Tony Brown

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Tony Brown7th December 202012min

Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, President of France from 1974 to 1981, died on 2 December 2020, aged 94. This appreciation of Giscard d’Estaing was written after the conclusion of his two years as Chairman of the European Convention in 2003. The author, Tony Brown, worked as an Advisor to the Oireachtas Members of the Irish Delegation to the Convention The Convention’s success in producing, with near unanimity, a comprehensive constitutional text owed much to Giscard’s presidency marked, in the words of the Financial Times, by “a mix of charm, guile and a certain authoritarianism that one would have expected from a former inhabitant of the Elysée.” Although initially adopted by EU governments, it was not until 2009 that the Lisbon Treaty, containing its main elements for the reformed governance of the EU, was signed and approved, in Ireland’s case after two referenda.

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Tony Brown23rd June 20176min

In London a short, but clear, statement was issued by five organisations – British Chambers of Commerce, Confederation of British Industry, Institute of Directors, Federation of Small Businesses and Engineering Employers Federation EEF.

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Tony Brown1st June 20177min

On 29 May 2017, ten days before the UK General Election, the European Commission’s Brexit Task Force published two Draft Position Papers on Article 50. The position papers are based on two Working Papers which were distributed to Member States last week, setting out initial negotiating positions and providing clarity on the approach to be followed by Michel Barnier and his team as talks get underway. 

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Tony Brown23rd May 20176min

The Manifesto underlines the ‘Unionist’ element of its name in a section dealing with Northern Ireland. It begins by recognising the unique circumstances of the region and asserts that it will seek to ensure that Northern Ireland’s interests are protected.

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Tony Brown3rd May 20176min

On 1 May 2017, the new Europol regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/794), which was adopted by the European Parliament on 11 May 2016, came into force, taking effect in all member states. This regulation updates Europol’s powers and enables it to step up efforts to fight terrorism, cybercrime and other serious and organised forms of crime.

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Tony Brown19th April 20176min

As the EU-27 prepare for the European Council meeting on 29 April which will set the negotiating mandate for the forthcoming talks with the UK Government, the European Commission’s Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier, has given an insight into his approach to the demanding task to be undertaken by himself and his carefully assembled Brexit Task Force.