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Making Europe work better - 15 NEW
European Reform - Mike Burnett's blog 9 Months, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
Roger Bootle once asked what it would take for European political leaders to accept that the Eurozone experiment has failed.It's clear that the Eurozone doesn’t - and can’t - function effectively with its present membership. But a bloc of...
Making Europe work better - 14 NEW
European Reform - Mike Burnett's blog 9 Months, 5 Days, 22 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
In certain strictly defined situations public bodies can award public contracts without advertisement or tendering. But this power is frequently abused - and this abuse is not adequately dealt with by the latest reform of the Public Procurement Direc...
Making Europe work better - 13 NEW
European Reform - Mike Burnett's blog 9 Months, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
For EU Member States to join NATO would be a useful and necessary step but is in itself not sufficient as a contribution to collective security.So Reform 13 is for all EU Member States to increase defence and security spending to an agreed percentage...
Making Europe work better - 12 NEW
European Reform - Mike Burnett's blog 9 Months, 1 Week, 20 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
Europe needs to enhance its security in dangerous world from military, terrorist and cyber attacks. Britain continues to use its military and intelligence assets and capability to contribute significantly to Europe’s defence.  It will cont...
Making Europe work better - 11 NEW
European Reform - Mike Burnett's blog 9 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 20 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
There are tough times ahead for public spending at all levels of government, including at EU level. So the EU budget freeze is an appropriate response to a time of restraint.But more needs to be done about equality of sacrifice, so Reform 11 is that,...
Making Europe work better - 10 NEW
European Reform - Mike Burnett's blog 9 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
Eurozone members form a qualified majority and, if they vote as a bloc in matters decided by qualified majority voting (QMV), non-Eurozone members can always be outvoted. Such a voting bloc would de facto relegate non-Eurozone members to a status sim...
Making Europe work better - 9 NEW
European Reform - Mike Burnett's blog 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 10 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
The EU often functions on the basis of the sovereignty of the European Court of Justice (CJEU) and not of the legislative arm of the EU i.e. significant CJEU judgments often become irreversible and are sometimes incorporated into subsequent EU legisl...
Making Europe work better - 8 NEW
European Reform - Mike Burnett's blog 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 3 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
Tough times ahead for public spending at all levels of government mean that every pound or euro of public spending has to secure value for money. Yet value for money is not one of the key principles of the EU public procurement régime. Reform...
Making Europe work better - 7 NEW
European Reform - Mike Burnett's blog 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
The European Commission currently makes the ultimate decision on whether or not to pursue infringements, and, due to limited resources, cannot be very active. For example, there have been less than 50 infringement procedures launched by the Comm...
Making Europe work better - 6 NEW
European Reform - Mike Burnett's blog 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 17 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
The size of the EU acquis communautaire is disputed. Estimates range from 80,000 to 170,000. Open Europe have estimated that it might exceed 350,000 pages by 2020.One reason it keeps growing is that EU legislation generally doesn’t have “...
Making Europe work better - 5 NEW
European Reform - Mike Burnett's blog 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
As Britain faces up to the need for lobbying reform, what of the European Commission?While working for KPMG at the European Commission in 2001/02 I was somewhat surprised to find that officials there openly expressed their political allegiances.
Making Europe work better - 4 NEW
European Reform - Mike Burnett's blog 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 4 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
European Commission impact assessments  of costs and alternatives are not currently subject to independent external scrutiny. Reform 4 is to require such independent external scrutiny by an independent body selected by Member States where&n...
Making Europe work better - 3 NEW
European Reform - Mike Burnett's blog 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 18 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
European Commission impact assessments look at the overall cost impact of proposals but not how those proposals are to be financed. Legislation in the environmental field, such as the Landfill Directive, often fails to include this assessment. So Ref...
Making Europe work better - 2 NEW
European Reform - Mike Burnett's blog 9 Months, 4 Weeks, 5 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
European Commission impact assessments look at the overall impact across the EU but not the impact on individual EU Member States.So Reform 2 is to require the Commission to include in their impact assessment an assessment of whether or not a proposa...
Making Europe work better - 1 NEW
European Reform - Mike Burnett's blog 9 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
There are many specific reforms which could make Europe work better. What they need is the political will to advance them. This mini-series will highlight some of the ways we can make Europe work better for Britain, starting with better impact a...
Gibraltar - A reminder of the desire to be British NEW
European Reform - Mike Burnett's blog 10 Months, 4 Days, 7 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
Good to see Channel 5 launching a six part series on Gibraltar, though the title is a bit misleading. Gibraltar is a mix of nationalities thrown together by history and not a haven for British expatriates. http://www.channel5.com/shows/gibraltar-brit...
Life and death at the Tudor court NEW
European Reform - Mike Burnett's blog 10 Months, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
A fascinating and excellent BBC series, including reappraisals of Thomas Cromwell and Henry VII and an insight to the lives of different social classes in Elizabethan England.I particularly enjoyed the assessment of Thomas Cromwell - fixer and social...
My birthday wish - A kinder gentler Europe NEW
European Reform - Mike Burnett's blog 10 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 19 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
It's my birthday today - so no blogging except, to paraphrase the elder George Bush, to extend my wishes in the coming year for a "kinder gentler Europe".Necessary in view of the crises we face and the tensions which they have provoked.
Beyond a boundary (with apologies to CLR James) NEW
European Reform - Mike Burnett's blog 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 7 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
What do they know of cricketWho live beyond its reachThe ties that bound an empireThe skills of life to teach? What do they know of cricketWho never played the gameThe grit of resolutionThe power that knows no bounds?What do they know of cricket...
UKIP - Britain's protest party NEW
European Reform - Mike Burnett's blog 11 Months, 58 Minutes ago
The United Kingdom Independence Party won 25% of the vote in the UK's county council elections two weeks ago. This level of vote share means that many voters, unhappy with how the EU now works, have listened to them and the motivation of these voters...