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On 25th February 2015, the College of Commissioners has adopted the executive’s 2015 Work Programme, permanently abolishing the Circular Economy Package. This was a set of six bills on municipal waste, packaging waste, landfill, end of life vehicles, marine litter, among others. It was proposed last June, in the last stage of Barroso’s term, with… » read more

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They used to say the EU lacks a narrative. The crisis has remedied that. The high stakes poker game being played out by Angela “cool-hand” Merkel and Yanis “motherfucker” Varoufakis has unleashed a colourful social media storm, which continues to throw up surprises, the latest being a successful German attempt at humour. Featuring self-parodying stereotypes:… » read more

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by Brendan Donnelly, Director of the Federal Trust and Treasurer of the European Movement UK/// During the referendum on voting reform in 2011, it was sometimes claimed by advocates of the present British electoral system, misleadingly known as “first past the post,” that it tended to produce definite outcomes, with clear Parliamentary majorities for the… » read more

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This week could be a turning point for climate and energy policy in Europe. The Commissioner for Energy Union, Maros Sefcovic announced the strategy for Energy Union alongside a Climate communication from the European Commission on the ‘road to Paris’ and a Communication reporting on the electricity interconnection target of 10 percent. According to the… » read more

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“Accuracy, Authenticity and Interest” was the slogan of Ivy Lee, one of the founding fathers of public relations, creator of the press release and pioneer in the field of crisis communications. Almost 100 years later, this slogan remains at the core of sustainable public relations. Though it takes long years to be built, an organizations’… » read more

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Aalborg city lights: the winning picture   On February 27th the Turbine Gallery in Nordkraft will close the doors of the exhibition displaying neighbourhood photos from Aalborg and three other European cities.   Stunning photos portraying the spirit and life of Aalborg, Birmingham, Lisbon and Milan were captured by their citizens as part of MyNeighbourhood… » read more

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The College of Commissioners today (25 February) adopted the executive’s 2015 work programme at their meeting in Brussels, signalling the end of the Circular Economy package of waste, incineration and recycling laws. The package will be withdrawn and resubmitted later this year, despite protests from the European Parliament and EU environment ministers. Although long-expected, the… » read more

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Last month, Fondation EurActiv released its ‘Yellow Overview’ with 6 recommendations for independent and sustainable media in Europe at an event gathering 120+ policy-makers, stakeholders and media representatives in the European Parliament. (You can read more on this here and here, and in my previous #Media4EU blog posts.) Call for a High Level Group for… » read more

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Think the UK is leaving the EU? Wanna bet? Well, from Thursday, you can. Ladbrokes will start taking bets on the UK leaving the EU, giving Eurosceptics and Europhiles alike the chance to put their money where their mouth is. The company is already taking bets on the date of the referendum. The current favourite,… » read more

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La Maison de l’Europe de Brest – Centre d’information Europe Direct Bretagne Ouest organise à Brest Business School, à Brest, le jeudi 26 février 2015 de 8h30 à 12h30, un colloque ayant pour intitulé :”L’Europe des territoires : la subsidiarité au service du développement local. L’économie circulaire, un levier du dynamisme économique territorial.” Cet événement… » read more

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