Behind the Scenes: Couloir Talks

The #MEUVienna is clearly about the debate, but also those, who create it. What concerns the participants? What remains on the ‘top’ once the official agenda is exhausted? The jEUrnal followed a few conversations – beyond the conference venue. – Doesn’t matter what age you are, but as long as there is no Nobel Prize,…

Rats vs. Snakes

On Friday, the Council had to deal with the Directive on improving gender balance among non-executive directors of listed companies. After Commissioner Treml had outlined the proposal, ministers presented their opening statements. France immediately took a strong stance for the quotas, even wanting to expand the 40 per cent quotas to other executive boards, other…

“Dear Friends, More or Less”

The second day started for MEPs with presentation of the Council’s amendments for the Directive on the working conditions for temporary workers. Commissioner outlined the draft and ministers of Belgium and France defended the three amendments introduced. “Our aim is harmonization within the EU,” – clarified the Commissioner to the press. “We need a minimum…

The Power of Journalism?

In yesterday’s JEUrnal we wrote about the underrepresented action taking of women. We thought, that it is important to take-up this topic.  But we couldn’t believe what happened this morning and therefore we were surprised to see the S&D changing their faction leader. Just coincidence? We appreciate their decision and are glad that we could…

ERROR 404: Democracy Not Found

Extraordinarily, journalists were allowed to attend today’s Council’s meeting. This proved that transparency, information exchange and respect for other professions are taken into consideration. The majority of the Members of the Council are very much in favour to implement FRONTEX. The main topics discussed were the protection of borders, cooperation between member states, human trafficking,…