All articles by Charlotte Wirth

Supply chains: a directive with loopholes
Yesterday, the European Commission presented the long-awaited supply chain law. The directive goes further than German law. It relates to the entire value chain. Thanks to a liability clause, victims have easier access to EU courts. Nevertheless, the text contains some weaknesses. For example, EU states can determine their own sanctions, which could lead to fragmentation of the internal market. An overview. continue reading →
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Regulatory Scrutiny Board: the big black box
The Regulatory Scrutiny Board examines the impact assessments of draft legislation from the EU Commission. Members of the European Parliament criticize the RSB for not acting in a transparent manner – they suspect hidden political influence in the case of the Supply Chain Act. Von der Leyen now wants to strengthen the committee. continue reading →
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What to expect from the EU supply chain law
After several delays, the Commission plans to present the directive on sustainable corporate governance in two weeks. Although Didier Reynders was unable to get his way on many points, the regulation will go well beyond German law. Here's an overview. continue reading →
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Andreas Goldthau: “The shortage on the natural gas market is global, not just domestic”
New LNG imports to Europe could lead to other countries being priced out of the market. These are emerging countries that would no longer be able to compete with Europe on price, says Andreas Goldthau in an interview with Charlotte Wirth. continue reading →
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Claude Turmes: “without LNG ports, we would be completely vulnerable to blackmail”
For Luxembourg's energy minister, the only way out of the current gas price crisis is a package of measures: increasing energy efficiency, expanding renewable energies and diversifying gas sources. He does not see any risk that the current crisis situation will push the climate issue into the background. Demand for gas will continue to fall, says Turmes in the interview. continue reading →
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Taxonomy: Nicolas Schmit against nuclear energy and gas
As a rule, the Commission adopts delegated acts in writing through the so-called written procedure. With the legal act on taxonomy, the Commission may deviate from this rule. At least that’s what the Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, says. “This is probably being discussed in the Collège.” In that case, the only […] continue reading →
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Taxonomy: Does legal action stand a chance?
As soon as the Commission formally adopts its delegated act under which nuclear power is considered sustainable, it is certain to be sued by Austria and Luxembourg. In doing so, the two countries intend to rely, among other things, on a legal opinion commissioned by the Austrian government. But what chances do the states have of putting the brakes on the legal act? continue reading →
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Nuclear power in the taxonomy draft: a text with weaknesses
According to the Commission's draft taxonomy bill, investments in nuclear power are to be classified as "sustainable." But there are gaps in the Commission's proposal. The Commission also sets standards for technologies that do not yet exist. This provides critics with a broad attack surface. continue reading →
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Interview with Carole Dieschbourg: ‘this taxonomy is a no-go’
Luxembourg's Minister of Environment calls the EU Commission's draft taxonomy "greenwashing". By at least temporarily including investments in gas and nuclear power, the EU is losing its pioneering status in the fight against climate change, the Green minister criticizes in the interview with Charlotte Wirth. Luxembourg intends to join a lawsuit filed by Austria if the proposal is adopted at the end of January. continue reading →
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Belgium’s nuclear debate: withdrawal from the phase-out?
Belgium's nuclear phaseout is actually a done deal. But shortly before the government makes its decision, the fronts within the governing coalition harden – especially the Liberals want to stick to nuclear power. The discussion is an example of how intensely the technology is currently being fought over in many countries in Europe. continue reading →
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Timetable for EU supply chain law is shaky again
The EU Commission is wrangling hard with the EU duty of care law. A proposal is not likely until shortly before Christmas. continue reading →
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Taxonomy: France’s plea for miniature nuclear power plants
France is relying on nuclear power to achieve its climate targets. President Macron wants to invest in small nuclear power plants in particular in order to drive forward the energy transition. To finance this, nuclear energy must be classified as sustainable in the EU taxonomy. But the new technology also harbors many problems. continue reading →
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