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My meeting with the European Union

Flag of the European UnionI spent the day in Brussels talking to commissioners, members of the European Parliament, heads of various units, 30-40 kids from around Europe, and a variety of people from software and telco companies. The topic was how to make the Internet safer for kids and was part of the Safer Internet Day. Remember, the European Union consists of 27 "states" and 23 languages. I was only standing in for others from Microsoft who were not able to attend, but it gave me a good understanding of how complex and bureaucratic it is to create policies in an environment as complex as the EU. I am now positive that I never want to do government work!    

  1. Tangowolf
    February 13, 2008 at 12:19 am

    Its good to determine the paths you don’t need to take. The EU is a crazy quilt isn’t it, it is amazing they get anything done at all. Were there a bunch of interpritters translating what you said? That has always looked a bit spooky to me.

  2. Mike
    February 13, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    I’ve done government work before and I agree, it’s not worth the headaches.  Dept or Labor, DFCM, Core of Engineers or local cities, it’s all a lot of paperwork and wasted time.

  3. Faye
    February 17, 2008 at 2:36 am

    Just comment to your local congressman.  It does matter. f 

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