Thursday, 23 February 2012

General Report on the Activities of the European Union 2011 – a useful source

The avalanche of European Union and eurozone summits, statements and proposals during the multiple crises in the euro area has been enough to set anyone's head spinning.

Are you looking for calmer waters in order to get a grip on developments?

Here are a two reading tips, with official information freely available (in 22 languages).

Preparing my presentation for the Attac seminar The new budgetary discipline in the EU: Implications to socio-economic developments and democracy, I felt the need to recall the main events regarding EU intentions and decisions.

I profited from the overview by the European Council president Herman Van Rompuy and the EUCO conclusions and summit statements contained in the publication The European Council in 2011, mentioned in the previous post on this blog.

Another valuable background resource was the latest annual report about EU activities: General Report on the Activities of the European Union 2011, especially Chapter 1 Strengthening economic governance in the European Union (from page 6) and the Chronology of the EU's response to the debt crisis (from page 176).

Naturally, these annual publications can be used as raw materials for search and research on other EU policy areas as well.

Ralf Grahn
speaker on EU affairs, especially digital policy and law

P.S. 1: For better or for worse, between the global issues and the national level, the European Union shapes our digital future and online freedoms. More than 900 euroblogs are aggregated by multilingual, a part of the emerging European public sphere, which utilises online opportunities. Is your blog already listed among them? Are you following the debates which matter for your future?

P.S. 2: Referring the anti-piracy treaty #ACTA to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) marks a lull in the proceedings, but not an end to the political battle. A few moments ago, the petition launched by @Avaaz for the European Parliament (and the national parliaments) to reject ACTA had already been signed by 2,409,331 netizens, but more are welcome until the official burial.