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 [...] Germany the Second Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court had rejected numerous applications for an interim injunction to prevent Germany's approval of the free trade agreement between the EU and Canada [...] 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, when most import duties are to be lifted. According to the EU and Canadas
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 [...] 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 for the resolutions passed [...] there is no risk of any serious detriment, either to the rights of the applicants or to the German Bundestag's participation rights, such as would justify an interim injunction as part of an impact assessment
expedited. “It is good for the German economy; it is good for the whole European economy,” said the Federal Chancellor. The role of private arbitral courts remains a contentious issue in the negotiations. cep [...] 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 been [...] 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 in
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 [...] fundamental values of the bloc. The Commission’s First Vice-President Frans Timmermans announced a “preliminary assessment” under the EU's “rule of law mechanism”. See also our cepBlog on the matter. [...] 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
provided for the imposition of a minimum price per unit of alcohol. The minimum price of alcoholic drinks is to be calculated by the application of a formula that takes into account the strength and volume [...] 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 [...] 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
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 [...] 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 [...] 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,” Salmond argued
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 [...] 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 [...] migrants is too big not to stop them.” See also our cepInput on the empirical and legal aspects of the refugee crisis.
suspending the Schengen zone for two years, on the basis that the migrant crisis has exposed “serious deficiencies” at the Greek border that endanger the overall area, the Financial Times reported. The option [...] 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 [...] 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
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 [...] full accordance with the rule of law.” The cep already said in July that an international court is required for TTIP rather than ad hoc arbitral tribunals. The international court should be set up with [...] remunerated irrespectively of the cases which come before them. In order to safeguard the consistency of case law and develop the law, there should be an appeals system, the cepInput argued.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Tuesday that the OMT bond purchase programm of the European Central Bank is compatible with EU law. The Court finds that "the OMT program, in view of its objectives [...] not infringe the principle of proportionality. Germany's Constitutional Court had referred the case to the ECJ at the start of last year. cep expert Bert Van Roosebeke told the Financial Times: “It’s [...] “It’s a very clear defeat for the German court. On the point of whether this is an economic or monetary policy, the European court said it is monetary policy and so within the ECB’s mandate.”