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Why was ACTA approved in the EU Fisheries Council?

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In December 2011, the EU Council decision to sign the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was approved during a Fisheries Council meeting as an “A-Item”, i.e. without discussion at ministerial level. While both, the fact that a Fisheries Council approves ACTA and that this happens without ministerial debate, may look strange at first sight, these are […]

Hugh’s Fish Fight and live streaming statistics of the EU Council

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Two weeks ago, I wrote “Hugh’s Fish Fight or: The blind spot of the EU social media gurus“. As you may know, I am doing my academic research on information flows in EU policy-making and so I was interested whether a campaign like Hugh’s Fish Fight would also have any effect on the attention to […]

Conflicts over new access to documents procedures in the Council

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The EU Council has in fact changed its procedure for access to documents as I speculated last month. The introduction of a written procedure when dealing with appeals (‘confirmatory applications’) seems to have come in reaction to an own-initiative report issued by the EU Ombudsman last June. However, the new procedure does not come without conflict […]

New procedures regarding access to documents in the EU Council?

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It was back in October when I discovered that on 29 June 2011 the EU Ombudsman had opened an own-initiative case against the EU Council regarding the appeals procedure (‘confirmatory application’) for access to documents requests. In short, the observation was that more or less all confirmatory applications in the Council had been handled outside the basic […]

Accessing EU Council negotiation documents on environmental agreements – a confirmatory application

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Accessing EU documents for your research projects can be work-intensive and time-consuming as I have experienced with the EU Commission as well as with the EU Council in the course of this year. One recent confirmatory application made by an (undisclosed yet apparently) Belgium-based researcher to the Council for a large number of documents is […]

The EU Court will be reformed – but will it be soon?

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The EU Court in spring requested to be reformed (financial implications) as quick as possible, including the creation of the office of a Vice President of the Court, the enlargement of the Court and the change of certain procedures (see link above for details), in order to be able to deal with the current demands […]

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 […]

The schizophrenic Council, Part 2: The follow-up story on how the EU Council deliberately prevents transparency

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“Any citizen of the Union, and any natural or legal person residing or having its registered office in a Member State, has a right of access to documents of the institutions, bodies, offices and agencies of the Union, whatever their medium.” Article 42, Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms of the European Union On Monday or Tuesday […]

Where is the “flagship” in the European Innovation Union flagship initiative

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I’m preparing for the first day of the EU Competitiveness Council tomorrow which will be dedicated to research issues. On the agenda: Europe 2020 strategy – Annual Growth Survey; contribution to the European semester Interim evaluation of the 7th Research Framework Programme including the Risk-Sharing Finance Facility (RSFF) European Innovation Union flagship initiative Follow-up to the […]

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