9th Jun 2023


UK delivered its Article 50 letter to the EU

At 13.30pm Brussels time, the UK's envoy delivered the Article 50 letter to European Council president Donald Tusk, triggering the exit procedure from the EU. "After nine months the UK has delivered," Tusk tweeted Wednesday, referring to the UK's referendum on EU membership last June. Tusk will shortly deliver a press statement on behalf of the 27 member states, hoping for the UK to remain a "close partner". More.

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EU's proposed ethics body 'toothless', say campaigners

Transparency campaigners say the new ethics body proposed by the European Commission will do little to prevent corruption at the EU institutions. The proposal comes six months after allegations of a Qatari corruption affair involving a former European Parliament vice-president.


The 'BlackRock exemption' has no place in the EU's due diligence directive

With the EU's Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive, there's an opportunity to harness the power of investment for truly sustainable activities. But to do this, it must not allow the 'BlackRock exemption' and instead cover institutional investors and asset managers.

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