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Depuis octobre 2007, les bloggers peuvent gérer un blog dans l’une des dix langues de la bannière ci-dessus. Mais en pratique, nous avons encore du chemin à parcourir avant de devenir totalement multilingues. Par exemple, pendant la phase « bêta » actuelle de Blogactiv : La page « créez votre blog » est en cours… » read more

Beginning of a European public sphere? new exciting tool of communication? the platform to get the debate about Europe going? We jump in! In this blog we would like especially to discuss EU communication policy and the citizens’ participation methods. If you want to see our previous work, please visit our website. We also invite… » read more

Beginning of European public sphere? new exciting tool of communication? the platform to get the debat about Europe going? We jump in! In this blog we would like especially to discuss EU communication policy and the citizens’ partcipation methods. If you want to see our previous work, please visit our website. We also invite you… » read more

We’ve whipped up this blog to cover the Euractiv Conference at the European Parliament tomorrow. This is where you’ll find impressions, downloads, conference material and interviews done in and around the event. The Parliament doesn’t have wifi in the conference room, so don’t expect it in real-time. If you’re coming to the conference then look… » read more

Nobody in the EU press room?

Today some EU journalists might have asked themselves what happened to the online version of the EU press room. The Europeans Union’s main site for announcements and new publications still showed the date of Monday, 5/11/2007 and not a single new item on Tuesday evening. Maybe all available EU webmaster have been busy with the… » read more

When starting a blog about Europe and its cultures, what better place to start than Belgium? After all, it is the self-proclaimed capital of Europe. I’ve been living here for 40 years. We are always told to keep out of other people’s politics but, as an admirer and a long-standing resident of this country, I… » read more

Will America awake from its long climate sleep and become the new world leader for sustainable energy policies? It certainly looks like it judging from the fervour with which the Democrat presidential candidates are positioning themselves on this issue. The latest bold plans for a green US energy future come from Hillary Clinton and some… » read more

A bit of a different story today. Yesterday I had to defend the new internet-based journalism in the “Stand up for journalism” debate organised by three journalists’ unions in Brussels. The discussion focused on the commercialisation of media and its negative impact on journalists’ jobs. Speakers and union leaders Aidan White (International Federation of Journalists… » read more

One striking observation is the distribution of budget commitments by DG relatve to staff. For even though External Relations (taken here to include External Relations, Trade, Development, Enlargement, and, Humanitarian Aid) has 18% of Commission staff it garners just 5% of the Euro 124bn budget. While in contrast the 3% of staff in Agriculture control… » read more

The current term of the European Commission expires 31 October 2009 when a fresh President and commissioners will be appointed. There are 40 Directorates-General (DG) in the Commission and can be found at the following link. http://ec.europa.eu/dgs_en.htm […]

Tomorrow, Tuesday, two hot topics will be on the EU agenda: The yearly progress report about EU enlargement (Turkey and Western Balkans) and a proposal to strengthen EU anti-terror laws including US-style storage and sharing of passenger name records. Which topic will be taken up by the majority of European press? […]

Some good news for a start on Monday morning. BBC News reports that four out of five people would be willing to change their lifestyle and make “green sacrifices” to tackle global warming. The BBC poll of 22,000 people in 21 countries also found that three-quarters would back energy taxes if they were sure the… » read more

In another post I have already pointed to the symbolic irony of calling the new recently approved EU Treaty the “Lisbon Treaty”. As Lisbon has become synonymous with the over-optimistic, neo-liberal “competitiveness first” drive (the “Lisbon agenda”) of the last two Commission Presidents, the LisbonTreaty will be no more and no less than the final… » read more

The Economist suggests that the EU leaders should sign the new EU treaty in Brussels and “just call it the Treaty of Lisbon” in order to avoid a travel circus from Lisbon to Brussels where the regular EU summit takes place. But the question is not that simple. Also Peter Sain ley Berry from EuropaWorld… » read more

The integrated energy-climate programme which the Merkel government is likely to approve in December could bring Germany 5 billion euros in energy savings. The 29-points package (”Eckpunkte für einintegriertes Energie- und Klimaprogramm“) was evaluated by the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) in a special study presented on 31 October 2007. With its climate plan the… » read more

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