All ques­tions refer to the position/assessment of your country’s gov­ern­ment, oppo­si­tion, polit­i­cal par­ties, civ­il soci­ety organ­i­sa­tions, pres­sure groups, press/media, and pub­lic opin­ion. Please name sources wher­ev­er pos­si­ble!

1. Implementation of the Lisbon Treaty

On the 1 Decem­ber 2009 the EU-reform end­ed with the enter­ing into force of the Lis­bon Treaty. How­ev­er, the
new treaty pro­vi­sions still have to be imple­ment­ed. Some pro­ce­dures and con­di­tions have to be deter­mined. In
oth­er cas­es, pro­ce­dures, pow­er rela­tions, and deci­sion-mak­ing mech­a­nisms will change due to the new
pro­vi­sions.

  • How is the work of the new Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Coun­cil, Her­man Van Rompuy, assessed in your
    coun­try? Which changes to the role of the rotat­ing coun­cil pres­i­den­cy are expect­ed?
  • How is the work of the new High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Union for For­eign Affairs and Secu­ri­ty Pol­i­cy,
    Cather­ine Ash­ton, assessed in your coun­try? Please take into par­tic­u­lar con­sid­er­a­tion both her role
    with­in the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion and her rela­tion­ship to the Coun­cil of the Euro­pean Union.
  • On 25 March 2010 a “Pro­pos­al for a Coun­cil Deci­sion estab­lish­ing the organ­i­sa­tion and func­tion­ing of
    the Euro­pean Exter­nal Action Ser­vice” was pre­sent­ed. How is this con­cept per­ceived in your coun­try?
    Which alter­na­tives are dis­cussed?
  • On 31 March 2010 the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion pre­sent­ed a pro­pos­al defin­ing the rules and pro­ce­dures
    for the Euro­pean Cit­i­zens’ Ini­tia­tive (ECI). What are the expec­ta­tions for the ECI in your coun­try? What
    are the var­i­ous posi­tions con­cern­ing the rules and pro­ce­dures?

2. Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy

The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has giv­en its opin­ion on Iceland’s appli­ca­tion for EU-mem­ber­ship and a deci­sion from
the Coun­cil is expect­ed before the end of June. Croa­t­ia seems to have set­tled its bor­der dis­pute with Slove­nia.
Against this back­ground:

  • Which coun­tries does your coun­try expect to become mem­bers of the Euro­pean Union in the next
    enlarge­ment round? What are the opin­ions in your coun­try on the mem­ber­ship of these coun­tries?
  • How are the mem­ber­ship per­spec­tives of those coun­tries dis­cussed, which are not expect­ed to become
    a mem­ber in the next enlarge­ment round?
    The East­ern Part­ner­ship and the Union for the Mediter­ranean were the last major projects deal­ing with the
    Euro­pean neigh­bour­hood:
  • How are these projects assessed in your coun­try?

3. European economic policy and the financial and economic crisis

The Euro­pean Coun­cil agreed on 25/26 March on the key ele­ments of the Europe 2020 strat­e­gy, the suc­ces­sor of
the Lis­bon strat­e­gy. While not being on the for­mal agen­da the eco­nom­ic and finan­cial sit­u­a­tion in Greece was
dis­cussed. The Euro­pean Coun­cil agreed on a finance pack­age com­bin­ing bilat­er­al loans from the euro­zone and
financ­ing through the Inter­na­tion­al Mon­e­tary Fund.

  • How is the finance pack­age for Greece assessed in your coun­try? Are there any opin­ions on the
    process, how the agree­ment on the pack­age was reached?
  • Which lessons should be drawn from the Greek case for a reform of the Sta­bil­i­ty and Growth Pact?
  • How is the idea of “a strong coor­di­na­tion of eco­nom­ic poli­cies in Europe” per­ceived in your coun­try?
    What con­cepts of an Euro­pean eco­nom­ic gov­er­nance are dis­cussed in your coun­try and which role do
    they assign to the Euro group?
  • How is the Europe 2020 strat­e­gy dis­cussed in your coun­try? What are the pri­or­i­ties for the Europe 2020
    strat­e­gy from your country’s per­spec­tive?

4. Climate and energy policy

The cli­mate con­fer­ence in Copen­hagen took note of the Copen­hagen Accord but did not reach a bind­ing
agree­ment. The next con­fer­ence of the par­ties (COP 16 & CMP 6) will take place at the end of Novem­ber 2010.

  • How is the Copen­hagen con­fer­ence assessed in your coun­try? Please take into con­sid­er­a­tion the
    nego­ti­a­tion strat­e­gy of Euro­pean Union and the results of the con­fer­ence.
  • Does the Euro­pean Union need to change its own ener­gy and cli­mate pol­i­cy in order to give a new
    impulse to the inter­na­tion­al nego­ti­a­tions?
  • Is a glob­al agree­ment with­in the UNFCC the best strat­e­gy to fight cli­mate change? If not, which
    alter­na­tive strat­e­gy should the Euro­pean Union fol­low?
  • What is your country’s posi­tion on financ­ing mit­i­ga­tion and adap­ta­tion efforts in devel­op­ing coun­tries?

5. Current issues and discourses in your country

Which oth­er top­ics and dis­cours­es are high­ly salient in your coun­try but not cov­ered by this ques­tion­naire?

The reports focus on a report­ing peri­od from Decem­ber 2009 until May 2010. This sur­vey was con­duct­ed on the basis of a ques­tion­naire that has been elab­o­rat­ed in March and April 2010. Most of the 31 reports were deliv­ered in May 2010.

The EU-27 Watch No. 9 receives sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing from the Otto Wolff-Foun­da­tion, Cologne, in the frame­work of the ‘Dia­log Europa der Otto Wolff-Stiftung’, and finan­cial sup­port from the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion. The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion is not respon­si­ble for any use that may be made of the infor­ma­tion con­tained there­in.