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Monthly Archives: March 2012

But they don’t know what they were doing: Comitology edition

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“[W]hen we speak of EU primary law, we are referring to a kind of legal text that even law experts have hard time digesting (and of course the question is whether those who sign these treaties really know what they are doing?)” (Protesilaos Stavrou) I wanted to write this blog post for a while but […]

Conflicts over new access to documents procedures in the Council

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The EU Council has in fact changed its procedure for access to documents as I speculated last month. The introduction of a written procedure when dealing with appeals (‘confirmatory applications’) seems to have come in reaction to an own-initiative report issued by the EU Ombudsman last June. However, the new procedure does not come without conflict […]

Preparing the #rp12: Search in the multilingual Euroblogosphere (edited)

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I will be speaking about the European blogosphere on the re:Unite track of the re:publica conference in Berlin in early May. In preparation, I can draw on the ongoing discussion about Euroblogging here on this and other blogs, but I am also doing some additional empirical research. One of the hypothetical and real questions that such research faces is how to find […]

Hugh’s Fish Fight or: The blind spot of the EU social media gurus

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The European Parliament has about 370,000 fans on Facebook. Hugh’ Fish Fight campaign has 238,000. The English language Twitter account of the European Parliament has 10,250 followers. Herman van Rompuy has 51,000. Hugh’s Fish fight has almost 30,000. The main campaign video of the campaign has been seen almost 300,000 times since the end of […]

Discussing EU blogging and the unlinked EU blogosphere

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My post on “The unlinked EU blogosphere” that I wrote as a complement to my post “On the state of EU blogging” has seen some follow-up in the last 9 days, so let’s take stock. First, the new Bruegel blog used the occasion to proclaim that Europeans can’t blog. To make their point a little […]

Polished academic blogging on the EUROPP blog

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“We have no editorial ‘line’ except a commitment to communicating social science research and commentary in ways that enhance public debate and understanding.” (About, LSE EUROPP blog) Yesterday, a blog post of mine was published on the LSE EUROPP blog. I had proposed the title “On the State of EU Blogging” – a bit bold […]

General Secretariat of the EU Council restructured

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According to a new Council document, the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union will be restructured as of 1 April 2012 – this is about 9 months after Uwo Corsepius took over the office of Secretary General from Pierre de Boissieu. The current list of Directorates General of the Council Secretariat, according […]

2012: The year in which the Commission realised the existence of online social networks

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The following are quotes from the Commission meeting minutes of 22 February 2012 from their debate about ACTA: “[Reding] concluded by highlighting the rising influence of social networks on the Internet and the need for the Commission to take account of this in its communication policy and in dealing with various dossiers. Instructions had already been given to the […]

Cathy Ashton and her spokes-Mann: An International Women’s Day observation

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Today, EU foreign minister Catherine Ashton has issued two statements, one on the conflict in Sudan and one on the International Women’s Day, the latter with a focus on the Middle East/North Africa. The statements issued on Sudan is introduced with: “The Spokesperson of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security […]

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