I will be part of a pilot project this week, participating as an accredited blogger at the EU Competitiveness Council. The background for this pilot project is here, so I?ll head directly into the preparations. Please follow me into how the blogger can prepare for an EU Council meeting (Trivia is only for experts):
For the first time since the outbreak of the financial crisis the European Central Bank on Thursday considered raising the prime interest rate. ECB head Jean-Claude Trichet cited the menace of inflation to justify the move. But it comes too soon and would endanger recovery after the crisis, writes the press.
Are you worried about the relentless rise of your electricity or gas bill?
This week the European Union took one step towards markets intended to improve service and value for money for industry users and consumers.
When the European Commission published its report on progress towards the 2020 target for renewable energy, it invited Member States to:
Interested in the organisational work of a Council Presidency? If yes, you may want to listen to the recordings of the 4th bloggers meeting with Hungarian Presidency in Brussels.
Having participated in that meeting on the organisation of meetings in the Council and the interpretation regimes of these meetings, I found it most interesting that according to Benö Modok from the Hungarian Presidency team it was surprising to them how much work it is actually to organise Council meetings that usually seem to be given for non-presidency member states.
Three days before the EU special summit, Greece is becoming increasingly entangled in the maelstrom of the debt crisis. The rating agency Moody’s has lowered the country’s credit rating to below that of politically unstable Egypt. While some commentators want to see the private rating agencies sued, others call for more solidarity among the euro countries.