"New EU website goes live

New EU website goes live

The European Commission will today (21 September) launch a revamped version of its Europa website. After two years of analysis and review, the EU executive hopes its new central web portal will make for a simpler, more organised experience for EU citizens.

Grahnlaw writes extensively on Liston Treaty; A piece on Barroso and more on the EU Agenda…

Lisbon Treaty ratification: Loose ends and cannons

by Grahnlaw

The EU treaty reform process, which (re)started in December 2000 in Nice, and the ratification marathons expose the brittle structure of the European Union, still mired in the world of international treaties.

EU Lisbon Treaty: Rocky road to Rome

from Grahnlaw by Grahnlaw

The delayed entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon causes the European Union a number of problems.

José Manuel Barroso was nominated by the heads of state or government of the EU member states, and the nomination was approved by the European Parliament in accordance with the Treaty of Nice (Article 214(2) TEC), although it is possible that the new President of the Commission and his Commission are going to serve under the provisions of the Treaty of Lisbon.

What the Lisbon Treaty changes (for Ireland)

by Grahnlaw

On Bloggers for Europe, Jason O?Mahony wrote a post called ?5 Reasons to vote yes including a polar bear. And the Da Vinci Code? (15 September 2009).

O?Mahony?s fourth point made the following statement about the Lisbon Treaty:

?It improves the EU in loads of technical ways which you really don’t want me to list here. I mean, we’ll get them for you if you want, but only if you promise to read them. There’ll be a test.?

EU’s most powerful women take aim at male elite

from EUobserver.com – Headline News

thelondondailynews.com: EU Citizens Privacy Rights in Danger: EU politicians lobby against American terrorist finance program

EU Citizens Privacy Rights in Danger: EU politicians lobby against American terrorist finance program

The European Commission came under fire from MEP’s during a plenary session of the Parliament over concerns from “millions of Europeans” that the ?Terrorist Finance Tracking Program? that has been tracking and intercepting bank transactions from European based SWIFT is an invasion of European citizens privacy and an abuse of human rights.

And the next EU Commissioner for multilingualism is ?

by Grahnlaw

When Bulgaria and Romania became members of the European Union on 1 January 2007 ? well into the term of the first Barroso Commission ? Meglena Kuneva from Bulgaria became Commissioner for consumer protection and the Romanian Leonard Orban was made the first Commissioner for multilingualism.

Portrait of the Eurocrat as a young revolutionary

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, who was just reelected to a second term, is about as establishment as you get, a staunch defender of free trade and open markets.

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