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How influential is the EU’s Committee of Regions?

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The consultative bodies of the European Union, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Committee of the Regions (CoR), both residing in the same building in Brussels, are usually ignored, their influence questioned and their need doubted by some and defended by these bodies. But let us have a look in to current […]

Participation in EU Commission meetings: A measure of Ashton’s lack of influence?

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[…] I took a look at the Commission website and the page with the Commission’s meeting protocols for 2010 in order to see how Ashton’s participation rate was in comparison to others. […] I went through all the protocols of the Barroso II Commission in 2010 (36 in total, starting with the meeting on 17 February 2010) and coded the participation of the Commissioners in an Excel file which I have uploaded to Google Fusiontables […].

Reading a Japanese journal article with Google Translate

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Today I was searching for an older official EU document online. Instead of finding this document I stumbled across a Japanese journal article that covered the subject of my current research – the EU’s common fisheries policy – and that had quoted this document. […]

2-3 years ago, I would have been totally lost at this point in time, but today my eyes turned immediately to Google Translate, a service that has become better and better over the last years.

Spilled water, wasted funds? – A special look at a special EU Court of Auditors report

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Water is one of the most important resources for social and economic development. Water supply for domestic consumption is essential for human health and wellbeing.

This is a very general though strong statement, one that few would argue against. You may have expected such a sentence in the UN Resolution on the International Decade for Action “Water for Life 2005-2015”.

A new EUR-Lex: Finding EU documents 2.0?

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As a political scientist interested in EU matters and as somebody involved in the EU blogosphere I’m almost daily working with official EU documents and EU legislation. And while I’m more and more familiar with the multitude of EU document databases and search interfaces, the easiest way to find EU legislation still is the use […]

Social media and the EESC: How to get visibility to an unknown institution?

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Do you know what the EESC, the European Economic and Social Committee, is? If yes, have you ever heard about anything it has been doing? Do you know any person working there – the President, the Secretary General etc.? Do we know about the actual influence of this advisory EU body? Today, together with fellow […]

Access to scientific data: European Court of Human Rights judgement

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Over at the Strasbourg Observers you can find the summary of a very interesting ruling of the European Court of Human Rights. If I understand the summary correctly, the Court has found that researchers may be obliged to grant access to their research data to outsiders even if this data includes personal data that was […]

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