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Sir, Regarding ‘Eastern Europe gripped by political instability‘: I think that it is not very precise to describe my country as a part of Eastern Europe. Latvia, like Finland and Sweden, is part of Northern Europe. Besides, she is a member of the EU and NATO. There is a fundamental difference between my country on… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Think tanks should ‘think European’ to fight global challenges‘: Europe has great independent experts from different member states, academics and NGOs. A think tank is a contracted lobby agency that produces agitation for the benefit of its contractors. We have many of them in the EU. They mostly serve a negative, not-at-all transparent… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘MEP: European research grants becoming ‘unattractive’‘: From a practical experience, the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN) agrees that applying for EU funds, especially for NGOs, is almost impossible. This holds for DG Research and DG Sanco, although the agency dealing with DG Sanco projects is more transparent. Nevertheless, the paperwork stays the… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘EU spending on R&D slips further behind US‘: Maybe if the private sector did not have to spend so much complying with the constant and growing flow of EU legislation they could spend more on R&D. Charles Marriott

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Sir, Regarding ‘MEP goes on defensive over light bulb ban‘: Eco-design statement December 8: “The regulation [to ‘phase out’ incandescent lights] is only one of the Ecodesign measures that will be adopted by the Commission over the coming months, targeting many more products such as consumer electronics, white goods or heating appliances.” Are we living… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Think tanks should ‘think European’ to fight global challenges‘ : I can only concur with the comment of Stephen Boucher and Martine Royo that “think tanks should think European to fight global challenges”. Their recommendation is equally valid in Brussels as illustrated by the following (excerpt from G. Fayl & U. Fayl von… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘MEP goes on defensive over light bulb ban‘: First of all: What is easily forgotten is that this is a ban on a safe, popular product. We are not talking about banning lead paint or fireworks here. Around 9 out of every 10 lights purchased in every European country are of this kind,… » read more

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Sir, Regarding Dr. Orlin Vushkov’s letter ‘Young people: Do not go back to Bulgaria‘, originally posted in response to the article ‘Eastern Europe struggles to bring back its workers‘: I totally disagree with the view that young Bulgarians should run away from their own country. The arguments given are quite general and mainly based on… » read more

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Sir, Zum Artikel ‘Europaabgeordnete stimmen für Begrenzung Industriebedingter Verschmutzung‘: Ich bin sehr erfreut über die aktuelle Entwicklung und das persönliche Engagement von Herrn MdEP Krahmer (ALDE, Deutschland), Herrn MdEP Wijkman (EVP-ED, Schweden) und Herrn MdEP Turmes (Grüne, Luxemburg). Leider sind die Beschlüsse und das Papier auf dem diese stehen, die eine Seite. Die andere und… » read more

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