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How influential is the EU’s Committee of Regions?

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The consultative bodies of the European Union, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Committee of the Regions (CoR), both residing in the same building in Brussels, are usually ignored, their influence questioned and their need doubted by some and defended by these bodies. But let us have a look in to current […]

Participation in EU Commission meetings: A measure of Ashton’s lack of influence?

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[…] I took a look at the Commission website and the page with the Commission’s meeting protocols for 2010 in order to see how Ashton’s participation rate was in comparison to others. […] I went through all the protocols of the Barroso II Commission in 2010 (36 in total, starting with the meeting on 17 February 2010) and coded the participation of the Commissioners in an Excel file which I have uploaded to Google Fusiontables […].

Reading a Japanese journal article with Google Translate

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Today I was searching for an older official EU document online. Instead of finding this document I stumbled across a Japanese journal article that covered the subject of my current research – the EU’s common fisheries policy – and that had quoted this document. […]

2-3 years ago, I would have been totally lost at this point in time, but today my eyes turned immediately to Google Translate, a service that has become better and better over the last years.

Spilled water, wasted funds? – A special look at a special EU Court of Auditors report

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Water is one of the most important resources for social and economic development. Water supply for domestic consumption is essential for human health and wellbeing.

This is a very general though strong statement, one that few would argue against. You may have expected such a sentence in the UN Resolution on the International Decade for Action “Water for Life 2005-2015″.

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