Ode to solidarity

The 9th May is celebrated by the European Union like a national day, as it would have officially been if the European Constitution Treaty were successful.[1] The date commemorates the speech held on the same day in 1950 by Robert Schuman, now often designated as one of the founding fathers of the EU. Regarded as … Continue reading Ode to solidarity

Reinforcing solidarity in the EU’s external relations

On 27th January 2022, in order to protect the single market, the EU filed a case before the WTO following China’s trade restrictions over Lithuanian goods.[1] China’s move came in August 2021 after Lithuania’s recognition of Taiwan’s diplomatic office as the ‘Taiwanese Representative office’ instead of ‘Taipei Representative Office’, according to the custom and China’s … Continue reading Reinforcing solidarity in the EU’s external relations

Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal challenges EU foundations

On 7 October 2021, the latest judgment by the Polish Constitutional Tribunal in the case K 3/21 strikes the European Union like thunder. Poland’s constitution is declared supreme to international agreements ratified by Poland, including the EU Treaties.[1] Such conclusion entails that the Polish Constitutional Tribunal reserves the right to assess the conformity of EU … Continue reading Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal challenges EU foundations

The Open Data Directive: what the introduction of high-value datasets means for data re-users

On 30 September 2021, the European Commission announced that it opened infringement proceedings against 19 Member States for failing to notify to the Commission the measures transposing into their national laws the Directive 2019/1024 on open data and the re-use of public sector information, also known as the Open Data Directive.[1] The Directive aims to … Continue reading The Open Data Directive: what the introduction of high-value datasets means for data re-users