On 30 October 2016, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada signed in Brussels at the 16th EU-Canada summit the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. The stated goal of CETA is to create new jobs and promote economic growth. The pact is to come into full force in early 2017 [...] the ECETA and will deliver sustainable and inclusive economic growth and spur job creation.” In Germany the Second Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court had rejected numerous applications for an
The Judgement of the Constitutional Court paves the way for Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Sigmar Gabriel to vote in favour of the agreement when it comes to the ballot in the Council of the European Union (probably on 18 October 2016). The Court however requires the Federal Government to ensure, - that a Council Decision on provisional application will only include areas of CETA which indisputably fall within the competence of the European Union, - that, until a decision has been passed by the Federal Constitutional Court in the main action, there must be sufficient democratic accountability
Commission, within the next three months, of the steps taken to that effect. Background The rule of law is one of the common values upon which the European Union is founded. It is enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union. The European Commission, together with the European Parliament and the Council, is responsible under the Treaties for guaranteeing the respect of the rule of law as a fundamental value of our Union and making sure that EU law, values and principles are respected. Recent events in Poland concerning in particular the Constitutional Court have led the European Commission to
the whole European economy,” said the Federal Chancellor. The role of private arbitral courts remains a contentious issue in the negotiations. cep has clearly indicated its position on this subject and rejected them as part of TTIP . Instead, a genuine international court is required with independent judges who are remunerated irrespective of the cases to be decided. The TTIP negotiations have [...] The President believes that, whilst ratification is unlikely to be achieved this year, it should be possible to conclude negotiations. Meanwhile scepticism is growing in the EU. Speaking up for TTIP
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo in a speech in the European Parliament on Tuesday said her government was willing to cooperate in the EU Commission’s increased scrutiny of Poland’s rule of law. Szydlo reckoned, though, that the recent changes by her government to the constitutional court and public broadcasters in Poland were in line with EU standards. The EU Commission last week opened an unprecedented inquiry into whether new Polish laws are violating fundamental values of the bloc. The Commission’s First Vice-President Frans Timmermans announced a “preliminary assessment” under the EU's “rule of
The Scottish legislation introducing a minimum price per unit of alcohol is contrary to EU law if less restrictive tax measures can be introduced, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Wednesday. The ECJ said it considered that “the effect of the Scottish legislation is significantly to restrict the market, and this might be avoided by the introduction of a tax measure designed to increase the price of alcohol instead of a measure imposing a minimum price per unit of alcohol.” The Scottish Parliament in 2012 had passed legislation relating to the minimum price of alcoholic drinks in
overall area, the Financial Times reported. The option of invoking “Article 26” is proposed in a leaked working paper for the interior ministers prepared by Luxembourg, which holds the rotating presidency of the EU. Meanwhile, European Council President Donald Tusk said in an interview with the Guardian and five other European newspapers that “this wave of migrants is too big not to stop them.” See also our cepInput on the empirical and legal aspects of the refugee crisis.
The EU Commission considers introducing a permanent external border control force that could be deployed even without the respective EU member state’s consent, the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal reported. According to a story by Le Soir, the EU Commission will present the plan on Tuesday. European Council President Donald Tusk said recently in an interview with the Guardian and five other European newspapers that “this wave of migrants is too big not to stop them.” See also our cepInput on the empirical and legal aspects of the refugee crisis.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg will give its final decision this Wednesday on minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland. The Scottish government in 2012 passed a decision to bring in a minimum unit price on alcohol of 50 pence, with the aim of taking control of alcoholism. Last year, Alex Salmond, who was Scottish First Minister at the time, told GQ magazine that Scotland is a “nation of drunks” and that he is “significantly” concerned by the nation’s relationship with alcohol. “’The general reason is the availability of cheap alcohol and the cultural changes that has introduced
’m making this proposal public at the same time that I send it to the European Parliament and the Member States,” she said. “The new Investment Court System will be composed of fully qualified judges, proceedings will be transparent, and cases will be decided on the basis of clear rules,” First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said. “In addition, the Court will be subject to review by a new Appeal Tribunal [...] an international court is required for TTIP rather than ad hoc arbitral tribunals. The international court should be set up with independent judges who are also remunerated irrespectively of the cases