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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 […]

Consulting the EP intergroup database: MEP Mikolasik and a tweet by Commissioner Sefcovic

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Just saw these tweets by EU Commissioner Maros Sefcovic: “Just finished mtg w/MEP M. Mikolasik, co-chair on EP Intergroup on bioethics about his view of recent ECJ ruling on patentability of hESC.” (link) “Picture from mtg w/MEP M. Mikolasik http://pic.twitter.com/TlK5fs8N” (link) The MEP in question is Marek Mikolasik, a Slovak European People’s Party group member […]

Academic blogging and Google’s new search algorithm

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We academics blog to keep our nose in the winds of reality, to make our research or the works of our colleagues visible to the real world. We blog to make academic thoughts accessible for those who are not into meticulous theoretical and methodological debates (or we use our blogs to continue these debates online). […]

The EU Council’s right to initiative? – Less pay for EU officials requested

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Everyone studying the European Union knows that it’s the Commission that proposes legislation. However, this doesn’t say the Commission is always at the origin of such proposals. The Lisbon Treaty for example grants the Council the right to request, with a simple majority, from the Commission “any studies the Council considers desirable for the attainment […]

Remember remember the 5th of November: Polscieu turns 1

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One year ago, the Polscieu adventure started, the experiment whether political science and political practice in EU matters could be brought together in a meaningful way. Now, to explain what I mean with “bringing political science and political practice together”, consider the following speech: As a political scientist, I shall analyse the content, the rhetoric, […]

Translating the Barroso/van Rompuy letter to the G20

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EU Commission president Barroso and European Council President van Rompuy have written a letter to the G20 (pdf). Here is my translation “EU speak to human language” to show what they actually mean: The decisions we have taken in our G20 Summits to date have been crucial in steering us through the global financial and economic […]

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