The description of my blog says that “I attempt to translate between political science and political practice in EU matters“. Yesterday was a day full of opportunities for this. I could start talking about the combination of science and practice for the blog post and paper “Transparency in the Financing of Europarties” that I wrote [...]
Monthly Archives: January 2011
It’s kind of funny when the lobbyist reflects on the political scientist’s reflections on lobbyism. This is what public affairs professional James, formerly based in the Brussels bubble and now in Washington, has just done on his blog, discussing a paper by Dr. Heike Klüver on lobby influences in the EU.
For the “Th!nk About It” blogging competition on the topic of water, I have blogged “Water scarcity, a European water strategy, and why the EU co-sponsors Th!nk5“.
The consultative bodies of the European Union, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Committee of the Regions (CoR), both residing in the same building in Brussels, are usually ignored, their influence questioned and their need doubted by some and defended by these bodies. But let us have a look in to current [...]
In December, I wrote a post on this blog titled “A new EUR-Lex: Finding EU documents 2.0?”. The starting point for this article was a non-public EU Council document titled “A new EUR-Lex”. I wasn’t satisfied with the fact that I could not access this document and so I did a Freedom of Information request to the EU Council Secretariat.
Understanding EU-level decision-making is complicated. You have to be quite an expert to search and find relevant EU documents, even when they are public. So getting an idea on what is going on right now in the EU is beyond the capabilities of most, which is why I am also interested in the renewal of [...]
[…] I took a look at the Commission website and the page with the Commission’s meeting protocols for 2010 in order to see how Ashton’s participation rate was in comparison to others. […] I went through all the protocols of the Barroso II Commission in 2010 (36 in total, starting with the meeting on 17 February 2010) and coded the participation of the Commissioners in an Excel file which I have uploaded to Google Fusiontables […].