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Ukraine et la Russie de Poutine - longue discussion 
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Statement by Martine Reicherts, EU Justice Commissioner on the Europe-wide Day of Remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes
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23 August, 75 years ago, worth remembering:
In the litany of historical infamy, the Nazi-Soviet non-aggression pact of August 1939 looms large. It led to terror and occupation for the countries carved up by Hitler and Stalin. To commemorate the victims of Stalinism and Nazism, the date of the fateful pact - 23 August 1939 - has been deemed a day of remembrance by MEPs.
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European Council 2013 on competitiveness
In the previous blog post we saw president Herman Van Rompuy presenting, in the publication The European Council in 2013, how the European summits were engaged to enhance competitiveness, promote free trade, to develop the single market and to ease the regu...
In the previous blog post we saw president Herman Van Rompuy presenting, in the publication The European Council in 2013, how the European summits were engaged to enhance competitiveness, promote free trade, to develop the single market and to ease the regulatory burden.
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Reinventing EU competitiveness?
Competitiveness requires more comprehensive action than negotiating free trade agreements, clearing single market obstacles and cutting red tape. Membership of the EU, or even the maligned eurozone, does not exclude world class competitiveness. We must ask ...
Competitiveness requires more comprehensive action than negotiating free trade agreements, clearing single market obstacles and cutting red tape. Membership of the EU, or even the maligned eurozone, does not exclude world class competitiveness. We must ask what the European Union fails to do, ...
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David Lidington confronts EU competitiveness
After the selective foreign policy participation appetizer and what looks like Cameron's self-betrayal over Juncker, we get to the UK Europe minister David Lidington's menu of market courses, intended to prove that there is, indeed, a positive British agend...
After the selective foreign policy participation appetizer and what looks like Cameron's self-betrayal over Juncker, we get to the UK Europe minister David Lidington's menu of market courses, intended to prove that there is, indeed, a positive British agenda for EU reform.
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David Lidington tackles ”misconceptions”
The European Council 26-27 June 2014 conceded that some countries may halt on the road to ever closer union, provided they allow for the rest to proceed unhindered, something Britain has still to learn. Currently, the United Kingdom is far from a fully cont...
The European Council 26-27 June 2014 conceded that some countries may halt on the road to ever closer union, provided they allow for the rest to proceed unhindered, something Britain has still to learn. Currently, the United Kingdom is far from a fully contributing member state of the European ...
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The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights is an outline of European values, as laid down in EU law.
 
What have all the member states agreed upon and are required to uphold not only at an EU level but also at a national level?

EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU brings together in a single document the fundamental rights protected in the EU. The Charter contains rights and freedoms under six titles: Dignity, Freedoms, Equality, Solidarity, Citizens' Rights, and Justice. Proclaimed in 2000, the Charter has become legally binding on the EU with the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, in December 2009.

How the Charter became part of the EU Treaties

The Charter was initially solemnly proclaimed at the Nice European Council on 7 December 2000. At that time, it did not have any binding legal effect.

On 1 December 2009, with the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon Choose translations of the previous link, the Charter became legally binding on the EU institutions and on national governments, just like the EU Treaties Choose translations of the previous link themselves.

For the first time, members of the College of Commissioners swore a solemn declaration to uphold the Charter as well as the Treaties in May 2010.

The Charter strengthens the protection of fundamental rights by making those rights more visible and more explicit for citizens.

Download your copy of the Charter here:
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2010:083:0389:0403:en:PDF
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European commitment and gender balance
In addition to the treaty criteria of general competence, European commitment and independence, as well as the expectation of irreproachable performance of duties regarding each commissioner, we can expect Juncker to bring up the gender balance of the futur...
In addition to the treaty criteria of general competence, European commitment and independence, as well as the expectation of irreproachable performance of duties regarding each commissioner, we can expect Juncker to bring up the gender balance of the future Commission, subject as a body to a ...
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Van Rompuy on EU competitiveness 2013
Against the background of the UK Europe minister David Lidington's calls for EU competitiveness, free trade, single market reform and cutting red tape, we continue to explore the reality of European Union efforts. Read Van Rompuy on EU competitiveness 2013
Against the background of the UK Europe minister David Lidington's calls for EU competitiveness, free trade, single market reform and cutting red tape, we continue to explore the reality of European Union efforts. Read Van Rompuy on EU competitiveness 2013. Posted by Ralf Grahn at 09:36 ...
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What is competitiveness, Mr Lidington?
When the government of Britain is betting continued membership on competitiveness reform by the European Union, the situation is serious enough, at least politically.

Growth and jobs are important for us EU citizen regardless. For our own sake it is worth...
When the government of Britain is betting continued membership on competitiveness reform by the European Union, the situation is serious enough, at least politically. Growth and jobs are important for us EU citizen regardless. For our own sake it is worth looking at how the European Union ...
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Was Cameron betrayed? (Updated)
Despite dark hints about betrayal from perceived European allies, this much should have been clear even to a 10 Downing Street enamoured with its own cleverness, before forcing the issue:

If the EU countries must choose between Europe and Britain, they ...
Despite dark hints about betrayal from perceived European allies, this much should have been clear even to a 10 Downing Street enamoured with its own cleverness, before forcing the issue: If the EU countries must choose between Europe and Britain, they must always choose Europe, as Churchill ...
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Lawyer and euroblogger (Grahnlaw),based in Helsinki, Finland. Speaker, freelance lecturer and advisor on EU affairs, (digital) single market.
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