British MEP’s : it’s only goodbye

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The British MEP’s, hand in hand with those of other nationalities, sing together : It’s only goodbye. The image is strong : sadness and hope. The Brexit sounded the death knell for an idea of the European Union that could only grow: for the first time, it was shrinking. And this shrinking is not just the exit of a weighty member from the club. It is also the acknowledgement of failure and the threat that others may seek the path of the wide-open door. There is nothing to blame in a process that, however tormented, has occurred in accordance with [...]

BREXIT: USF Open Letter to All Directors of Agencies and Governing Boards

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On 29th March 2019 the UK will leave the European Union. For a few hundred employees of the European Union this day could have life-changing consequences. Concerning Temporary and Contract Agents in the agencies, Article 47 of CEOS states: “Apart from cessation on death, the employment of temporary staff shall cease…where the servant no longer satisfies the conditions laid down in point (a) of Article 12(2), subject to the possibility of authorising an exception under that provision...”. The European Commission has made commitments that staff on indefinite contracts and holding only British citizenship will be able to stay and serve [...]

AGENCIES: A Serious Flaw in the Governance Structure and Control of the Management

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DONWLOAD THE USF FLYER On 6 June 2018, Jose Carreira, the executive director of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) has been released from his duties with immediate effect by the Management Board of the agency amid allegations of misconduct in procurement procedures, irregularities in human resources management, possible breaches of data protection, bullying and psychological violence. This happens after a long screening by diverse bodies on the management of EASO, including the USF, after the dismissal of a senior Commission Official (who was employed by EASO as Temporary Agent) who had voiced concern over possible widespread irregularities in procurement. [...]

Brexit and the legal status of EU officials and other servants of British nationality

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Brussels, 12th January 2018   The negotiators of the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) agreed in principle across the 3 areas under consideration in the first phase of negotiations (protection of the rights of the citizens, the circumstances in Northern Ireland and the financial settlement). "Agreement in principle has been reached on the package as a whole, as opposed to individual elements" (Joint report from the negotiators TF50(2017)1) . The discussions of the second round will begin in order to explore the vision of the future relationship. Decisions have been taken concerning the relocation of the UK-based [...]

Exchange of Views with the European Parliament’s BREXIT Coordinator

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En anglais uniquement! On 4 September 2017, the EP's Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO) held an exchange of views with the EP's Brexit coordinator, Guy VERHOFSTADT, who updated the committee on the state of play in the Brexit negotiations and the EP's perspective on the developments. He recalled his idea of tabling a resolution at the October I plenary (on citizens' rights, Northern Ireland and progress achieved) and announced the publication of a working document with the EP's comments on citizens' rights (here). In this area, the right to family reunification and the UK's plans to have EU citizens submit applications [...]

Why Has Brexit Led To Falling Real Wages?

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This might seem easy. The depreciation immediately after Brexit, plus subsequent declines in the number of Euros you can buy with a £, are pushing up import prices which feed into consumer prices (with a lag) which reduce real wages. But real wages depend on nominal wages as well as prices. So why are nominal wages staying unchanged in response to this increase in prices? Before answering that, let me ask a second question. Why hasn’t the depreciation led to a fall in the trade deficit? Below are the contributions to UK GDP from the national accounts data. Net exports [...]

BREXIT: Who Do Ministers in the Department of International Trade Meet?

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The Department for International Trade (DIT) aims to make Britain “the world’s natural business partner” and it is dedicating copious amounts of ministerial time to hearing from big business about its post-Brexit international trade demands. Of the 318 lobby meetings held by DIT ministers from October 2016 to March 2017, business interests dominated. 90 per cent of meetings held were business lobby meetings. We looked further into who actually attended DIT’s meetings – for instance, if six groups attended a meeting, we counted that as six encounters. Business interests represented an overwhelming 90.5 per cent of all encounters in this [...]

Big Business Dominates Lobby Meetings with UK and EU Brexit Negotiators

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Corporate lobbyists have enjoyed the biggest share of consultations with the UK’s Department for Exiting the EU and the EU Brexit Task Force. New research by Corporate Europe Observatory and Global Justice Now reveals their privileged access and the secrecy around these lobby meetings, which risk to sideline the wider needs of civil society and smaller businesses in an upcoming Brexit deal. The far-reaching Brexit agreement that will govern the UK’s exit from the European Union is not only being shaped at the negotiating table, but also by the lobbyists who are trying to influence each side’s position papers and [...]

Relocating UK-based Agencies

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Who are the front-runners? EBA: The front-runner is Frankfurt. The German financial hub leads the pack on attracting a big chunk of banking business, with major international firms like Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and most recently Mizuho planning on opening offices there. A recent poll by lobby group Frankfurt Main Finance found that 57 percent in the German financial industry believe the EBA will come to Frankfurt. But Paris is actively contesting Frankfurt’s bid and likely to veto any moves to merge the EBA with EIOPA. EMA: Broadly speaking, the Western European and some Scandinavian countries appear to be front-runners. They have been the [...]

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