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Simple feedback loops in EU social media – an example

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Using social media can be so simple for EU institutions and those working in these institutions if they understand that all that is needed is to listen and to (inter)act. An example: Today, a patent law blogger complained about dysfunctional parts of the relaunched EU Parliament website. With a tweet, I shared this complaint with […]

EU policy blogs: There are some indeed! (updated)

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There is the tendency by those who follow EU social media to focus on the social media aspects of all this. There is the risk to lose sight that quite some substance is dealt with in EU-focused or EU-covering blogs. Just some examples of very specialised blogs, eg.: on the Common Agricultural Policy, on the […]

MEP Renate Sommer – Your advocate against transparency in the EU Parliament (updated)

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This week, the Civil Liberties Committee (‘LIBE’) of the European Parliament has passed by 33 to 17 votes a report on the legislative proposal(s) by the EU Commission to reform the EU’s access to documents regulation.* This means that finally the process on reforming the EU transparency legislation will move on, although I have my doubts […]

All new EU websites coming up?

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“Unfortunately, those looking for documents gave the lowest satisfaction rating, with 13 percent ranking the site either ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’.“ That’s one of the findings of a user survey the EU Commission web team have made ahead of the revamp of the Commission’s website. And this was one of the reasons for my life […]

Europe in Blogs and Social Networks @ #ViaEU – Going local instead of European?

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There was one question/remark by a professor who attended my talk on “Europe in Blogs and Social Networks” yesterday – the pre-workshop blog posts are here and here – that quite hit the nail on the head. His question was in how far blogging/social media actually impacted EU politics. And he added that if blogging/social media […]

Europe in Blogs and Social Networks – Further thoughts ahead of the academic workshop #ViaEU

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Hard EU politics – in particular EU law-making – is not made in social media, it is not or almost not influenced by social media communication, but it becomes more accessible through social media as political and institutional activities and conflicts are more frequently visible at the time they occur. That’s the main statement I’ve […]

Europe in Blogs and Social Networks – Some thoughts ahead of an academic workshop

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Next week, invited by @nvondarza, I’ll be speaking about “Europe in Blogs and Social Networks” (PDF, in German) with students of the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder – that’s the Frankfurt at the German-Polish border, not the ECB-Frankfurt. There’s much to say on this subject, there has been said much about it recently, and I […]

Life hacking EU websites (2): Finding and linking EU Court judgements [updated]

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UPDATE (14 December 2011): The Court website has a new advanced search now and the links to the results actually lead to the exact documents one wants to link; life hacking is no longer necessary. Very good! Last week I’ve started to show how life hacking of EU websites can make your life easier. The […]

Life hacking EU websites to find relevant information – my #h4t contribution

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Given that from what I see the EU Hackathon this week wasn’t really (meant to be) a contribution to more EU transparency, I thought I’d do a little life hack of EU institutions’ websites as my contribution outside the competition. These examples show how Google or other special searches can make your life much – or at least […]

My complaint to the EU Ombudsman [updated]

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When I sat on a panel together with the EU Ombudsman in Ireland in February this year discussing legal and practical aspects of the EU access to documents regulation (1049/2001*), I said to Mr Diamandouros (the Ombudsman) that it may well be that I’d have to make use of his office in the course of […]

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