Questions tagged [european-union]

For questions on the European Union, a union of currently twenty-eight European countries, and how it relates to national governments and other international organs.

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How does the opposition to quotas for refugees policies from certain EU countries coexist with the EU “free movement of people inside EU” policies?

As far as I know, the European Union is a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe. The EU has developed an internal single market through a ...
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Are Common External Tariff levels agreed via qualified majority voting or unanimity?

Are Common External Tariff levels decided by qualified majority in the Council of Ministers? Or are these classified as taxation and therefore need unanimous agreement?
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Could the European Union (or an element of it) be described as a government?

Could the European Union (or an element of it) be described as a government? The Wikipedia definition of government seems quite broad: A government is the system or group of people governing an ...
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How do I take part in a trilogues in the EU?

If I am an MEP, how can I take part in a trilogue? Can every MEP take part in every trilogue? Also: do lobbyists have access to trilogues?
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Separation of the European Single Market and Customs Union

What is the relationship between the European Customs Union and the European Single Market? Is the Single Market an evolution that encompasses the Customs Union, rather than a stand-alone entity? I ...
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If an MEP resigns is the next person on the list appointed?

What is the process in the UK for when an MEP resigns? Is the next person on the party’s list appointed? In Northern Ireland they use Single Transferrable Vote - perhaps they pick the first loser?
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Can parallels be drawn between the EU and NATO governance ideologies?

Both establishments can be said to be semi-federal, rather than supranational, in that they don't have legal power over all of their members' decisions and laws, but rather act through recommendations ...
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Why are British voters more likely to back the main parties in general elections than in European Parliament elections?

Recently, in the United Kingdom European Union Parliamentary elections, the Brexit Party won the most seats, with 30.5% of the vote. There are claims from Nigel Farage and others that the Brexit Party ...
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How much bargaining power do countries like Greece have on their debt settlement with rich EU countries?

How much bargaining power do countries like Greece have on their debt settlement with rich EU countries? What are the things they could bargain for in their own interests and what are the things they ...
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How did the European Union reach the figure of 3% as a maximum allowed deficit?

According to Wikipedia's article about Stability and Growth Pact: The fiscal discipline is ensured by the SGP by requiring each Member State, to implement a fiscal policy aiming for the country ...
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Do legislators hold the right of legislative initiative?

The OED definition of legislator is: A person who makes laws; a member of a legislative body. A semi-colon is not read as an “or” but as an “and.” Does this mean a legislator must have the right ...
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Is the EU 'punishing' the UK for Brexit? How so? [closed]

This question states the EU has been making Brexit harder for the UK. One of the answers stated the reasons were to dissuade other members from deciding to leave as well. What I wonder is, is that ...
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How does the standardisation process in the EU work?

According to the EU’s website there are three standardisation bodies officially recognised as suppliers of European Standards: CEN, CENELEC and ETSI. I thought the European Medicines Agency had a ...
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Are regulatory compliance checks performed within the EU bloc?

The EU controls regulatory alignment for goods to make cross-border trade easier. EU countries are not wholly aligned in regulatory standards for all goods. For example, the driving side of road ...
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Do specific Council of Ministers configurations run on rotation?

There are a number of different configurations for the Council of Ministers, each corresponding to a policy area. Do these configurations gather ad-hoc or on rotation?
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Is the impetus set by the European Council written down anywhere?

The European Council sets the direction or impetus of the European Commission (but does not instruct it). Is this direction or impetus written down anywhere?
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When does the European Scrutiny Committee get involved in the legislative process?

The European Scrutiny Select Committee scrutinises draft European Union legislation. The Committee assesses the legal and/or political importance of draft EU legislation deposited in Parliament ...
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How will the European Parliament look after brexit?

So 751 different members of the European Parliament was elected. However, some extra members were also elected for some countries for which the extra members first join the parliament the day (when/if)...
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What is the purpose of electing European Parliament since the institution which propose new laws is European Commission?

According to EU organisation: The Commission proposes and implements laws which are in keeping with the objectives of the EU treaties. The members of European Commission are proposed by the ...
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The nature of legislative deliberations with the European Commission

On the European Union website in its description of the "Ordinary Legislative Procedure" it says: In practice, most proposals are adopted at first reading. The reason for this is that the ...
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What can a person do if she could not cast her vote during EU parliamentary elections?

European Parliament elections has passed and Romanian diaspora once again had serious difficulties in casting a vote (Bristol Post, Dubai City Reporter, Vice). Thousands of Romanian diaspora ...
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Why is the voter turnout at EU level so low compared to national elections?

The voter turnout in the European elections in Germany in 2019 for instance was only around 62%. Notable this is still much higher than it was in previous EU elections there… Additionally the voter ...
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What exactly did the Brexit Party gain in the 2019 EU parliament election?

The UK is leaving the European Union soon and Theresa May failed to deliver the Brexit as promised, mainly because she could not get her deal approved by the UK parliament. Under these circumstances, ...
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Did the UK Government ask for the Irish backstop?

Was the Irish backstop asked for by the UK Government or was it was it an imposition by the EU?
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Why did David Cameron offer a referendum on the European Union?

In 2013 in a speech in London entitled “Britain and Europe” David Cameron committed to an in/out referendum for the European Union for their 2015 manifesto. “The next Conservative Manifesto in 2015 ...
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Trade Agreements Approval Process EU vs UK

According to The Trade Justice Movement, the UK's current trade negotiation legislation (which hasn't been relevant for some time) means that only government approval (that is the executive) is ...
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Have people been prosecuted or fined for multiple cross-countries voting in EU elections?

Per a recent question here, an EU citizen may only cast one vote in the EU elections, even if citizen of multiple EU countries. I imagine however that unlike national elections, this kind of multiple-...
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Can a British citizen living in France vote in both France and Britain in the European Elections?

Are there constraints on the number of countries in which you can place a vote in the European Election? Can a British citizen living in France vote in both France and Britain in the European ...
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Can exit-polls for European Elections be published?

European elections are run over multiple days - the earliest voting countries in the EU are voting today, and the final votes will be on Sunday. Is it permissible for an exit-poll for a single ...
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Why did British Steel have to borrow 120 million pounds (from the government) to cover its ETS obligations?

Can someone clarify why British Steel had to receive a UK government loan for this sum of 120 million pounds? Did British Steel need this money to buy ETS allowances, or were these fines for not ...
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Where does the EU ETS fine money go?

An EU ETS factsheet says: A business is penalised if it does not surrender enough allowances. It has to buy allowances to make up the shortfall, is “named and shamed” by having its name ...
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Does the EU ETS primary auction money pass through the “EU coffers” at all?

As far as I could discover, although the EU runs a centralized Union Registry for ETS transactions, in which all member states must participate (well the UK was suspended at the beginning of this year)...
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How does the EU Emissions Trading Scheme account for increased emissions outside the EU?

If a third country (say China) is not beholden to the same emissions trading scheme, market forces should push steel production into the countries where costly emissions credits are not needed and ...
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Who collects the wealth raised by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme?

British Steel finally collapsed because of a non-allocation of emissions credits and an inability to raise hundreds of millions of pounds to purchase new emissions credits [1] within the European ...
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How much money can MEP earn a month?

What is a monthly salary of Member of European Parliament, his office, assistents, and debate participation income?
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In the Belgian election system, what is the effect of voting on every candidate of a party?

There are elections soon in Belgium. I have been told that I am allowed to vote on more than one candidate within the same party. If I were to give my vote to every candidate on the list of my desired ...
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What happens if an independent candidate in the UK gets two seats worth of votes in EU elections?

During the UK election for the European parliament, what happens if an independent candidate gets enough votes for two seats? Do they nominate someone to get the seat? Do the votes get shared out ...
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Where can I find the final text of EU Deal for Double Food Standards?

This Politico article argues about the EU deal related to Double Food Standards: After fighting long and hard to reach an agreement, the European Commission passed a set of rules last week that ...
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How to review the decision-making of the different functions of the European Union?

When I was yesterday doing research around How long does it take, before the details of an EU parliament decision get published? I figured, that I had some conceptional misunderstanding of how the EU ...
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(Why) is Armenia's CEPA not perceived as threatening by Russia?

A CFR article/interview claims that Armenia's 2017 Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with the EU is not perceived as threatening by Russia. If this is correct, it is a bit ...
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Why did the UK remove the 'European Union' from its passport?

As per a previous question answered this is optional. But I am wondering, what is the reason behind making the decision to remove the words 'European Union' from the cover of UK passports issued since ...
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Public information (and possibility to impact) about ALDE Party transformation into more social liberal movement? [closed]

The Industry 4.0/X.0 is transforming the economic realities. In the past humans competed with humans and both excelled in their skills. Today human needs to compete with the machine/computer/software/...
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Which UK polls//surveys provide information at a constituency-by-constituency level, for the upcoming EU elections in May 2019?

Coming as no surprise whatsoever, the 2019 EU elections will be an interesting event in the UK. Notable features seem to be: The election may act as a proxy vote on brexit, and on various parties' ...
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What are the reasons for increase of nationalism and euroscepticism in Poland?

Poland has previously been the most promising of new EU members. What made it change course in recent years?
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Are there some figures for Moldova's economic benefits from their Association Agreement with the EU?

Moldova has an Association Agreement with the EU which includes a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area as well as some ancillary benefits according to Wikipedia the modernisation of Moldova's ...
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Has the pro-Russia president of Moldova taken any concrete steps toward abandoning Moldova's Association Agreement with the EU?

According to Wikipedia: On 1 July 2016, the Association Agreement (AA) between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova fully came into force, following ratification by all 31 signatories. [.....
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How do EU countries negotiate (and divide among themselves) fishing quotas outside of EU waters?

Let's say the Netherlands wants to fish in the EEZ of Sierra Leone. Is the EU as body involved in this at all? Or does the Netherlands negotiate fishing rights with the non-EU country in question, ...
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Does the EU Common Fisheries Policy cover British Overseas Territories?

Looking at what makes up the UK Exclusive_economic_zone (EEZ) it totals 6,805,586 square km. But of these only 773,676 square km are around UK proper and 426 around Gibraltar. The vast majority are ...
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Are there any pro-EU parties left in the Icelandic parliament?

The pro-EU Bright Future party failed to win any seats in the 2017 elections. Do any of the other parties with parliamentary representatives still favor Iceland joining the EU? I'm asking because ...
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What is the strongest case that can be made in favour of the UK regaining some control over fishing policy after Brexit?

I am a little baffled by the prominence of fishing in the debates over the UK's decision to leave the EU. The fact that the UK may regain control over fishing policy has had high visibility. However, ...