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‘Mass for Europe’: this traditional Catholic ceremony kicks off a new ‘school year’ for EU institutions, and I attended it for the first time. Mainly EU officials participate, plus a few dignitaries like MEPs and the Luxembourg royals (current EU presidency).And of course bishops, priests, and the organising staff of COMECE (Commision des Conferences d’Eveques… » read more

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The Innovation Summit hosted by the European Parliament on 17-20 November reviewed policies under the headline ‘a mandate for innovation’. The MEP-led organiser, K4I (Knowledge for Innovation), gathered 4 Commissioner, including for example the one for research , many MEPs including several committee chairs, and a large number of corporate and association representatives. Below are… » read more

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Knowledge for Innovation, an MEP-led association, organized its 6th Innovation Summit this week, in partnership with several organisations including EurActiv, which covered several sessions, and moderated the conclusions (separate post). The timing was good: just after the start of the Juncker Commission and before Mr Tusk arrives: which I addressed in an Opinion piece. Having… » read more

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The journalist Richard Hill asked me for a contribution on the ‘single seat’, for the upcoming magazine of BECI, the Brussels business organisation. Here is the full version of my view, taking a broader view than just costs and time.   ” The European Parliament’s Single Seat campaign has been going on for years, mainly… » read more

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The translation community had an stimulating day, which I addressed in a keynote from the viewpoint of users and media. Overall: yes, innovations work and are being rolled-out. Background on the #TranslatingEurope Forum and my intervention This is the first of a new series, organised the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation, for an audience of… » read more

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(This post was not updated after autumn 2014, except points a) and b) here in italic: most challenges remain valid. a) point added mid 2015: Point 7 on the brand could be updated: Politico took over European Voice, had the brand vanish right away, and most of the EV editorial team left. In the meantime,… » read more

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J’ai assisté à la remise du titre de chevalier à une haute fonctionnaire française, maintenant diplomate. La motivation derrière sa carrière, l’engagement qu’elle exprime, m’ont amené à lui proposer de republier ici son propre discours. En voici les extraits essentiels. Christophe @LeclercqEU   “Extrait d’un discours prononcé le 16 mai 2014 à l’occasion de la… » read more

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On 20 May, three entities from KPMG organised a conference on this topic, together with EurActiv as media partner: its ‘Global Energy Institute’, its public sector practice, and its EU Office in Brussels. The main policy issues are summarized in a prior interview with this Institute’s leader, Michael Salcher. I gave a short introductory speech… » read more

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Médiapart, le média d’investigation français, a publié cet article (accès payant, je ne peux le reproduire, en raison du (c) ): Médias européens: le maquis des financements publics … – Mediapart . Son journaliste Ludovic Lamant m’a adressé des questions complémentaires, également publiées, dont les réponses sont intégralement reprises ci-dessous. Autour de “l’affaire presseurop“, voici… » read more

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(Pour une fois, vous m’excuserez un post un peu pro domo… Egalement à titre de transparence sur ‘qui est derrière EurActiv en France’, merci pour votre attention) Chers ami(e)s, partenaires et contacts d’EurActiv, Merci d’être venu pour l’inauguration de nos nouveaux bureaux (ou de vous être intéressés à notre développement, et à la présence francophone… » read more

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( Mise à jour 6 décembre: Selon l’étude EuropePlusMonitor, la France serait ‘l’homme malade de l’Europe’ . Les médicaments sont connus, prenons les!) François Hollande revient d’Israël, où il s’est occupé de diplomatie, et a participé à la ‘Deuxième Journée France-Israël de l’Innovation’. Le sujet est bien choisi: la ‘start-up nation’ peut être source d’inspiration… » read more

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Rudi Vervoort est le Ministre-président de la Région bruxelloise. Il répond aux questions de Christophe Leclercq, fondateur de EurActiv. Vous avez participé à la session finale du Plan Marnix. Que nous apportent les idées lancées ici ? Rien que le fait d’avoir organisé cette session et de rassembler à la table les ministres compétents des… » read more

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Late September, some of Brussels’ political figures and blue-sky thinkers got together and discussed a new language approach for the capital of Belgium… and of the European Union. Participants at the Marnix Plan launch event, organised on 28 September, could feel an optimism hanging in the air: there was a general willingness for politics to… » read more

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A session of the EuroPCom conference yesterday gathered communication or campaign directors from four parties: EPP, PES, ALDE, Greens, plus me as moderator. Despite euro-scepticism in the countries and frankly some cynicism in Brussels, I left the Delors building rather encouraged: yes, this campaign can make a difference. The main change is not in the… » read more

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