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Genval, 4th April, 2016 – Yes, it would, because – strangely enough – this time the industry is asking for more regulation: public health and consumer protection NGOs are united with processed food industry giants on the ban of industrially produced trans fats. Since this is a strange alliance of organisations usually having conflicting (private… » read more

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Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been accused of increasingly dictatorial tendencies but he has never been accused of plotting the murder of blind mole rats. That all changed this week in the wake of strongman Orbán’s pushing on with plans for a 110 mile fence along Hungary’s border with Serbia. The fence, designed to… » read more

Hungary needs to transform its energy sector. But can the Energy Union kickstart such change? The vision presented by the European Commission’s Vice President Maroš Šefčovič includes a few promising nuggets, but overall risks reinforcing the status quo. by Alexa Botár, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog. In a series of blog posts, Bankwatch campaigners are… » read more

What is the best way of learning how to successfully manage your EU-funded research and innovation project? There are several companies on the European market providing training programs on managing EU-funded projects. Some of them are “innovators” and “early adopters” and some of them – let’s say – “are playing safe”. To describe Europa Media’s… » read more

What is the best way of learning how to successfully manage your EU-funded research and innovation project? There are several companies on the European market providing training programs on managing EU-funded projects. Some of them are “innovators” and “early adopters” and some of them – let’s say – “are playing safe”. To describe Europa Media’s… » read more

Half time review

Hungary is now in the depths of its presidential term. I decided to point out some of my reflections on the issue, but I would also ask you to do exactly the same by posting a comment. I wonder how Europeans judge the first-ever Hungarian EU-presidency. The everyday routine of the European (public) administration seems… » read more

While national Fidesz, the strongest governing party in Europe, is taking an effort to finish a new constitution for Hungary, its municipal group in Budapest has different ambitions. The party has won over the city council for the first time in October 2010 and it is busy re-arranging the streetmap. Elvis Presley will be declared… » read more

József Szájer, MEP and founding member for Fidesz, the Hungarian governing party that has secured a two-thirds supermajority with 53% of the votes in 2010, boasts that the Hungarian constitution is written on iPad. Actually, on his iPad. Mr Szájer is a member of the European Parliament, and also the leader of the committee that… » read more

I remember the young children of the war who always preferred to play on concret because green meant death for them. And I remember forests with mines that have not seen mankind or any greater animal for a decade because of the landmines. This year I would like to find out what happened with those kids who are becoming grown-ups these days and what happened with the forest without us. What is life exactly on a minefield? How people, animals and plants are effected?

While EU media and EU actors are still congratulating Belgium for a successful presidency, Brussels reminds everybody EU president does not presides anything; it is just an honorific title. Indeed, with no government since half a year, Belgium took no initiatives, hence a smooth and model presidency… We know how it works. Brussels represents citizens… » read more

Robert M. Cutler amerikai politológus-tanácsadó szerint a közép-európai országoknak muszáj együttműködniük az orosz befolyás csökkentéséért. Az oroszok a gázt politikai fegyverként használják, és a nagy nemzetközi vezetékekért folyó küzdelem akár fegyveres konfliktusok kitörésében is szerepet játszik. Az azeri gázmezők válthatják meg térségünket a moszkvai nyomástól.

Energy conferences in the Caspian Sea region have come so fast and furious in recent years that some industry and government figures consider them a dime a dozen. In fact, the organizers are sometimes the ones who draw most advantage from them, in view of steep fees for participation. Nevertheless, the current International Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition looks to be an exception. It is the seventeenth in the series hosted in Baku.

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