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European Commission: Interactive Policy Making
What is Interactive Policy Making (IPM)?

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On-line Consultation Mechanism: ... Several on-line consultations have already been carried out, and this instrument is also being used to set up and operate the European Business Test Panel, a representative panel of businesses throughout Europe which will evaluate the impact of new legislative proposals.

How about a citizen panel, or a consumer panel, to evaluate the impact of new legislative proposals? I suppose only businesses are stakeholders?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jun 18th, 2006 at 03:27:39 AM EST
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European Business Test Panel: Message from Commissioner McCreevy
As European Commissioner, responsible for Internal Market and Services, I will ensure that proposals which are prepared under my watch fully respect the better regulation principles. I will consult widely and listen carefully to stakeholders on how best to achieve our policy goals. The European Business Test Panel is a very good instrument to do exactly that, to listen to companies and take full account of their views.


A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jun 18th, 2006 at 03:30:22 AM EST
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The Commission couldn't care less about what real people have to say.

Look at what happened to the patent directive petition, we had to sue to have just the commission recognize it's mere existence.

by Laurent GUERBY on Mon Jun 19th, 2006 at 03:29:21 AM EST
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I was not aware of the Patent Directive Petition. Care to elaborate in a comment, or in a diary?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 19th, 2006 at 04:28:38 AM EST
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What about registering statutes of incorporation in the Isle of Man or somewhere nice and trendy like that ?
Might even help in the finance parts of organizing events, conferences, etc...

Pierre
by Pierre on Mon Jun 19th, 2006 at 05:25:19 AM EST
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ET, the first open-source off-shore think tank, coming soon to a tax haven near you.

Mind you, if national governments keep enacting stupid internet legislation, micronations will become not only tax havens but data havens.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 19th, 2006 at 05:32:10 AM EST
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A lot of these consultations are for stakeholders. I looked at the one on fresh fruit and vegetables, it's for stakeholders (not steakholders, obviously...).

In fact, under the heading Agriculture, the only "public" consultations were Eurobarometer polls.

Is there something I'm missing?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Jun 19th, 2006 at 07:39:56 AM EST
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What is a stakeholder? If you're a farmer are you a stakeholder?

I think that is a word that needs deconstruction. Maybe the whole EU public consultation site Your Voice needs deconstruction.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 19th, 2006 at 07:42:40 AM EST
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I'm ruminating on the same questions you are.

Out of curiosity, I went to the contribution page for one of the stakeholder consultations and saw the online form you have to fill in. You have to give the name of an "organization". I suspect "European Tribune" is probably not an "organization" in their sense. A farmer runs a small business and would be a stakeholder organization, I think. In some document somewhere, this must be defined, but I haven't found it yet and have no more time today.

Your Voice is apparently (they say it themselves) new and wants feedback.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Jun 19th, 2006 at 08:40:02 AM EST
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Let's hack it to pieces and give them some constructive feedback.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 19th, 2006 at 08:42:49 AM EST
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