Parliament Session in the faction room of the European People’s Party in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Copyright by MEU Strasbourg on Facebook.
It’s Sunday and it’s already two weeks that I’ve been in Strasbourg. The simulation
of the EU parliament has been great. I thought initially that I would blog every
day of the week, but I resigned from this idea already after my
post to day 1 in favour of sleeping
at least five and a half hours per night which have been in any case too few.
I wont try to reproduce in detail what we have been doing. There has been an enormous schedule
of sessions in the parliament and a social program in the evening. Usually, we got
up by 6:20 am to pass the security at the European Parliament entrance before 8 am.
We left the parliament around 6 pm. So what happened in between?
Commentaire personnel sur l’état et la motivation des associations étudiantes des établissements d’enseignement supérieur.
Je ne comprends pas les associations étudiantes des établissements d’enseignement supérieur, c’est à dire, les universités et les grandes écoles. À mon avis, ils pratiquent souvent le protectionnisme qui augmente les inégalités. C’est dommage, car au sein de la société, il me semble que les étudiants sont plus engagés et progressistes. Voici mes arguments.
This is a follow-up comment for my dear friends that have been discussing with me the Proposal for the EU Data Protection Regulation. In our parliament simulation, we had the honour to welcome a very strong participant representing a Google lobbyist that was hard to deal with (hi Lois ).
In my candidature, I chose the lobbyist role as my second choice, but I was eventually chosen to represent a British Conservatives politician in the ECR faction1. In this role, I mostly agreed with the Google lobbyists.
However, I’m a bit worried that some other participants might have been hoodwinked and really think that Google might be a honourable company that fights for freedom of expression and wants all the best for the Internet users.
Of course, there are cases where Google is doing a good job. One example might be the acquisition of the VP8 codec from On2 Technologies to release their intellectual property (in this case: source code) under a free software license publicly accompanied with a irrevocable patent promise. Until today, this is part of the most efficient widespread video file format that serves a free exchange of videos and thus a more open internet.
Unfortunately, this is not the end of the story. Last week, the EU commissioner “Margrethe Vestager unveiled a formal complaint against Google, marking the most significant tech case since Brussels took on Microsoft a decade ago” (source: Financial Times).
That is the “European Conservatives and Reformists” with e.g. 20 Tories from the UK, and 7 deputies for the “Alternative for Germany”. ↩︎
It’s Sunday. After the confusion last evening if we should present us in the hotel
lobby by 8h or 8:30h, if we would get breakfast or not, it turned out for the best:
8:30h and breakfast provided at the revenue.
I use the unexpected half enough to blog about the arrival and to gather my equipment that
I won’t be able to use the other days for security reasons when we are in the European
I’m 5 minutes to late in the then empty lobby and realise that against my intuition
there is not even a trace of the ~100 people.
during the following 7 days, I will be at Strasbourg for the simulation of the European Parliament in the European Parliament. The adventure started yesterday and I will try to blog here regulary if I find some time (could be the last post already ) or tweet hashtag #MEUs2015.
Yesterday evening, we had our check-in, a short recap of important rules that have been distributed ahead of time per mail, but were assumed to haven’t been read, and finally the EuroFEAST, our international potluck.