NGO Mediterranean rescue standoff exposes EU rift

Migrants in the Mediterranean : the world’s most deadly migration route.

Le journal du peintre

Les tableaux du peintre

Painting news project 



The European Commission proposed a total ban on some single-use plastic products

The European Commission proposed a total ban on some single-use plastic products

2018 reform of EU data protection rules

The European Union agreed to a major reform of its data protection framework in April 2016 by adopting the data protection reform package. On 25 May 2018, the new EU-wide data protection instrument, the General Data Protection Regulation, will become directly applicable, two years after its adoption and entry into force.

Seven landscapes – 1 – Glyphosate wins new five-year lease in Europe

A17- glyphosate

Seven landscapes – 1 – Glyphosate wins new five-year lease in Europe





Does Wallonia’s veto of CETA spell the beginning of the end of EU trade policy ?

Paul Magnette, the Minister-President of the francophone region of Belgium (Wallonia), declined to give the consent of his government to the federal Belgian government to sign the landmark Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.

Abuse of dominant position 

UE competition law  / Article 101 (ex Article 81 TEC) 1.The following shall be prohibited as incompatible with the internal market: all agreements between undertakings, decisions by associations of undertakings and concerted practices which may affect trade between Member States and which have as their object or effect the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition within the internal market, and in particular those which:  

 (a) directly or indirectly fix purchase or selling prices or any other trading conditions;

(b) limit or control production, markets, technical development, or investment;

 (c) share markets or sources of supply;

(d) apply dissimilar conditions to equivalent transactions with other trading parties, thereby placing them at a competitive disadvantage;

(e) make the conclusion of contracts subject to acceptance by the other parties of supplementary obligations which, by their nature or according to commercial usage, have no connection with the subject of such contracts.

 2. Any agreements or decisions prohibited pursuant to this Article shall be automatically void.
3. The provisions of paragraph 1 may, however, be declared inapplicable in the case of:
— any agreement or category of agreements between undertakings,
— any decision or category of decisions by associations of undertakings, — any concerted practice or category of concerted practices,
which contributes to improving the production or distribution of goods or to promoting technical or economic progress, while allowing consumers a fair share of the resulting benefit, and which does not:

(a) impose on the undertakings concerned restrictions which are not indispensable to the attainment of these objectives;

(b) afford such undertakings the possibility of eliminating competition in respect of a substantial part of the products in question.