ECI Day 2017

April 10th, 2017|articles, Blog page (all posts)|

On 11 April, I will take part at the ECI Day 2017, where I will have the pleasure to give the keynote speech. This year's edition will devoted to the ECI success stories and kind of policy-making that engages citizens.

Taxation and other Economic Incentives as Health-promoting Tools

December 2nd, 2016|articles, Blog page (all posts)|

Tax measures on tobacco products and alcoholic beverages have been used for years to raise revenue. It is only more recently that they have been presented as public health measures. It is against this backdrop that University of Liverpool's Law and NCD Unit, together with HEC Paris, is organizing conference, which will focus on the role that taxation and other price measures can play in NCD prevention strategies.

How to not Brexit

August 23rd, 2016|articles, Blog page (all posts)|

In the wake of the UK's government current thoughts about how to leave the EU, I spoke to Politico about the risks and consequences of a hard Brexit that would not respect the procedure foreseen under Article 50 TEU.

Price Caps for Booze

July 26th, 2016|articles, Blog page (all posts)|

Following Scotland's introduction of a minimum unit price for alcohol, the Scottish Whisky Association challenged the measure before the EU courts. I commented on this case in an upcoming article for the Common Market Law Review.

Let the Doors Revolve

July 12th, 2016|articles, Blog page (all posts)|

Together with Benajmin Bodson, I argued in an Op-ed that contrary to the salvific rhetoric embraced by the Juncker Commission there are legal obligations preventing José Manuel Barroso from taking up his job as non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs.

Is Free Trade Dead?

July 11th, 2016|articles, Blog page (all posts)|

I took part in a Politico-symposium devoted to the current challenges and pitfalls of the EU's trade policy, where I argued that we definitely need a more informed public reflection on the pros and cons of deeper forms of economic integration.

Brexit: Why to Choose Europe

June 10th, 2016|articles, Blog page (all posts)|

On 23 June British voters will take a decision that will determine both their own future and the future of the EU as whole: whether to stay in, or leave the European Union. Despite the fact that reason dictates to stay in, the referendum’s result is far from certain.

Transatlantic Relations and Institutionalisation

May 24th, 2016|articles, Blog page (all posts)|

On 15 July 2016, I will take part at a one-day workshop exploring the phenomenon of institutions, institutionalisation and transatlantic relations. The seminar considers the gap between institutionalisation and lesser forms of non-institutionalisation in regimes, by focussing principally upon the case of EU international relations qua transatlantic relations in data, security and trade.

Interview with Speakerhub

May 18th, 2016|articles, Blog page (all posts)|

I recently took part in an interview with Speakerhub, allowing me to talk about how to use empathy in conjunction with data to make an impact on audiences. I also shared a few ideas on how to relate to millennial audiences, as well as some advice on how to balance a talk while being genuine.

European Millennials Lab

May 16th, 2016|articles, Blog page (all posts)|

Under 30 young European citizens, coming from 20 different countries, enthusiastic about Europe. This is the profile of the Millennials that participate at the European Millennials Lab in Siena from the 13 to 18 May. The event is a workshop that will bring out new ideas and best practices for the future of Europe from the debate between young citizens.

The Future of International Regulatory Cooperation

May 13th, 2016|articles, Blog page (all posts)|

Together with my colleague Jonathan B. Wiener I co-authored an article, that focuses on the important yet often neglected benefits of learning from regulatory variation, and the design of institutions. Interestingly, part of what is currently being discussed in TTIP can constitute a useful learning process toward a global policy laboratory.

Conferences and Events

May 3rd, 2016|articles, Blog page (all posts)|

In the next few days I will be speaking at these three conferences: 4 May 2016, Brussels (BE) - The Right to Speak Out: Draft Directive for the Protection of Whistle-blowers. I have been asked by The Greens | European Free Alliance to present our common work on a draft whistle-blowers directive. 5 May 2016, Liverpool (UK) -Democratic Participation in a Citizen's Europe: What Next for the EU? ...

Power to the people: Citizens should soon have more voice to sway policy

April 27th, 2016|articles, Blog page (all posts)|

#NuitDebout (originally published on HEC Paris's website) HEC Paris professor Alberto Alemanno says civic movements like ‘Nuit Debout’ are good for democracy but, in order to have their voice truly heard, need a professional leg-up in the form of citizen lobbying. An organization he is involved in and a book he is writing aim to pair up experts with NGOs to help them act as a counterweight to big business lobbying.

How Much Better is Better Regulation?

February 10th, 2016|articles, Blog page (all posts)|

In the wake of its ambitious promise to be ‘big on big things and small on small things’, the European Commission recently unveiled a strategy for streamlining the policymaking process. By promising to change ‘what the Union does and how it does it’, the Commission's Better Regulation Package aims to improve the efficiency and accountability of the legislative process by means of greater openness, inclusiveness and substantiated expertise.

The precautionary principle in TTIP: trade barrier or essential for consumer protection?

January 26th, 2016|articles, Blog page (all posts), Latest blog post (Homepage)|

This year I will participate to the Multi-stakeholder Forum organised by the TACD. The forum will bring together participants representing civil society, government, legislators and business on both sides of the Atlantic to discuss issues of importance to consumers related to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Exit of EU science adviser triggers furor

November 25th, 2014|articles, Blog page (all posts)|

New European Commission says it hasn’t decided how it will organize its scientific advice. At a time of increasing recognition worldwide of the role of chief science advisers as of critical importance in improving dialogue between science and policy, the newly elected President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, decided

Italy Be-Have: Why Italy should establish a Nudge Unit

March 10th, 2014|articles, Blog page (all posts)|

One of the strategies to free Italy from its legendary bureaucracy may lie in a new approach towards policy-making. Recent times have witnessed a rising interest by regulators, administrative agencies as well as public administrations towards a better understanding of human behavior based on the results that decades of experimental research have produced.

US pushes for greater transparency in EU business regulation on the eve of the fourth round of negotiations in TTIP

February 23rd, 2014|articles, Blog page (all posts)|

Some of my ideas about the ongoing negotiations on TTIP were featured by the Financial Times and its World Trade Reporter Shawn Donnan. The US is using transatlantic trade negotiations to push for a fundamental change in the way business regulations are drafted in the EU to allow business groups greater input earlier in the process.

TTIP: Where do we stand?

February 9th, 2014|articles, Blog page (all posts), Latest blog post (Homepage)|

I have been meaning to blog for the past few months about the ongoing negotiations aimed at concluding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). After an initial post in reaction to the announcement of the launch of the TTIP negotiations, I deliberately decided to abstain from providing any further comment during the first months of negotiations.