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According to a publication, recently released by the European Commission, Romania ranks 3 on the list of energy independent countries among the 27 states, after Denmark and Estonia. This performance was achieved as the country only imports 21% of the energy it consumes, while the EU average reaches somewhere around 53%. “From a strategic perspective,… » read more

Posted by Dan Luca

The Romanian government has called issues of regional elections and decentralization in Romania into question, especially the issue of better absorption of EU funds. Let’s remember that a few years ago, when discussing options on how to choose the MEPs in Romania, Vasile Puscas even proposed regional constituencies elections. Views of politicians and experts are… » read more

Posted by Dan Luca

A conversation between Robert Madelin and Marc Davis The boundaries of our physical and digital worlds are melting away at unprecedented speeds, leaving many of our policy-makers, heads of government and business people unprepared to integrate new concepts into decision-making processes. Technologies have evolved and continue to do so, while vast amounts of data are… » read more

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By Abigail Hunter Not even a year into membership and, already, the Russian Federation is illustrating how its accession will serve as the final nail in the coffin for the World Trade Organization (WTO) in its’ original role. Energy, agriculture, and compliance are longstanding, contentious issues between Russia and the European Union (EU) and now… » read more

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Accountability and the EU

‘Accountability’ has several meanings, depending on the situation it is used in. In his article “Analysing and Assessing Public Accountability. A Conceptual Framework”, Mark Bovens claims that accountability for the European Commission for example is not only synonym for ‘clarity’, ‘transparency’, and maybe most importantly: ‘responsibility’, but that it includes concepts like ‘involvement’ and ‘participation’… » read more

Posted by Dan Luca

Camerons Drohung

By Eric Bonse Der britische Premier Cameron will die Eurokrise nutzen, um Sonderkonditionen für sein Land herauszuschlagen. Er strebe eine “neue Vereinbarung” mit der EU an, sagte Cameron nach einem Bericht der “FT“. Offenbar will er die – ohnehin laxen – EU-Sozialgesetze lockern. Die Drohung richtet sich auch an Berlin, das auf Schmusekurs mit London… » read more

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