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At minimum what this conference brings is an opportunity to meet fellow bloggers and critical minds. There was a neatly organized meet and greet for the invited bloggers yesterday evening. A few links and tips:

Jacques Zammit, from Malta, but based in Luxembourg blogs at akkuza and is worth a look.

Similarly recommendable should be Christos Mouzeviris, from Greece, but based in Ireland, who writes personally at the unforgettably named The Eblana European Democratic Movement and at One Europe.

From Spain, colourfully dressed Jorge Juan Morante López joined, he blogs in Spanish at Ciudadano Morante.

Another journalist from Poland, Pawel Rogaliński, with his blog here.

The story that really hit home yesterday came from Bulgaria where citizens are still barricading around the Parliament in Sofia, a protest movement which has been fading away from  the headlines. Justine Toms, who is part of the movement and blogs in Bulgarian here, could bring some poignancy (sorry afew) to a conference on what EU citizenship should actually mean.

Blogging in Lithuania, like everywhere else, is on retreat and moving to Twitter and Facebook. There were a couple of bloggers from Lithuania, most prominently Valdas Lopeta, a former journalist who has moved into PR, and is now blogging only through his Facebook page.

Although I wasn't able to meet and talk extensively with everyone, there was a general feeling amongst the bloggers I did talk to that the EU has lost the plot on citizenship. Considering we're attending a conference around celebrating EU citizenship, that could get nicely schizophrenic. So it should be interesting what today will bring. I hope to pop in for a recap of the first day of the conference.

Finally, it's a pity Helen is not ET's representative, because Vilnius seems to have a decent amount of draught beers and ciders to sample.

by Bjinse on Thu Dec 12th, 2013 at 03:12:45 AM EST
I was recently at a Voice of the Researchers conference in Brussels organised by the European Commission. I'd say "the EU has lost the plot on research careers, so the conference was a bit schizophrenic" pretty much describes my impression.

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 Thu Dec 12th, 2013 at 03:28:03 AM EST
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