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The Parliamentary Hearings Online

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All the new Commissioners (European Commission) will be heard by the Members of the European Parliament from 11th to 19th of January 2010, three hours each. That way, the final vote on the college of Commissioners takes place on 26th of January 2010. The videos of the hearings are available at The hearings website: […]

Secondary, but Still Important Players

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Although the Treaty of Lisbon increases the role of the national parliaments of the Member States, they are not to be at the heart of the EU, but remain secondary players instead. The following gives an overview of the (renewed) functions of a national parliament in the EU:   Article 12 TEU: National Parliaments contribute […]

To Err is Human, but is It also Convenient?

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An assumption is that an ideal law grows out of morals, and corresponds to the principle of legitimate expectation.  Therefore, it is specifically sad to already see that a Corrigenda on four pages has been adopted to the Treaty of Lisbon OJ C 290 of 30 Nov. 2009, that, for example, renames „External action by the […]

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Democracy – A Win-Win Situation?

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The EU bases on principles of democracy. One can find provisions on representative democracy, and participatory democracy in the constitutive treaties of the EU.  Since the provisions lie in the constitutive treaties, one can also talk of constitutional democracy here. There exist also other forms and sub-forms of democracy, such as – explained in one of the […]

Citizen’s Initiative

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I have always tried to think of others as complementary (the Other as  myself, which means that I have always tried to understand the Other), rather than oppose the Other (although life has taught me that if I help furthering the Other’s aims, it does not usually mean furtherance of my own aims, and disappearance of the conflict […]

The Constitutive Outside

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I was reading M. Peters, M. Olssen, C. Lankshear, „Futures of Critical Theory. Dreams of Difference. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2003, and specifically the work: Gert J. J. Biesta, „Jacques Derrida: Deconstruction = Justice“ in that book. This is about the nonpresent making the presence of what is present possible (and at the same […]

Has Anyone Seen Something Similar on EU Directives?

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The Institute of Political Science and Governance of the Tallinn University held the conclusive Christmas celebration today at the Russian National Restaurant Troika at Raekoja plats 15. Again – close enough from one side to my previous working place and from the other side to the still prevailing at that time Russian lifestyle – the evening was […]

Five Years of Transitional Provisions according to Protocol No 36

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Protocol (no 36) on transitional provisions has been added to the TEU, to the TFEU and to the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community (Published in OJ 115, 2008, pp. 322-326), containing Provisions concerning the European Parliament (Title 1), Provisions concerning the qualified majority (Title 2), Provisions concerning the configurations of the Council (Title […]

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The World’s First “Internet Freedom Provision” in EU Law for Electronic Communications Networks and Services

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Its this year’s last Plenary Session opened on 14th December 2010, the European Parliament adopted the revised EU telecoms framework directive at the third and final reading by 510 votes to 40, with 24 abstentions, at its plenary session from 23rd to 26th November 2009. The new rules in the revised EU telecoms framework directive […]

Human Rights Day

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It was the Human Rights Day today – The 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. At the same time, it was somehow sad not to find much related events this year. I found a link to the Human Rights Day 2009 at the United Nations website at – referring to a special event that […]

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