The European Parliament and Article 50 negotiations – on the sidelines or front and centre?

By Lisa Nolan Following the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union was invoked for the first time since its creation as part of the Treaty of Lisbon. Article 50(2) states that the role of the European Parliament (EP) shall only be to consent to aContinue reading “The European Parliament and Article 50 negotiations – on the sidelines or front and centre?”

Poland and the EU: A Bitter Divorce

By Kaitlyn Byrne Poland became a member of the European Union on May 1st, 2004, under the Accession Treaty signed in Athens in April 2003. This involved the commitment to “a stability of institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights, and respect for and protection of minorities” (European Council, 1993).  However, recently, theContinue reading “Poland and the EU: A Bitter Divorce”

The Joint Procurement Agreement (JPA) vs. public health emergencies: can the JPA win?

By Claudia Mantovan With the current COVID-19 crisis, the ability of the European Union (EU) to effectively face public health emergencies is being questioned once again. In the context of the pandemic, there is need for coordination and solidarity and one of the EU’s tools to try to achieve that is the Joint Procurement AgreementContinue reading “The Joint Procurement Agreement (JPA) vs. public health emergencies: can the JPA win?”

Is the European Commission becoming less independent?

By Jamie Millar As the steady enlargement of the European Union continues, the issue of its main executive arm’s independence and politicisation persists. But just how well-founded are these claims that Commissioners are losing autonomy? Is it a merited cause of concern for the overall strength of the Union and for its smaller member statesContinue reading “Is the European Commission becoming less independent?”

State sovereignty, anti-elitism and coal: how national politics affect the implementation of the EU Green Deal in Poland

By Lieke Wiersum In December of 2020, the EU Green Deal was finalized. Since then, progress has been made, but efforts are still insufficient to reach the climate targets formulated in the Paris Agreement. Although all 27 member states signed the deal, many are significantly behind others in implementing suitable measures (Climate Action Tracker, 2021).Continue reading “State sovereignty, anti-elitism and coal: how national politics affect the implementation of the EU Green Deal in Poland”