Reach for Gold: IP and Sports – World IP Day 2019

Celebrating 2019 World IP Day   Open Letter to WIPO Director General Francis Gurry for the World IP Day Today, April 26, 2019, we the undersigned think tanks are delighted to celebrate World Intellectual Property Day with you. Intellectual property rights (IPRs), without a doubt, are essential to the continued flourishing of human life and economic growth […]

Public Procurement in Europe: Disparity of Treatment


Public contracts in Europe continue to go to countries that do not allow European competitors to bid for their public tenders. A current debate topic has risen regarding the procurement of public contracts within the EU, with a focus on Chinese companies that continue to win European public contracts, despite EU companies being excluded from […]

The EU’s circular economy approach to plastics and its beneficial effects on the economy.


In 2015 the European Commission launched a Circular Economy Package, and now, there is a growing focus on plastics in a circular economy; in 2018, the commission released the first Europe-wide plastic strategy. Since then, innovators have shown great interest and excitement for what this may mean for their business and the EU economy as […]

Dear EU Commission, E-cigarettes are not poison

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Why the European Commissions’ comparison of e-cigarettes to ‘poison’ is invalid and dangerous, and why the use of e-cigarettes is a beneficial substitute to smokers. Recently, Arūnas Vinčiūnas, head of the cabinet of EU Health Commissioner came out calling e-cigarettes “poison,” which was followed by debate and a strong reaction from many e-cigarette stakeholders. This […]

EU Agriculture Commission: Enough with the Hypocrisy on the Livestock Industry


Several MPs of the European Parliament Agriculture Commission have proposed to reduce subsidies for intensive agriculture and livestock farming. Finally. This reform, which must be firstly approved by the European Parliament before the end of the mandate, presents itself as a concrete measure to curb the livestock industry and (consequently ) the damages it causes […]

EU wants to pull out all of the medicines from the market


Somehow, Europe’s technocrats always manage to dissatisfy everyone. Starting from May 2020, producers of drugs and medical devices – ranging from generic items to more sophisticated ones – will see the current registration and certification regime tighten up with a closer supervision by national governments. The purpose of this Regulation is to supposedly protect European […]