Message for the new European Commissioner for Education

Posted by Dan Luca on 31/10/14

The new European Commission takes office in November 2014. The new president Jean-Claude Junker said that it is his “desire that the EC will be very political in nature”. I wish good luck to the new team of Commissioners; the EU really needs politicians with vision and with experience in developing European dossiers for a [...]

Gender Equality: the smart way to growth

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 29/10/14

Guest commentary by Vaso Kollia, Secretary General for Gender Equality at the Greek Ministry of Interiors. Is gender equality only about justice, or is the question at hand relevant to much needed economic development as well? That is one more question for the Junker Commission to address. After all, the incoming Commission is not another Commission, [...]

Branding federations in EU Affairs

Posted by Dan Luca on 24/10/14

Due to the complexity of the EU institutions and its mechanisms, visibility and branding are a priority for European Federations, especially if they have an operational office in Brussels. I already touched upon EU federations more generally in earlier posts, but in this post I will go more in-depth regarding branding. EU federations need more [...]

Building a career in non-institutional EU Brussels

Posted by Dan Luca on 20/10/14

Brussels hosts more than 100.000 persons working in EU affairs. Only 50% of the jobs are to be found in the EU institutions. The other 50.000 EU actors work at industry federations, consultancies, media, corporate organisations, non-profit organizations, think tanks, region and city representations. The objective of these entities is to advocate and communicate their [...]

Dalligate: Barroso to the exit, with a toxic legacy

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 10/10/14

Guest blog post by Green MEP’s Bart Staes and José Bové October 16th will be the sad and second, silent birthday of the day the European Commission president José Manuel Barroso gave in to manipulations of the Tobacco Industry by sacking Commissioner for Public Health John Dalli. A black day for European democracy from which [...]

Cañete commissaire. Quand le Parlement européen renonce à ses prérogatives de contrôle

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 09/10/14

Guest blog par Virginie Roziere MdPE du Groupe de l’Alliance Progressiste des Socialistes et Démocrates au Parlement européen.   Ce Parlement est-il à la hauteur ? L’Espagnol Miguel Arias Cañete, commissaire désigné à l’Énergie et à l‘Action pour le climat, est mis en cause par plusieurs ONG pour de possibles liens avec l’industrie pétrolière, ce [...]

Leadership needed for the Ionian Adriatic Strategy

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 07/10/14

Guest blog post by Nikos Lampropoulos, Director of After long discussions between Member States and the European Commission followed by a 3 months public consultation, the Commission officially launched the Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region on June 18th. About the Strategy “The general objective of the new Strategy is to promote economic and [...]

Open Letter to Margarthe Vestager, EU Commissioner-designate for Competition

Posted by Laurens Cerulus on 30/09/14

This open letter is a guest contribution by Bruno Guillard, founder and CEO of 1PLUSV. Dear Ms Vestager, The death penalty was abolished in Europe decades ago – for human beings only.  In the corporate world, it continues.  In the Internet corporate world, it accelerates. My company, a French technology start up,1plusV, is just one of [...]

Education is the fundamental driver for Kosovo

Posted by Laurens Cerulus on 30/09/14

Guest blogpost by Arif Shala, doctoral student at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany and executive director at the Institute for Economic Development Studies in Prishtine, Kosovo. How does a country pave its way towards economic growth and prosperity? Why is it that some countries simply never seem to be able to overcome their [...]

Call for EU project for the next 5 years!

Posted by Dan Luca on 30/09/14

Caught between the appointment of the new EU leaders (European Parliament, European Commission, Council) and global crises involving the Islamic State, Russia, energy, unemployment among young, and immigrants in the Mediterranean, politicians run the risk of forgetting the message given by the European citizens too quickly. In May 2014, four months ago, the European Parliament [...]

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