Lawless Europe

EU states defy EU law and get away with it.…
When it comes to rule-of-law problems in the European Union, Poland and Hungary are just the tip of the iceberg.

Over the past five months, teams of POLITICO reporters have set out to document cases of EU law being flouted around the bloc — from an ultra-polluting steel plant in the heel of Italy, to faulty or unsafe products trickling through a major e-commerce hub in Belgium, to Romanian farmers who use bee-killing pesticides indiscriminately, despite them being banned EU-wide since 2018.…
Milena Clinton, Antonella Massaro and Mauro Zaratta blame the deaths of their children on pollution from a steel plant in this coastal town in southern Italy.

The sprawling plant is infamous for pollution that coats neighborhoods in fine red iron-ore dust, renders local waters unsuitable for mussel cultivation and — according to several experts — is a key factor explaining higher-than-average cancer rates among locals.

It’s been the subject of a fearsome tug-of-war between environmental and economic interests for more than a decade. And now the Italian government led by Prime Minister Mario Draghi wants to ramp up production, promising to restore the plant known by its former name Ilva to its glory days as Europe’s biggest steel producer.

These critics place a part of the blame for the inaction over Taranto’s steelworks on the doorstep of the European Commission in Brussels. The EU’s executive arm, they argue, has failed to enforce its own environmental laws in Taranto despite blatant violations and a seemingly endless game of warning, recrimination and — ultimately — inertia.

Good for Europe, the continent sounds a lot less lawless than the US.

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More lawless EU economic news:…
5 industries that need to watch foreign subsidies rules
Basic industries, infrastructure, transport, technology and energy companies face potential probes and punishment under new EU trade defense rules.

Chinese state-owned firms aren’t the only companies that need to watch out for new European Union rules on foreign subsidies.

The EU’s newest trade defense tool wants companies operating on EU territory to follow rules similar to the EU’s state aid regime. They can expect a grilling about foreign state shareholders or subsidies when they do deals, apply for public tenders or attract suspicion that they are competing unfairly.

The European Parliament’s Trade Committee voted unanimously on Thursday on the new Foreign Subsidy Regulation after striking an agreement with governments last month. All Parliament lawmakers are set to vote on it in a November plenary session. EU countries approved the agreement in a Wednesday vote.

If passed will the law be enforced or flouted by EU industry & ignored by EU governance as in the past?

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