Theresa May and Article 50: a Christmas tale!

23 June 2016 to 29 March 2017: it took 280 days to come up with a letter that fills me with a range of emotions, from laughter to incredulity. In my mind, it confirms something I have never doubted: that …

The EU ETS and the Circular Economy

We need regulatory coherence between the various EU objectives The Commission’s proposal to reform the ETS aims at drastically reduce the number of sectors on the carbon leakage list, by applying a purely one-size-fits-all quantitative formula that multiplies trade intensity …

Réforme de la Comitologie : faire, défaire et refaire, c’est toujours travailler, …

Vous vous rappelez la publicité pour Canada Dry, « ça a la couleur de l’alcool, le goût de l’alcool, … mais ce n’est pas de l’alcool ». La réforme de la comitologie que nous propose la Commission est présentée comme …

Comitology Reform: doing, undoing and redoing is still hard work

You might remember the advert for Canada Dry : “It looks like alcohol, it tastes like alcohol…but it’s not alcohol.” The reform of comitology proposed by the Commission is presented as a reform, but it is nothing of the sort. …

EU Emissions Trading System Reform: Making Things Simple or Simplistic? The Case of Copper

During the COP22 in Marrakech, the international community has once again gathered to discuss its responsibilities in the fight against climate change, because to this day there is still no international regulatory system that is comprehensive and binding. There is …

Les 60 ans du Traité de Rome : d’abord changer le capitaine du bateau !

Diverses têtes pensantes réfléchissent à une épineuse question : comment célébrer le 25 mars 2017 les 60 ans de la signature du Traité de Rome ? Si vous voulez mon avis, mieux vaudrait ne rien célébrer du tout. Je n’ai …

60 years since the Treaty of Rome: Let’s start by changing the captain of the ship!

How should we celebrate 25th March 2017, the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome? Many people are asking themselves this tricky question. In my own opinion, it would be better not to celebrate anything at all. …

Verhofstadt, suicide en direct

Il est décidément des hommes politiques qui se croient aptes à toutes les fonctions. Candidat malheureux à la Présidence de la Commission, M. Verhofstadt s’attaque avec le même insuccès à la Présidence du Parlement. Mais l’échec se double ici d’une …

The live suicide of Guy Verhofstadt

Politicians always think they are able to perform in any job. A failed candidate for Commission President, Mr Verhofstadt has now stood for EP President, with the same success. But here, it is failure coupled with indignity. To win votes, …

What is the Boiler Efficiency Directive?

The Boiler Efficiency Directive (92/42/EEC) talks about the efficiency need for new warm-water boilers. Seeing into bettering energy efficiency and reducing the release of carbon dioxide from standard. Lower temperature and gas condensing boilers (4 – 400 kW output). Apart …