Amelia is not working in Brussels
I am not working in Brussels. I am currently in Brussels, inside the European Parliament, with an ”accredited visitor’s” badge, meaning that I formally need to be accompanied by staff wherever I go. That is, I’m actually just like any ordinary citizen with the fortune of knowing people inside the walls.
As of Saturday, I am in Brussels, and as of today I am an accredited visitor of Erik Josefsson’s until the end of the week. In the parliament today I have accomplished an interview with Norwegian television. But more interesting is the diligent preparations going on all over for the hearing of the new Commissioners next week. I was at a meeting with the group experts of the Green group in the morning and they were discussing each Commissioner in turn.
After getting in touch with Henk Prummel I also realised that Nellie Kroes might not be so bad at leading DG Telecoms. I have previously been only cautiously optimistic, because while everyone has been talking about the Microsoft cases I’ve actually been more worried about what’s been going on with say Telefonica cases or BT cases. I feel more at ease now, although it still irks me that the Swedish conservatives were so ready to accept lack of competition regulation as a one-size-fits-all solution. It’s obviously not. Deregulation worked well in… Sweden. But hardly anywhere else.
I also talked to Vula Tsetsi who is a very helpful and charming lady. She’s concerned with the situation, but much like everyone else she doesn’t know anything about the time frames for what’s going to happen with me.
I will however be sharing offices with Laurence Van de Walle for a while. I’m very much looking forward to that, and am hoping we can dig up more stuff around the competition/telecoms stuff before the hearing next week. I got to know her through jz and she’s been working with activists for several years.
It’s all an adventure. Tomorrow I am meeting with Europaparlamentets i Sverige kontors boss who’s currently in Brussels and who will explain to me why I may come to ascend at some time between 2010 and 2014.