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Bloggingportal.eu needs your help! NEW
Brusselsblogger 2 Years, 10 Months, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 13 Minutes ago
The EU blog aggregator bloggingportal.eu is 3 years old – and needs your help! Bloggingportal is website that aggregates articles from hundreds of EU related blogs, including many of those hosted on blogactiv.eu. The project went online on 26...
European Commission proposes European Terrorist Finance Tracking System – TFTS/SWIFT NEW
Brusselsblogger 3 Years, 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 17 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
The European Commission yesterday adopted a Communication outlining the different options for a European terrorist finance tracking system (TFTS) – which acts as a counter-part to the American Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (TFTP). The US...
SWIFT: Why the EU Parliament’s new conditions could be worthless NEW
Brusselsblogger 4 Years, 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 10 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
The European parliament adopted a resolution on the SWIFT data transfer negotiations. Here is why even the Parliament’s conditions are problematic. The Parliament has issued a press release and the Sköne Oke blog commented it. I have also left...
Banking data: Why MEPs must say no to SWIFT agreement NEW
Brusselsblogger 4 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 15 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
I have written before why the SWIFT agreement is bad for Europe. This post is an update based on the final agreement and the new arguments that have been brought forward. In short: the situation has not changed and MEPs should reject the SWIFT agreem...
5 reasons why the SWIFT deal is very bad for Europe NEW
Brusselsblogger 5 Years, 2 Days, 17 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
Today I will list the 5 main arguments against the EU bank data transfer deal with the US.The background of the deal has already been described in my blog post yesterday. These are the 5 reasons: There is no reciprocity: The US will receive EU bankin...
SWIFT – EU to grant USA nearly unlimited access to all EU banking data NEW
Brusselsblogger 5 Years, 3 Days, 17 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
The EU justice and home affairs minister are about to agree on a large-scale banking data sharing plan with the United States. The agreement will have a massive impact on the privacy of banking data of European businesses and citizens. Background of...
The Barroso vote: political transparency vs political privacy + the role of the Socialists NEW
Brusselsblogger 5 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 1 Hour, 48 Minutes ago
Like many people in Brussels I was following yesterday the election of Jose Manuel Barroso as Commission President in the European Parliament. Specifically I was asking myself what role the Socialist Group in the EP played. The official line of the S...
Sending a letter in Brussels? Good luck with the Belgian Post. NEW
Brusselsblogger 5 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
I wanted to write about this since long time. I strongly believe the Belgian Post (“La Poste“) is one of the worst customer service experiences which the country has to offer. And an ideal exampe of where competition will help improve it.
Inside Brusselsblogger: what this blog is about NEW
Brusselsblogger 5 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
A new, interesting tools has been launched to detect the online traces of any person. Here is what it shows for “Brusselsblogger” The tool is called Personas and was developed by the MIT Media Lab. You can try it out here: http://personas...
Belgium is expensive for heavy GSM users NEW
Brusselsblogger 5 Years, 3 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 2 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
A recent OECD report compares mobile phone charges in OECD countries. Many readers will not be surprised to hear that – for high-usage customers – Belgium is one of the more expensive countries. To put this more into an EU context: I have...
EU career opportunities – staff selection to become easier? NEW
Brusselsblogger 5 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 14 Minutes ago
About two weeks ago the European Union Personel Selection Office (EPSO) announced that selection and recruitment of EU staff will become easier. However, how exactly the new test will look like is unclear. The press release announcing the change in t...
This is how Brussels’ EU quarter could look like in 2025 NEW
Brusselsblogger 5 Years, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
The European Commission and the city of Brussels presented today the winners of a design competiton for the Brussels EU quarter. This is how Rue de la Loi could look like: To illustrate the drastic difference, this is how Rue de la Loi looks today: S...
Where is the video of Klaus’ speech? (updated: here it is!) NEW
Brusselsblogger 5 Years, 9 Months, 3 Days, 22 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
I went to Europarl TV this weekend to watch the speech of Czech President Klaus in the European Parliament. But to my surprise I didn’t find any full video of the speech. The only material available in this context on Europarl TV is a short edi...
Speech of President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus in the European Parliament NEW
Brusselsblogger 5 Years, 9 Months, 4 Days, 13 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
Given the reactions by MEPs and in the European press I am reproducing the full text of the Speech of Czech President Václav Klaus in the European Parliament last week. I am still looking for found a video of the speech, please let me know if you fi...
Where is the video of Klaus’ speech? NEW
Brusselsblogger 5 Years, 9 Months, 5 Days, 22 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
I went to Europarl TV this weekend to watch the speech of Czech President Klaus in the European Parliament. But to my surprise I didn’t find any full video of the speech. The only material available in this context on Europarl TV is a short edi...
Without a car in Brussels? Use Collivery! NEW
Brusselsblogger 5 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
I am one of those Brussels expats who live without a car. But when it comes to shopping at a good price things can become difficult. I might have a solution for you. Brussels is full of little grocery stores and small “express” supermarke...
Don’t buy Brussels Airlines’ gift vouchers! (Updated) NEW
Brusselsblogger 5 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 15 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Beware of Brussels Airlines - their gift voucher system is a rip-off! [Article updated after reaction from Brussels Airlines. Please see below!] Your nice friends who bought you Brussels Airlines gift voucher really only wanted the best for you but y...
Meet the new EU council presidency NEW
Brusselsblogger 5 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 11 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
The European Commission will have its first meeting with the Czech presidency tomorrow, but you can already meet Prime Minister Topolánek today - online! The Czech EU Presidency website is the first presidency portal to introduce the European chat.
Meet the new EU council presidency NEW
Brusselsblogger 5 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 7 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
The European Commission will have its first meeting with the Czech presidency tomorrow, but you can already meet Prime Minister Topolánek today - online!  ...
Don’t buy Brussels Airlines’ gift vouchers! NEW
Brusselsblogger 5 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 13 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
Beware of Brussels Airlines - their gift voucher system is a rip-off!  ...