This event will be held in Brussels, on 4th December, in organization of  The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) and the European Federation of Journalists. As outlined on the europeanagenda.eu,  this year you can enter nominations for two categories: 1.the "Worst EU Lobbying" Award for the lobbyist, company or lobby group that in 2007 has employed the most deceptive, misleading, or otherwise problematic lobbying tactics in their attempts to influence EU decision-making; 2.the special "Worst EU Greenwash" Award for the company whose advertising, PR and lobbying lingo is most at odds with the real environmental impacts of their core business activities. From the nominations, two shortlists of five nominees were selected, followed by an on-line vote from 15 October to 24 November.

According to the www.worstlobby.eu:

“Worst EU Lobbying” shortlist:

  • BMW, Daimler and Porsche for their full-scale lobbying offensive to water-down and…

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On 3rd December, from 11:00  - 16:00, a conference with the theme: "Can we risk stopping the future enlargement of the European Union? Are there limits of the EU’s mission to bring peace and stability to Europe? " will be held in the Committee of the Regions, in Brussels, on the invitation of the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung. As announced on the europeanagenda.eu, experts of European institutions and organizations are going to discuss the EU’s mission to create a zone of peace and stability in Europe. By analyzing the developments of the relevant political instruments, the discussion is going to focus on the Western Balkans, the Black Sea region and the Southern Caucasus. Registration required.

Contact: FNS Brussels Office, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.…

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As published on the Euobserver.com, a certain nervousness can be felt in Brussels, which arises from the unclear provisions of the new European treaty. New jobs to be had in Brussels, namely the president of the European Commission; the president of the European Council and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, have overlapping job descriptions.

On the Breakfast Policy Briefing, on 28th November, Igor Sencar, Slovenia's EU ambassador, said there were "at least 40 elements" in the treaty that have to "considered and understood" during the course of next year.

The exact powers of the EU president have to be defined, as well as it must be agreed upon who will actually be the President. The funding, personnel and scope of the diplomatic service need to be sorted out. Also, it is not clear whether the EU’s policy body, Europol, needs to be adjusted as…

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On a Breakfast Policy Briefing, held in Brussels, in organization of the European Policy Centre, H E Mr Igor Senčar, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the European Union, outlined the priorities of the Slovenian presidency of the EU. Slovenia, as the first among the ''new'' member states (accession 2004), is taking over the presidency of the EU on the 1st January 2008. Also, it will be one of the last countries to take over the presidency in this way, because the system of rotation will no longer exist according to the new Treaty.

Ambassador Senčar announced the Slovenian readiness to be among the first countries to ratify the new Treaty, in order to set an example for other member states. The ratification is expected during the year 2008 and its entry into force in the beginning of 2009. Regarding the situation in Kosovo, Slovenia will stick up…

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Brussels, 27 November 2007

With only five weeks to go before the adoption of the Euro by Cyprus and Malta, the Commission made a final assessment of the state of practical preparations for the currency changeover in both countries. The Commission concluded that both Member States are well prepared for the introduction of the euro, which is scheduled for the 1st January 2008. Joaquín Almunia, European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs said that ‘’they must embrace this important step with confidence, but also with their eyes wide open to make sure that they are fully familiar with the new currency and to detect, and challenge, any abuse. Public authorities must also be careful and pursue policies that continue to deliver economic stability as a precondition for sustained growth and job creation."

On Tuesday, 27th November, the Commission  adopted the sixth report on the practical preparations for the enlargement…

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The EUobserver in co-operation with rapporteurs and leading members from the European Parliament, different authors' societies, industry representatives and public affairs consultancy Eamon Bates Europe are organizing a conference on 'Creative Rights and Cultural Diversity' in the Musical Instruments Museum, Brussels/Belgium on 6th December 2007.

The conference will focus on the ongoing review of the licensing of creators' rights and the adaptation of European models to a digital future.

Conference programme
Invitation
How to find the Musical Instruments Museum
News about Creative Rights

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27 November 2007

Europe leads the move to a low carbon economy - Commission conference

Brussels

The European Commission and members of the HLG on "Competitiveness, Energy and Environment", invite business leaders from across Europe and the globe to participate in what will be a landmark conference, progressing debate on addressing climate change and the role of business internationally in mobilizing change. The conference will consist of a number of keynote speeches and panel discussions including business leaders' politicians and civil society of international standing. The panel discussions will include audience participation and day's event will lead to conclusions which will be fed into international discussions on climate change. Attendance at the conference is by invitation only, however at this stage expressions of interest will be warmly received.

Contact: Conference team (Conference fully booked, but journalists may still apply)

See also: Conference web site

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The European Commission has proposed a Strategic Energy Technology Plan with the goal of boosting research into the new, low carbon technologies which Europe will need if it is to meet its climate change targets. The EU has set itself targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020, and by 2050 it hopes to reduce emissions by 60 to 80%. Meeting these ambitious goals will require new technologies, and if Europe does not take the lead in their development, other areas of the world will.

'Decisions taken over the next 10 to 15 years will have profound consequences for energy security, for climate change and for growth and jobs in Europe. If we fall behind in the intensifying global race to win low carbon technology markets, we risk meeting our targets with imported technologies,' warned EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs. Unfortunately energy research in Europe is currently under-funded,…

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