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La présentation des résultats de l’enquête d’EurActiv.fr sur les attentes pour la Présidence française de l’Union européenne, mardi 4 décembre, a été l’occasion d’un échange libre et direct entre le secrétaire d’Etat chargé des Affaires européennes, M. Jean-Pierre Jouyet, et des personnalités de la société civile. Voir: L’événement a rassemblé plus de 350 participants, dont… » read more

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Greetings to fellow bloggers and visitors. This are IMA-Europe’s first steps in the blogging world. New times, new trends – so we welcome the BlogActiv initiative as a new promising interactive channel to engage in a dialogue with our main interlocutors (EU and national policy makers and the public at large a.o.) on issues relating… » read more

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Today, EUObserver runs a story about the EU’s year of intercultural dialogue 2008 – in German. See my comments over here at my other blog www.brusselsmedia.eu Original post by brusselsblogger

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Here, that is, in our own “developed” world and not only in those countries which are traditionally being identified as “developing” countries (the now politically incorrect “third world” in the past). As the economic growth successes and the consumption abundance of our developed countries have been bought on the back of rapid over-exploitation of the… » read more

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Following the Road to Copenhagen, another thematic web2.0 site on EU policy has just been launched: “SecurityCommunity.eu allows interested parties to share their views on EU security and defence issues. We hope to encourage an in-depth exchange between science, business and politics. … We hope to encourage an in-depth exchange between science, business and politics.… » read more

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As usual in December, the upcoming EU Presidency has presented its logo and preliminary website. Slovenia is taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union from Portugal on 1st January 2008. What does the logo represent: The outline of the symbol for Slovenia’s Presidency of the European Union represents an oak leaf,… » read more

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One of the themes somehow neglected in the Lisbon strategy to date has been creativity. Indeed there has been much discussion about knowledge, r&d and innovation, but creativity is more than this. At some point I’d like to write a longer post about this, however, for now just let me share some slides. The deck… » read more

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No, I have not become a climate disbeliever but as most readers of this blog will know I am very skeptical about the UN’s diplomatic climate circus. There are several structural reasons for this skepticism: the difficulties of negotiating and ratifying with over 180 countries, the absurd horse-trading (tit-for-tat compromises), the historical lessons learned from… » read more

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A man in the audience who owns three cars asks the panel: Should I buy a new car or should I continue to run the old one? And gives the answer himself: Actually, I should run the old one, at least fo another 250,000 kilometres. Why? Because over that period it will pollute as much… » read more

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Iñigo Sabater from the Commission’s DG Energy and Transport answers a question by independent energy journalist and blogger Willy De Backer: I was shocked, when I read the SET plan, to see how badly we are doing as compared to Japan and the US. The US and Japan have also had cheap oil at their… » read more

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In the Question and Answer session following the Speak Up Europe conference, Italy’s decision to phase out nuclear energy came under attack: What do we have as a consequence? We have no more research in progressing that technology (…). We have no more engineers (…), so progress to avoid the dangers has stopped […] Original… » read more

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