Net neutrality, the end of roaming charges, the migration divide and the 2016 agenda of the European Commission

27 October 2015 was a momentous day if you work in EU affairs. Today important decisions were taken and an interesting debate on migration took place during the European Parliament’s plenary session. These decisions will have a direct impact on European citizens’ lives or affect their lives in the short to medium term. Continue reading “Net neutrality, the end of roaming charges, the migration divide and the 2016 agenda of the European Commission”

Go where your audience is: what EU communicators can learn from local citizen engagement initiatives at EuropCom

EuropCom workshop citizen engagementI had the pleasure of moderating a workshop on “E-ambassadors: Engaging citizens in a digital world” at EuropCom this week, the largest European conference bringing together local, national and EU public communicators. Continue reading “Go where your audience is: what EU communicators can learn from local citizen engagement initiatives at EuropCom”

What EU politicians and lobbyists should know about web 2.0 and social media

MEP 2.0 workshop

I’ll be co-moderating a workshop at the European Parliament on 10 November called MEP 2.0 Workshops, whose objective will be to present Twitter and its benefits to members of the European Parliament.

While doing some research to prepare this workshop, a friend of mine and co-founder of the “EU Girl Geeks” group, Caroline De Cock, mentioned a book she had just published, called Lobby.EU: A Survival Guide to EU Lobbying, Including the use of social media. Continue reading “What EU politicians and lobbyists should know about web 2.0 and social media”

Volcanic ash clouds, crisis and progress: why the Single European Sky will not be built in a day

Air traffic in Europe in 24h

Following the massive disruption of air traffic in Europe last week, caused by a volcanic ash cloud, I was happily surprised  to see so many newspapers and politicians put the Single European Sky  on the table.

And my first thought was: why does it always take a crisis for things to move ahead faster and get done? And will that actually be the case with European skies? Continue reading “Volcanic ash clouds, crisis and progress: why the Single European Sky will not be built in a day”