President of the Eurogroup

Introduction With Portuguese Minister of Finance Mário Centeno announcing in June 2020 that he will not seek a second terms as president of the Eurogroup, the 19 finance ministers of the EU’s single currency began searching for his replacement. What does the role of President of the Eurogroup involve and who are the three candidates…

The EU Budget: What’s Next?

Introduction: Overhauled by Covid-19 Back in February 2020, the EU was unable to reach agreement on the upcoming Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027. The key issues that shaped the debate then were the loss of the UK’s contribution to the MFF of around €75 billion, climate change and migration. Now, following an unprecedented period of…

The Road to Recovery: Mapping Europe’s Economic Recovery Post-COVID-19

The onset of the Covid-19 crisis saw the European Commission set out ambitious plans to not only mitigate the economic fallout from the pandemic, but also to map the way ahead for the eventual recovery. In this Just the Facts, we take a look at what the EU has done to assist Member States during the pandemic and what has been planned for the economic recovery of the EU.   Introduction: First…

Two ships passing in the night: Fisheries in Brexit

Introduction:  While the course navigated so far in Brexit is incomplete, the knotted issue of fisheries has being climbing the political ladder. Michel Barnier has stated that an EU – UK trade deal cannot be agreed without an agreement on fisheries. In this Just the Facts, we will explore why the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) may cause Brexit talks to run aground.  What is the Common Fisheries Policy?  The CFP, an exclusive competency since 1983, has four pillars…

COVID-19 contact tracing apps and the EU 

AS COVID-19 APPEARS to have reached its peak in many countries across the EU, governments are now examining ways in which current restrictions can be lifted without risking a second wave of infections.   In its ‘roadmap’ for a pan-European exit strategy, the European Commission made a series of recommendations to the 27 EU member governments in advance of lifting current restrictions. One recommendation is that countries…

Back to Europe’s Future?

Europe Day, 9 May, is extra-special this year as it is also the 70th anniversary of the Schuman declaration, which created the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). Then French foreign minister, Robert Schuman’s big idea was to generate economic interdependence to make war between France and Germany impossible, hence sharing coal and steel production,…

Under the Microscope: EU Scientific Research and COVID-19

THE EUROPEAN UNION’S response to COVID-19 experienced a blow in early April as the president of the European Research Council (ERC), Mauro Ferrari, resigned. The resignation of the pharmaceutical sciences professor – fewer than three months following his recruitment – as the Coronavirus pandemic escalated throughout Europe was, as one would expect, unexpected. The catalyst…