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WP 1.0 bot announcement[edit]

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GA Reassessment of Leonard Orban[edit]

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Maastricht Treaty[edit]

There's a discussion on renaming this article on its talk page, of course. Pcap ping 21:52, 13 May 2010 (UTC)


I've tagged Delegation of the European Union to the United States. APK whisper in my ear 04:49, 12 June 2010 (UTC)

Discussion on MEP category renaming[edit]

A proposal has been made at to rename a series of categories for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments to any or all of the 3 discussions at on the Categories for discussion page:

Thank you. --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 00:59, 7 July 2010 (UTC)

European Union articles have been selected for the Wikipedia 0.8 release[edit]

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Dear friends, the German version of Wikipedia is currently elaborating a new category system (see de:Wikipedia:WikiProjekt Politik/EU/Systematik). Is there any similar project in the English WP? If not: where could it be opened? all the best! --Ngowatchtransparent (talk) 22:38, 16 October 2010 (UTC)

So, if you do not mind, I will start this page soon: Wikipedia:WikiProject_European_Union/Categories Ok? --Ngowatchtransparent (talk) 19:04, 23 October 2010 (UTC)

Single market[edit]

I've nominated Single market for deletion on the basis that it's being original research. The deletion discussion page is here. — Blue-Haired Lawyer t 14:06, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

EU projects to be deleted?[edit]

I wrote an article on an FP7 project of the EU, PARSIFAL Project EU. This and other project articles face deletion discussions, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:05, 9 August 2011 (UTC)

In that context: European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection should be improved, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:29, 9 August 2011 (UTC)

That certain research (?) projects receive EU funding doesn't make them EU projects or for that matter anything to do with this Wikiproject. — Blue-Haired Lawyer t 21:08, 9 August 2011 (UTC)
BHL, you are a quite NPOV in your statement. You doubt that these are research project, which is fair and sometimes true, you say they are not EU projects, which is false: they are selected and signed by representatives of the EU; you say that they have nothing to do with this wikiproject, but as far as I can see, people involved in the wikiproject are deleting a lot of those pages. Am I wrong in seeign that? Cause otherwise the point raised by Gerda is actually quite relevant, contrary to what you stated. --Max-CCC (talk) 04:27, 1 October 2011 (UTC)
There is a lot of discussion about deletions (my article have also been deleted). The editors have a point: too bureaucratic language, lack of facts etc. I would propose to create a template or example articles to show how to write a wikipendia-level article on an EU project, e.g. standardizing and limiting administrative information, emphasizing results and cross-links. There is a large community interested in this information. But I agree there is a difference between a wiki-page and a project web site. Dear Editors, what would you say?--Boris Krassi (talk) 08:41, 21 February 2012 (UTC)
Poor quality, including bureaucratic language, is a reason for improvement, not deletion; so article improvement flags (e.g. {{Multiple issues}} should be added if an editor can't fix the problem him/herself. In my experience, the reason for deletion of articles on EU projects is usually lack of notability. The article should state why the project is notable (e.g. biggest waste of money since the creation of the EU, as claimed by Warren Buffett), preferably in the first paragraph. References supporting notability should cite multiple third-party publications that discuss the project. --Boson (talk) 16:00, 21 February 2012 (UTC)

Renaming of some legal categories[edit]

See :Category:Copyright laws of the European Union for link to proposals on renaming some legal categories. Hugo999 (talk) 02:34, 12 September 2011 (UTC)

Open Ireland page move discussion[edit]

After a two-year ban imposed by Arbcom, a page move discussion for the Republic of Ireland can be entertained.

Requested move of European Fiscal Union[edit]

An editor has proposed that the article European Fiscal Union be renamed to Fiscal Compact. The discussion is at Talk:European Fiscal Union#Requested_move. --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 16:28, 31 January 2012 (UTC)

European Union acronyms, jargon and working practices - nomionated for deletion[edit]

I've nominated European Union acronyms, jargon and working practices for deletion the discussion is here. — Blue-Haired Lawyer t 21:14, 7 February 2012 (UTC)

Traineeship scheme of the European Commission[edit]

Hello, I have written an article about Traineeship scheme of the European Commission and am currently running a project that coordinates native speakers of other languages (mostly current European Commission trainees) in an effort to create translation of that article in other languages (for other Wikipedias). In the meantime, I have been wondering which is the place that this article would fit in all the portals and templates that have been created in the scope of this WikiProject European Union. As I could not find anything that would be really obvious, could you please help me and add a link to that article wherever you think it fits? Thank you for your cooperation and hope this little contribution of mine is welcome. Blahma (talk) 16:28, 9 February 2012 (UTC)


The article Globalization has undergone major re-structuring. WikiProject European Union members are invited to review and comment on the article and add relevant missing information or sections in which your project may have an interest. Also, you may be interested in reviewing the updated Wikipedia:WikiProject Council/Proposals/Globalization proposal for a new WikiProject. Regards, Meclee (talk) 14:41, 3 June 2012 (UTC)

Perth requested-move notification[edit]

A requested move survey was started at Talk:Perth_(disambiguation)#Requested_move, which proposes to move:

Background: There was a previous requested-move survey which ran from late May to mid June. There was a great deal of controversy surrounding the closure and subsequent events, which involved a number of reverts and re-reverts which are the subject of an ongoing arbitration case. There was a move review process, which was closed with a finding that the original requested-move closure was endorsed; however, the move review process is relatively new and untried. — P.T. Aufrette (talk) 03:08, 26 June 2012 (UTC)


template:Neweuc has been nominated for deletion -- (talk) 22:40, 15 July 2012 (UTC)

Euro gold and silver commemorative coins (Belgium) at WP:FLRC[edit]

I have nominated Euro gold and silver commemorative coins (Belgium) for featured list removal here. Please join the discussion on whether this article meets the featured list criteria. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks; editors may declare to "Keep" or "Delist" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. The Rambling Man (talk) 09:00, 26 September 2012 (UTC)

Twittprognosis query[edit]

The European Parliament election, 2014 has a section dedicated to Twittprognosis predictions. Can anybody cast light on whether these have any validity? Nunquam Dormio (talk) 16:37, 29 September 2012 (UTC)

I think it's failly clear that Twitter is not a reliable source. — Blue-Haired Lawyer t 13:08, 30 September 2012 (UTC)

The sovereign-debt crisis[edit]

European Ombudsman[edit]

Dear Wikipedia editors,

My name is Anne Christensen and I work for the European Ombudsman. We have had a look at the Wikipedia entry European Ombudsman and noted that it links to some quite old content.

On the page about P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, the info is accurate and corresponds to his CV. The only thing we could add is a reference to the CV on our website.

So our question is: would you be okay with us adding some links under References/See also? We are not going to touch the body text.

Thanks in advance for your kind advice,

Anne Christensen EO-socialmedia(at) — Preceding unsigned comment added by EUombudsman (talkcontribs) 14:43, 21 November 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Seems to have been taken care of by Noiratsi (talk · contribs). --Boson (talk) 14:36, 15 January 2013 (UTC)

National identity cards[edit]

Not long ago I proposed a merge of National identity cards in the European Economic Area and National identity cards in the European Union, two parallel articles which seem to be being edited by the same group of people, on the basis that having two articles basically necessitates duplication of some information. The merge tags were summarily removed and nobody's replied to my talk page comments. I hope this is a good place to come to look for a second opinion. At the moment the two articles seem confused, neither taking full account of the contents of the other. In National identity cards in the European Union we currently have have:

National identity cards are issued by 24 European Union member states to their citizens. EU citizens holding a national identity card can not only use it as an identity document within their home country, but also as a travel document to exercise the right of free movement in the European Economic Area (European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) and Switzerland.

At present, three European Union member states (Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom) do not issue national identity cards to their citizens. Therefore, EU citizens from these three countries can only use a passport as a travel document to enter and reside in the EEA (EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) and Switzerland without a visa.

A virtually parallel lead in National identity cards in the European Economic Area reads:

National identity cards are issued by European Economic Area member states (European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) to their citizens. EEA member states' citizens holding a national identity card can not only use it as an identity document within their home country, but also as a travel document to exercise the right of free movement in the EEA (European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) and Switzerland.

At present, five European Economic Area member states (Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Norway and United Kingdom) do not issue national identity cards to their citizens. Therefore, EEA member states' citizens from these five countries can only use a passport as a travel document to enter and reside in the EEA or Switzerland without a visa.

I imagine you can see why I suggested the merge. Any thoughts? --Noiratsi (talk) 13:15, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

Discussion about the ratification process sections on Talk:European Fiscal Compact[edit]

There's a discussion on the talk page of European Fiscal Compact about what should be included in the "Ratification process" [for late ratifiers] [ex (status and developments)] sections of the article. I would appreciate it, if anyone took the time to give us his/her thoughts on the issue. The particular discussion can be found here. Heracletus (talk) 19:24, 21 December 2012 (UTC)

Catgorization of European Cybercrime Centre[edit]

In response to a suggestion at Talk:European Union, I created the article European Cybercrime Centre. I am not happy with classifying it as an agency (which, I think, may require it to have its own legal personality). I believe it is part (?) of Europol, itself an agency, but its status seems a little unclear. I am also not sure how strictly the word "agency" is interpreted in the other categories but I am assuming it is part of Europol (which does appear to be an agency). I believe the terms "institution" and "agency" are well-defined (at least, by enumeration) in the EU, but I am not sure about "body", which is also used. It would be nice if we can keep the "by country" categories. So I would be happy if other, knowledgeable editors would look at the categories. It might be appropriate to re-examine the category structure.--Boson (talk) 02:24, 15 January 2013 (UTC)

Please help review or provide suggestions for Ferenc Szaniszló[edit]

This newly created article, Ferenc Szaniszló, could use some work from people familiar with European politics. Any help is appreciated. -Darouet (talk) 03:39, 4 April 2013 (UTC)


Articles to update that mention Croatia July accession in the future tense: Croatia, History of Croatia, European Union, History of the European Union, Treaty of Accession 2011, Enlargement of the European Union, Future enlargement of the European Union, Member state of the European Union, Countries bordering the European Union, Currencies of the European Union, Template:Member states of the European Union, Central European Free Trade Agreement, Balkans, History of the Balkans, Template:Foreign relations of Croatia and all the articles that the template links to, European Commission, European Parliament, European Council, Council of the European Union, European Central Bank, Croatian European Union membership referendum, 2012, Croatia and the euro, List of observers to the European Parliament for Croatia, 2012–2013, Croatian language, Schengen Area, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, European Economic Area, Croatian passport, History of Croatia since 1995, History of the European Union (since 2004), European Parliament election, 2013 (Croatia), Croatian identity card, European Patent Convention, European Parliament election, 2014, Croatia–Slovenia border disputes, European integration, 2013, European Fiscal Compact, Eastern Europe, European Union Association Agreement, Visa policy in the European Union, Single Euro Payments Area, Passport stamp, Template:Foreign relations of the European Union, as well as all other EU-related articles that mention "27 members", and there are probably still more articles including various maps of Europe. Mallweft (talk) 03:39, 30 June 2013 (UTC)

Covering EU in different Wikipedias[edit]

As a result of discussions with several Wikipedians about improving the coverage of EU in different Wikipedias, I wrote a summary of a proposal to coordinate the efforts on Meta: meta:Wikimedia EU. Please see and ponder if you're interested. --Oop (talk) 05:50, 11 August 2013 (UTC)

{{Official EU languages}}[edit]

Template:Official EU languages (edit|talk|history|links|watch|logs) has been nominated for deletion -- (talk) 05:59, 27 August 2013 (UTC)

{{Member states of the European Union}}[edit]

Template:Member states of the European Union (edit|talk|history|links|watch|logs) has been nominated for deletion -- (talk) 14:06, 30 August 2013 (UTC)

NUTS: update[edit]

The NUTS statistical division has been updated in December 2013.[1] Our articles therefore need an update. I'm volunteering for Slovenia. --Eleassar my talk 19:46, 5 January 2014 (UTC)

European Citizens' Initiative is not an initiative: There are no "initiatives" in Europe[edit]

I have started a discussion on the "initiative" article under the heading "There are no 'initiatives' in Europe" proposing to remove mention of the European Citizens' Initiative as an "initiative". I would like a discussion on the matter, and I think it is important enough that I have brought it up on the German article and I want to bring it up here as well. Please help prove me wrong or prove me right. Int21h (talk) 16:21, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

CfD discussion for societies and cultures[edit]

There is a discussion going on right now at WP:Categories for discussion that involves changing the category names for all cultures, from, for example, "Afghan society" to "Society of Afghanistan". I can see that next will be changing "German culture" to "Culture of Germany" and the like. This would be for all ethnicities, nationalities and cultures.
If you would like to weigh in, the conversation is occurring at Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2014 March 27#Society by country. Liz Read! Talk! 15:22, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

Seventh European Parliament??[edit]

I noticed that there are a number of articles on the European Parliament that are labelled as "Seventh" European Parliament (or 6th or 5th). I do realise it is common in the US to refer to the "nth" congress, but I have never heard that used for the European Parliament anywhere else than on Wikipedia. As far as I know there is only 1 European parliament with ever changing members. Of course if there are reliable sources coining that term or if there are internal documents from the EU parliament consistently using that term we should use it, but I have seen none of those. So in my view the use of the "nth EU parliament" is an original idea by Wikipedia and hence violates WP:OR. I suggest to remove throughout. Arnoutf (talk) 19:06, 27 May 2014 (UTC)

Notification: Croatian regions discussion[edit]

Requesting additional input in the discussion on Talk:List of regions of Croatia, regarding the organization of Croatian regions on Wiki. I feel it is currently a mess, lots and lots of WP:OVERLAP, and a general division that is not justified or particularly prevalent in sources. Imo the topic suffers somewhat from a lack of user attention. Am seeking consensus for a package of changes that might bring the whole thing "up to snuff", as it were, and any feedback would be welcome. -- Director (talk) 14:02, 30 May 2014 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Pride 2014[edit]

You are invited to participate in Wiki Loves Pride 2014, a campaign to create and improve LGBT-related content at Wikipedia and its sister projects. The campaign will take place throughout the month of June, culminating with a multinational edit-a-thon on June 21. Meetups are being held in some cities, or you can participate remotely. All constructive edits are welcome in order to contribute to Wikipedia's mission of providing quality, accurate information. Articles within Category:LGBT in Europe may be of particular interest. You can also upload LGBT-related images by participating in Wikimedia Commons' LGBT-related photo challenge. You are encouraged to share the results of your work here. Happy editing! --Another Believer (Talk) 18:42, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

Talk:European Council on Foreign Relations[edit]

Hello. You might be interested in replying to my question about whether the 'advertisement' tag on the European Council on Foreign Relations's page should be removed or not. Thank you.Zigzig20s (talk) 11:21, 5 July 2014 (UTC)