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Cyprus 2012: Preparing the island presidency

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Next year, in less than 9 months, Cyprus will take over the presidency of the EU Council. Their pre-Presidency website is already online and I just saw that they’ve recently brought (PDF) a new Permanent Representative, Ambassador Kornelios Korneliou. Kornelios Korneliou was Cypriot ambassador to France and Permanent representative to the UNESCO until recently (source); before he may […]

Who becomes a rapporteur in the European Parliament?

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In a study on Rapporteur statistics titled “Report allocation in the European Parliament after eastern enlargement” to be published in the academic Journal of European Public Policy*, Steffen Hurka and Michael Kaeding found that in the parliamentary term 2004-09: MEPs from the 12 accession countries received significantly less reports in co-decision as well as in […]

European Parliament Intergroups: An opendata list

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Last week, I stumbled over this academic conference paper (PDF) by John David Rausch and Mary Scanlon Rauch who compare the US Congress and the EU Parliament regarding informal groups of parliamentarians. In the EU Parliament, these informal groups are called Intergroups, and currently there are 27 of these that are formally registered (de facto there […]

Barroso’s State of the Union 2011: My SOTEU bingo results

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This morning, EU Commission President Barroso delivered his “State of the Union” (text, video). We at Bloggingportal.eu have called for a Barroso Buzzword/Bullshit Bingo to be played, and I have proposed my own list of 10 words/phrases to be said during the speech. Here is how I succeeded: Europe 2020 – check 1x Crisis – […]

A story for the Right to Know Day 2011: EU rights and EU Commission practice

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1 1/2 months ago, I’ve requested a meeting protocol of the Chefs de Cabinet of the EU Commission. As blogged before, my initial request received a negative reply.

I appealed this decision, and – as I have also blogged – on 6 September I was informed that the Commission needed an additional 15 working days. Yesterday, I have received the following answer: […]

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