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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 […]

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 […]

An Example of Individual Involvement in Broader Policy-making

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Reading Grahnlaw, I found the last electronic number (56/2009/4) of the Single Market News.   The number inter alia introduces the European Business Test Panel (EBTP), the aim of which Panel is to provide the European Commission with direct feedback from undertakings on Commission legislative proposals or initiatives likely to have an impact on businesses. That […]

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 […]

The New Rules of Procedure of the European Council – Updated

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I just found that with its decision of 1st December 2009, the European Council adopted its Rules of Procedure, having as a deriving point that the Treaty of Lisbon transforms the European Council into an institution of the European Union.   The LINK:  I am reading the Rules and thereafter try to reflect upon them. […]

Retrospection on Execution of the Judgments of the ECtHR

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One light bulb of my advent candles broken, it was only tonight I could set the advent candles up in my windows. That again brought to my mind Christmas carols about Last Christmas, compared to this year, to save me from tears, … Also the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe seems thinking […]

The Treaty of Lisbon and the Changes to the Organization and Jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU

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The Treaty of Lisbon entered into force and I began updating my study materials. Doing this, I found the Press Release No.104/09 about the changes that the Treaty of Lisbon makes to the organization and jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU. According to that document, the EU courts are now known as the Court of […]

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