ECN: what happens in the worst case (allocation)?

By Babette Poley, Laura F. Lalikova, and Eline Schoot

Let’s face it, the case allocation regime of the European Competition Network (ECN) is a dormant volcano ready to explode. There are some that will tell you that the mechanism is working like a well-oiled machine, however, those exact people were, at the very birth of the ECN, skeptical about its success in the future. Indeed, these concerns were not unjustified.

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Future of EASA: A Serious Accountability Deficit

By Danielle van Makkelenberg and Lisette Mustert

The European Commission has adopted a ‘new aviation strategy’, a milestone initiative to boost Europe’s economy, strengthen its industrial base and contribute to EU global leadership. This will not only benefit businesses, but also European citizens by offering more connections to the rest of the world at lower prices.

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OLAF: Looking behind the Scenes of a Success Story

By Loes Janssen & Luiza Ioana Branga

On the 19th of February 2016, The European Anti Fraud Office (OLAF), issued a press release on the outcome of a so-called historic investigation, code-named Operation Cocoon. The operation entailed a complex transnational investigation about fraud on the European budget concerning Research and Innovation projects. For over 10 years, a criminal organisation coordinated identical bids in several EU Member States. After receiving approximately 53 million euro in funds for the projects in question, they claimed non-existent expenses in an organized manner, amounting up to more than 1.8 million euro.

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Human Rights under the European Border and Coast Guard

By Tom Binder, Jens van Straalen and Sybren Straatsma

On the 15th of December, the European Commission published a press release announcing its proposal for a regulation that would establish European Border and Coast Guard (hereinafter: ‘the Commission Proposal’). This European Border and Coast Guard would replace the current European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union, better known as ‘Frontex’. With the birth of such a new agency and the redrafting of its mandate, new chances arise to address flaws in the existing accountability framework of Frontex, and ensure that these are not passed down to its successor. In this blog we want to discuss to what extent the European Border and Coast Guard can be held liable for possible human rights violations under the new Commission Proposal. In order to do so, we shall first describe the problems with the accountability of Frontex for human rights violations under the current framework.

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