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  • Discussion about the State of the European Union

    Jean-Claude Juncker entered the Council for the last time on his Commissionship as Internal Affairs Commissioner to accomplish one of his last promises: delivering a speech about the state of the European Union. When everything was ready, he stood up, went to the podium and delivered his speech:

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    As I promised, I would come to the European Council for a last time to open a discussion about the State of the European Union, delivering a speech and then, answering to your questions, if there are any. Today, I am here to accomplish that promise, because I am someone who believes that promises ought to be accomplished.

    I am here to say that it's been an honour to have been the European Union's Internal Affairs Commissioner, and furthermore, it will be an honour to leave a better European Union than the one I found 8 months ago. Hopefully my substitute will be able to say the same when his time comes, for the good of our region and the common European project we all share and love in some way. Before I start listing everything, I would like to apologise to any that has felt offended by any of my words or speeches during my consequtive terms in the European Commission, and I hope you all accept these apologies.

    Today, I'm proud of these 8 months of hard work, of hard campaigning, but also, of getting to know many countries and many Europeans, bringing the European Commission closer to them. These 2 terms have seen the creation of the European Commission App, the applications for many European possitions, 2 European-scale summits with the EU leaders, a debt to the Commonwealth of Leagio to turn their energy production greener, the peace talks in Eastern Haane which at first were a success, but then a cruel war took place, the anti-racism plan, the European Heritage Site Programme reactivation, the first Europe Day in our region's history, the Eurorail project, which will kick off tomorrow, summits with Montenbourg, Czech Slavia or Angleter, the Caspian Countries negotiation table and the European Green Deal, along with many other things as transparency, establishing the 'diplomacy first' I've said million of times, as also a much closer approach to problems and issues in Europe. Without any doubt, I can affirm I've been one of the Commissioners who has spent one of the higest amounts of time in the European Council.

    Sadly, not everything in this job is easy: During my 8 months term, I have seen many disgusting things: revolts in Czech Slavia, how many people tried to offend me in Reitzmag burning effiges of myself, protests against me and the ban of the European Commission app in Mennrimiak, which by the way I loved because they helped me to be even better, the Spanish - Reitzmic diplomatic crisis which at the end was solved with a little help from me, the cruel and violent war in Eastern Haane which, comparing it to other wars, I had never seen anything as brutal as that, the appearance of the Union of Nicoleizian Soviet Republics, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. But I have also seen many great things, like a new democratic Government in Inquista, the passion of many Europeans for their institutions or the new countries that have joined us during these months. Suming up all of this is equal to a great legacy which, in my opinion, my substitute will receive.

    When my substitute's term starts, I will be leaving my office with a huge smile, but also with a huge empty space in my heart. It is not easy to leave the job you have been doing for 8 months, and you love so much, but we need to protect the democracy of the European Union. But also, a huge smile of accomplishing many of the promises and getting to do many of the things I promised in my campaigns. I would like to advice everyone about how hard this job it is: you can feel you are ready, but believe me, you don't know how does it feel to enter that office and seeing a big tower of papers you need to read. Being a Commissioner on this region isn't easy, and if someone believes it is, he is absolutely wrong.

    Now that I'm here, I wanted to wish the best of luck to Speaker Firoux, whose also leaving Europolis, this time after his resign as Speaker of this chamber. Edward, and I'm sorry to call you like this in public, but this messages requires so, you have been one of the best, if not the best Speaker of the European Council, and I hope your future life gives you lots of happiness. We will miss you, but you'll leave us a great legacy. I would also like to adress you, Councillors, to thank you for your patience with me and your continued co-operation and interest on everything I did on this chamber. Also, to any nation leader that could be watching this, it has been a pleasure to work along with you during these months, with the only purpose of helping you, your government and your country.

    Finally, I wanted to save up my most emotional words to the millions of Europeans and my Commission mates. Angela, Antoni and also Eilidh, who for sure will be watching this speech from her house, you have been the best Commission mates someone could have had. It has been a pleasure to work along all of you, and I feel I still debt a lot to you. To the million of Europeans, I wanted to thank you for your love or hate towards me. I have no rancour against any of you, but admiration. I admire that you have else loved my job or survived to it. I wanted to give a special thanks to those that supported me, that were on my rallies when I went around every single country of Europe. You are the ones that made this dream come true.

    I would like to be back soon, as Internal Affairs Commissioner or as Premier Commissioner, the time and of course, my mates from the European Progressive Alliance will say. Today, I close a chapter of my life, one of the greatest, and with lots of pride and happiness, I leave a better Europe. Thank you very much for everything, thank you to everyone, and now I'm up to answer any questions you have.

    Good afternoon and God Bless the European Union, God Bless your countries, God Bless the Europeans, God Bless you all. Thank you very much, for everything.

    posted in European Council
  • RE: Jean-Claude Juncker's Agenda

    20th January 2021

    • Jean-Claude Juncker will offer a speech in the European Council, accomplishing his promise of opening a debate before leaving Commission about the State of the European Union. The speech will be broadcasted publicly on the EU App and Commission channels.

    21st January 2021

    • The Internal Affairs Commissioner will travel to Inimicus on the morning to ride on the first Eurorail trip from Telum to Madrid, going through North Diessen, United Duchies, Red Croatia, Inquista and Spain.
    • Juncker is also expected to deliver a speech before the start of the trip on Telum.

    22nd January 2020

    • Jean-Claude Juncker will offer an interview to EUnews, live from his office in Europolis.
    posted in Internal Affairs Commissioner
  • RE: Eurorail Summit - Saint Dominico, Inquista

    Juncker smiled and concluded the summit:

    "After we have all agreed to the proposal, I'm happy to announce Eurorail is a thing, The first is planned to take place on the 21st January, 2021. We will start our route in Inimicus, then we will go through North Diessen, United Duchies, Red Croatia taking the diversion to Inquista and then we will pick up President Aguilar in Santiago de Compostela, just before arriving to Madrid. I would like to thank you all for the success of this project, because this is not the success of a single person, it's the success of a whole team, which includes you all. Thank you for coming, and the summit is now over."

    The leaders then took a family photo and everybody left towards their respective country, except Juncker, who returned to Europolis.

    posted in Internal Affairs Commissioner
  • RE: IT - Inquista Today (News)

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    Edward Firoux: The Man Behind Europolis

    Examining the Legacy of Europe's Outgoing Speaker

    January 20th, 2020
    Profile by Ezra Archer

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    It’s official. Speaker Edward Firoux has officially stepped down as the Chairperson of the European Progressive Alliance, handing the reigns of the eurogroup to Councillor Poppy Carlton-Romanov of Icholasen, who will take over as interim Chairperson until a new Chairperson of the eurogroup is elected. The announcement was made at an EPA event in Europolis, where the Speaker delivered his parting remarks to the eurogroup's faithful. Speaker Firoux has also called an election for a new Council Speaker, and has announced that he will step down as Inquista’s Councillor to the European Union once a new Council Speaker has been elected. Speaker Firoux is now quickly shifting his remaining political responsibilities from Europolis to Saint Dominico.

    A European Councillor since 2013, and Chairman of the European Progressive Alliance since 2015, Speaker Firoux is the longest-serving European Councillor in European history, and has served as the leader of the most successful eurogroup in European history. The Speaker's shift from European to Inquistan politics will more than likely be met with intensely partisan and mixed reactions. When Firoux eventually vacates his European offices, the Speaker will leave behind both a void and a legacy.

    For better or worse, Firoux has become the face and avatar of the European Council, and the name 'Firoux' has become synonymous with Europolis (a handsome face, some might say). This association has often, especially in recent years, made the Speaker the target of frequent attacks and criticisms. The Speaker has increasingly embraced the mantle of his reputation - whether it be positive or negative - and, when recently asked to comment on his ability to divide opinions, the Speaker remarked that "I say a lot, I do a lot, I act a lot, and ultimately, that’s what happens when you've passed the most legislation in the European Council. You are bound to divide opinions. It’s also what happens when you’re unafraid to legislate and be vocal voice on sensitive issues, and are also willing to call out and challenge nonsense."

    Speaker Firoux has authored or co-authored 11 pieces of legislation which still remain part of the European Union's Acquis Communautaire, has passed 5 amendments to the Constitution of the European Union, and has passed 9 amendments to existing laws or other successful miscellaneous motions. The Speaker has successfully written and passed more legislation than any other European Councillor by quite a distance, and has currently authored or co-authored more legislation than all of his current incumbent Council colleagues combined in their entirety. Thus, when the Speaker talks of acting and not just talking, he means it. However, as the Speaker himself recognises, it's not his keenness to legislate that divides opinion, it's what he decides to legislates on: the Speaker isn't afraid to legislate on sensitive issues.

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    The Speaker's own authorship and legislative record tends to focus on three primary things: human rights, environmental justice, and a stronger European Union. He has authored or co-authored legislation concerning gay marriage rights, expanded rights for the disabled, an expanded and enforceable Declaration of Human Rights in the European Constitution, a ban on capital punishment and torture, internet neutrality, the right to clean and safe drinking water, clean ocean protections, the European Health Organization, anti-corruption and anti-bribery regulations within the European Council, Council procedure regulations, major reforms to the European Commission, and other pieces of miscellaneous legislation, such as the European Order of Merit. While aspects of this record have certainly been controversial, especially his efforts for equal marriage rights and the ban on capital punishment, his most controversial pieces of legislation have proven to be his efforts to sustain a democratically-elected European Council, and his now-repealed effort to place a European-wide moratorium on nuclear weapons production.

    For some, the Speaker's legislative work has divulged too much power away from the member states, and has centralised and transferred too much of that power to Europolis. Conversely, and sometimes paradoxically, the Speaker has garnered criticisms within the more progressive and activist circles of the European Union, who allege that the EPA leader is ‘too centrist’. The Speaker has generally shrugged off these latter claims, pointing to his legislative record, in which you'd likely be hard-pressed to find a councillor with a more accomplished record in terms of progressive pieces of legislation actually written and passed, and in terms of environmental justice and human rights, the Speaker's legislative record is almost unmatched (no other Councillor has proposed anything on environmental issues other than Firoux since 2014). The Speaker himself pins these criticisms on the fact that he has purposely worked to cultivate an image as a coalition-builder and pragmatist, which he believes has benefited him in building broad cross-partisan support to pass meaningful pieces of legislation, and to grow a large big-tent eurogroup, both of which he has successfully done.

    The Speaker’s attitude towards centralizing power in Europolis has, however, been a story of continuous evolution. When Firoux first entered the European Council in 2013, he quickly established himself as a bipartisan legislator who has been willing to collaborate and compromise on many issues, despite his particularly progressive leanings, with a goal-oriented mindset of “achieving somethings, which are better than achieving nothings". Firoux, who previously served as the ambassador of Inquista to Halsberg, was once described by the Councillor of Halsberg as the “compromiser-in-chief”. However, as the topic of nuclear proliferation came to forefront of European politics, Firoux became frustrated with continuous empty promises made by Europe's largest nuclear powers. Firoux then worked to pass his now-infamous moratorium on nuclear weapons production, which then sparked outrage from Europe's superpowers and nuclear-ambitious nations. Firoux later agreed to not campaign against or vocally oppose a repeal of the moratorium (although he still voted against its repeal), as long as nuclear states promised to finally make good on their intention to scale back their nuclear arsenals. The nuclear states agreed to a meeting, which then never properly materialized. Consequently, nuclear proliferation has since increased exponentially, and there are now more nuclear-armed states in the European Union than ever before. Since this renege, Firoux became noticeably imprinted with the idea that the European Union’s member states regularly fail to make key agreements or compromises outside of Europolis-led frameworks.

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    By 2015, Firoux cultivated a broad alliance of pro-European partisans, and united them under the European Progressive Alliance. Even in its early days, the EPA experienced great success in Commission elections, where their Chairperson's political and electoral shrewdness always lent itself well to his eurogroup. After pulling a string of back-to-back successes in Commission elections, the EPA was confronted by the then-burgeoning European Liberals, who attempted the block the confirmations of successfully elected EPA Commissioners. In a dramatic confirmation hearing, the Chairman of the European Liberals launched into a furious tirade against Eilidh Whiteford's Commissioners, who then all rejected taking up their offices en masse (including the then Premier-elect), and the councillors of their countries of origin, including Firoux, all took a hiatus from their work in Europolis.

    During this hiatus, the European Liberals, and what remained of other councillors, embarked on a mass repeals of various human rights legislation, environmental protections (including the first Ocean Protection Act), and the repeal on European-wide marijuana legalization that has since become mythologised, among other things. After this swift wave of repeal motions, the European Union as a whole quickly fell into disarray, the European Council quickly ceased to operate or meet, the majority of European institutions ceased to function entirely, and virtually all multilateralism disintegrated as countries turned inward. This period is sometimes referred to as the Dark Age of the European Union, where activity in European international affairs came to a screeching halt.

    After some time, Firoux and some his colleagues eventually took up their councillorship duties again. However, substantial damage had already been done to the European Union, and to Europe as a whole, which only further solidified Firoux’s strong beliefs that Europe truly needed Europolis in order to make progress as a united community, and that the European Council was the most effective vehicle for multilateralism. Firoux emerged from his sabbatical by pivoting to an even more pro-European tone, and he set his eyes on harnessing the role of Council Speakership to help rebuild the internal politics of Europolis. Despite continuous displays of bad faith, and no apologies or apparent feelings of remorse from the European Liberals, Firoux championed for his now-wife, Gisela Stuart, a member of the European Liberals, to become Premier, and to work together to rebuild the European Union. Firoux eventually became Speaker of the European Union in 2019, and upon his election, he became the first ever left-of-centre and pro-European Speaker in European Council history.

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    Naturally, the Speaker has sought to channel his enthusiasm to legislate and debate issues at the European-level. He also sought to inspire the same enthusiasm in other councillors, and sought to build their trust in an active Europolis. Thus, the Speaker’s approach to his office has been markedly different than those of his predecessors. Speaker Firoux has been very hands-on in his approach to his duties, often meeting one-on-one with his colleagues to discuss their Council proposals, to offer his own advice on their proposals before they make them, offer his own legislative edits, and to offer his own honest feedback on proposals. A large majority of legislation proposed under the Speaker’s term has come to his office desk before reaching the European Council, and a very few ideas make it onto the Council floor without being presented first to the Speaker personally. The Speaker has always been willing to give his advice and feedback to Councillors, and he has taken it upon himself to mentor many of them.

    Some Councillors look to the Speaker for feedback and mentorship not because of his authority – being Speaker actually grants him a limited set of powers – but, as the Council’s most senior member, and its most active legislator, he’s established a demonstrative record of getting things done, especially in writing legislation. The Speaker, likewise, has been keen to offer his mentorship, so as to build an effective European Council. The Speaker’s allyship has transcended beyond the eurogroup that he leads, and has been extended across the political aisle to other eurogroups, and especially to non-affiliated and independent councillors, whom the Speaker has collaborated with to co-author legislation on several occasions. It’s unsurprising then, that during the Speaker’s tenure, 16 separate pieces of legislation have been added to the Acquis Communautaire, several Constituional amendments have been passed, and countless far-reaching other motions have been passed in the European Council. On two separate occasions, the European Council has made history in recent times, where the Council debated 5 separate pieces of legislation at once, which is also a new record.

    More legislation has been passed in 2019 and 2020 than between 2018 and 2012.2020 alone accounts for more legislation passed than the previous 7 years altogether. The period between 2011 and 2013 had previously been known as a Golden Age of the European Union, with an active and robust European Council, and a strong European Commission. The European Council has in the last year alone superseded the levels of productivity of the Golden Age era, with Firoux’s European Council smashing through their record numbers of legislation with an exponentially higher new record. If the 2011-2013 era was considered the Golden Age, then Speaker Firoux’s tenure has perhaps overseen the Diamond Age of the European Council, which would be quite the feat in of itself, considering the fact that the European Council was essentially a dead institution only two years ago.

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    The European Council has not only passed a voluminous amount of legislation, but a lot of the legislation has been quite transformational, further expanding upon the EU’s institutions, strengthening human rights, environmental protections, and strengthening the values of the European Union itself, particularly in the face of sweeping discontent across the European Union. Naturally, these changes have not been without strong criticisms and deep worries of an ever-strong Europolis, and the Speaker’s enthusiasm to codify “European values” – a buzzword for democracy decision-making and a compressive view of human rights – into European institutions, has attracted a lot of recent criticism, even from his own eurogroup. When the Speaker is criticized for diverting too much power into Europolis, this is often where the criticisms lie. This is best exemplified by the Elected and Accountable Council Act, which the Speaker authored, passed and his since staunchly defended. The Act requires member states to hold elections to elect their European Council representatives.

    Even perhaps more heavy-handedly, the European Council has in recent times issued the first ever Council-backed military intervention into another country, followed by a successful deployment of the European Relief Force. Both missions ended in relatively rapid success, a far-cry from the military intervention in Dromund Kass, for example, done outside of the framework of the EU bodies, and is still ongoing today.

    As for the European Progressive Alliance, the eurogroup will have to, for the first time, exist in a post-Firoux Europolis. The EPA is a strong as ever, with more members than any other eurogroup, a series of Commission election-shutouts under its election belt, and seemingly unshakable bonds of unity and loyalty keeping the eurogroup steadfastly intact. Maintaining such eurogroup unity, despite the diversity of opinions, has been no easy feat, and Firoux’s successor will have their hands full with keeping their broad caucus of colleagues on the same page. Likewise, the EPA’s domination of European institutions will be under threat. After 2020’s final Commission election, Firoux indicated that he would no longer work to campaign for or elect EPA Commissioners, including in this upcoming Commissioner election. Previously, Firoux has played a central and integral part of the eurogroup’s strong campaign machine, with Firoux himself working as the campaign chair of many election campaigns undertaken by EPA commission candidates. The upcoming Commission election will be the EPA’s first test to see if it will sink or swim without its former eurogroup chairperson.

    Thus, as the Speaker now reaches his retirement from European politics, he leaves Europe at a cross-roads. Europolis shall lose its most experienced public servant, its most experienced legislator, one of the European Union’s most fervent supporters, and it shall lose an unyielding European patriot. The European Council, and European Union as whole, is stronger than ever, with stronger institutions, with more European laws and regulations, and with commitments to ‘European values’ codified in law. Speaker Firoux has seemingly accomplished what he has always hoped to do: demonstrate that multilateralism at the European-level is far more successful through Europolis than outside of it. Politically, Firoux has re-built the pro-European movement in the European Union, not only leading the movement to electoral victory, but also their domination of the European Council. However, when the pendulum swings one way, naturally force will attempt to swing the pendulum the other way. With events like Anglexit on the horizon, has the European Union reached peak European unity, and will the European Union slowly undo itself again like it did four years ago?

    posted in European News Consortium
  • Commission Nominations, Jan/Feb 2021

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    It is time for elections to the next European Commission. In these elections, all three offices of the European Commission will be up for election.

    The offices of Premier Commissioner and Internal Affairs are subject to a four-month term. The office of the Foreign Affairs Commissioner is subject to a eight-month term.

    Due to term limits, candidates from Spain may not stand in these elections.

    As is traditional, I shall quote the words of our Returning Officer back in January 2011, who opened these nominations thus:

    "These elections are supposed to give our member-states fair representation in this region - if candidates cannot take it upon themselves to be active, then I in particular, question their ability and willingness to take part in a body who must be active, accountable and able. I do not wish to threaten nor scare, but I want, for once, our European Commission to consist of Commissioners who are active and who play a part in the region both on and off this forum."

    Interested candidates should fill out all information below:

    [Candidate photograph or image]
    Candidate Name:
    Home Nation:
    Office(s) sought:
    Incumbent? (Y/N):
    Eurogroup Affiliation:

    Nominations are NOW open and will close at 23:59 GMT on January 27th, 2020.

    posted in European Commission
  • Speaker and Deputy Speaker Election, Jan/Feb 2021

    The Speaker of the European Council has tendered his resignation, which will become effective immediately upon the election of a new Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the European Council.

    The Speaker and Deputy Speaker terms last for 18 months, and their roles involve keeping and maintaining Council records, keeping order within the Council chamber, and making sure Council procedures run smoothly and properly according to the law.

    Candidates for the role of Speaker or Deputy Speaker should enter thus:

    [Candidate Image]
    Candidate Name:
    Councillor country:
    Intended Position?: (Speaker/Deputy Speaker)
    Incumbent?: (Y/N)

    NOMINATIONS start NOW and end at 23:59 on January 27th. Speaker candidates will then DEBATE until 23:59 on February 3rd. A VOTE will then be held for BOTH Speaker and Deputy Speaker, and will last until 23:59 on February 10th.

    posted in European Council
  • RE: The European Green Deal

    Introducing Energy Labels: A new way to be 'Energetically Efficient'

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    Reaching the 'Energy Efficiency' target is one of the main objectives of the Green Deal. The EU energy label pretends to be – together with minimum “ecodesign” requirements - a success story that will be key in boosting the energy efficiency of everyday electric appliances like lighting, heating, fridges, freezers and televisions, but also products like fuel boilers, tyres, motors, transformers, converters, fans, vacuums, heaters and air conditioners. Putting energy efficiency first is a key objective of the EU, as energy savings are the easiest way of saving money for customers and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions along with the Green Deal requirements. The EU has set binding targets of reducing our energy consumption through improvements in energy efficiency by 2030 by at least 32.5%, relative to a ‘business as usual’ scenario.

    The labels will go from A (the best energy efficient product) to G (the worst energy efficient product). These are the new projected labels:

    Tyre energy labels will provide a clear and common classification of tyres performance for rolling resistance, braking on wet surfaces and external noise. The labels will help consumers make informed decisions when they are buying tyres as they will easily set their priority choice based on the 3 parameters. At the same time, the labels will drive manufacturers to innovate to make their tyres appear in the top classes by being more fuel efficient, safer and quieter. In addition to the standard label, there will be also options for including (next to the noise icon) an icon relating to grip in icy conditions and/or severe snow conditions. This gives consumers 4 label options in total. Tyres suitable for severe snow conditions bear the “3 peaks and snow” or “alpine” symbol that is also present on the sidewall of such tyres. Nordic winter tyres for use on iced surfaces will feature a new symbol that represents an ice stalagmite. Standardised tests are used to assess the performance of tyres in all the 5 parameters indicated in the label. National authorities may check the veracity of the performance levels claimed. The QR code, read with a smartphone or other suitable reader, is intended to provide additional information from a European Commission database.

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    New Tyres' Energy Labels

    The European Green Deal pretends to be the lifeboat Europe needs to stop the Climate Change, making our region responsible towards one of the main problems in our lifes. Together, united as one region like in many other times, will be able to push this forward and have the continent we all deserve.

    posted in Internal Affairs Commissioner
  • RE: EuroVoice 40 - Antequera, Spain

    Nation Name: Inquista
    Artist: JC Stewart
    Song: I Need You to Hate Me
    Link to youtube: LINK
    Vote deliverer with their image linked: Madame Marco
    Link to your flag: Flag

    posted in Culture and Sport
  • RE: Eurorail Summit - Saint Dominico, Inquista

    "I think the proposed routes and system are super-duper great. Just like any and all international travel, obviously border-crossing rules will apply to the Eurorail. If it's required, passports and other related documents will need to shown by passengers before they travel. If there's free movement between the two travel destinations, then yeah, that's a different story and passengers can travel much more freely. I just don't see why the Eurorail would be exempt from border-crossing rules. In order to make the traveling process as fast as possible, I think it's reasonable to assume that there will different lines at stations for those traveling to countries with free movement and those who are not."

    posted in Internal Affairs Commissioner
  • RE: Jean-Claude Juncker's Agenda

    24th December 2020

    • Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a Christmas message to the Europeans.
    posted in Internal Affairs Commissioner