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Is the EU like the USA?

Sir, Regarding ‘Delors asks Germany: ‘Are you still true to European values?’‘ As we all know, we in the EU are not all of the same nation like the USA. We have many differences in basic cultures, unlike in the USA, where cultural differences are only slight across a country that is 2.27-times larger than [...]

Making the case for Esperanto

Posted by Bill Chapman, Private citizen on 30/09/10
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EU stresses benefits of languages for SMEs

Sir, Regarding ‘EU stresses benefits of languages for SMEs‘: It is strange that the Babel-like EU, with its 23 official languages and over 40 regional tongues, announced the European Day of Languages with a speech delivered essentially in English. Likewise, although the statement announcing the multilingual celebration was posted in all European Union languages, the [...]

Abolish retired EU commissioners’ indemnities

Posted by Dr. Hari Naidu, Private citizen on 29/09/10
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Commission defends 'farewell bonus' for top officials

Sir, Regarding ‘Commission defends ‘farewell bonus’ for top officials‘: When professional EU staff retire from service, there is no so-called extra financial compensation other than what’s in the original contract. Why do we have a separate formula for European commissioners, which had not been made public until now by FT Deutschland? Given budget and fiscal [...]

I have no paid job at the European Experience Company, so Code of Conduct doesn’t apply

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Commission defends 'farewell bonus' for top officials

Sir, Regarding ‘Commission defends ‘farewell bonus’ for top officials‘: Contrary to what was stated in the above-mentioned article I have no paid job at the European Experience Company – I am co-founder, shareholder and non-executive director without compensation. My investment in this company does not constitute an occupation. Consequently the Code of Conduct does not [...]

The unspoken facets of the new EPSO system

Posted by Ionut, Private citizen on 30/08/10

Sir, Regarding ‘EU recruiters looking for potential over knowledge, says expert‘: Just a thought which some readers might share against supporters of the new system: the ‘improved’ EPSO system might be an innovation, a step forward, a good thing. We can accept this hypothesis. However, what is not included in the general picture is the [...]

Citizens’ initiative: Voices waiting to be heard

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Belgium wants citizens' initiative deal by December

Sir, Regarding ‘Belgium wants citizens’ initiative deal by December‘: There are already reasons to doubt that citizens’ voices will be heeded. In 2007, persons with disabilities, united in Europe under the umbrella of the European Disability Forum, pre-empted the legal right to a citizens’ initiative later awarded by the Lisbon Treaty. In the space of [...]

Reduce bureaucrats’ pensions

Posted by Victor T Radford, EU citizen on 05/07/10
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Brussels steps up efforts on pension reform

Sir, Regarding ‘Brussels steps up efforts on pension reform‘: The problem of pensions for longer-living members of the EU is a mounting and unanswerable poser for our leaders. Additional problems are apparent in that: approximately 10% of the potential workforce that will eventually collect an OAP [old-age pension] do not work for their entire lives, [...]

Commission must review conflict of interest rules

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Ex-commissioners face conflict of interest accusations

Sir, Regarding ‘Ex-Commissioners face conflict of interest accusations’: The recent cases of former European commissioners moving to industry positions involve very obvious potential conflicts of interest. The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) has written to the European Commission asking it to review its decisions to approve the moves of Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Meglena [...]

Europeans must stay the course on integration

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Veteran EU official defends Merkel's European vision

Sir, Regarding ‘Veteran EU official defends Merkel’s European vision‘: Europeans should take great pride in the fact that they have made more progress in moving beyond the nation state than any other region. Of course, it is a messy, persistently discouraging project. Your success should be primarily measured by the magnitude of your cutting-edge vision. [...]

Breathing life into the European Citizens’ Initiative

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EU to kick off citizens' initiative with tougher rules

Sir, Regarding ‘EU to kick off citizens’ initiative with tougher rules‘: The Young European Federalists (JEF Europe) welcome the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) as a unique opportunity to breathe new life into European democracy and strengthen the participation of citizens in EU policymaking, but it would be a terrible mistake to limit the potential of [...]

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