Since Monday the European Parliament has been investigating the aptitude of the 26 candidates for the new EU Commission. The two-week hearings are an important instrument for controlling the European government, writes the press.
Catherine Ashton, our very-likely-to-be foreign minister, had her hearing in front of the European Parliament today.
Some reactions from the Euroblogosphere and on Twitter:
Few things represent the absurd and outdated nature of the EU’s budget as well as the weird butter and grain mountains. These mountains consist of surplus produce that Europe’s farmers have been unable to sell on the market and that is instead bought up by the EU Commission under the Common Agricultural Policy. It is then stored in massive stockpiles providing the ultimate image of EU waste.
All I want to point to is that Tibo from the European Parliament web editors has blogged this afternoon that their recent post on the renewal of the EP website has become the most visited post ever on their blog.
The enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) is high on the agenda of the European Union, both in the internal market and in the EU’s external trade.
The mysterious ways of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiators raise questions about whose Digital Agenda is being pursued. The lack of transparency results in growing mistrust. Here is a sample of recent texts about the problems for citizens and consumers in the digital era.
Spain wants to achieve stronger coordination of the member states’ economic policies during its EU Council presidency. In his current capacity as EU Council President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is demanding binding economic targets and has even proposed financial sanctions against EU states. European commentators are less than enthusiastic about the idea.
The six-month rotating presidency of the European Union passed on 1 January 2010 from Sweden to Spain. At the formal ceremony of transition in Brussels on 8 January, the Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero outlined a bold agenda: he pledged that his country’s tenure would be one of “action and initiative” in which economic recovery and the boosting of the EU’s place in the world would be his foremost priorities.
The Grahnlaw blog post EU enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) and ACTA (10 January 2010) mentioned some of the materials for understanding the current moves to enhance IPR enforcement:
Well the wires are really alive this morning. Greece is receiving a visit from the IMF today. The meeting was scheduled well in advance, but that doesn’t mean the agenda was.