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From [email protected] Wed Mar 15 14:46:28 1995
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From: [email protected] (Roland Siebelink)
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Subject: RFD: talk.politics.european-union
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This is a formal Request for Discussion. Please distribute it on all
platforms that might be interested. This is not a call for votes--do not
try to vote now.

You are strongly encouraged to participate in the *discussion* about the
possible creation of the newsgroup "talk.politics.european-union", in the
sole newsgroup intended especially for this purpose: news.groups. All
follow-ups have been directed to news.groups. Please stick to this Usenet
convention and post your contributions to our discussion in that newsgroup.
Please do not post or cross-post your discussion contributions to other
newsgroups.


NAME AND STATUS

talk.politics.european-union (unmoderated)


PURPOSE

The proposed newsgroup talk.politics.european-union is intended as a
platform for all information and discussions about the European Union (EU),
the political organisation in which fifteen European countries cooperate on
a great number of economical, social, and political areas.

The newsgroup is intended for discussions about this integration process
and its advantages and disadvantages, as well as for discussions and
specific information about the political institutions of the European Union
itself. More general discussions about the pros and cons of federalism,
intergovernmental cooperation, nationalism, sovereignty, a "United States
of Europe" or a "Europe of the nation states" is welcomed. The main purpose
of the newsgroups is to foster discussions about these issues between
fellow EU inhabitants, across national boundaries.

Discussions pertaining only to a single member state (or geographical
region inside or outside the EU) without relevance to the EU are to be
avoided. However, relations between the EU as a whole and another country
or group of countries are definitely within the scope of the proposed
group.


BACKGROUND

Discussions about the political integration of Europe have been conducted
mainly in two to three newsgroups all part of hierarchies that many sites
do not carry: eunet.politics, alt.politics.ec and alt.politics.europe.misc.
Many other sites carry only one of these hierarchies, or just a few of the
alt.*-groups. Endless confusion arises when users try to decide where to
post questions or opinions about the European Union; frequent crossposting
could be avoided by the creation of a group in the "official"
talk.politics.*-hierarchy.

Discussions about the European Union are getting more and more important
everyday. Many decisions influencing the day-to-day life of EU inhabitants
are being decided in "Brussels", and debates about the European Union have
a profound influence on domestic politics in some member states. There is
also a profound interest in the EU from people living outside it,
especially when the EU is compared to other trade or political blocks of
nation states in different parts of the world.

In 1996, member state governments will have the opportunity to renegotiate
the founding treaties of the EU at the so-called InterGovernmental
Conference (IGC). During the preparations of this IGC that are taking off
now, it is vital that EU-inhabitants can discuss the ideas being floated
with fellow Europeans and others in a naturally international medium such
as Usenet, rather than being confined to classic national debates within
traditional media. An easy-to-find newsgroup within the "official" Usenet
hierarchy would be a strong basis for this.


RULES

talk.politics.european-union will be an unmoderated newsgroup; thus anyone
will be able to post to this newsgroup. But being free to post should also
mean being responsible for what you post. All articles posted should have
something to do with the European Union and its institutions or its
project, however remotely. Insults, "flames" or unnecessary criticism of a
group or a person is strongly discouraged. Please read the netiquette rules
in news.announce.newusers before posting your first article to any
newsgroup, and try to stick to them whenever posting articles.


LANGUAGES

Articles should be posted in English preferably. Whereas nobody can forbid
people to use any other of the eleven official EU languages, or even other
languages that are supposed to bridge the "language gap" that these entail,
it should be remembered that the main purpose of the newsgroup is to foster
discussion between fellow EU inhabitants, across national boundaries.

English may not be the language with the largest number of speakers within
the EU, it just happens to be the language spoken by near to 100% of Usenet
users, and thus serves the purpose of this newsgroup best. The
recommendation of English is limited to this specific newsgroup proposal;
it can in no way be considered as a precedent for trying to reduce the
number of official EU languages.


CHARACTER SET

Readers and writers of the newsgroup should adhere to the 8 bit IS0-8859-1
character set, which contains all the accented characters necessary for all
Latin alphabet EU languages. Even though most postings will be in English,
they are likely to contain accented characters when referring to specific
persons, places or policies. The use of mnemonics such as /"u or &uuml; for
accented characters is to be discouraged.


RFD

Discussion on talk.politics.european-union will last 30 days. A revised RFD
will be posted 15 days after the initial posting. It will reflect all
suggestions and opinions contributors have provided during the discussion.
If ample consensus is reached after discussions, a call for votes will
follow.


REFERENCES

More information about the European Union is available from:
* The European Union Basics (FAQ) list, posted regularly to news.answers,
eunet.politics,
  alt.politics.ec and other newsgroups. The latest original version is
available at URL
  <http://www.vub.ac.be/SMIT/eubasics.html>.
* The Europa server operated by the European Commission at URL
<http://www.cec.lu/>.
More information about the process of creating a new newsgroup is available
from:
* "How to Create a New Usenet Newsgroup", posted regularly to
news.announce.newusers
* "Usenet Newsgroup Creation Companion", posted regularly to
news.announce.newusers
-- 
Roland Siebelink
Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Tel. +32 2 6292415; Fax +32 2 6292861

From [email protected] Thu Mar 30 19:00:13 1995
Path: uunet!bounce-back
From: [email protected] (Roland Siebelink)
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Subject: 2nd RFD: talk.politics.european-union
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This is a second formal Request for Discussion. Please distribute it on all
platforms that might be interested. This is not a call for votes--do not
try to vote now.

You are strongly encouraged to participate in the *discussion* about the
possible creation of the newsgroup "talk.politics.european-union", in the
sole newsgroup intended especially for this purpose: news.groups. All
follow-ups have been directed to news.groups. Please stick to this Usenet
convention and post your contributions to our discussion in that newsgroup.
Please do not post or cross-post your discussion contributions to other
newsgroups, unless you add a "Followup-To: news.groups" line to your
headers.


CHANGES FROM FIRST REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION

The most substantial change has been the removal of the LANGUAGE section,
which proved be a bit controversial. As most posters agreed that there
should be no requirement in what language to post, and as nobody reacted to
my proposal that I should leave it out, I did.

Other changes are merely clarifications:
- federalism vs. nationalism in stead of federalism and nationalism as
separate subjects
- domestic discussions about policy towards the EU are now explicly allowed
- in the character set section, "mnemonics" now refer to "computer
mnemonics" only, not to digraphs.
- the rules now state that postings should "have something to do with the
European Union and its institutions or its project." -- the "however
remotely" has been removed.

Also, the URL of the "European Union Basics (FAQ) list" has changed since
the first RFD, and this is reflected in my signature.


NAME AND STATUS

talk.politics.european-union (unmoderated)


PURPOSE

The proposed newsgroup talk.politics.european-union is intended as a
platform for all information and discussions about the European Union (EU),
the political organisation in which fifteen European countries cooperate on
a great number of economical, social, and political areas.

The newsgroup is intended for discussions about this integration process
and its advantages and disadvantages, as well as for discussions and
specific information about the political institutions of the European Union
itself. More general discussions about the pros and cons of federalism
versus nationalism, intergovernmental cooperation, political integration
versus sovereignty, a "United States of Europe" or a "Europe of the nation
states" is welcomed. The main purpose of the newsgroups is to foster
discussions about these issues between fellow EU inhabitants, across
national boundaries.

Discussions pertaining only to a single member state (or geographical
region inside or outside the EU) without relevance to the EU are to be
avoided. However, relations between the EU as a whole and another country
or group of countries are definitely within the scope of the proposed
group. The charter also explicitly permits the discussion of domestic
political debate about membership of and policy towards the EU.


BACKGROUND

Discussions about the political integration of Europe have been conducted
mainly in two to three newsgroups all part of hierarchies that many sites
do not carry: eunet.politics, alt.politics.ec and alt.politics.europe.misc.
Many other sites carry only one of these hierarchies, or just a few of the
alt.*-groups. Endless confusion arises when users try to decide where to
post questions or opinions about the European Union; frequent crossposting
could be avoided by the creation of a group in the "official"
talk.politics.*-hierarchy.

Discussions about the European Union are getting more and more important
everyday. Many decisions influencing the day-to-day life of EU inhabitants
are being decided in "Brussels", and debates about the European Union have
a profound influence on domestic politics in some member states. There is
also a profound interest in the EU from people living outside it,
especially when the EU is compared to other trade or political blocks of
nation states in different parts of the world.

In 1996, member state governments will have the opportunity to renegotiate
the founding treaties of the EU at the so-called InterGovernmental
Conference (IGC). During the preparations of this IGC that are taking off
now, it is vital that EU-inhabitants can discuss the ideas being floated
with fellow Europeans and others in a naturally international medium such
as Usenet, rather than being confined to classic national debates within
traditional media. An easy-to-find newsgroup within the "official" Usenet
hierarchy would be a strong basis for this.


RULES

talk.politics.european-union will be an unmoderated newsgroup; thus anyone
will be able to post to this newsgroup. But being free to post should also
mean being responsible for what you post. All articles posted should have
something to do with the European Union and its institutions or its
project. Insults, "flames" or unnecessary criticism of a group or a person
is strongly discouraged. Please read the netiquette rules in
news.announce.newusers before posting your first article to any newsgroup,
and try to stick to them whenever posting articles.


CHARACTER SET

Readers and writers of the newsgroup are encouraged to adhere to the 8 bit
IS0-8859-1 character set in both reading and writing the articles on the
talk.politics.european-union group. This set contains all the accented
characters necessary for all Latin alphabet EU languages. Even postings
written in languages which do not require accented characters, are likely
to contain accented characters when referring to specific persons, places
or policies. The use of computer mnemonics (such as /"u or &uuml; for =FC or
u-umlaut) for accented characters is to be discouraged -- common digraphs
(such as ue for =FC or u-umlaut) are accepted though.


RFD

Discussion on talk.politics.european-union has started on March 15. This is
the revised RFD which reflects suggestions and opinions contributors have
provided during the discussion. The discussion on
talk.politics.european-union will last for two more weeks. If ample
consensus is reached after discussions, a call for votes will follow.


REFERENCES

More information about the European Union is available from:
1) The European Union Basics (FAQ) list, posted regularly to news.answers,
eunet.politics, alt.politics.ec and other newsgroups. The latest version
dated March 22, 1995 is available at URL
<http://www.vub.ac.be/SMIT/eubasics/>.
2) The Europa server operated by the European Commission at URL
<http://www.cec.lu/>.

More information about the process of creating a new newsgroup is available
from:
1) "How to Create a New Usenet Newsgroup", posted regularly to
news.announce.newusers
2) "Usenet Newsgroup Creation Companion", posted regularly to
news.announce.newusers

-- 
Roland Siebelink
Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Tel. +32 2 6292415; Fax +32 2 6292861
Editor, "European Union Basics (FAQ) list" <http://www.vub.ac.be/SMIT/eubasics/>

From [email protected] Mon May  8 18:45:49 1995
Path: uunet!bounce-back
From: [email protected] (Steve Bonine)
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Subject: CFV: talk.politics.european-union
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                      FIRST CALL FOR VOTES (of 2)
           unmoderated group talk.politics.european-union

Newsgroups line:
talk.politics.european-union    The EU and political integration in Europe.

Votes must be received by 23:59:59 UTC, 29 May 1995.

This vote is being conducted by a neutral third party.  For voting questions
only contact Steve Bonine <[email protected]>.  For questions about the proposed
group contact Roland Siebelink <[email protected]>.

This CFV is being sent to mailing list <[email protected]>.

CHARTER

The proposed newsgroup talk.politics.european-union is intended as a
platform for all information and discussions about the European Union (EU),
the political organisation in which fifteen European countries cooperate on
a great number of economical, social, and political areas.

The newsgroup is intended for discussions about this integration process
and its advantages and disadvantages, as well as for discussions and
specific information about the political institutions of the European Union
itself. More general discussions about the pros and cons of federalism
versus nationalism, intergovernmental cooperation, political integration
versus sovereignty, a "United States of Europe" or a "Europe of the nation
states" is welcomed. The main purpose of the newsgroups is to foster
discussions about these issues between fellow EU inhabitants, across
national boundaries.

Discussions pertaining only to a single member state (or geographical
region inside or outside the EU) without relevance to the EU are to be
avoided. However, relations between the EU as a whole and another country
or group of countries are definitely within the scope of the proposed
group. The charter also explicitly permits the discussion of domestic
political debate about membership of and policy towards the EU.

talk.politics.european-union will be an unmoderated newsgroup; thus anyone
will be able to post to this newsgroup. But being free to post should also
mean being responsible for what you post. All articles posted should have
something to do with the European Union and its institutions or its
project. Insults, "flames" or unnecessary criticism of a group or a person
is strongly discouraged. Please read the netiquette rules in
news.announce.newusers before posting your first article to any newsgroup,
and try to stick to them whenever posting articles.

Readers and writers of the newsgroup are encouraged to adhere to the 8 bit
IS0-8859-1 character set in both reading and writing the articles on the
talk.politics.european-union group. This set contains all the accented
characters necessary for all Latin alphabet EU languages. Even postings
written in languages which do not require accented characters, are likely
to contain accented characters when referring to specific persons, places
or policies. The use of computer mnemonics (such as /"u or &uuml; for =FC or
u-umlaut) for accented characters is to be discouraged -- common digraphs
(such as ue for =FC or u-umlaut) are accepted though.

RATIONALE

Discussions about the political integration of Europe have been conducted
mainly in two to three newsgroups all part of hierarchies that many sites
do not carry: eunet.politics, alt.politics.ec and alt.politics.europe.misc.
Many other sites carry only one of these hierarchies, or just a few of the
alt.*-groups. Endless confusion arises when users try to decide where to
post questions or opinions about the European Union; frequent crossposting
could be avoided by the creation of a group in the "official"
talk.politics.*-hierarchy.

Discussions about the European Union are getting more and more important
everyday. Many decisions influencing the day-to-day life of EU inhabitants
are being decided in "Brussels", and debates about the European Union have
a profound influence on domestic politics in some member states. There is
also a profound interest in the EU from people living outside it,
especially when the EU is compared to other trade or political blocks of
nation states in different parts of the world.

In 1996, member state governments will have the opportunity to renegotiate
the founding treaties of the EU at the so-called InterGovernmental
Conference (IGC). During the preparations of this IGC that are taking off
now, it is vital that EU-inhabitants can discuss the ideas being floated
with fellow Europeans and others in a naturally international medium such
as Usenet, rather than being confined to classic national debates within
traditional media. An easy-to-find newsgroup within the "official" Usenet
hierarchy would be a strong basis for this.

More information about the European Union is available from:
1) The European Union Basics (FAQ) list, posted regularly to news.answers,
eunet.politics, alt.politics.ec and other newsgroups. The latest version
dated March 22, 1995 is available at URL
<http://www.vub.ac.be/SMIT/eubasics/>.
2) The Europa server operated by the European Commission at URL
<http://www.cec.lu/>.

HOW TO VOTE

Send MAIL to:   [email protected]
Just replying should work if you are not reading this on a mailing list.

It would be apprciated by the votetaker if you did NOT forward the entire
CFV back; this mail is archived and I really don't need several hundred
copies of the CFV on my system.

Your mail message should contain one of the following statements:
      I vote YES on talk.politics.european-union
      I vote NO on talk.politics.european-union

You may also ABSTAIN in place of YES/NO - this will not affect the outcome.
Anything else may be rejected by the automatic vote counting program.  The
votetaker will respond to your received ballots with a personal acknowledge-
ment by mail - if you do not receive one within several days, try again.
It is your responsibility to make sure your vote is registered correctly.

Only one vote per person, no more than one vote per account.  Addresses and
votes of all voters will be published in the final voting results list.

From [email protected] Tue May 16 19:37:45 1995
Path: uunet!bounce-back
From: [email protected] (Steve Bonine)
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                      LAST CALL FOR VOTES (of 2)
           unmoderated group talk.politics.european-union

Newsgroups line:
talk.politics.european-union    The EU and political integration in Europe.

Votes must be received by 23:59:59 UTC, 29 May 1995.

This vote is being conducted by a neutral third party.  For voting questions
only contact Steve Bonine <[email protected]>.  For questions about the proposed
group contact Roland Siebelink <[email protected]>.

This CFV is being sent to mailing list <[email protected]>.

CHARTER

The proposed newsgroup talk.politics.european-union is intended as a
platform for all information and discussions about the European Union (EU),
the political organisation in which fifteen European countries cooperate on
a great number of economical, social, and political areas.

The newsgroup is intended for discussions about this integration process
and its advantages and disadvantages, as well as for discussions and
specific information about the political institutions of the European Union
itself. More general discussions about the pros and cons of federalism
versus nationalism, intergovernmental cooperation, political integration
versus sovereignty, a "United States of Europe" or a "Europe of the nation
states" is welcomed. The main purpose of the newsgroups is to foster
discussions about these issues between fellow EU inhabitants, across
national boundaries.

Discussions pertaining only to a single member state (or geographical
region inside or outside the EU) without relevance to the EU are to be
avoided. However, relations between the EU as a whole and another country
or group of countries are definitely within the scope of the proposed
group. The charter also explicitly permits the discussion of domestic
political debate about membership of and policy towards the EU.

talk.politics.european-union will be an unmoderated newsgroup; thus anyone
will be able to post to this newsgroup. But being free to post should also
mean being responsible for what you post. All articles posted should have
something to do with the European Union and its institutions or its
project. Insults, "flames" or unnecessary criticism of a group or a person
is strongly discouraged. Please read the netiquette rules in
news.announce.newusers before posting your first article to any newsgroup,
and try to stick to them whenever posting articles.

Readers and writers of the newsgroup are encouraged to adhere to the 8 bit
IS0-8859-1 character set in both reading and writing the articles on the
talk.politics.european-union group. This set contains all the accented
characters necessary for all Latin alphabet EU languages. Even postings
written in languages which do not require accented characters, are likely
to contain accented characters when referring to specific persons, places
or policies. The use of computer mnemonics (such as /"u or &uuml; for =FC or
u-umlaut) for accented characters is to be discouraged -- common digraphs
(such as ue for =FC or u-umlaut) are accepted though.

RATIONALE

Discussions about the political integration of Europe have been conducted
mainly in two to three newsgroups all part of hierarchies that many sites
do not carry: eunet.politics, alt.politics.ec and alt.politics.europe.misc.
Many other sites carry only one of these hierarchies, or just a few of the
alt.*-groups. Endless confusion arises when users try to decide where to
post questions or opinions about the European Union; frequent crossposting
could be avoided by the creation of a group in the "official"
talk.politics.*-hierarchy.

Discussions about the European Union are getting more and more important
everyday. Many decisions influencing the day-to-day life of EU inhabitants
are being decided in "Brussels", and debates about the European Union have
a profound influence on domestic politics in some member states. There is
also a profound interest in the EU from people living outside it,
especially when the EU is compared to other trade or political blocks of
nation states in different parts of the world.

In 1996, member state governments will have the opportunity to renegotiate
the founding treaties of the EU at the so-called InterGovernmental
Conference (IGC). During the preparations of this IGC that are taking off
now, it is vital that EU-inhabitants can discuss the ideas being floated
with fellow Europeans and others in a naturally international medium such
as Usenet, rather than being confined to classic national debates within
traditional media. An easy-to-find newsgroup within the "official" Usenet
hierarchy would be a strong basis for this.

More information about the European Union is available from:
1) The European Union Basics (FAQ) list, posted regularly to news.answers,
eunet.politics, alt.politics.ec and other newsgroups. The latest version
dated March 22, 1995 is available at URL
<http://www.vub.ac.be/SMIT/eubasics/>.
2) The Europa server operated by the European Commission at URL
<http://www.cec.lu/>.

HOW TO VOTE

Send MAIL to:   [email protected]
Just replying should work if you are not reading this on a mailing list.

It would be apprciated by the votetaker if you did NOT forward the entire
CFV back; this mail is archived and I really don't need several hundred
copies of the CFV on my system.

Your mail message should contain one of the following statements:
      I vote YES on talk.politics.european-union
      I vote NO on talk.politics.european-union

You may also ABSTAIN in place of YES/NO - this will not affect the outcome.
Anything else may be rejected by the automatic vote counting program.  The
votetaker will respond to your received ballots with a personal acknowledge-
ment by mail - if you do not receive one within several days, try again.
It is your responsibility to make sure your vote is registered correctly.

Only one vote per person, no more than one vote per account.  Addresses and
votes of all voters will be published in the final voting results list.


talk.politics.european-union Bounce List - These votes HAVE been counted.
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