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Ethics all the way NEW
Blog of EU Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič 9 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 19 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Number of View: 102The week of 11-15 November 2013 is Ethics Week in the European Commission, a chance to remind all staff about the ethical principles that guide their work as European civil servants.  During the week, my services in the Direct...
The EU’s next ‘big thing’ NEW
Blog of EU Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 11 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
Number of View: 137The last five years of crisis have marked us all. After many years of continued prosperity and strong social guarantees, the collapse of Lehman Brothers five years ago sent an unprecedented shockwave through Europe; all of a sudden...
The spirit of Mallorca NEW
Blog of EU Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič 1 Year, 1 Month, 3 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
Number of View: 19Was it the Balearic sun or wind, the splendid hospitality of Guido and José Manuel (respectively the German and Spanish Foreign Ministers) or the presence of the Spanish Prince of Asturias? I am not sure what precisely the re...
Getting it right on transparency NEW
Blog of EU Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič 1 Year, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 17 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Number of View: 14It’s nearly two years since the European Commission launched its joint transparency register with the European Parliament, a concerted effort by the two institutions to keep track of the various players in Brussels and Strasbo...
Shaped by social media? Not yet, but it’s coming! NEW
Blog of EU Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič 1 Year, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 8 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
Number of View: 367A few days ago at the Commission’s first Digital Competence Day event, I issued a call to exchange best practices and experiences in the field of modern e-technologies. Neelie Kroes was the first to respond. No surprise...
Thank you Oslo! NEW
Blog of EU Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič 1 Year, 8 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 5 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
Number of View: 15I was very pleased to be invited to join the delegation of European leaders who earlier this week accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. After many months of criticism, difficult negotiations and often the tense atmosphere that I h...
ECI – the first step towards trans-European e-democracy NEW
Blog of EU Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič 1 Year, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 14 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Number of View: 11The European agenda has been overshadowed in recent years by the  impact of the  current crisis and by the need to take unprecedented measures to overcome it, many of which have often been poorly received by citizens. The solution...
A year of living transparently NEW
Blog of EU Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič 2 Years, 2 Months, 17 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
It is a year since the European Commission and European Parliament launched our joint transparency register – an appropriate time to take stock of our collective efforts to make EU policy-making more transparent.  The new register builds on th...
Times are tough – but this could still be the EU’s decade NEW
Blog of EU Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič 2 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 13 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Here’s a controversial prediction for the future: by the end of the current decade, we will be able to look back on the current economic and political situation and see it not as a threat to the continued success of the European project but as...
EU-Asia relations: so much to learn from each other NEW
Blog of EU Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič 2 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 11 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
I’ve just returned from a trip to China, Korea and Singapore, the main focus of which was to maintain the positive momentum in EU-China relations that has been driven by a number of successful summits with our Asian partners. Indeed, over the l...
Budget oversight gives Europe scrutiny but not sovereignty NEW
Blog of EU Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič 2 Years, 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
One of the things I like most about my role as the Commissioner responsible (among other things) for relations with national parliaments is the opportunity this gives me to visit the Member States and get a real taste of what issues are of concern to...
European Citizens’ Initiative: epic fail or real tool for change? NEW
Blog of EU Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič 2 Years, 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 23 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
The thing that struck me the most at last week’s conference on the European Citizens’ Initiative that I hosted in Brussels was the sheer enthusiasm shared by so many of the speakers and delegates about the democratic possibilities that th...
Modern Europe = eEurope! NEW
Blog of EU Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič 2 Years, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 23 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
In my numerous meetings with politicians and citizens, I am often faced with the question of how we can overcome the crisis and boost growth in times of cuts in public finances and state expenditure. My usual answer is that we have to look at new way...
A roller-coaster ride towards a new EU NEW
Blog of EU Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič 2 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
The impact of the economic crisis on EU economies has resembled something of a roller-coaster ride over the last few months. No sooner had we got to grips with the mortgage and banking crisis that came to us from across the Atlantic than we were face...
Bureaucrats don’t rule Europe, we’re all in this together NEW
Blog of EU Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič 2 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
 ’Brussels’ is often blamed for making unnecessary regulation, or for making life more complicated for citizens and businesses. Yet Member States themselves are sometimes guilty of ‘goldplating’ EU legislation – adding clau...
Let’s be fair (and more optimistic) on Europe! NEW
Blog of EU Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič 2 Years, 11 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 2 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
Part of the daily routine of a Commissioner is to explain how the European Union functions, what value added it brings to European citizens and, increasingly, to fight off unfair criticism or even outright lies. Last week, in the country I  know b...