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They are watching your votes, Council and Parliament!

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Votewatch.eu has been relaunched on Monday, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s time doing so. Put in very simple terms, it’s a website that takes publicly available information from the European Parliament and the EU Council – in particular everything related to votes – and makes it accessible in a way that both […]

A banking union with or without EU treaty change?

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It may be just a minor issue, maybe I’m also getting things wrong, but there seem to be differences in how Commission President Barroso and Vice-President Rehn see the legal situation on the banking union. On 12 June, the Financial Times Brussels Blog quoted from an interview with José Manuel Durão Barroso that “Treaty change would […]

The Two Faces of Barroso: The Technocrat vs The Politician

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In general, I think that Barroso is not the right EU Commission President in these times of crises. He lacks the profile, the passion, the liveliness to convince citizens across the continent to see the value of a common European project, as flawed as it may be in practice. His only luck is that European […]

EP Newshub goes online: The ACTA test case

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At the recent Personal Democracy Forum Brussels we already got a sneak preview by Stephen Clark to the new EP Newshub. Now it’s officially out there. As far as I understand the thing, it is supposed to bring together everything said from the inside of the European Parliament – by MEPs, political groups as well as the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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