The Week in Bloggingportal: Bloggers with their Foot in the Door.
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This week saw the pilot project of the blogger’s accreditation with two of our very own Bloggingportal editors (Polscieu and Europasionaria) liveblogging from the Council’s discussions on competitiveness (Part I and Part II). You can read German commentary over at Kaffee bei mir? Having bloggers’ accreditation could be a good way of opening up the institutions, and full credit to the Hungarian Presidency team for pushing this opportunity. Mathew Lowry has put together a Blog Tour of the interaction between the Bloggingportal team and the Hungarian Presidency.
The situation in Libya is still very serious, and with Gaddafi’s forces pushing back into opposition-held territory after international hesitation over setting up a no-fly zone. European Strategy shares some thoughts on how Europe should shape its response to the situation, while Yannick Laude declares Lady Ashton a menace to European credibility. On the security front, Netzpolitik looks into data protection and SWIFT.
The European Parliament is raising the issue of its Strasbourg seat once again, and it’s clear that the vast majority of MEPs want the Parliament to be solely based in Brussels. This week the Parliament voted to reduce its meetings in Strasbourg by combining its October meetings into one meeting. As PlaceLux notes, it’s not personal, but very much about the political strength of the institution. Writing for (y)EU reflects on the disadvantages about being an insider and understanding what’s going on.
In the legal world, it’s been a very active week, with the Court of Justice killing the idea that there might be a separate patent court (from BLOG@IPJUR and Verfassungsblog), while the European Patent Office has come in for some criticism.
But the most interesting legal development must be the Court of Justice’s Zambrano judgment, which marks the further development of the status of EU citizenship as a distinct legal status independent of the exercise of free movement rights.
Economic issues have not left us, however, and Martin Ehrenhauser (MEP) shares some of his thoughts on a Financial Transaction Tax. Energy is a key part of any economy, and Poland, which has most of its electricity generated from coal power, has some nuclear ambitions…