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An EU expert group to foster innovation and creativity

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Recently, the EU Council Youth Working Party – the working-level group of member states’ representatives on youth issues – has passed (draft) Council Conclusions on fostering the creative and innovative potential of young people. What is “funny” and most typical for EU Council “politics” is that the only concrete decision these so-called conclusions contain is […]

Access to documents in EU fisheries: A Danish case

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In yesterday’s newsletter by the Danish Fishermen’s Association (Danmarks Fiskeriforening) I read the following interesting paragraph: “Danmarks Fiskeriforening har bedt om aktindsigt i sagen omkring muslinger i Limfjorden, hvor Danmarks Naturfredningsforening har klaget til EU over fiskeriet af muslinger. Det har ført til flere breve fra EU-Kommissionen til Danmark og omvendt, og derfor har fiskeriforeningen […]

First public summary of a meeting of the Council Working Party on Information

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Sometimes, even the EU Council can surprise me. This time by issuing the first ever public summary (as far as I know) of a meeting of the Working Party on Information, which is the working group of member states’ officials dealing with access to documents requests and the reform of Regulation 1049/2001 on Access to EU Documents. […]

Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy: Upcoming debate in the EU Council

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After the first orientation debate in the Council focussed on discards policy, the next Fisheries Council meeting on 26 and 27 April 2012 will continue the debate among member states’ ministers on the future Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) of the European Union. In a summary and preparation document (Update: Revised version of the document of 20 April), the […]

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 […]

The European Parliament elections 2014 will be huge

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In just a bit more than two years, the next European Parliament elections will take place and public discussions about the personnel for the 2014 European Parliament elections have already started. But more important than that: These next European Parliament elections will be huge! They will be huge not just because they decide about the composition of […]

Euronews becomes EU Commission propaganda channel

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In a blog post over at Decrypter la communication européenne, Michaël discusses the buy-in of the European Commission into the content of the news channel Euronews. According to Michaël, with a global yearly budget of 6.5 million Euros, any Commission directorate general can buy short or long magazine contributions or series each to be aired […]

1981-2009: 39% of EU Commissioners became private interest representatives

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In a paper titled “There is life after the Commission: An empirical analysis of private interest representation by former EU-commissioners, 1981–2009” (The Review of International Organizations, Issue 1/2012) Roland Vaubel, Bernhard Klingen and David Müller have published data and analyses of the post-Commission life of 92 former EU Commissioners who did not die in office or […]

On the road to #rp12: Synchronised yet unlinked #ACTA blogging in Europe

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“We can maintain a European public if we observe synchronicity and issue convergence across national publics as well as political resonance on the part of supra-national decision-makers.” (Seifert 2006) On 27 March 2012, the International Trade (INTA) committee voted against a referral of ACTA to the EU Court to instead vote on it right away […]

Ignoring contradictory findings: EU structural funds spending

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Achim Kemmerling, in a post over at the EUROPP blog, argues that because of the way they are spent, it was “perhaps naive to expect that structural funds policy should have an immediate and direct influence on regional growth“. However, looking for one of the bases for these finding, on finds interesting contradictions with other […]

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