepeningEMU on Twitter - it is creating a social pillar #SocialRights , ahead of the Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth #SocialSummit17 in Gothenburg 17 November 2017. Social Pillar documents     In April the European Commission published a communication, accompanied by two  staff working documents in 23 official EU languages: Establishing a European Pillar of Social Rights; Brussels...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

In February and March I wrote a number of blog posts compiled in the entry EU social market economy and social pillar . It is time to register the progress of the social dimension and the social pillar of the European Union, but let us first return to the public consultation after a reminder of one of the aims of the EU, as laid down in Article 3(3) TEU: a highly competitive social market economy, aiming at full employment and social progress . While we are at it, why not recall the horizontal...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

Yesterday we looked at the European Union asking EU citizens , without the focus, resources or intent to act on the feedback, either on the fundamental issue of ownership (democracy) or more specific questions of individual policies. I wonder if the democratic conventions proposed by the French president Emmanuel Macron have been designed to be more effective channels of citizens’ political will than the public relations part of the Commission’s Future of Europe project, including the...




Grahnlaw (in English) -

In the latest blog post we saw that Emmanuel Macron proposed democratic conventions to relaunch Europe , at least from the start of the En marche ! movement. As we saw, he has returned to this idea a number of times, but the substance remained vague ahead of the president’s speech at the Sorbonne. The lack of clarity impacts the possibilities to discuss many issues related to the initiative regarding the role of EU citizens, the “democratic conventions”, so our next job is to check if...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

Our latest blog posts have looked at the citizens of the European Union as passengers or participants on the EU reform and Future of Europe bus. In this article we are going to track the idea of democratic citizens’ conventions meant to rebuild political Europe, ahead of the informal discussion among EU27 heads of state or government this evening in Tallinn. Democratic conventions? In the State of the Union 2017 brochure section Letter on the Roadmap for a more united, stronger and more...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

After the latest State of the Union (SOTEU) 2017 blog posts looking at EU citizens, reform and future and Citizens’ Dialogues ,  we recall that public opinion - despite the clunky Eurobarometer questions - seems to have been ahead of the EU27 heads of state or government, at least until the openings in the Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker’s SOTEU address SPEECH/17/3165 and the French president Emmanuel Macron’s Sorbonne speech ( English summary ) gave the leaders some impetus...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

The blog post State of the Union: EU citizens, reform and future offered enlightened and responsible EU citizens references to the substance of the discussion about areas of EU reform and visions for the future of Europe. But we are hardly done with the European Commission’s State of the Union 2017 web page , or even the State of the Union 2017 brochure , where the pages from 97 to 101 offer a superficial glance at Citizens’ Dialogues. The Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker launched a...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

Our customary check of the European Commission’s State of the Union 2017 web page , reveals no visible updates since yesterday and the language selection remains one out of twenty-four: English only. We return to the State of the Union 2017 brochure , where the next section is Citizens’ Dialogues (from page 97). According to the brochure (page 98), there had been 312 Citizens’ Dialogues in all in the member states since the start of the Juncker Commission; of these 129 on the future of...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

Visits to national parliaments is the next section in the State of the Union 2017 brochure (108 pages), consisting of a one page presentation of how the 657 visits to national parliaments since the beginning of the Commission’s mandate on 1 November 2014 have been distributed across the EU member states (page 95). This is only the tip of the iceberg. We can go to the EU treaties and annual reports for insights into the relations between the European Commission and national parliaments...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

There are no new visible updates on the European Commission’s State of the Union 2017 web page , still only in English. We turn to the State of the Union 2017 brochure , where the next section is called The European Solidarity Corps: One Year on (from page 89). By 2020: The aim is to have 100,000 young people taking part in the European Solidarity Corps. To achieve this ambition, the Commission proposed in May 2017 to give the European Solidarity Corps a budget of more than €340 million for...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

Friday 22 September 2017, the think tank CEPS started a new series of Future of Europe meetings with a talk by Martin Selmayr , the head of president Juncker’s Cabinet. The evening before, the president of the European Council (EUCO) Donald Tusk had invited the heads of state or government to discuss how to organise their work regarding the substance, method and objectives of EU reform and the future of Europe, when the EU27 leaders dine ahead of the Tallinn Digital Summit .   However...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

The European Commission’s English only State of the Union 2017 web page does not offer any updates this morning, but it only means that we have to look elsewhere for important developments. Digital tax and Tallinn summit Yesterday the Commission outlined a path towards fair taxation in the digital economy: press release IP/17/3305 , questions and answers MEMO/17/3341 and vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis SPEECH/17/3402 . The exploratory communication is already available on the EU’s legal...

Grahnlaw (in English) -

The blog post Hopkok om EU:s framtid directly or indirectly referred to 31 blog posts at Eurooppaoikeus (FI), Grahnblawg (SV) and Grahnlaw (EN), about the social market economy, the European social pillar, the future of Europe and EU reform. Since then, president Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union 2017 (SOTEU) address has been the point of departure for ten more blog articles - almost all in English - so this could be a good time to publish a new compilation for future reference...




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