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The Copenhagen Climate Blog is a collaborative space is designed to address the issue of climate change within the scope of the Copenhagen Conference in December 2009. I think the Copenhagen Conference will be one of the most important events in the decade, so I will definitely put the blog into my reader and also… » read more

Hungary sold the right to emit 2 million tons of CO2 to Belgium. The contract is not available to the public. After a parliamentary questioning and media inquiries, the Hungarian ministry responsible for environment started to publish some details of the deal, claiming, that it would harm Hungary’s negotiation position in other deals under way… » read more

The energy intensity of a country shows how much energy is needed to produce a single euro of gross domestic product (GDP). Central-Europe, which is more industry-oriented and has been addicted to cheap Soviet natural gas needs a lot more energy to produce its lower national income than Western Europe. This partly explains the worries… » read more

Hello world!

This is my new blog on  My other blog, Central Europe Active has a regional focus. With this new one, Eurojoule, I start blogging about a theme that interests me: the generation, transmission, storage and consumption of energy, and its consequences on the environment and the market economy.  I will start with a few… » read more

The BalkansInsight reports that a poll conducted by Belgrade-based Strategic Marketing shows that 65% of the Serbs would not provide the authorities with information about the whereabouts of the alleged war criminal Rakto Mladic. 14% of the respondents said in December 2008 that they would turn him in, the others did not know what to… » read more

During the last days of 2008 Montenegro has submitted a formal application to join the European Union. Montenegro has gained independence in 2006 and signed a pre-accession Stabilisation and Accession Agreement with the EU in October 2007. It’s economy is doing remarkably good although it is highly dependent on Russian investors. EU enlargement commissioner Olli… » read more

The V-4 information site has an interesting article on the natural gas dependence of Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. I think it helps a little bit to explain the controversy along the Nabucco-pipeline, which is supposed to bring Turkmen and Iranian gas into the Union. It also shows that a greatly enlarged EU […]… » read more

Streamlining policies

There are many public policies that go counter other public policies, especially as concerns the environment, but also in other fields. Therefore I propose to create an institution that will investigate conflicting goals of different EU institutions. It will get the relevant actors together and have them work together to find a solution. This post… » read more

Every country has slightly different ideas on citizenship and naturalisation. Some have jus sanguinis, others jus soli. Some have short periods required for naturalisation, others longer, some don’t easily allow naturalisation at all. This means that within the supranational space of the EU, there is one rule for some and other rules for the rest… » read more

Among the four rights of EU citizens are the rights to work and study anywhere in the EU. There is the ‘Bologna process’, designed to help streamline the educational systems of the member states, but one essential aspect is missing – a universal grading method. Each country still has a different method of classifying the… » read more

The Common Agricultural Policy is still a necessity to ensure general food security and rural livelihoods, but its current structure is still badly outdated and it chews up far too much of the EU budget. Why not instead divert a significant proportion of the CAP’s funding structure towards growing biofuels and also biofuel research? 1.… » read more

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