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Monthly Archives: June 2012

EU problems that really matter: Delegated acts

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  You may wonder: What is the most important, the most pressing, and thus the most recurring problem in EU policy-making for EU member states? The financial and economic crises? The European agriculture? High-speed internet for disconnected regions? Not really. In fact, the most recurring problem is “delegated acts“, a special legal instrument introduced by […]

The Future of Europe: EU foreign ministers mock European citizens

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A group of 10 EU foreign ministers  is meeting to discuss the Future of Europe, proposing some lukewarm reforms of the EU system to save it. But more than that: When you read the interim report of the group, you can see that the reforms proposed are not just lukewarm, the foreign ministers seem to mock […]

Statistics: Questions from the EU Parliament to the Commission

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According to the 2011 Annual Activity Report (p. 24-25) of the Commission’s Secretariat General, the European Parliament has asked 12.093 questions – 16 questions per member in average – to the European Commission in 2011, doubling the figures from 2007 (6066 at the time). 984 of these questions were so-called “priority questions” (3 weeks deadline instead of […]

Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy: General approach of the Council

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After my live-blogging Tuesday and Wednesday night, what was still missing were the actual documents containing the decisions of the Council. CFP Reform Watch has them. Interestingly, CFP Reform Watch have them even though they are not yet listed in the Council’s public register of documents. And also interestingly, although the document containing the “General […]

The new EUR-Lex: Going public soon?

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1.5 years ago, I first covered the planned reform of EUR-Lex, the major platform for EU law and EU institutions’ decisions. One year ago, a set of slides (PDF) published by VÖBBLOG gave hints where things were moving. In a set of blog posts, the EU’s Publication Office talked about the new EUR-Lex itself in October last year. […]

Live blogging: EU Council meeting on Fisheries of 12-13 June 2012 (night session)

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Live blogging of the night session of the EU Council meeting on Fisheries of 12-13 June 2012 based on live stream (from English interpretation provided). May contain mistakes and miss certain aspects – check against recorded video! For background see my earlier post. For the live blogging of the morning session on 12 June go here. Recorded videos […]

Live blogging: EU Council meeting on Fisheries of 12 June 2012 (morning session)

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Live blogging of the morning session of the EU Council meeting on Fisheries of 12 June 2012 based on live stream (from English interpretation provided). May contain mistakes and miss certain aspects – check against recorded video! For background see my earlier post. Previous live blogging: 14 May 2012. Recorded videos around the Council at the […]

The Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy: (No) General Approach for the June Council

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On Tuesday, the EU Council on Fisheries meets in Luxembourg to discuss its general approach for the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (agenda, Council background note, Presidency progress report). CFP Reform Watch has already covered the major issues earlier this week, highlighting division in the Council. Now, a document just published by the Council summarises […]

Rio+20: The EU approach and current developments

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Some weeks ago, the European Commission discussed the upcoming Rio+20 conference on sustainable development (20-22 June 2012). When you read through the minutes of 22 May meeting of the Commission (p. 13-18), one can see that the expectations at EU level are not very high: “[Commissioner Piebalgs] said that the only outcome that the European Union could […]

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