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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 […]

Really, Commissioner Potocnik, 72 billion Euro a year?

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In a recent speech, EU Commissioner Janez Potocnik claimed that: “A report we have just published calculates that full implementation of the existing waste legislation by Member States would […] save € 72 billion a year “ This figure looked a little ridiculous to me, so I mocked it on Twitter and soon after got a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Wenn der Landwirtschaftskommissar auf Facebook reagiert

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Ich bin jetzt nicht so der Agrarpolitikblogger, ich geb’s zu. Aber nachdem ich bei Philip Banse letztens erzählt habe, dass es keine EU-Agrarpolitikbloggerszene gibt, obwohl da 2012 fast 60 Mrd. Euro auf EU-Ebene für ausgegeben werden, dachte ich mir, es wäre mal an der Zeit, mich halt selbst der aktuellen EU-Agrarpolitikreform zu widmen. Ich war […]

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