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Access to EU Commission documents: 2010 statistics and 2011 academic realities [Updated]

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Yesterday, the EU Commission published its report on the application of the EU access to documents regulation in 2010 (PDF). The report gives some interesting figures, but one should see them in relation to reality, which shall be done below. A) The report’s figures in a quick and selective summary: In 2010, there were 6127 […]

The schizophrenic Council, Part 2: The follow-up story on how the EU Council deliberately prevents transparency

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“Any citizen of the Union, and any natural or legal person residing or having its registered office in a Member State, has a right of access to documents of the institutions, bodies, offices and agencies of the Union, whatever their medium.” Article 42, Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms of the European Union On Monday or Tuesday […]

The schizophrenic Council

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Are you allowed to spoil a party when you are invited? What if the host of the party actually is quite schizophrenic, one day ignores you and the other day treats you like your best friend? The EU Council is such a schizophrenic institution. EU member states either use it to fight populist fights against […]

Cybercrime in Europe and in the European Union: No personal affair!

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You may have read my previous post in which I asked: “Cybercrime in Europe and in the European Union: A personal affair?” My informed guess in this post was correct: The expert on cybercrime from the Hungarian Council Presidency we – Europasionaria, Ralf, Sandra and I – were speaking with was Péter Csonka. Yet, my […]

Cybercrime in Europe and the European Union: A personal affair?

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Update: See also the follow-up to this post “Cybercrime in Europe and the European Union: No personal affair!


[T]he author of this paper is reasonably confident that by banning a certain kind of criminal activity throughout a large number of countries, which eventually will be under a legal obligation to help each other prosecute those committing such activity, an international treaty will bring a significant change and make the Internet and computer-based communications safer

These are the words of Péter Csonka in the academic journal Computer Law & Security Report 16(5) of October 2000. […]

EU-US Agreement on SWIFT bank data transfer

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By Claudia Hillebrand On Monday night, a contested transatlantic counter-terrorism agreement jumped another hurdle. In an extraordinary meeting in Strasbourg, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE Committee) accepted a recommendation suggesting that the plenum of the European Parliament (EP) should approve the revised EU-US Agreement on SWIFT bank data […]

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