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Jon Danzig’s new ‘EU ROPE’ blog

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Welcome to Jon Danzig’s new ‘EU ROPE’ blog, where the links between the UK and Europe are explored and discussed.  Stories so far: BBC’s John Humphrys got it wrong about Europe Why did UKIP win in Clacton? Press Complaints Commission: Daily Mail breached The Editors’ Code A country called Europe? Europe Moves – The ‘EU Earthquake’ […]

Extreme Weather Insurance for Farmers

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Heavy rainfall in 2012 cost farmers in Britain £1.3bn due to a lack of government delegated national food security measures such as insurance against extreme weather. According to figures released by the National Farmers Union (NFU), extreme rainfall resulted in a loss of £600m from poor wheat and potato harvests, and a further £700m of costs inclusive of feed for cattle unable […]

Barroso freaks out in fear of environmental NGOs

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I just read the summary of last week’s EU Commission meeting (18 July 2012), and in there I stumbled over a very interesting quote from a discussion on two recent EU Court rulings*: “The PRESIDENT [Barroso] said that the potential consequences of these judgments were very far-reaching;  leaving aside the damage done to the Commission’s reputation by […]

Rio+20: The EU approach and current developments

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Some weeks ago, the European Commission discussed the upcoming Rio+20 conference on sustainable development (20-22 June 2012). When you read through the minutes of 22 May meeting of the Commission (p. 13-18), one can see that the expectations at EU level are not very high: “[Commissioner Piebalgs] said that the only outcome that the European Union could […]

Really, Commissioner Potocnik, 72 billion Euro a year?

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In a recent speech, EU Commissioner Janez Potocnik claimed that: “A report we have just published calculates that full implementation of the existing waste legislation by Member States would […] save € 72 billion a year “ This figure looked a little ridiculous to me, so I mocked it on Twitter and soon after got a […]

Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy: Next week’s Council

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I’ve already blogged about next week’s EU Council meeting with regard to the fisheries issues. However, the Council also deals with what is by far the largest chunk of the EU budget, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and its reform. For next week’s session, the Danish Council Presidency has prepared a questionnaire to structure the […]

The European Maritime Safety Agency: An EU communications perspective

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Over a week ago I was in Portugal to hear about the issue of water in all sorts of contexts, a reporting trip I had won because I have blogged about EU water politics. […] Tassoni was able to transmit true passion for the rather technical work of his so far unknown EU agency without falling into specialist or EU jargon, something many EU officials in Brussels are totally unable to do. […]

Japan Earthquake (2) EU’s Disaster Relief Efforts

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As of 14th March, 20 EU member states have offered to help Japan through the European Civil Protection Mechanism: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia, Spain, Finland, France, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Followed by the request from Japan, blankets, mattresses, water bottles/tanks and […]

Japan Earthquake (1) Quick Overview

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Just a quick entry on the current situation in Japan. As you already know, the 9.0 magnitude quake and the tsunami hit Japan on 11th March. The aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan has been providing disaster relief and humanitarian assistance from 13th; and numerous rescue and support teams have also been dispatched from the […]

Blogged elsewhere: Water scarcity, a European water strategy, and why the EU Commission co-sponsors Th!nk5

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For the “Th!nk About It” blogging competition on the topic of water, I have blogged “Water scarcity, a European water strategy, and why the EU co-sponsors Th!nk5“.

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