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Archives for EU Priorities 2020

Twenty years ago, thinking how Europe, faced with its demographic and industrial decline, could develop a competitive and harmonious model, I posited it could become the world’s museum (of clean air and quality of life) or the muse of a new manufacturing Renaissance. Then, I hoped Italy, led by a ‘Red Catholic’ from Emilia (Romano… » read more

  Posted by TAXI: Europa

My belief that Bilbao is a stronghold of sustainable city developments is growing immeasurably. Why? Because after visiting for a week of creative dialogue between 800 participants from 200 cities, I found myself inspired by the city’s culture of social change. Further out from Bilbao (which recently hosted a series of events entitled New Pathways… » read more

  Posted by Kaj Embren

Guest blog post by Dr. Caroline Pauwels, Professor at the department of media & communications at the Free University of Brussels. Caroline is also the Director of iMinds-SMIT and the founder of As early as 1993 the General Assembly of the United Nations declared May 3rd World Press Freedom Day. It so happened that… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Who are the experts?

Guest blog post by Daniel Freund, Head of Advocacy EU Institutions at Transparency International. The term “expert group” evokes images of scientists in white coats with test tubes explaining complex equations to politicians in suits. The reality is quite different. Expert groups are a mix of industry lobbyists, NGOs, trade unions and other practitioners chosen… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

There is a standard mechanism in the Horizon 2020 proposal evaluation process (similarly to the previous framework programmes) that is not frequently discussed and covered compared to other aspects of the same sequence: the redress procedure. There are three possible outcomes of an Evaluation Summary Report (ESR) sent by the EC to inform the consortium… » read more

  Posted by Europa Media

Guest blog post by Joe Mathews, columnist & Innovation editor at Zócalo Public Square and Board Member of Democracy International. A recent European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) intending to ban same-sex marriage has led to commotion in the European Commission and to a questioning of the participation instrument itself. Instead, Joe Mathews argues, the ECI should… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention is the only binding mechanism in Europe on combating violence against women and domestic violence. Five years after the Convention was opened for signature, why have only 19 countries ratified it so far? Author: Irene Zugasti What is the Istanbul Convention? The Convention came after years of debate inside the… » read more

  Posted by Politheor: European Policy Network

No matter how detached an average Horizon 2020 R&I project in general may seem from global politics, certain aspects still can affect even the most research focused initiative with no ties whatsoever to politics or global security. Even though the suicide bombings in Madrid and London over a decade ago were terrible with devastating numbers… » read more

  Posted by Europa Media

The European Commission is holding a public consultation to evaluate the Transparency Register that supplies information on EU lobbyists and the policy process. As a professor and trainer in lobbying and a somewhat active analyst, I thought it might be worth sharing my humble opinion. As this is about transparency, I feel it should not… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

Genval, 30 March, 2016. – Disclaimer: This is the English translation of an interview made by Mihail Călin and originally published on 25 September 2015. The authentic Romanian version is available at the News/Media website. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the EU are surrounded by fierce controversy… » read more

  Posted by EU ZMK's Diary

Guest blog post by Leo Watson, freelance writer.   Prime Minister Beata Szydlo has stated that Poland will not take any refugees, a day after the terror attacks on Brussels. In January, Szydlo announced that 400 refugees would be accepted by Poland, but has now gone back on that decision. Szydlo did not cite security… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Guest blog post by Milan Nitzschke, spokesperson for AEGIS Europe & President of EU ProSun. Any partnership or friendship must be based on clarity and openness. In contrast the relationship between Europe and China, as understood by many Europeans is all about not upsetting the Chinese government and not communicating clear positions vis-a-vis issues of… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

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