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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 […]

Court of Auditors jokes

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“The Court found … that out of the 27 transport projects audited 18 projects were clearly directed at transport objectives.” (page 17) I take this line as Court of Auditors humour, although it’s rather a sad kind of humour after an evaluation of EU-supported seaport infrastructure projects where it found that “Only 11 out of the 27 projects […]

On the road to #rp12: Multilingual EU blogging, translations and the fascination of Presseurop

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The EU-focussed blogosphere is dominated by English language blogs. The search for multilingual EU blogging is cumbersome, even when pan-European political debates take place on issues of common interest. Some of the solutions to overcome these problems are (1) bilingual EU blogs, (2) EU bloggers writing different blogs in different languages, (3) ad hoc cross-blog translation as […]

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 […]

EU Council transparency: New procedures and 2011 statistics

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Recently, I have remarked changes in the procedures for handling access to documents requests in the EU Council. Especially a new written procedure sparked some protest among EU member states, which led to the need to clarify the difference between the informal and formal procedures in the responsible Working Party on Information (meeting summary, p. […]

An EU expert group to foster innovation and creativity

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Recently, the EU Council Youth Working Party – the working-level group of member states’ representatives on youth issues – has passed (draft) Council Conclusions on fostering the creative and innovative potential of young people. What is “funny” and most typical for EU Council “politics” is that the only concrete decision these so-called conclusions contain is […]

Access to documents in EU fisheries: A Danish case

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In yesterday’s newsletter by the Danish Fishermen’s Association (Danmarks Fiskeriforening) I read the following interesting paragraph: “Danmarks Fiskeriforening har bedt om aktindsigt i sagen omkring muslinger i Limfjorden, hvor Danmarks Naturfredningsforening har klaget til EU over fiskeriet af muslinger. Det har ført til flere breve fra EU-Kommissionen til Danmark og omvendt, og derfor har fiskeriforeningen […]

First public summary of a meeting of the Council Working Party on Information

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Sometimes, even the EU Council can surprise me. This time by issuing the first ever public summary (as far as I know) of a meeting of the Working Party on Information, which is the working group of member states’ officials dealing with access to documents requests and the reform of Regulation 1049/2001 on Access to EU Documents. […]

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