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
- 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
- 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.