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Ana Mingo Jaramillo

Ana Mingo Jaramillo

About Ana

Ana is a founding member of EuropeanPublicAffairs.EU.


I am a lefty social media and gadgets addict with experience in EU public affairs consultancy across the transport, energy and environment policy areas. Spanish by coincidence and European by choice (no matter what people like Geert Wilders say). Love football and “Latin American Boom” literature.


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Articles by Ana:

Germany’s PKW-Maut Bill – update on a potential toll for foreign drivers

14 September 2015

Germany’s controversial PKW-“Maut” bill – a motorway toll that would de facto apply to foreign passenger cars only, originally planned to come into force in 2016, is currently still pending an open infringement procedure from the Commission. The Commission argues that the bill is not compliant with the EU principle of non-discrimination while the German […]

2015 – your last chance for a “free ride” on the German autobahn? – Weighing the German initiative for a toll on ‘foreign’ motor vehicles

5 January 2015

Background On 17 December 2014, despite protest from the European Commission and much scepticism from all political levels in Germany, the German cabinet passed transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt’s (CSU) draft bill on the PKW-Maut – a motorway toll that would de facto apply to foreign passenger cars only. This idea made its way to the […]

Who should pay to fix German potholes? Weighing the initiative for a toll on ‘foreign’ road users [Updated]

15 July 2014

When Germany’s two largest parties – the CDU and the SPD – approved the coalition treaty just before Christmas last year, Angela Merkel’s sister party (CSU) managed to secure a key concession: the possibility of introducing a controversial motorway toll for foreign passenger cars. When the proposal was first launched, not many people in Berlin […]

Turning MEPs into digital natives: the prospects of a Digital Affairs and Technology Committee

11 June 2014

When Neelie Kroes took office in 2009, many interpreted her move from competition to the newly-created digital agenda portfolio as a step down the career ladder. Five years on, digital agenda has climbed to the very top of Europe’s policy priorities. During the election campaign, lead candidates seemed keen to agree on its importance in […]

Who should pay to fix German potholes? Weighing the initiative for a toll on ‘foreign’ road users

12 May 2014

This article is a continuation of a post on the same topic from January 2014. When Germany’s two largest parties – the CDU and the SPD – approved the coalition treaty in December 2013, Angela Merkel’s sister party (CSU) managed to secure a key concession: the possibility of introducing a controversial motorway toll for foreign […]

Germany’s energy transformation 2.0: On track to become a legislative reality?

3 March 2014

Following a lengthy three-month negotiation marathon leading up to the coalition agreement between the centre-left social democrats and Merkel’s conservative CDU-CSU, a specific blueprint for Germany’s energy policy was set out by the German energy ministry on 22 January 2014. As a centrepiece of this agenda stands what the government has labelled as a “relaunch” […]

European equality on the German autobahn? Weighing the German initiative for a toll on ‘foreign’ motor vehicles

21 January 2014

When Germany’s two largest parties – the CDU and the SPD – approved the coalition treaty in December 2013, it was clear that the Ministry of Transport would be led by Alexander Dobrindt. The 43-year-old who has made a career as a politician in the Bavarian CSU, the sister party of Angela Merkel’s CDU, had […]

Renewables in Germany: where is the Energiewende headed?

6 January 2014

After a lengthy three-month negotiation marathon, leaders of the centre-left social democrats and Merkel’s conservative CDU-CSU defined their path to facing Germany’s challenges over the next four years in a coalition agreement in December 2013. As one centrepiece of this agenda stands what the government has labelled a “relaunch” of its energy transformation (Energiewende). The […]

Shifting gears on transforming energy and the environment? A progress report from Germany’s grand coalition government in the making

8 November 2013

Updated on 20 November. As Germany’s headline-making diplomatic stand-off over US spying efforts is handled by a caretaker government, negotiations to form a future grand coalition government are underway. Despite a wild card lying in the fact that any outcome needs the approval from a social-democratic party-member-only referendum to be concluded by 12 December, most […]

Electoral change & energy transformation; where is the German “Energiewende” headed after its September polls?

16 September 2013

An Epoch-marking energy agenda As the German federal election campaign is kicking into full gear, German energy policy has emerged as a key bone of contention. Boosting renewable energies (largely photovoltaic and wind) in Europe’s biggest industrial economy from a 22% to an 80 % share in 2050 is tantamount to the country’s massive reconstruction […]

The Financial Transaction Tax: 28 candles for ATTAC?

14 June 2013

The introduction of an EU-wide tax on financial transactions (FTT) has been presented by some as a key political and economic response to the crisis, becoming an important element of the evolving European Economic governance initiatives, reaching beyond mere fixing of the immediate consequences of the economic crisis. In September 2011, the European Commission issued […]

Turkish Spring?

1 June 2013

A western style ‘occupy’ movement which started on Monday to protest against the removal of Gezi Park in Istanbul (one of the last green spaces in the city centre) for the construction of a controversial shopping centre has quickly escalated into a widespread mobilisation against the government of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) of PM […]