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European Parliament committees reject ACTA

European Parliament committees reject ACTA
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31/05/2012 at 12:07EU

European Parliament insists press freedom be protected from cross-border libel cases

European Parliament insists press freedom be protected from cross-border libel cases
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10/05/2012 at 13:21EU

Latest EU/US PNR agreement another nail in the coffin ..

Latest EU/US PNR agreement another nail in the coffin ..

US Ambassador to the EU William Kennard congratulated the European Parliament on the 19th April 2012 for voting to support the new US/EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) agreement, saying “The European Parliament’s endorsement of the PNR agreement is a testament to the strong transatlantic relationship and our joint commitment to […]

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22/04/2012 at 23:16EU

All stick for Europe’s citizens – where are the carrots?

All stick for Europe’s citizens – where are the carrots?

Update 13/05/2014. Belgium has just reduced the VAT on domestic electricity from 21% to 6%! (must be an election approaching ..). It is interesting listening to the UK’s Conservative backbenchers tub-thumping about the need for the Prime Minister not to give away powers to Europe (meaning the EU institutions). Frankly […]

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Europe still suppressing evidence of US rendition programme

Europe still suppressing evidence of US rendition programme

London/Madrid, 19 December 2011. Access Info Europe and Reprieve have released a new report, Rendition on Record, detailing how many European countries are suppressing evidence of their role in the USA’s notorious rendition programme.

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19/12/2011 at 11:00Control Culture EU Life&Liberty

More transparency needed if EU to gain trust

More transparency needed if EU to gain trust

15/12/2011. The European Parliament voted today to strengthen transparency within the EU institutions by broadening the right of access for citizens to EU documents.

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15/12/2011 at 13:50EU

Robin Hood tax out of the woods?

Robin Hood tax out of the woods?

Brussels, 8th March 2011. The European Parliament today adopted a position backing the idea of a Financial Transaction Tax (or “Robin Hood tax”), which could raise billions and ensure that the financial-services sector contributes better towards the cost of recovering from the current economic crisis. The objective of the tax […]

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08/03/2011 at 09:42EU

A new EU citizens’ house in Brussels?

A new EU citizens’ house in Brussels?

Among all the prestigious buildings in Brussels, and the MEPs, the functionaries, the journalists and the lobbyists, European citizens should have their own space.

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22/04/2010 at 12:41EU EU_Business Life&Liberty

Importance of protecting cultural diversity

Importance of protecting cultural diversity

Tales from a Brussels bar An interesting topic came up on Monday evening last week. Outside temperatures had risen by at least eight degrees in the previous two days, and Brussels was showing the first welcome signs of spring. 

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16/03/2010 at 17:05EU Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar

EU launches anonymous online whistleblower system

EU launches anonymous online whistleblower system

The EU’s anti-fraud office (OLAF) has launched an anonymous online fraud tip-off system for citizens who wish to report evidence of official corruption.

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10/03/2010 at 22:44EU Life&Liberty