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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. […]

The Advanced User Polity or: Why the EU is like a primeval forest

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You have to be an admirer of the European Union. This polity that a professor of mine once called “a negotiated negotiation system for future negotiations” has an intrinsic beauty that you can only discover when you take the time to make long random walks through its endless piles of laws and regulations, of institutions […]

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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.

Where is the “flagship” in the European Innovation Union flagship initiative

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I’m preparing for the first day of the EU Competitiveness Council tomorrow which will be dedicated to research issues. On the agenda: Europe 2020 strategy – Annual Growth Survey; contribution to the European semester Interim evaluation of the 7th Research Framework Programme including the Risk-Sharing Finance Facility (RSFF) European Innovation Union flagship initiative Follow-up to the […]

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 […]

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. […]

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.

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