How eight MEPs overruled 540 colleagues on office expenses

The EU parliament spends €40m a year on a lump sum for MEPs’ expenses with barely any scrutiny. A majority of parliamentarians called for more transparency – but a handful of powerful MEPs mostly dismissed that request. EUobserver.

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Onderzoek naar CO2-opslag in EU

Het is een essentieel onderdeel van het behalen van klimaatdoelen, volgens wetenschappers en energieagentschappen. Maar in de praktijk is er in de Europese Unie nog niet veel terecht gekomen van CO2-opslag, oftewel carbon capture and storage (CCS). De afgelopen maanden heb ik verschillende onderzoeksartikelen geschreven voor EUobserver over het uitblijven van commerciële toepassingen van CCS in de EU. Lees verder

Useful websites for journalists covering the EU

Journalism in 1985. Photo © European Parliament.

I recently met with some students following the Europe in the World programme at the Utrecht School of Journalism. They wanted to know more about the investigation I did into the Dieselgate scandal, so I gave them some tips on how to do investigative journalism. I also prepared a document with some useful websites and how to use them, and there is not really a reason not to share this with the wider world. So if you are covering the EU, or even if you are covering local or national politics in Europe, some of the following websites may be relevant. They may be old news to the regular Brussels gang, but there may be some gems that make your life easier. First two larger sections, about 1) how to file freedom of information requests and 2) how the lifecycle of EU legislation works, followed by some specific websites

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Klimaattop Bonn

Over de VN-klimaatconferentie in Bonn heb ik verschillende artikelen geschreven voor EUobserver:

US may cause ‘distraction’ at Bonn climate talks

EIB silent on report into ‘fraudulent’ VW loan

Plea for radical change outside Bonn climate talks venue

EU needs emissions deal to avoid ‘shame in Bonn’

Germany and France defend emissions trading deal

Meat ‘taboo’ debated at Bonn climate summit

Optimism in Bonn about fusion reactor, despite Brexit