On March 21, 2017, the European Commission launched its Public Consultation on the operations of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs). The consultation, focussing on the powers, governance, structure and funding of the ESAs, is very timely considering the institutional and political developments within the EU and internationally.
There have probably been plenty of occasions over the last six months when Enda Kenny questioned his decision to rule himself out of leading Fine Gael into the next General Election.
Theresa May has put to bed months of speculation by announcing that she will seek to hold a “snap” general election on June 8. In a statement outside Number 10, she told the country that there would be a vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday afternoon to agree the poll.
Less than one month away from the first round of the French presidential election, a battle between far-right Marine Le Pen and independent centrist Emmanuel Macron seems inevitable, but only if we believe the polls.
International trade expert Stuart Harbinson examines the impact Brexit will have on the agri-food sector between the UK and Ireland. Key issues addressed include regulatory hurdles, the implications of a ‘Hard Brexit’ scenario, and the complex process the UK faces in disentangling itself from the EU’s Tariff Rate Quotas.
No negotiation without notification. The EU-27 held the line over the past nine months refusing to budge on this position. While the UK Government sent out messages about how Brexit would be conducted and what the UK would achieve, all within the two year time limit, the EU-27 and the EU Institutions kept their cards close to their chest.
The European Commission has published its long awaited Action Plan on Retail Financial Services. The paper sets out 12 policy actions that the Commission is tackling over the next two years in the area of retail financial services, with the objective of increasing transparency in cross-border relations, removing regulatory obstacles for businesses and enhancing digital innovation.
Since the UK’s decision to leave the European Union last June, Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have been convinced that Scotland’s vote to remain in the bloc provides perfect grounds to re-run the previously failed independence referendum.
Nine months after the Brexit referendum, Prime Minister Theresa May has notified European Council President Donald Tusk of the UK’s intention to leave the EU. Her letter starts the clock ticking: both sides have two years to agree a divorce settlement, and a framework for a future relationship.