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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 […]

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 […]

EU Parliament attacks Council over Schengen decision

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Yesterday, the Council of Ministers for Justice attacked Schengen, and they attacked hard (Update: Council press release & formal “compromise” text). So it’s good to see the four major political groups in the European Parliament put out strong press releases indicating that they won’t accept this marche arrière. People’s Party: “A lost opportunity and a reversion to […]

A note to Commission spokesperson Antony Gravili

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Dear Mr Gravili, I don’t know whether the EUobserver quoted you out of context, and whether you meant to say that only (or mostly) big corporation lawyers and “nutty NGOs” make use of the EU transparency rules. I don’t know whether you have ever tried yourself to request documents from the European Commission. Maybe you […]

Lobbying EP rapporteurs through committee secretariats

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In a very interesting academic paper titled “Do rapporteurs receive independent expert policy advice? Indirect lobbying via the European Parliament’s committee secretariat“* the author David Marschal concludes on the basis of structured interviews and questionnaires that: “Secretariat officials play an often important role in the legislative process, but, rather than serving as the source of independent policy expertise, they act […]

EU assistance to the Turkish Cypriot community

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Just in time for the upcoming Cyprus EU Council Presidency, the EU Court of Auditors issued a special report on EU assistance to the Turkish Cypriot community. In fact, between February 2006 and September 2011, a total of 292.3 million Euro was planned and 259.4 million were actually contracted,  178.8 million Euro of which have […]

The Cyprus presidency logo story: Of nepotism and copyright

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One year ago, the Cyprus government ran a competition for its presidency logo, with the winner being promised 6000 Euros. According to Cyprus Mail, the competition had to be restarted after allegations of nepotism. In mid-May, after the final logo was unveiled, there were media reports that the logo looked very similar to a raw […]

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