Following the infamous quarrel over the Roma deportations, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding isn’t exactly the French government’s préférée.
But, it seems, there is one person in Paris who really can’t stand the Commissioner: French Europe Minister Pierre Lellouche. The two are now at it again. This time the disagreement concerns the Franco-German proposal to change the Lisbon Treaty to allow struggling eurozone countries to default.
Opposition is growing to tightening up the Stability Pact in the run-up to the EU summit on Thursday. Germany and France want to reform the Treaty of Lisbon to ensure that deficit offenders to subjected to stricter punishment. Commentators say it will be impossible to push through an amendment to the Treaty and fear the summit will fail.
Previous posts have criticised economic governance reforms in the EU for, among other things, paying too little attention to the problem of tax competition within the EU and the leakage of tax revenue to non-EU states.
The European Council meets Thursday and Friday (28-29 October 2010), but two days ahead of the meeting of the heads of state or government of the EU member states the public information appears poorly structured and incomplete in the light of the published press releases and the old draft agenda.
The past week has seen the EU come under immense pressure, from press and politicians from across member states, as negotiations for 2011’s budget come to a head. However, criticisms have seemed to fall on deaf ears, as the Commission and the European Parliament have continued to push for an overall 5.9% increase in spending.
The EU foreign ministers resolved to formally initiate the accession process for Serbia on Monday in Luxembourg. This is excellent news for the Balkan country, but it must first hand over the war criminal Ratko Mladi?, writes Europe’s press.
More and more Europeans are working, studying or living in Member states other than that of their citizenship. As a consequence the likehood of citizens being involved in disputes in the area of civil justice in another Member State is increased. According to a the new Eurobarometer survey in the civil justice area, 3 out of 4 Europeans (73%) want further action to help them resolve such kind of disputes and expressed the view that this is the EU’s responsibility.
The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ): The Court of Justice and the General Court plus the Specialized Panels: Getting the Names Right after the Lisbon Treaty
By virtue of the Treaty of Lisbon, the Court of Justice of the European Communities recently changed its name to Court of Justice of the European Union (EU).
Remarkably, as of the last time we looked (22 October 2010), the official EU pages for “the Court” have not been properly edited to reflect all the changes required by the Treaty of Lisbon, which amended the treaties comprising the constitutional framework of the EU. The official EU page currently writes:
“Following the entry into force of a new EU treaty, the content of this page is under revision.”