Volume XVI, 4-2017
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How Will Trump’s Policies Influence the EU?

How Will Trump’s Policies Influence the EU?

Recently, the President of the United States Donald Trump passed the milestone of his first hundred days in office. Some of his actions and decisions were expected and predictable, some of them were rather surprising.

Putting the evaluation of his policies aside, President Trump definitely brought new momentum both to US domestic and international politics. The impact of his presidency on the EU economy and the overall implications for EU-US relations were discussed by the representatives of EU institutions, the Czech government, economic experts and other stakeholders at a debate that took place on 26th of May 2017 in the European House in Prague.

Vice-President of the European Parliament Pavel Telička (ALDE/ANO 2011) said that it is still too early for a deeper evaluation of Trump’s presidency. So far, Trump’s decisions lack consistency and, therefore, it is more difficult to anticipate his future actions, both domestically and vis-à-vis international partners. Under the mandate of President Obama, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US came to a mature stage of negotiations. However, under President Trump, the deal has been put aside. Aleš Chmelař, Chief EU Analyst of the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, says he cannot imagine that under President Trump, TTIP negotiations would mature further than they are at present. He expects that the negotiations might turn more political and whilst both partners » read more «

Low Attention to Business in the Digital Single Market

The needs of businesses are not given enough priority in the Digital Single Market strategy. „The Commission and co-decision makers need to work towards solutions that are fit for both consumers and for entrepreneurs; this is not a political option, it’s an economic need“, says Arnaldo Abruzzini, CEO of EUROCHAMBRES. Business ́ and employers ́ organisations reacted to the Commission ́s revision of the DSM strategy published on May 10.

According to BusinessEurope, Europe should rebalance its risk-averse approach to digital policy and foster the economic and societal benefits new technologies offer. Legislation is only required where real market failures exist. Both organisations agree that Europe needs a greater focus on better regulation principles and that the DSM strategy must ensure a level playing field with legal certainty and stability.

Mobility Package: When Will the National Rules Disappear?

On the last day of May, the European Commission adopted a long-awaited mobility package which deals with road tolls, CO2 emissions reduction, reduction of congestion, better safety and posting of workers and rest times. The good news is that it sets up standard rules for road transport across Europe. The bad news is that national measures still persist under the framework of German MiLoG or French Loi Macron.

On 3rd May, France adopted a decree which obliges foreign hauliers posting their drivers » read more «

EESC CORNER: Spring Energy Package

At the end of 2016, the European Commission published its „Winter Energy Package”. The EESC is one of the EU institutions that has been entrusted with the discussion and negotiation of these documents. That is why the EESC, in response to the Commission ́s Winter energy package has prepared a set of eight opinions and presented it as an EESC Spring energy package. The first five opinions were discussed and agreed by the EESC Plenary meeting on 26 and 27 April 2017.

In the opinion TEN/624 – “Clean Energy for all Package” EESC welcomes the “clean energy” package, which aims » read more «