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”
I 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”
When you think of the history of European integration, is there a date that strikes a chord deep in your heart? Is there a date that fits both in the grand scheme of History and in your personal history? Continue reading “What EU date in history changed your life?”
I’ve been looking recently for a free iPhone or iPad app to show my kids what the EU is all about, how many countries it includes and what the institutions are all about. Continue reading “The best free iPhone and iPad apps on the EU (European Union)”
Now most of you probably dream of winning the lottery, so the title of my blogpost might just sound very corny in its own way, but this is my new bugbear and I’d like to share it with you to get some idea-sourcing on it and generate interest / volunteers. Continue reading “I have a dream… of a children’s Wikipedia about the European Union”
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”
The European institutions were celebrating Europe Open Doors Day in Brussels on Saturday, in honour of Europe Day on 9 May. It was my first celebration of it here in Brussels, and I had planned to take my five year-old son to visit the European Parliament, having heard that there were games for kids too (just in case he would get bored… 🙂 Continue reading “Europe’s bureaucratic image”
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”