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My presentation at the Personal Democracy Forum Brussels 2012

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Some people have asked me whether I could share my presentation from the Personal Democracy Forum in Brussels yesterday. That’s done. For all those who like to read all the posts written in preparation for this talk, click here. And be aware that my “EU foam” metaphor used in a previous post and during the […]

Bloggers meeting the Cyprus Council Presidency: My five cents

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Soon Cyprus – the island presidency – will take over the EU Council Presidency from Denmark. And they have proposed a bloggers meeting on 12 July in Brussels, a meeting that should bring together bloggers from Cyprus and other European bloggers, as well as introduce the Presidency team to them. I think this is a […]

Commission fails deadline in my Ombudsman complaint

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In November 2011, I submitted a complaint to the EU Ombudsman because the Commission failed to provide me with documents I needed for my research. The Commission finally provided me with the documents in late December, but I only got partial access and it became clear that they failed to follow the procedures properly. Hence, […]

(Updated) Reform of EU fisheries and EU agriculture: Post-Council observations

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I’ve been at the EBD post-Council debriefing in Berlin today (Chatham House rules), trying to get a wider and a more German perspective on the ongoing reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Common Agricultural Policy When watching the beginning of yesterday’s Council debate on the greening of the […]

The brown Council: EU member states refuse environmental reforms

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Yesterday, the EU Council on Fisheries showed no urge to push for an environmentally sustainable fisheries policy (cf. my life blogging). Today, the EU Council on Agriculture showed no interest in greening the Union’s agriculture. I’m not what one might call a radical environmentalist. In fact, I have more hope in citizens changing their behaviour […]

CRIS – The Common External Relations Information System

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I study information flows in EU policy-making, and thus am glad about a recent EU Court of Auditors Special Report evaluating an EU Commission information system I haven’t come across: The Common RELEX Information System (CRIS). As far as I understood, this system is basically a management and control system for the planning and operational execution […]

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 […]

Nachlese zur #rp12: Euroblogger-Wochen in Deutschland (update)

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Vor zehn Tagen hatte ich ihn noch als Beispiel eines deutschen Euro-Bloggers in meinem re:publica 12 Vortrag genannt (Präsentation, S. 13), von dem das Video leider noch nicht online ist.: Heute sprach Lost in EUrope Euroblogger Eric Bonse in einer spannenden 1-stündigen Radiosendung beim Deutschlandradio Wissen übers Eurobloggen, Eurojournalismus und europäische Öffentlichkeit. Damit setzen sich die Euroblogger-Wochen […]

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 […]

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 […]

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