The European Commission is currently analysing the impacts, costs and benefits stemming from the so called Transparency Directive. The EU executive is working towards its possible improvement, namely in the field of the attractiveness of regulated capital markets for smaller listed companies, holdings of voting rights and the inefficient implementation of the Directive due to diverging… » read more
Sir, Regarding ‘Barroso warns opponents not to weaken Europe’: I would like to share with you my personal view on why José Manuel Barroso should not be re-elected as president of the Commission of the European Communities (alias the European Commission). I would not support Mr. Barroso for a second term because:… » read more
What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say. Ralph Emerson Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing. Edmund Burke The hypocrisy of the European Institutions has been the focus of public debate ever since the… » read more
The Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty is a tragedy, yes, but a tragedy in the sense of ancient Greek theater, in which both sides are right and both wrong. The Irish “no” camp claims it wants a better deal, more democratic, with a directly elected foreign minister and president of the European Council (EU… » read more
This blog will be about Europe, and the fact that the European Union is far more than a glass half full, and that there are Europeans, and not just French and Germans and Brits, and that we have more to gain from working together than fighting each other. It is a humble attempt to contribute… » read more
After the heated debate and consultations on the European Transparency Initiative (ETI) we are now in the phase of consultations on its prominent element – the Code of Conduct for interest representatives (consultations close on 15/02/2008). The draft code proposed by the Commission seems fairly minimalist as it quotes very vast principles of “openness, transparency, honesty and integrity” that shall be binding for those (only!) who choose to register as lobbyists. There can be doubts whether it will bring more transparency to interest representation towards the EU Institutions.