When we talk about simplifying administrative processes (#smartstate), we don't mean "big" things, just a collection of small things that contribute to making people's lives needlessly more complicated, especially abroad. Here's a silly example with a birth registration. 👇 1/7
A child is born in #Austria and registered with local authorities. Local authorities issue, for free, an original Austrian birth certificate in German and are thoughtful enough to include, for free, an original international birth certificate in multiple languages. 2/7
Jun 26, 2020 • 15 tweets • 16 min read
Today, European Democracy Consulting lodged an official complaint with the @EUombudsman against the Authority for #EuropeanParties over its implementation of transparency requirements.
Brilliant and must-read piece on the distinction between European sovereignty and #Europeandemocracy, and the importance of the latter.
By @nicolasleron via @GEG_org (non-French speakers 👉 Deepl). 1/4 legrandcontinent.eu/fr/2020/05/25/…
TL:DR The call for a European sovereignty will not solve the EU's continued problems & crises. Only the construction of a true #Europeandemocracy, based on a real fiscal & budgetary capacity, can give EU citizens the means to decide & act. No representation without taxation. 2/4
.@VMalingre notes (via @lemondefr) that 3 #EU States have #French as official language, but only 2 have #English (post #Brexit). Should French replace English as the default language in EU institutions? 🇪🇺 Quick thread on voting systems👇 #IamEuropean lemonde.fr/international/…
A simple first-past-the-post vote in the @EUCouncil on which language to use would probably see each country voting for its own language. 3 would vote for French 🇫🇷, 2 for English 🇬🇧. French wins. But, can we really expect this decision to be consensual and accepted?
Dec 12, 2019 • 4 tweets • 5 min read
🔥Thread for those not well-versed in #EU topics.
"The EU" (@EU_Commission) proposes a #GreenDeal to make the EU carbon-neutral by 2050, and "the EU" (@Europarl_EN) seems to support it. Now, "countries" (@EUCouncil) need to support it. #IamEuropean politico.eu/article/the-co…
So, let's be clear: if this #GreenDeal fails, or passes in a watered-down version that empties it from its substance, it will not be "the EU"'s fault; it will be on "the countries". National leaders, currently attending a Council meeting, are the make-or-break force. #IamEuropean
10 years after the #LisbonTreaty and despite a provision to the contrary, we are still forced to have exactly one Commissioner per Member State -- with no considerations for the efficiency of our #EU governance.
Nov 28, 2019 • 4 tweets • 4 min read
" 'No treaty changes' was supported by almost everyone, except France and Germany" at EU ambassadors' meeting.
Because of course Member States oppose #treatychange which would undoubtedly shift power to #EUParliament. Such short-sightedness! #IamEuropean politico.eu/article/eu-amb…
EU ambassadors also expressed the fear that "the whole process [would] be hijacked by the European Parliament". Yes, god forbid that the people's representatives (recently elected during our only #European election) lead a process on European affairs! #IamEuropean
"S’il y a une leçon à retenir, c’est que le progrès humain n’est pas linéaire. Le progrès humain est un combat, et il doit s’appuyer sur une analyse des évolutions historiques passées." Extrait du nouveau livre de @PikettyLeMonde 1/8 lemonde.fr/economie/artic…
"Les sociétés sociales-démocrates au XXe ont démontré que l’inégalité patrimoniale extrême du XIXe siècle n’était aucunement indispensable pour assurer la stabilité et la prospérité et que peuvent se construire des idéologies et des mouvements novateurs." @PikettyLeMonde 2/8
Sep 3, 2019 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
Listening to Foreign Min @TyttiTup explain the Finnish priorities for its presidency of the EU, I can only wonder... how do we continue to tolerate the rotating presidency of the @EUCouncil?! What gives Finland (or any country) the legitimacy to impose... 1/4 #eu2019fi
its priorities on the whole of the EU? These governments may be elected at home, but not at the EU level. Their only claim to these responsibilities is an agreement among Member States that completely bypasses any principle of democracy and accountability. 2/4 #eu2019fi
Jul 9, 2019 • 17 tweets • 9 min read
For #GeorgeWashington, Great Britain waged a tariff war against the US, believing US States "never could unite in opposition to it". Until proven otherwise, the US would remain "in a ridiculous point of view in the eyes of the nations of the earth". Sounds familiar? #EUisthenewUS
In 1783, #Hamilton noted that "the road to popularity in each state is to inspire jealousy of the power of Congress, though nothing can be more apparent that [Congress has] no power." Sounds familiar? #EuroBashing#EuropeanParliament#EUisthenewUS
"La cible des nationalistes n'est pas telle ou telle règle communautaire, mais bien l'Union européenne elle-même."
- @PaoloGentiloni, former Italian Prime Minister #Europeennes2019#Rome#VoteVolt
"La démocratie illibérale - sans Etat de droit, sans protection des minorités - n'est pas la #démocratie. Monsieur #Orban, vous allez contre les valeurs de l'Union européenne !"@PaoloGentiloni