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So similar, so different, so European – So convincing!

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It’s been a while that we have seen something coming from Brussels that actually reflects a positive and yet convincing vision of the European project. This video is convincing not because it is explains from A-Z what the EU does for us like many of those fancy PR videos that try to sell us EU […]

EU leaks, lobbying and the Deutsche Börse – NYSE merger

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Some weeks ago, the Commission refused to give its agreement to the merger of Deutsche Börse and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). I’m not in the position to judge this decision, but the public minutes of the College meeting of 1 February where this decision was taken reveal an interesting argumentation concerning lobbying and leaks […]

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 […]

EU Commission expert group database: Open data activism with success

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As I have blogged previously, I have requested access to the Register of EU Commission expert groups as a re-usable, machine-readable data set at the beginning of January. On 16 January, the Commission replied that the information was already public and that my request therefore was “devoid of purpose” in the sense of the EU regulation […]

Waiting six months for one document from the EU Commission

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On 30 July 2011, I requested a meeting protocol of the Chefs de Cabinets of the European Commission. On 12 August , the Secretariat General of the EU Commission refused any access, not even to parts of the document. I went into appeal, and on 6 September the Commission informed me that they were unable […]

Happy birthday: Bloggingportal.eu turns 3

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Update: See the collective anniversary post by 12 Bloggingportal.eu editors! Tomorrow, on 26 January 2012, Bloggingportal.eu celebrates its third birthday. I haven’t been an editor right from the start, but I followed the development of the portal right from the beginning, and for me it feels as if the journey we went through was much longer […]

Jacques Santer to sit on the board of the ESM special purpose investment vehicle (SPIV)

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I just watched the the Eurogroup press conference with Eurogroup president Juncker, Commissioner Rehn and EFSF chief Regling. I didn’t expect anything substantive – those press conference rarely offer great insights – but than I heard Juncker talk about the future European Stability Mechanism (ESM) – the long-term versions of the EFSF bailout fund – […]

Norway’s Europeanisation and the democratic deficit

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The Norwegian Government has just published a 900-page long report titled “Outside and Inside – Norway’s agreements with the European Union” (the link leads to the English translation of the 1st chapter). The report summarises the scope of Europeanisation of Norway and the implications this has for the country and involved notable (EU) scholars such as […]

New European Parliament committee chairs for 2012-14

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It’s the mid-term exams in the European Parliament, and not just the person on the president’s chair has changed, but so do a good number of the chairs of the parliamentary committees. Some stay apparently, others change. What the exact rules for this castling are? Nobody knows. Mabe the EP web editors could explain… Thanks to […]

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