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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Back in May of this year, I wrote a blog post titled “The schizophrenic Council, Part 2“, and among other things I remarked regarding the delay of a freedom of information request I had sent to the EU Council (highlights changed): “On 18 May, the exact deadline for the 15 working days limit given by […]
Sometimes I get confused. As you know from previous blog posts, I have requested the “Results of [a] weekly meeting of Chefs de cabinet” of the European Commission, the penultimate before the summer break.* But there may be more to this matter than just a case of a freedom of information request: Until the summer […]
Looking at “The Week in Bloggingportal“, the summary of last week’s euroblog posts, many of which have covered Barroso’s “State of the European Union” (SOTEU) speech, one may ask: So what is the state of Union?
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 – […]
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: […]