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Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth on the State of the Energy Union

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 11:28

The full Euractory “Energy Union Germany” ranking can be found here.
Read the speech in German here.

Speech by Minister of State for Europe and Member of the German Bundestag, Michael Roth, at the State of the Energy Union event held in Berlin by EurActiv on 10 November 2016

Maroš Šefcovic,
Ms Litt,
Distinguished participants,

Energy is one of the most important basic requirements of human society. We need energy not only to drive developments in the economic sphere – in, for instance, agriculture or the production of goods – but also for the apparently little things in everyday life, from heating to cooking to charging our smartphones. Without energy, we would be in a very literal sense fairly powerless!
European integration has been shaped by energy issues from the very beginning. The process of unifying Europe after the Second World War started with cooperation in the energy sector, when Robert Schuman proposed in May 1950 that different countries should pool their production of coal and steel.

That laid the foundations for a common European market for coal and steel. The European Coal and Steel Community was the seed from which European team work in many other policy areas grew. It is a fine example of the way cooperation which at first comes out of economic motives can in the longer term also lead to closer integration at the political and social level.

While coal was a major factor in the post-war economy, Germany has moved on in matters of energy supply. These days, we are the land of the Energiewende.
This paradigm shift in the energy sector consists of many little puzzle pieces, including expansion of renewables, development of the electricity market, promotion of energy efficiency, expansion of the grid and increasing digitisation.

We have achieved a lot in Germany since deciding to phase out nuclear power. More than 30% of our electrical power is now generated from renewable sources. We intend to make it even more.

But the Energiewende means more to us than simply a shift in the make-up of the energy mix. We see it as a change in consumer behaviour that brings a lot of new opportunities and possibilities: more jobs, more high-tech industry and, not least, a cleaner environment to benefit us all.

As energy demand rises, however, we are not going to be able to switch completely to renewable energy in the medium term. We are therefore continuing to use conventional energy sources for the time being. When you consider that Germany has to import more than 95% of its oil and around 90% of its natural gas, it is clear that the key to secure energy supplies is diversification of suppliers and supply routes.

This means, for example, that Russia will continue to play an important role on the supply side of the gas sector. Our assumption in Germany is that we will continue to need Russian gas in the medium term. That said, we are also aware of our European partners’ political concerns, and we take those concerns seriously. Safeguarding the gas transit route through Ukraine for the long term and expanding cooperation with other suppliers are therefore important priorities for us.

Ladies and gentlemen,
One means of achieving greater energy security is more Europe. In its recent history, Europe has successfully mastered crises by moving closer together when the going got tough. It is particularly in times of crisis that we need more Union in our Europe, as Commission President Juncker quite rightly said.

That is part of the reason why “energy union” is such a key term. The energy union is the EU countries’ most important joint project if they are to pull together on energy policy. Creating an energy union comprising 28 countries, including some of the largest economies in the world, is certainly an ambitious project.

But, especially at a time when ever more people are questioning the value and the point of Europe, the energy union provides a major chance to make Europe stronger.

Our work in the energy sector has the potential not only to advance European integration but also to generate tangible benefits for the people of Europe.

In many ways, the obstacles we will have to overcome to make the energy union a reality give us an indication of the future of cooperation in Europe. I want to talk briefly about four aspects, namely the common internal energy market, governance of the energy union, the role of energy-related foreign policy and the development of infrastructure.

Firstly, the pivotal element of the energy union is completion of the common internal energy market. Supranational markets are the best way of ensuring security of electricity and gas supplies. By focusing more strongly on renewables and energy efficiency, we are also creating incentives for innovation and enhanced technology and thereby laying the foundations for more growth.

Secondly, we will need an effective and reliable control mechanism if we are to meet the shared objectives of the energy union such as the massive reduction in CO2 emissions. This doesn’t mean individual member states having to give up their right to decide on their own energy mix. It means establishing a robust framework to govern the energy union which is binding for all EU countries.

Thirdly, the energy union is supposed to make Europe safer. It will help reduce the risk of conflict in the field of energy. We are putting our faith in greater regional cooperation rather than in cutting ourselves off from particular neighbours or suppliers. This will involve presenting a more united front and speaking with one voice. Strong common energy-related foreign policy is the best means of positioning Europe as a strong player in the global energy-policy arena and advancing our common objectives in the energy sphere.

Fourthly, infrastructure plays an important role too. It is clear that a common energy market can only become a reality if the relevant cables and connections exist between the member states. We are going to need more investment in reliable and extensive grids, especially given our increased focus on renewable energy, which is often only available regionally or in fluctuating quantities.

Ladies and gentlemen,
The times in which we are living present a broad range of tests for Europe. The refugee situation, the economic and financial crisis, high youth unemployment and not least the Brexit referendum in the UK have played their part in opening up fundamental questions about the future of the EU. The best remedy for such fears and doubts about the value of the European Union is to present substantial arguments.

The energy union is an opportunity for “more Europe” to provide practical solutions which benefit everyone. The first steps in this direction have already been taken, as Maroš Šef?ovi? outlined so clearly this morning.

However, energy matters are of course complex and complicated. The member states preside over very heterogeneous resources and have made varying levels of progress on cutting emissions, while their essential infrastructure is in need of investment to differing degrees.

But if we look at the objectives of the energy union, the benefits of closer cooperation are obvious. Energy is vital, and Europe will help provide safe, sustainable and affordable energy for everyone.

In the ever more globalised world of the 21st century, energy policy has to be thought about as a joint endeavour.

Stronger cross-border cooperation is the only way to make Europe less energy dependent, generate more predictability for investors and create jobs and growth for the long term.

Ladies and gentlemen,
I said at the start that common energy policy harks back to Europe’s beginnings. We have come a long way since the European Coal and Steel Community was founded. Seventy years of peace, democracy and freedom in the European Union are absolutely not to be taken for granted.

Now, however, we need to mark out our route for the future. There is a lot of potential in common energy policy. If we want a sustainable, forward-looking energy supply, only innovation and enhanced technology in the renewables sector will make that possible long term.

And so we have Europe showing itself from its best side once again: collaboration originally based on cost-benefit considerations and stronger economic cooperation generates an incentive for more research and innovation – a foundation on which to build more growth and a brighter future.

On that note, let me wish you all a lot of energy for the exciting and informative discussion to come!

PolicyLine beta user workshop

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 14:13

Do you work on EU policy and are looking for a tool to help you keep track of most policy processes? The EU Community project is pleased to invite you to test the beta version of our latest tool called PolicyLine during a user workshop taking place at EurActiv’s offices in Brussels this Thursday 14 July 2016.

To register, fill in the form below:
http://goo.gl/forms/LsVCLv7gz9Rni21i2

What is PolicyLine?

As Europe faces huge challenges such as migration, economic growth, and climate goals… the role of the European Union is increasingly important. But EU legislation is increasingly complex and difficult to follow.

With the EU harmonising policy processes, more areas of interest and therefore discussions have appeared.

This has led to more stakeholders taking part in the debates, resulting in more documents, and more mess to sort through.

PolicyLine is a solution. It’s a new, free service that maps legislative processes. It identifies and ranks key documents, helping you quickly monitor, understand, and contribute to specific policy debates.

It crawls the web for relevant documents and sorts them by type and time. Then it ranks the documents using both computer generated algorithms and manual input from policy stakeholders. It gives you a visual overview of everything you need to know and what what to expect next.

So the next time you need to quickly understand or contribute to a complex policy topic, save yourself some time, use PolicyLine !

How does it work?

Have a look at some examples of policy processes:
https://policyline.eucommunity.eu/app/topics/28.html

concept

EU #EnergyEfficiency influencers ranking revealed

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 14:25

 

Who is the most influential on EU Energy Efficiency policy?

The second #EurActory40 ranking of The top 40 policy experts with influence in EU Energy Efficiency policy was unveiled at a roundtable debate titled:

“Energy efficiency, 2016: The year of delivery?”.

Download the full ‘#EurActory40 – #EnergyEfficiency’ list (PDF)
A video provides a summary of the policy discussion that took place during this workshop:

Energy efficiency 2016: The year of delivery?

The event was also covered editorially by EurActiv’s Newsroom:

Commission rapped for ‘cheating’ on energy efficiency finance

Who has influence in EU #EnergyUnion policy? #EurActory40

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 15:19
Who is the most influential on EU Energy Union policy?

A ranking of the top 40 policy experts with influence in EU Energy Union policy was unveiled at a debate on the “State of the Energy Union one year after its launch”, organised by the EurActiv Institute.

Ranking

Download the full ‘#EurActory40 – #EnergyUnion’ list (PDF) – PRESS RELEASE (ENFRDE)

Almost half of those listed in the #EurActory40 took part in the debate hosted by Ian Duncan (MEP ECR) in the European Parliament on Wednesday 24 February 2016.

Breaking it down, the #EurActory40 Energy Union ranking reveals that:

  • EU Energy Union politics is dominated by Germans and Brits, with France coming in a distant third place; respectively accounting for 9 (DE), 7 (UK) and 4 (FR) influencers in the top 40.
  • Policy-makers from the EU institutions make up roughly half of the list (19), closely followed by a group of policy Influencers representing different stakeholders and interests (18). Three energy policy analysts from key (energy) think tanks also made it into the #EurActory40.
  • Half of the decision-makers are based outside of Brussels (9 out of 19), while almost all influencers and analysts are based in Brussels (19 out of 21).
  • Gender balance is not yet a reality in EU energy policymaking with only 9 women out of 40 (22,5%) in the list. From the 7 UK nationals in the list, all of them are men.

JOIN THE DEBATE ON TWITTER : #EnergyUnion #EurActory40

State of the Energy Union one year after its launch

European Parliament – Wedn. 24 February 2016

http://www.euractiv.com/section/energy/video/state-of-the-energy-union-policy-influencers-debate-the-1st-years-progress/

Europe by Satellite filmed the first part of the debate with the keynotes from Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič responsible for the Energy Union and former European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek and the Q&A that followed. Watch the archived EbS video here:

During the panel debate Claude Turmes, a leading Member of the European Parliament for the Greens party, dropped a bombshell when he made allegations about Gazprom’s tactics to push the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.

Read the article by EurActiv’s Senior Editor Georgi Gotev :

Green MEP denounces Gazprom’s bullying tactics over Nord Stream 2

Frédéric Simon, Publisher and Editor at EurActiv, and the debate’s moderator filed the following story :

Parliament braced for Energy Union ‘tsunami of legislation’

Some more pictures from the #EurActory40 launch and State of the Energy Union one year after its launch debate (click on the arrows to scroll through the Flickr album):

EurActory40 - Energy Union

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About EurActory

EurActory is a new and free service developed within the EU Community project that scans the growing amount of information about people involved in EU policy making. It analyses and ranks online and offline signals, identifying the relevant influencers. EurActory rankings are available on Energy Union, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and the Future of the EU.

To see the latest content and understand how it has been put together, visit the EurActory FAQ page or watch this interactive video explaining the EurActory concept.

 

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#EurActory40Energy Debate on the State of the Energy Union

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 11:15

The #EurActory40Energy list features 150 of the most influential experts in Energy Union. This list was created with the support of an innovative tool called EurActory, the directory of EU policy experts. The invited participants were able to discover and enrich the #EurActory40Energy “long list” of top policy experts with influence on EU Energy Union policy.

Participants welcomed #EurActory40Energy as a truly efficient tool to promote more transparency in the EU policy making process:

Adrian Joyce, Secretary General of EuroACE, said “The EurActory top 40 is a very interesting idea, I will be very interested to see who we see who the community thinks is the most influential person in the Energy Union dossier”.

Juraj Nociar, Chef de Cabinet of European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič, said “it is crucial that Member States together with the European Parliament find as soon as possible an agreement on all legislative proposals which will come.”

Morten Helveg Petersen, ALDE MEP, said “We need a robust Energy Union, with solid governance and also emphasizing efficiency.”

Jonathan Gaventa, Director of E3G, said “the Energy Union needs to be more than a vision after COP21, we need a plan”.

Frauke Thies, Executive Director, Smart Energy Demand Coalition, said “we need to remove barriers for consumer participation in the energy market”.

PolicyLine presented during the Data for Policy event in Brussels 

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 15:05

EU Community’s policy process visualization tool was presented to a crowd of policymakers and Big Data experts yesterday, Tuesday 22 September 2015.

The objective of the workshop was to develop an agenda of actions for the European Commission and (other) national and international policymakers that pursue big data for policy and other data-driven approaches for evidence-informed policymaking.

Read more about this workshop here.

 

The EurActory Ranking

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 11:52

EU Community & the EurActory

EurActory is a new and free service developed by the EU Community project. EurActory scans the growing amount of information about people involved in EU policy making. It analyses and ranks the information, identifying the relevant experts.

 

EurActory Ranking

EurActory already monitors hundreds of policy stakeholders. The ranking relies on various parameters like claimed expertise, experts’ assessment, organisation reputation, position level, network analysis, historical influence and will also consider feedback gathered during offline events and evaluation of written production in the next update coming soon.

 

Who is featured?

In order to contribute to a balanced debate and to be able to identify different contributors, three categories of users have been created: Influencers, Analysts and Institutional. The ranking gives the same weight to the three categories to make sure that neither institutions nor lobby groups are over proportionally represented in the ranking.

 

Transparency : 8 ranking criteria

The EurActory ranking is based on 8 different criteria. These criteria are both machine and user generated and take into account online and offline reputation factors.

 

Eight factors are taken into account in order to create the ranking;

  1. Self-Assesment
  2. Peer-Assesment
  3. Business-Card
  4. Documents
  5. Proximity
  6. Network
  7. Offline
  8. Past

 

A digital tool, only for digital savvy experts?

Whiz kids are not favoured to ‘offline dinosaurs’. The EurActory identifies the most relevant experts regardless of the age or digital presence of the users. If a user is influential on a topic, peer reviews will allow experts to be represented in the relevant ranking.

Latest updates about the EU Community Project

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:38

EU Community is developing several tools to identify relevant experts and key documents in the EU legislative process.

EURACTORY – Identifies the relevant experts

EurActory identifies relevant experts and key stakeholders on EU policy-making.

EurActory’s beta version was presented at the European Parliament on 29 January 2015. More than 150 invitees confirmed their interest in the tool and its potential to make EU law-making more transparent and more efficient.

EurActory is now up and running and counts several hundred active expert profiles, including:

  • Policy topics of expertise claimed by the experts,
  • Integrated content from social media accounts such as Twitter and Linkedin,
  • Combined with EurActiv articles and Google results about the expert.

A new functionality will soon be added to EurActory allowing the evaluation of those claimed expertise. This ranking will help users identify the relevant experts in different policy topics.

EurActory can be access on euractory.eucommunity.eu

 

POLICYLINE – Visualise the key documents

The development of Policyline has started a few weeks ago. This tool will allow users to better understand policy processes, connect documents and follow their development. The first policy process will be released before the COP21 conference in Paris with a focus on the Energy Efficiency Targets. Further policy processes will follow including Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Future of EU.

 

Energy Union, clarify the Energy Efficiency Targets debate

Pilot Expert: Jason Anderson, WWF

Energy Union has a particular focus on the ‘Next climate and energy package’. Energy Union is often referred to as the ‘2030 package’. The Energy Union pilot will partner with numerous relevant EU Policy Stakeholders for more efficient and transparent policy-making at EU level.

That will include:

  • WWF represented by Jason Anderson who accepted to lead that pilot project.
  • Civil society groups, who are currently working together on Climate and Energy issues, notably the Green 10,
  • National members of those civil society groups to connect with the member states,
  • And the Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, Europe’s largest coalition working on climate and energy issues, with over 120 member organisations in 30 European countries.

They will be able to comment and share intelligence, documents and multimedia content in relation to the 2020 goals and the 2030 package. They will also present their information to policy makers through a module called PolicyOptions and during EU Community-enabled stakeholder workshops.

 

PolicyLine will also be piloted on:

  • Innovation and entrepreneurship, coordinated by  Kumardev Chatterjee, Founder and President of the European Young Innovators Forum (EYIF)
  • Future of EU, coordinated by  Laetitia Veriter, Project and Communications officer at the European Movement International (EMI)

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT THE EU COMMUNITY PROJECT

EU Community is an initiative of EurActiv, coordinated by Intrasoft and executed by a consortium of eight leading research and ICT organisations across EU member states.

The project is funded by the European Commission’s DG for communications networks, content & technology (DG CONNECT). It won a Call for Proposals under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7).

EU Community presented at DataHarvest2015

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 11:41

EU Community was presented to an audience of investigative journalists during the DataHarvest2015 organised by the Journalism Fund in Brussels last Friday 8 May 2015.

David Mekkaoui presented EurActory and Policyline to an audience of investigative journalists during a conference focused on data journalism.

The attendants shown a particular interest in the fact that both platforms are Open Source and asked questions about the features that can support investigative journalists in their daily work. In their opinion, the platforms should be open source so that they can be reused at local or national level.

About Policyline, a special emphasis was made by investigative journalists that would like to be able to work on the data and not have everything made for them. Also, when some important documents are not made public, Policyline should show the missing elements in the policy processes. This feature would be useful for investigative journalists to spot the documents that they should be looking for.

 

For more information about the DataHarvest2015 click here.

 

 

Journalists on the lookout for data tools

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 15:47

“Don’t ask what you can do for data”…

People gathering at the News Impact Summit Brussels on Tuesday (24 February) were wondering what new tools and approaches exist to innovate in today’s EU affairs media landscape.

EU Community was invited to present their approach: how can data work to our benefit, increasing our day-to-day understanding of EU policy-making?

EU Community is building applications on top of the EU’s open data sources and all kinds of other data flying around, we told the audience: “It’s combining data analytics with crowdsourcing tools and user input, to make sense of the day-to-day EU affairs process.”

A lot of people working in EU affairs – whether they’re a journalist, lobbyist, politician or citizen – still get lost in the big pile of data and information.

The EU institutions, hacktivists, transparency activists and many others have helped to open up EU data over the past years. The datasets are out there: here, here, here or here.

This data has the potential to change the public debate on the European Union, making it more evidence-based, accurate, relevant and efficient. It can contain answers to the questions policy-makers are asking themselves, EU professionals are putting on the table and European society as a whole is looking to solve.

EU Community is working to pioneer this field. We aim to develop the tools that will allow EU experts to connect the dots.

Perhaps it can inspire answers – and new questions - for the next News Impact Summit?

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You can have a look at the Twitter conversation that happened during the event, here.

The event’s agenda is to be found here.

We’ll follow up soon with more information and links to the conference’s presentations and ideas.

EurActory ‘shows progress’ on evidence-based policy-making

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:44

EurActory, the directory that gathers information about experts on EU affairs, was recently launched in beta at the European Parliament. Of course, you already knew that.

Above is the video we recorded at the event, including statements of the supporters behind the project.

“Anything that we can do to make policy-making more transparent and more evidence-based is very important,” John Magan, deputy head of unit, digital science, at the European Commission, commented. The EU Commission is supporting the project under the FP7 research & innovation budget.

Karl Cox, Vice President of Public Policy and Corporate Affairs at Oracle, explained that “there’s a lot of great information out there”, but “the difficulty is getting the information which is most relevant to each one of the stakeholders”. Oracle is a private partner of this public-private partnership.

The platform was released to get feedback from the community of EU experts, making future development open and collaborative. You can have a look at the platform here, create your expert profile and give us your feedback.

 

EU Community on Twitter * LinkedIn * Facebook

Isabelle Durant takes a look at EurActory

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 17:35

“The European decision making process is very complex. So it’s important to know who is who, who matters, who has influence. EurActory serves as a tool for journalists, citizens and stakeholders to understand the European policy process,” commented Isabelle Durant, former Vice President of the European Parliament and member of EU Community’s Advisory Council.

Take a look at EurActory – in beta – yourself: euractory.eucommunity.eu

Can we use your data?

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 14:25

How can you put data to good use while respecting users’ concerns about their personal data protection? It’s a question that many projects are confronted with when digging into all kinds of data sources.

Already, big data is triggering innovation across different sectors in Europe. Businesses in the retail sector, for instance, started looking into big data early on to tailor their products. Researchers across Europe use data to crack the nut on societal, scientific and other issues. Journalists and media are discovering data tools to find stories and understand the bigger picture.

But citizens’ concerns on data usage have skyrocketed at the same time.

Revelations made by Edward Snowden in 2013 showed that government agencies were snooping on citizens’ data. It led to a huge public debate on big data and the Orwellian effects of algorithms controlling our behaviour (illustrated by The Guardian’s piece titled ‘How algorithms rule the world’). The debate on the virtues and dangers of big data also confronted European policymakers with a challenge to better protect the privacy of their citizens.

On Wednesday 4 February, the Irish data research consortium Insight pitched a ‘Magna Carta for Data‘ to EU policy-makers: a set of basic principles to guide new lawmaking on data, data protection and the benefits of big data analysis.

It’s a search for a society-wide consensus on the treatment of data. It could guide the way industries use this information and what applications it can have for society, the researchers argued.

EU Community was present at the conference.

A Magna Carta for Data means: striking a balance between data analysis benefits & data protection. #MagnaCartaforData @insight_centre #data

— EU Community (@EU_Community) February 4, 2015

So what does this mean for EU Community, our project which aims to connect the dots and put to use open and public data sources to facilitate the understanding of European policy-making.

Last week, we launched EurActory, the first tool to identify relevant EU experts. Ever since we started designing the tool in early 2014, we have spoken to many users who asked us why they would want to connect their social media accounts to their expert profile. Why they would grant us insights into their connections on Twitter, for instance, or why we wanted to access their details on LinkedIn.

EU Community has been aware of the great sensitivity that comes with designing a platform based on social media and other data.

How about this: we present our set of basic principles that ensure your data is used in correct ways.

  1. No personal data are processed for purposes other than the purpose for which they are collected. All data used by EU Community for analysis is used with the single purpose: to evaluate a policy-maker, policy influencer, policy analyst or policy document’s relevance on an area of EU policy.
  2. Our database is encrypted and secure. Your private data will not be accessible to external users, as it’s kept under lock and key.
  3. Public data is public, private data is private. Users visiting your EurActory profile will never see more in the LinkedIn box or the Twitter box than what they’d see when they visit your Twitter wall or LinkedIn profile. It’s up to you whether you want to link your account(s) to EurActory.
  4. Your personal data will not be collected nor retained beyond the minimum necessary for each specific purpose of the processing. EU Community’s philosophy is to connect the dots of public information elsewhere. This means we store very little information but rather ask other services for an update every so often. That counts for personal data, too.
  5. Your personal data will not be (1) disseminated to commercial third parties, (2) sold or (3) rented out. We have a Chinese wall set up between what’s publicly accessible and accessible via the API on the one side, and what’s personal or private on the other. Anything that has to do with commercial activities finds itself on the former side.

This list is inspired by the European Parliament’s proposed rules on processing personal data (which is pending Council’s approval) and the UK’s Data Protection Principles (which were passed in – yes – 1998).

Share your thoughts: what are the basic principles that should guide data use and data protection in Europe? And what would you add to our list?

  • Share your comments below
  • Email communitymanager [at] euractiv [dot] com
  • Tweet @EU_Community using #expertinput

We thank all the users and experts that contacted us on this issue and guide our understanding of the balance between needs and concerns on data.

More info:

Tech for a democratic and transparent society

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 09:44

We launched EurActory – in beta. The launch event was a success, as you micht have read in our overview of the event, here. Or you might have read on Twitter, here.

Here’s what the project’s protagonists say about EurActory:

David Mekkaoui, Director of Fondation EurActiv, said: “EurActory unlocks the information on EU experts, stakeholders and officials. Soon, we’ll be able to rank the experts, combining data analysis with input from the community itself.”

Antonis Ramfos, Delivery Director of Research & Innovation at INTRASOFT International SA, said: “Euractory demonstrates in a very effective way how innovative use of modern ICT can contribute in the enhancement of our professional life in a more democratic, open, and transparent society.”

Karl Cox, Global Vice President for Public Affairs at Oracle, said: “There is an abundance of information on EU policy, and a wide range of voices participating in debates on a number of issues. EurActory will help EU professionals make a distinction among different actors and identify those who are most relevant and influential in the policy making process.”

And Isabelle Durant, former Vice President of the European Parliament and member of EU Community’s Advisory Council, said: “The European decision making process is very complex. So it’s important to know who is who, who matters, who has influence. EurActory serves as a tool for journalists, citizens and stakeholders to understand the European policy process.”

 

* This and more in our press release *

 

[Disclaimer: this post was published back in time.]

Crunch time! EurActory beta goes live

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 13:58

Yesterday was crunch time for EurActory, EU Community’s first tool to identify relevant EU experts.

EurActiv, partner in the project, held an event at the European Parliament dubbed #Media4EU. Suddenly, we found ourselves surrounding by 150+ potential users, eager to take a peek at the platform.

MEPs like Siegfried Muresan and Brando Benifei. Former EU Commissioners like Siim Kallas and Connie Hedegaard. Businesses reps like Karl Cox (Oracle) and Chris Sherwood (Allegro). Or media reps like Tom Weingärtner (API) or Max von Abendroth (EMMA).

All of them, and many others, in the room.

So we pitched EurActory…

 

@EU_Community excited to get EurActory in the hands of the audience at #Media4EU pic.twitter.com/DcpGJIaIHq

— David Mekkaoui (@hMayDay) January 29, 2015

 

EurActory is now open for user feedback. Caution: it’s a beta! That means bugs may occur when you’re browsing the platform. But we wanted to open it up to users, get your input and make sure we shape the service to what you are looking for.

Visit the homepage. Type a search query and see what comes up. Read about how to get in the directory. And give us your feedback.

 

@AnneLaumen Will develop together with users' interest. Also: ranking/ordering results = next phase: http://t.co/Df1q0FFU3C Tnx!

— EU Community (@EU_Community) January 29, 2015

 

EurActory was initiated by EurActiv, is coordinated by the leading IT Solutions group Intrasoft and is developed by a consortium of eight organisations as part of the project EU Community (info).

EU Community is co-funded by the European Commission’s DG CONNECT under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7). Oracle is a Partner of this public-private partnership project.

 

Tonight #Media4EU event presents EurActory's, a result of the EU-funded project @EU_Community http://t.co/nZ5j4fHnbZ via @john_magan

— ICT 4 Excellent Sci (@ICTscienceEU) January 29, 2015

The service will be continuously developed, as more and more EU experts and professionals discover it. The platform was released to get feedback from the community of EU experts, making future development open and collaborative.

 

Everyone, type in your browsers NOW: http://t.co/vcgg5dCIEn The ultimate tool to find experts in the #EU #Media4EU pic.twitter.com/WhdlrAWtoI

— Andreea Flintoaca (@andreeafc) January 29, 2015

My profile on EurActory : Alexis Poulin http://t.co/XjcYnQh2HO

— Alexis Poulin (@Poulin2012) January 29, 2015

@FilippovEU Hi Sergey, you're invited to read our FAQs & About + test the platform. http://t.co/tKhI2n3hiE

— EU Community (@EU_Community) January 29, 2015

#Euractory is the 1st brick of #eucommunity;2nd brick is #policy line – mapping docs in the #policy process.Check #climatechange #media4eu

— Andreea Flintoaca (@andreeafc) January 29, 2015

FAQ7 – Hold on, let’s recap

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:25

EU Community will launch the beta version of its first, free service EurActory on 29 January at the European Parliament. But first, we explain the idea one ‘frequently asked question’ at a time.

 

FAQ7 – Hold on, let’s recap

In the past few days, we have written about EurActory and what it is for. About which profiles you can expect to find on EurActory… and whether you’re included. About the features we’ll release in the coming months. Or about the people building EurActory behind the scenes.

Here’s all of that, and more, in a nutshell:

Share, tweet or link to our video if you like it. We’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

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FAQ6 – What is EU Community?

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:02

EU Community will launch the beta version of its first, free service EurActory on 29 January at the European Parliament. But first, we explain the idea one ‘frequently asked question’ at a time.

 

FAQ6 – What is EU Community?

More and more people are engaged in the public debate, through a variety of platforms. This has broadened the conversation and spurred transparency. But policy makers are overwhelmed by the growing amount of press releases, reports, opinions, or tweets.

EU Community works to transform this public sphere into a collaborative community for of EU policy professionals.

How will that work? The EU Community team is developing a series of services and tools to structure and visualise this information on people and documents.

All services are designed in open format and will:

  • provide analytics and visual intelligence on EU policy making;
  • allow you to grasp what others in the EU Community think;
  • allow you to share your expertise with others more efficiently and openly;
  • will save you time.

EurActory is a first tool in development; others will follow soon.

Combining community input with new technology, EU Community will make EU policy making more efficient, EU Community input more relevant and EU working life more productive.

 

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FAQ5 – Who is behind EurActory?

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:25

EU Community will launch the beta version of its first, free service EurActory on 29 January at the European Parliament. But first, we explain the idea one ‘frequently asked question’ at a time.

 

FAQ5 – Who is behind EurActory?

At the very beginning of the project, the initiators were confronted with a challenge. The tools and applications on the table would require topnotch technology experts just as much as creative policy experts.

Having useful apps would require people who understand data, tech and development to team up with people who know the EU policy-making process… and know the community of EU experts.

EurActory is developed by a consortium of eight organisations as part of EU Community. EU Community is initiated by EurActiv.com, coordinated by Intrasoft and executed together with the other consortium members which are leading research centres and ICT enterprises.

The consortium includes:

EU Community is co-funded by the European Commission’s directorate general for communications networks, content & technology, known as DG CONNECT. It won a Call for Proposals under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research(FP7).

 

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FAQ4 – What will EurActory look like in the future?

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:35

EU Community will launch the beta version of its first, free service EurActory on 29 January at the European Parliament. But first, we explain the idea one ‘frequently asked question’ at a time.

 

FAQ4 – What will EurActory look like in the future?

Next week, we release the ‘beta version’ of EurActory: a first version, designed to cater to EU professionals’ first needs and to trigger feedback to make it a better tool.

Our next move is ranking. We are working on a sophisticated ranking system, to launch early 2015, which will allow you to identify the most relevant experts per EU policy field within seconds.

To do this, EurActory is developing an algorithm that takes into account a person’s organisational standing, online and offline connections, peer-rated credibility, professional experience and other criteria. This ranking system will be released in full transparency.

EurActory will show which experts have built up a credibility on certain policy topics. Which experts stand out. The system will be rolled out after thorough double-checking the algorithm to make it match the actual world of EU affairs as much as possible.

EU Community will focus on our three pilot topics first, starting with developing the ranking feature for the topic Energy Union.

If you’re curious, connect on social media and you’ll know all about it as soon as the time is right.

 

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FAQ3 – Why am I not in there?

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:23

EU Community will launch the beta version of its first, free service EurActory on 29 January at the European Parliament. But first, we explain the idea one ‘frequently asked question’ at a time.


FAQ3 – Why am I not in there?

EurActory currently has over 10,000 experts on EU policy. These are mostly sourced from the EU’s open databases of people working at (and with) the institutions.

When you discover EurActory, on 29 January, it’s possible that you don’t have an expert profile yet. The team behind EurActory could not find your details in the databases that we have integrated.

Not to worry though: you can help us by telling us about yourself and what you do.

Registered users can create a profile on the platform, connect their social media accounts and ‘Create an expert profile’. This will then be checked by one of EU Community’s moderators, after which your profile will appear in the list of experts.

 

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