Angela Merkel believed in the EU Primary elections – and won!

Posted by Dan Luca on 28/08/14

Recently Jean-Claude Juncker was officially elected President of the European Commission. One year before the European Elections were scheduled, even the most fanatical federalist did not believe that the Primaries could really nominate the EU chief executive. It’s paradoxical, but even after the European elections of 25 May 2014, chances were over 50% for the [...]

BlogActiv’s public service announcement

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 01/08/14

To all of our bloggers, to all of our readers, The BlogActiv team is taking some time off in August. For the coming three weeks, we won’t be able to update our homepage, to provide you with newsletters and to answer to your queries. Our bloggers will continue to publish blogposts on their personal blogs, [...]

‘Good law’: When intellectual property meets Open Innovation

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 30/07/14

Guest blogpost by Martha Suda, who works at the Open Innovation team in the EU Commission’s DG CONNECT.   Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is an omnipresent topic. What is more, it does not get any easier when you want to start an Open-Innovation-based business. First allow me to briefly introduce myself: My name is Martha Suda. [...]

How unlock the EU this summer?

Posted by Dan Luca on 22/07/14

Performance to date of the High Representative for the European Union, Catherine Ashton, was good, but without political charisma. Rumour had it that she was the perfect High Representative, one that did not eclipse the personalities of some foreign ministers of EU member countries. Now it is again up to the European socialists, who have [...]

Dear Mr Juncker, Europe is ageing fast and action is needed

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 18/07/14

Guest blogpost by Anne-Sophie Parent, AGE Platform Europe Secretary General. In 2012, we were already 190 million people aged 50 years and over in the EU, i.e. 37% of the population. In 20-30 year time, we – including you and me – are going to be three times more to reach the age of 80 and [...]

Danube Bridges: A small step towards tolerance in Europe

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 18/07/14

Guest blogpost by Erik Redli, a Slovak journalist. He looks at the Danube Bridges project, the Slovak Charlemagne Youth Prize 2014. Negative experience from the conflict in former Yugoslavia points to the necessity of connecting the young generation of the nations that found themselves in a conflict. This is the main idea behind Danube Bridges [...]

EU energy policy: It must be done right

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 14/07/14

This guest blogpost is a contribution by Hans Martens, special adviser to Fipra, the global network of senior, strategic advisers, and former Chief Executive at the European Policy Centre (EPC) in Brussels. * * * Energy policy will be in the EU focus for the next five years – at least. However energy policy can [...]

Open letter to Juncker: Why EU enlargement matters

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 14/07/14

Guest blogpost by Shenoll Muharremi, Executive Director at the Development Group LLC, Prishtina. He is an expert on EU membership processes and economic development. * * * Open letter to EC President Designate Jean Claude Juncker Why EU Enlargement matters There have been discussions if the next European Commission should keep position of the Enlargement [...]

It’s time to help Europe! It’s time to communicate!

Posted by Dan Luca on 14/07/14

Over the last 15 years EurActiv has developed a unique concept of understanding the EU affairs landscape, both in Brussels and in the main EU capitals. Combining expertise in political science with communication and technology, EurActiv is now more than a media: it is a knowledge centre of expertise on EU communication techniques. To support [...]

The Future of Balkans: Embracing Education

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 10/07/14

Guest post 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 economic [...]

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