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The European Parliament elections 2014 will be huge

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In just a bit more than two years, the next European Parliament elections will take place and public discussions about the personnel for the 2014 European Parliament elections have already started. But more important than that: These next European Parliament elections will be huge! They will be huge not just because they decide about the composition of […]

1981-2009: 39% of EU Commissioners became private interest representatives

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In a paper titled “There is life after the Commission: An empirical analysis of private interest representation by former EU-commissioners, 1981–2009” (The Review of International Organizations, Issue 1/2012) Roland Vaubel, Bernhard Klingen and David Müller have published data and analyses of the post-Commission life of 92 former EU Commissioners who did not die in office or […]

Ignoring contradictory findings: EU structural funds spending

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Achim Kemmerling, in a post over at the EUROPP blog, argues that because of the way they are spent, it was “perhaps naive to expect that structural funds policy should have an immediate and direct influence on regional growth“. However, looking for one of the bases for these finding, on finds interesting contradictions with other […]

More subsidiarity yet less democratic control in EU matters?

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I recently had the opportunity to talk with an official (director level) working in a financial administration of one of Germany’s federal states who shared an interesting observation: Since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty with its subsidiarity protocol and also following the new internal participation rights of German parliaments introduced after the famous […]

The New Euroscepticism

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UACES member, Simon Usherwood recently presented a UACES Arena seminar at Edelman | The Centre in Brussels to an audience of over 50 representatives from European institutions, think tanks and pressure groups. An article arising from the seminar has since been published by E!Sharp.  

EU leaks, lobbying and the Deutsche Börse – NYSE merger

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Some weeks ago, the Commission refused to give its agreement to the merger of Deutsche Börse and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). I’m not in the position to judge this decision, but the public minutes of the College meeting of 1 February where this decision was taken reveal an interesting argumentation concerning lobbying and leaks […]

Follow-up: Nannies are not considered subject to EU foodstuff regulation by the Commission

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Earlier this week I blogged about Berlin authorities claiming that day nannies would be considered “food business operators” under EU law and had to follow detailed reporting duties under this law. Mr Vincent, the spokesperson of the Commission Directorate General for Health & Consumers whose response I was still awaiting on Tuesday now has made […]

Making use of #opendata: EP Intergroups and the network of UK MEPs [2x updated]

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Two weeks ago, I have blogged about European Parliament intergroups – 28 groups on various subjects which EP members can join to support a cause or to focus on special issues. As the data is not easily accessible and usable, I have produce an open data set with a list of all EP intergroups and […]

Barroso Bullshit Bingo for the 2011 State of the European Union address

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[…] Already last year, we at Bloggingportal.eu have made fun of this “State of the European Union” (#SOTEU), and Jon was the first to call for a revival of our Barroso Bullshit Bingo. […]

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