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  • The EU-US trade negotiation is the ultimate test for EU climate goals

    The EU-US trade negotiation is the ultimate test for EU climate goals0

    On Monday, 15 April the Council decided to adopt the negotiating directives for trade talks with the United States on a Free Trade Agreement. Now concerns are raised regarding the US administrations departure from its commitments to combat climate change envisaged in the Paris Agreement. On the other hand, supporters of the FTA argue that due to the current state of international trade it would be important to reach such an agreement to avoid further escalation. However, when it comes to trade the EU has failed to observe its climate commitments as part of negotiating schedules, questioning its willingness to be in the forefront of the fight against climate change.

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  • Why the rule of law link to EU funds is unlikely to make a real difference

    Why the rule of law link to EU funds is unlikely to make a real difference0

    The emphasis on rule of law in the next EU budget framework (2021-2027) is a first step in addressing the risk of corruption in the Visegrad Four (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia). It is likely that a soft coercive mechanism will be chosen in on-going negotiations due to its political soundness and will not be effective in targeting the corruption cycle as a whole.

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