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Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy: Public debate and secret negotiations

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Today, the EU Council holds its third orientation debate on the reform of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (Council background note). That’s the shiny surface of general ideas and positions staged for the public and live streamed on the internet (from ~11/11.15 am). Tomorrow, the Council’s Working Party* on “Internal and External Fisheries Policy” meets, and […]

The European Union mid-term priorities at the United Nations

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The EU Council just published “The European Union mid-term priorities at the United Nations” (Update: slightly revised version) for “public diplomacy use”. I suppose that this means that there is a second document “for secret diplomacy use”. And indeed, reading through the “priorities” looks like a long shopping list of diplomatic blabla – whether it’s […]

Travel to Greece, smile, and everything will be fine

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From the EU Commission meeting of 18 April 2012: Barroso “asked each Commissioner to travel to Greece to support the communication actions there and demonstrate visibly not just the Commission’s support for the Greek people but everything it had done to lay the groundwork for inclusive growth and sustainable development in Europe.” This request closed the […]

Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy: Next week’s Council

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I’ve already blogged about next week’s EU Council meeting with regard to the fisheries issues. However, the Council also deals with what is by far the largest chunk of the EU budget, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and its reform. For next week’s session, the Danish Council Presidency has prepared a questionnaire to structure the […]

Jon Stewart on elections in France and Greece

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The sad thing about European media is that there’s probably no show that could make fun of elections in Europe than the US-based “The Daily Show“. The good thing is that it does manage to make decent fun of European politics. Watch: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: International House of Pander-cakes – Greece & France […]

Access to documents from the EU Commission after 9 months

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If I will die at the age of 75, I will have waited ~1% of my life for the EU Commission to come up with a decision regarding a 21-page document. I’ve blogged about the story in the past, but here’s a short version of this story supplemented by  how it ended today. At the end […]

Applause from Commissioner Andor for the socialist turn in France

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You will hear a lot of congratulations in the days to come for François Hollande. The first ones have already come in, and among the ones congratulating was the social democrat President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz who wrote in a tweet earlier this evening: “Félicitations à François Hollande! C’est le moment de changer […]

Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy: Upcoming debates in May

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The EU’s Council of Ministers is slowly approaching the decisive phase for the future Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). After two orientation debates in March and in April, the May Fisheries Council will close this round with a last debate on environmental aspects before getting to a general approach to the CFP reform in June. In […]

Spanish government wants border controls for ECB meeting in Barcelona

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According to Council document published yesterday, the Spanish government wants to introduce border controls at its borders to France and at the airports of Barcelona and Girona from 28 April to  4 May. The reason: “From 2 to 4 May 2012 a meeting of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) will be held […]

Commissioner Damanaki answers my provocative question on the CFP reform

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Knowing that I am somehow interested in EU fisheries policy, the Debating Europe team recently asked me on Twitter whether I had any question for EU fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki. I chose the rather provocative question which of the two major proposals for the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) – the discard ban […]

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