This is a blog written by alumni of the EPA MA programme in Maastricht.
Bursting the Bubble

New EU Guidelines on the Right to be Forgotten

11 December 2014 | by

The Article 29 Working Party published new Guidelines on the Right to be Forgotten on 26 November 2014.  Earlier this year the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) ruled in the ‘Google case’. In this instance, the CJEU decided that EU data protection law already gives individuals the right to have relevant or outdated information about them de-listed from search results. Continue reading

Once a burden, always a burden: how women cope with always entering the race with “race card two”?

21 November 2014 | by

At the Journalist Thematic Network Meeting in Rome, experts of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) proved with data that discrimination accompanies the lives of women from early childhood through to their senior years.

This year it is 20 years ago since the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) was adopted at the 4th UN World Conference on Women. The BPfA set out the first international agenda for women’s empowerment and affirmed that women’s and female children’s human rights are inalienable, integral and indivisible. The same year, the European Council acknowledged the European Union’s commitment to the BPfA and expressed its intent to review their implementation across the Member States on a yearly basis. Italy, which holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union until the end of this year, decided to carry out an extensive review on all Beijing Areas for this 20th anniversary. Continue reading

NATO’s Southern Dilemma: Contesting Security Interests of the Regional Powers in the Middle East

19 November 2014 | by

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) finds itself between two fronts. To the East, Russia, by annexing Crimea, a Ukrainian territory, has violated the post-WW international order which has secured the decades’ long peace in Europe. To the South, the rise of extremism in the Middle East has created one of the most challenging threats to the global security. Even though the alliance has numerously claimed that both, Eastern and Southern, security threats should be dealt carefully, it is clear that most of NATO’s resources are allocated to tackling the latter. Continue reading

World Energy Outlook 2014 – Key Findings

17 November 2014 | by

Last week, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released its annual World Energy Outlook 2014. The Outlook is globally recognised as a reliable analysis of energy and environmental development and receives attention from policy makers, businesses and the public.

This year‘s conclusion is short but precise: “The global energy system is in danger of falling short of the hopes and expectations placed upon it. […] Advances in technology and efficiency give some reasons for optimism, but sustained political efforts will be essential to change energy trends for the better.”

The major findings and predictions should be a reminder for everyone working on energy policy in the European Union not to forget the global perspective. Continue reading

Between extra hours and after hours – what it means to be a young PR pro

5 November 2014 | by

As a young communication professional, I find it fascinating how my fellow colleagues across Europe perceive their jobs and careers. For all of you like-minded folks, I have collected my favourite findings of the 2014 European Communication Monitor: Continue reading