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  • Roma Rights in the European Union.

    September 27, 2010

    In July 2010, The French government decided to begin to expel Roma’s, mainly from Romania and Bulgaria, as many of them were living in France illegally. This decision caused much controversy within the Institutions of the EU. This blog will briefly discuss in what way EU institutions have responded to recent Roma issues and what can be done to improve the position of this marginalized community in Europe.

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  • 400th Trade Dispute for World Trade Organization (WTO)

    November 20, 2009

    On 1 January 2010 the World Trade Organization (WTO) will celebrate its 15th birthday. Shortly before the anniversary the 7th Session of the WTO Ministerial Conference will take place for the second time in Geneva, Switzerland, from 30 November to 2 December 2009. Trade ministers will be discussing the general theme “The WTO, the Multilateral Trading System and the Current Global Economic Environment”.

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  • Fresh air for the EU

    November 5, 2009

    After 2 years finally the last ratification instrument of the Treaty of Lisbon (2007), the signature of the Eurosceptic Czech President Vaclav Klaus, has been implemented. The treaty will enter into force on 1 December 2009.This was made possible after the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic had announced its judgment this week, in very […]

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  • EU Enlargement Strategy and Progress Reports 2009

    October 22, 2009

    On 14 October 2009 the European Commission adopted its annual strategy document explaining its policy on EU enlargement. The document includes also a summary of the progress made over the last twelve months by each candidate and potential candidate: Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, as well as Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, […]

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  • GMO Moratorium : The Way Forward for Europe (or the Battle for What Is on Your Plate)

    July 9, 2009

    For over a decade the cultivation of crops of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has been a highly controversial issue in Europe. GMOs can be defined as organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating or natural recombination.This controversial development asks for legal action

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  • The European Union’s ‘ContraFake’ policy

    April 1, 2009

    Counterfeiting, which represents 5 to 7% of world trade, has implications on the competitiveness of EU companies, on jobs and on the health and security of EU citizens. László Kovác, European Commissioner in charge of Taxation and Customs Union, states his vision on the fight against counterfeiting as follows. ‘Customs have a vital role to […]

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  • EU Declaration on Medellín Execution

    August 11, 2008

    On Monday, 11 August, the Council of the European Union (EU) issued a declaration on the execution of Mexican national José Medellín in Texas last week.

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  • European Pact on Immigration and Asylum

    July 8, 2008

    European Pact on Immigration and Asylum : At a meeting in Cannes on Monday, 7 July, EU ministers approved French proposals for a tougher common policy to stem the influx of illegal immigrants, despite some differences and concerns about accusations of xenophobia from outside the European Union.

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