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Archives for EU Priorities 2020

Who are the experts?

Guest blog post by Daniel Freund, Head of Advocacy EU Institutions at Transparency International. The term “expert group” evokes images of scientists in white coats with test tubes explaining complex equations to politicians in suits. The reality is quite different. Expert groups are a mix of industry lobbyists, NGOs, trade unions and other practitioners chosen… » read more

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Guest blog post by Joe Mathews, columnist & Innovation editor at Zócalo Public Square and Board Member of Democracy International. A recent European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) intending to ban same-sex marriage has led to commotion in the European Commission and to a questioning of the participation instrument itself. Instead, Joe Mathews argues, the ECI should… » read more

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Guest blog post by Leo Watson, freelance writer.   Prime Minister Beata Szydlo has stated that Poland will not take any refugees, a day after the terror attacks on Brussels. In January, Szydlo announced that 400 refugees would be accepted by Poland, but has now gone back on that decision. Szydlo did not cite security… » read more

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Guest blog post by Milan Nitzschke, spokesperson for AEGIS Europe & President of EU ProSun. Any partnership or friendship must be based on clarity and openness. In contrast the relationship between Europe and China, as understood by many Europeans is all about not upsetting the Chinese government and not communicating clear positions vis-a-vis issues of… » read more

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Brussels, 17 February 2016 Dear President Tusk, We are writing to you today as representatives of eleven pan-European youth organisations – representing millions of young people across Europe – because we are seriously worried about the future of the Schengen Area. Open borders are one of Europe’s greatest milestones – we want to keep it… » read more

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Guest blog post by Sergi Corbalán, Executive Director of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office and Co-chair of the Civil Society Alliance for the European Year for Development 2015. Sergi Corbalán argues that the universality of the new Sustainable Development Goals’ framework is one of the most important features as it eliminates the old division between… » read more

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Guest blog post by Rosangela Berman Bieler, Senior Adviser, Children with Disabilities, UNICEF. Last week, to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, I travelled to Brussels to take part in the Day of Persons with Disabilities conference organized by the European Commission and the European Disability Forum. This year, it focused on children… » read more

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Guest blog post by Angela Mills Wade, Executive Director of the European Publishers Council. European Publishers Council reports show seismic transformation in content development and publishing in the context of the forthcoming revision of the AVMS directive and the consultations on online platforms. The deadline for the public consultation on the revision of the Audiovisual… » read more

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