My European Civil Voice - Zoltán Massay-Kosubek @EU_ZMK

On 14th March 2014, the Council will vote on the revised Tobacco Products Directive. After three years in the making, endorsing the EU’s tobacco products directive should be top of the Council’s ‘to-do-list’. On 26th February 2014, the European parliament approved a better fit for purpose European regulation on tobacco. The new tobacco products directive… » read more

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We, EU citizens, definitively made history when we have collected first in the EU history more than 1 million signatures to ensure that water will be provided on a human rights basis to everyone. But will it be enough to reduce the EU’s democratic deficit? Will the Commission listen to us and make real, legally… » read more

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Sad, but true: Europe lost its leadership in the world, as regards tobacco control. Despite the not strong enough, weakened Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), Member States still have the opportunity to go further and put Europe back on the right track of tobacco control. (Source of the photo Official website of the Lithuanian EU presidency… » read more

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Electronic cigarettes will be regulated by the recently negotiated Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). E-cigarettes (nicotine inhalators) are both helpful to quit smoking and source of new dangers: long term adverse effects and re-normalisation of smoking. In my opinion, the regulation of e-cigarettes should be linked to have much stronger European tobacco control measures. What are… » read more

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The European Union crossed the Rubicon of Fundamental Rights. The outbreak of the financial crisis turned into economic then political, institutional and social crisis. Despite evidence on the table, social consequences of the austerity policy were not taken into consideration, yet. It must end now. I will share you my short narrative on the way… » read more

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In 2010, a Hungarian Law was amended to allow municipalities to ban homeless people from public spaces. Although this law was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court, the Consitution has been modified to allow prohibition of homelessness in 2013. I’ve collected 10 reasons why is it totally contrary to European laws and values. The incriminated… » read more

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< The joint V4+Croatia Foreign Ministers Declaration has three important political messages: the declaration marks the growing political importance of the V4 countries (1), it is a window of opportunity for the European Integration of the Balkan countries (2) and finally, it is another visible result of a Hungarian pro-Croatian foreign policy (3). Firstly, with… » read more

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At this stage, there are rumours about the new stage of the modern crusade of Western military powers lead by the U.S. Will the upcoming intervention in Syria facilitate somehow the European Foreign policy? Or will it demonstrate the weakness of Europe again? Actually, the chain of the recent arabic wars in this century exactly… » read more

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The Franco-German leadership has gone. The time of the Visegrád group is about to come? The German-French leadership is outdated in a way that the strong Kohl-Miterrand or Schröder-Chirac leadership – which could even confront with the United States about the Iraq war – has gone. Merkozy is broken, France is currently in an economic… » read more

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Hungary remains a high priority for several International Institutions examining the respect of rule of law (Council of Europe) and the situation of Fundamental Rights (Comission, European Parliament). Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will participate in the European Parliament plenary session to defend his policy against the European criticism on 2 July 2013. He believes that… » read more

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Hungary’s place in the sun in the EU After having a short overview about the controversial political developments in Hungary 2010-2013, the questions emerge: shall Europe be really ready for confrontations with Hungary? Did the country really put basic European values and fundamental EU principles to the test? And what added-value can a non-aligned Hungarian… » read more

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Welcome to the EU blogoshphere! This time last year, I made a substantive decision, which completely changed my professional career, my mindset and even more: on 14 April 2012 I've created my very first EU blog. What can motivate an EU professional to start blogging? What are the benefits/dangers of joining the EU blogoshpere? Do… » read more

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Some critics argue that Croatia is not ready for an EU accession because of its national conflicts, its economic and political weakness. Minority Rights, Solidarity and inequalities are the key issues worth to examine in this regard. (Source of the Phtoto © the Council of the European Union) Historical heritage of Croatia as part of… » read more

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What is common in Cyprus, Hungary and Syria? They were all on the agenda of the recent 15 March 2013 EU summit, and they represent for the time being the three main waives of the multiple crises Europa faces nowadays. Cyprus and its bailout marks the new level of the economic/social crisis, Hungary provoked harsh… » read more

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Hungary is one of the most mysterious country in Europe. Our Asian origin is as strange for most of the Europeans as our almost inexplicable Finno-Ugric language. Is Hungary on the right track? Why is the country in the centre of international and European critics? Which is more important: Europe or Hungary? The right answer… » read more

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The kick off momentum of the process which resulted this ad-hoc alliance has very likely started at the end of January with the controversial vote of the AGRI Committee of the European Parliament which unfortunately watered down all the promising elements of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform put forward by the Commission. The Council… » read more

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(Author of the photo © Chris Freeland) We have enough problems within Europe, haven’t we? The financial markets and the euro is in trouble and the deep dept crisis together with political division between key EU countries threatens the EU in a time when euroscepticism started to triumph again. Why do need we then another… » read more

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(on the photo Zoltán Massay-Kosubek in Luxembourg as a lawyer-linguist at the European Court of Justice in 2007 © Zoltán Massay-Kosubek) Why is the Single Market a disaster for consumer protection? The EU common market became a threat and a real danger for consumers. With harmonised legislation and without border control the 4 basic freedoms… » read more

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(Source of the photo © European Parliament) The European Council composed of the 27 respected head of state and government has been finally adopted the new multiannual EU budget for 2014-2020. This agreement has been often called in the media as “the final deal”. However, may I kindly point out that the budget negotiation has… » read more

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(source of the photo © elmada) Some say that that the European Parliament will be in a very difficult situation next week when it will decide upon the new vehicle noise regulation, since by setting stricter or lighter vehicle noise limits, the Members of the European Parliament should prefer either the population’s public health and… » read more

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(source of the photo © bisgovuk) We all have heard the words of a politician who decided to re-shape the thematic of the ongoing discussions about the future of Europe right in the middle of the financial, economic and dept crisis. But the true question behind “The Speech” is this: does the British PM really… » read more

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(source of the photo © European Parliament) La crise militaire á Mali a bien montré que la crise politique général a touché la politique de sécurité et de défense commune (PSDC) . L’absence d’une véritable politique extérieure commune reste une des faiblesses les plus grandes de l’Union Européenne (l’UE). Néanmoins, cette faiblesse est une conséquence… » read more

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From IE PRES to IE PRES: what happened between 2004 and 2013? (source of the photo © European Parliament audovisual service) The euphoria of the ‘Big-bang’, the ‘historic enlargement’ of the EU in 2004 has been passed long ago. Some consider that the promise of the reunification of the old continent has been broken, the… » read more

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In my opinion, one of the key momentums which will be decisive not only for 2013 but also for the medium-term future of the European Integration is the final outcome of the 2014-2020 budget discussions. It is not just about money although the financial stability of the EU integration is crucial. This budget contains also… » read more

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(source of the photo © European Parliament audovisual service) Although I think that there should be zero tolerance towards any kind of extremism, the EU completely missed the point when it suggested that it is up to the EU to make sure that the rule of law in its Member States/in its neighbourhood is fully… » read more

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It would be so easy to cut the budget of the ERASMUS Programme to make immediate, short term savings in period of economic crisis. It is true that there is a massive push on national political leaders to achieve as many cuts at European budget level as possible. From this perspective, maintaining the same level… » read more

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“I am not font of quotas but I very much like what quotas do. And maybe it is necessary what quotas do.” ~Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Justice (Source of the photo © Department for Communities and Local Government’s photostream) Are women happy with their secret supporting role in the shadow of successful men? I… » read more

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(Source of the photo: www.right2water.eu/) Is Water a Human Right in the EU? Is Water Shortage a Matter of Concern in the EU? Can We Sweep this problem under the Carpet(as usual)? Yes, yes and no. Yes, I firmly believe that water is a human right. Yes, there are alarming water shortages within the EU.… » read more

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We may not be so silly that we give up before the goal! The real issue behind the whole #Dalligate story is not the future position of a single Commissioner or our shaked faith in President Barroso but the failure or success of the revision of the Tobacco Products Directive (2001/37/EC) (Source of the photo… » read more

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“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.” (Source of the photo © Tomas Hawk) This nutshell summary is based on a NEW EUROPE VIDEO INTERVIEW with Commissioner John DALLI (Source of the photo © European Commission audivisual service) Basic timeline of the Dalli-gate: February 2012 – The Commission finalised the… » read more

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“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.” ~Winston Churchill Itt olvasható egy magyar nyelvű összefoglaló a betörésről (Hungarian summary about the brake-in) I witnessed a very targeted and professional break-in into 3 public health related NGOs offices (I work for one of them) on the early morning of 18 October 2012. We can… » read more

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(Owner of the photo © alamodestuff) “Great opportunities are not seen with your eyes. They are seen with your mind.” ~Robert Kiyosaki Being a European blogger I would like to contribute to the Blog Action day with 8 key messages an EU Bloogger (me) could identify in his career so far. 1.) “European Bloggers are… » read more

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“People who never do anything more than they get paid for never get paid for any more than they do.” It is somehow ironic that the EU faces the biggest crisis of its history and in the meantime it has been awarded with such a prestigious acknowledgment that the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. I do… » read more

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(source of the photo © European Parliament)“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.” – Socrates All the important EU decision makers beginning with the presidents of the most powerful EU Institutions until the most influential EU Member States’ leaders are… » read more

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“I don’t make jokes. I just watch the public affairs and report the facts.” – Will Rogers “Freedom of Media is for us … I mean, it is a sacred principle. It is a problem of values. Let’s have no doubts about it.” stated the President of the Commission in respect of the controversial Hungarian… » read more

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(source of the photo © European Commission Audiovisual service) “The fastest was to pass your own expectations is to add passion to your labor.” Previously European Commission Vice President Viviane REDING has called for the current Commission President José Manuel Barroso to stay on for an unprecedented third term. She pushed for a third BARROSO… » read more

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