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EU VAT reform, hit or miss

EU VAT reform, hit or miss
Sevil Aliyeva

Sevil Aliyeva

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Sevil Aliyeva is a Master’s student in International Tax Law and EU Tax Law at Uppsala University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights at Oslo University. Sevil was selected as a youth delegate of Azerbaijan at the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Council of Europe. Moreover, as a national coordinator she led the Legal Research Group on Freedom of Expression –Protection of Journalistic Sources in Azerbaijan, which was the joint project of Council of Europe and European Law Students' Association.
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The major reason showing urgent need for an extensive VAT reform was the European Commission Study which revealed that EU Member States lost € 152 billions in VAT revenues during 2015. Around € 50 billion of the VAT gap is estimated to be due to cross-border VAT fraud, which is believed to finance criminal organisations […]

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Poland and the rule of law: financial sticks, political carrots?

Poland and the rule of law: financial sticks, political carrots?
Robbin Kappelhof

Robbin Kappelhof

Robbin is currently finishing her BA in European Studies from Maastricht University, by writing her thesis on the position of Poland and Hungary regarding the current EU migration crisis. She spent an Erasmus semester in Vilnius, Lithuania, and has developed interests in European and international affairs, development, human rights and the normative power of the European Union. She also works as a Development Assistant for Human Rights Watch in Amsterdam.
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These include human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law, and respect for human rights. Where the Commission was seriously concerned, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki claimed that the judicial reforms that were so heavily criticized in fact were “deeply needed”. Initially, Warsaw did not seem willing to make concessions and the probability of […]

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The CMU initiative: Is a hard Brexit really an option?

The CMU initiative: Is a hard Brexit really an option?
Michele Federle

Michele Federle

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Michele Federle is currently pursuing a Master's degree in International Economic Policy at Sciences Po Paris, France. He was also a student at the Scuola di Politiche, Rome, the public policy school founded by former Italian PM Enrico Letta. Among his professional experiences are included internships at the Deutsche Bundesbank in Frankfurt and at the Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung in Mannheim, Germany.
His research interests encompass global financial governance, European integration and macroeconomics.
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The European Single Market is based on four fundamental pillars: the free movement of people, goods, services and capital. Despite the formal freedom, capital does not flow across national borders with the same ease of the other items. In fact, when compared to US or Japan, European financial markets rely intensively on traditional bank-based intermediation […]

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Are we moving forward? – A new-generation of trade agreements for the EU

Are we moving forward? - A new-generation of trade agreements for the EU
Igor Sarkissian

Igor Sarkissian

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Igor Sarkissian holds an M.A. in Advanced European and International Studies from Sciences Po Lille. Focusing mainly on European affairs and the EU, he worked as an intern for the economic and trade section of the EU delegation to Vietnam. His areas of interests include the economic, foreign and trade policy of the EU, the decision-making process of the European institutions and the relations between Europe and Asia.
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Recent FTAs negotiated and signed by the EU have integrated provisions and chapters aimed at fulfilling new objectives. Three main new dynamics can be identified in these: 1)Innovations in the field of e-commerce, services and investments, which require new regulations 2)Pressing environmental issues, which need to be considered in trade agreements and 3) The need […]

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PESCO – One “Giant Leap” Towards European Defence?

PESCO – One “Giant Leap” Towards European Defence?
Simone Esposito

Simone Esposito

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Simone is a graduate student in EU Politics at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he is specialising in the public policy of the European Union. He holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, and took part in the Erasmus exchange programme at Sciences Po Paris. Simone currently works as Economic Affairs officer for the 1989 Generation Initiative, a newly founded policy network that commits to mobilise young citizens to revive the European project. His interests lie in the field of politics and geopolitics in Europe, and in European political economy.
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Twenty-five EU countries have announced they will participate in a new cooperation pact in the area of security and defence policy, known as Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), which was officially launched at a Foreign Affairs Council summit on the 11th of December. The decision activates dormant Lisbon Treaty provisions (Articles 42(6) and 46, as well as Protocol […]

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Does faster legislation come at the cost of transparency?

Does faster legislation come at the cost of transparency?
Emilie Bartolini

Emilie Bartolini

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Emilie is a half Dutch – half Italian Master Student at the College of Europe in Bruges, where she specializes in EU Politics. Before moving to Belgium, she studied at the University of Florence a Bachelor in Political Science and spent a year in the UK, where she graduated with a Master in Democracy and Comparative Politics at University College London. Her main research focus is on Democracy within the EU and Inter-institutional relations, although she also likes to read and write about electoral politics in Western European countries.
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Just fifteen years ago two-thirds of EU laws were negotiated over a period of two-three years. In the current European Parliament’s (EP) term, most texts are the result of so-called “1st reading agreements”, allowing the Parliament and Council to approve a text at the earliest stage of the procedure. A considerable improvement on the efficiency’s […]

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Why the Commission President is wrong to go wide but not deep

Why the Commission President is wrong to go wide but not deep
Simone Esposito

Simone Esposito

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Simone is a graduate student in EU Politics at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he is specialising in the public policy of the European Union. He holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, and took part in the Erasmus exchange programme at Sciences Po Paris. Simone currently works as Economic Affairs officer for the 1989 Generation Initiative, a newly founded policy network that commits to mobilise young citizens to revive the European project. His interests lie in the field of politics and geopolitics in Europe, and in European political economy.
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Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, delivered his third “State of the Union” address to the European Parliament on September 13th. This is an opportunity for the Commission’s President to take inventory of the past year’s accomplishments and outline the policy agenda for the year ahead. With the Eurozone finally bouncing back, and […]

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EU’s Sustainable Finance scheme should go beyond greening the financial system

Fivos Petsinaris

Fivos Petsinaris

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Fivos Petsinaris holds a MSc in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Copenhagen and a BA in Economics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His research interests generally revolve around the interactions between economic and ecological systems and how these are reflected in environmental policy decisions. He is primarily interested in integrated water resource management, sustainable production and consumption patterns, and in environmental justice issues that arise from the transition to a low-carbon economy.
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In early July, EU published an interim report on Sustainable Finance, which summarizes the results and policy options developed by a High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) established by the Commission to work on the European strategy on sustainable finance. A week later a public hearing was conducted to allow experts and stakeholders to give feedback on […]

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Brexit: a matter of identity politics?

Brexit: a matter of identity politics?
Emilie Bartolini

Emilie Bartolini

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Emilie is a half Dutch – half Italian Master Student at the College of Europe in Bruges, where she specializes in EU Politics. Before moving to Belgium, she studied at the University of Florence a Bachelor in Political Science and spent a year in the UK, where she graduated with a Master in Democracy and Comparative Politics at University College London. Her main research focus is on Democracy within the EU and Inter-institutional relations, although she also likes to read and write about electoral politics in Western European countries.
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Since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union over a year ago, the future of the border between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland has been on top of Brexit negotiators’ agenda. The current setup of the Irish border has come in the form of an Agreement between Northern Ireland and […]

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Clean up or close down: the European Union’s response to polluting power industries

Clean up or close down: the European Union’s response to polluting power industries
Regan Turner

Regan Turner

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Regan first studied at the Robert Gordon University, where she successfully completed her BA Law and Management and attained a First Class LLB (Hons), followed by a LLM in European Energy and Climate Law specialisation at the University of Groningen and a Diploma of Legal Practice at the University of Strathclyde. Following some professional practice in Scotland and Singapore, and teaching European Environmental Land Law and Delict, Regan is now entering the legal practice as a trainee solicitor in Scotland.
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On the 17 August 2017 the European Commission published the decision to revise ‘LCP BREF’ industrial standards, introducing stricter pollution limits for large combustion plants (LCP). This change was prompted by the growing recognition that air pollution is a persistent threat. Air pollution has a host of detrimental impacts on health, with an estimated 400,000 […]

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