Forgot all about this, as the interview was originally conducted back in October, but it?s in the latest issue of Shift Mag, which focusses on Euroscepticism. Have a gander at the whole lot here or, below the fold, check out my responses to the following:
from Brussels Blog by Tony Barber
When the new Barroso II Commission finally is allowed to start working, at least two Commissioners face the urgent task to update the web pages and step up the communication effort of their services. They are Viviane Reding (Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship) and Cecilia Malmström (Home Affairs).
By chance I saw that there is a Facebook group supporting that the coming EU-USA Summit will not take place in Madrid but in Brussels.
This seems to be part of the power struggle between the institutions after the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty that foresees the weakening of the rotating Council presidency in favour of the permanent European Council President Herman van Rompuy.
from A Fistful Of Euros » A Fistful Of Euros by Edward Hugh
Imagine 39 people writing for 500 million people in 22 languages. Now imagine they are young and cool. And now imagine they exist and they are the actual European Parliament web editors.
According to the Spanish EU Presidency calendar, the next EU-US summit is to be held in Madrid on 24-25 May. However, according to Spanish daily ABC, Washington has discreetly conveyed the message that it would prefer Brussels to be the venue.
The document is now expected to be published in June and will fit into the ‘EU 2020’ strategy for growth and jobs. By that time, a clearer picture will also have emerged of the roles of the new European commissioners.
The European Commission has long viewed the Services Directive as a crucial step in completing the EU’s single market, but member states’ failure to put it in place before the recently expired December 2009 deadline led to much hand-wringing and debate in Brussels.
Leading members of the European Parliament have agreed on the assembly’s future relations with the Commission under the EU’s new Lisbon Treaty, which confer new powers to the Strasbourg assembly.
The Lisbon Treaty entered into force on 1 December 2009, and the internal market remains a core aim of the European Union, meant to comprise an area without internal frontiers in which the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital is ensured in accordance with the provisions of the Treaties (Article 26(2) TFEU).
At first sight, the front page looks well-arranged compared to how it was before, so it’ll ease the access of newcomers which is an asset. I never found the previous layout inviting or structured, so now you get a much quicker overview over what you can expect from the Commission website.
The World Economic Forum closed on Sunday in Davos. Politicians advocated financial market reforms, among other things. But industry representatives were unable to agree on a common strategy. Still – cooperation is the key to the future, the European news media says.
The report warns Europe could be hit harder than the US if the liquidity problems are not resolved.
ECB executive board member Gertrude Tumpel-Gugerell said the supply of credit to eurozone firms is still not adequate.