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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. […]

Liveblogging: Two crazy days

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I’ve been live blogging, together with Europasionaria, from the EU Council yesterday and today, gathering information and transforming them live in usable text, photos and video while interacting on Twitter with the outside world.

It’s fun, but exhausting.

Some remarks on the Council briefing: Off the record!

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This morning, thanks to my short-term blogger accreditation,  I’ve been at the off-the-record briefings on the upcoming Competitiveness Council (see my previous posts on my preparations for the Council here and here). I am not supposed to talk about the content of these briefings unless I quote “Brussels sources” or “EU sources”. This is actually a […]

Preparing for an EU Council meeting in six steps

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I will be part of a pilot project this week, participating as an accredited blogger at the EU Competitiveness Council. The background for this pilot project is here, so I’ll head directly into the preparations. Please follow me into how the blogger can prepare for an EU Council meeting (Trivia is only for experts): Step 1 […]

The Hungarian Council Presidency really wants to go 2 point O

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I know my last post on our bloggers’ meeting with one of the spokespersons of the Hungarian Presidency was way to long, so you probably didn’t have the time to read it. But it doesn’t matter, because now the two spokespersons of the Presidency have decided to start their own private blog, “Kovács & Kováts” which you shouldn’t miss.

The EU Council Presidency 2.0: New treaties, new member states, new communication

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The description of my blog says that “I attempt to translate between political science and political practice in EU matters“. Yesterday was a day full of opportunities for this. I could start talking about the combination of science and practice for the blog post and paper “Transparency in the Financing of Europarties” that I wrote […]

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“.

A well-reformed EUR-Lex would be sexy indeed: A short story on access to EU documents

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In December, I wrote a post on this blog titled “A new EUR-Lex: Finding EU documents 2.0?”. The starting point for this article was a non-public EU Council document titled “A new EUR-Lex”. I wasn’t satisfied with the fact that I could not access this document and so I did a Freedom of Information request to the EU Council Secretariat.

The quest for EU documents: An exemplary journey

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Understanding EU-level decision-making is complicated. You have to be quite an expert to search and find relevant EU documents, even when they are public. So getting an idea on what is going on right now in the EU is beyond the capabilities of most, which is why I am also interested in the renewal of […]

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