Is the innovation principle compatible with a European Green Deal?

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K J Garnett

On the day before Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s new team was voted in by the European Parliament, an independent, Brussels-based, think-thank CEPS published their third report on the Innovation Principle : ‘Study supporting the interim evaluation of the innovation principle’. With von der Leyen promising to tackle climate change and promote a European Green Deal now would be a good time to examine whether the innovation principle fits in with this vision for greater sustainability or whether its true intention is to curb Europe’s strict environmental laws?  

As lawyers we are familiar with general principles and those practicing European law are familiar with the fact that the EU applies a number of general principles : proportionality, subsidiarity, substantive & fundamental human rights, precaution,… Authority for the EU’s legal principles stems from primary law, typically the Treaties themselves or, more rarely, when the CJEU…

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Brexit Bridge: How the two of spades is going to trump the Ace of Diamonds

Putin, the old cliché goes, views the international world order as a game of chess where pawns, knights, bishops and queens are played off one against the other until there is only one outright winner: Russia.  Putin’s strategy is to align both his and his opponent’s pawns (the mob) with the bishops and knights (the …

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Fair comment or salacious slander ? Changing the narrative through rumour and libel

KJ Garnett Reputation, reputation, reputation! Oh, I have lost my reputation! Cassio  Reputation is an idle and most false imposition, oft got without merit and lost without deserving. You have lost no reputation at all unless you repute yourself such a loser. Iago  Othello, Act 2 Scene 3  During an impassioned discussion on Brexit I …

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Does Johnson suffer from Baron De Pfeffel-Pfaffel Von Wiffle-Waffle Syndrome?

Anyone who is a fan of “Who do you think you are” may have seen that our new Prime Minister has German blood coursing through his veins. The Johnson family legend has it that the De Pfeffel’s were an ancient French aristocratic family. BBC research threw-up a slightly different story. It turns out the De …

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