Welcome to Tweets of the Week.
This time, the Estonian Presidency starts strong; from the regions, Markku moves along; and Barnier’s not whistling that song!
Estonia took over the EU Council presidency… six months early thanks to Brexit:
Apparently trying to take EU policies beyond A4 format and making them paperless.
— EU2017EE (@EU2017EE) July 11, 2017
But a big shout out to Lembit Uibo from the Estonian perm rep who attempted to explain the priorities of the presidency in 140 characters, clearly a man who cares about tweets of the week!
— Lembit Uibo (@LembitUibo) July 7, 2017
Eurostat made this neat little video explaining everything you ever needed to know about Estonians: https://twitter.com/EU_Eurostat/status/881059813077139456
Usually congratulations are doled out at the end of the presidency, but already the Finish Perm Rep was patting Estonia on the back for reaching an agreement in the Council on the 2018 EU Budget.
— FinPermRepEU (@FinPermRepEU) July 12, 2017
But Czech MEP Petr Jezek reminded everyone that presidencies come and go, but the European Parliament team remains
— Petr Ježek (@JezekCZ) July 12, 2017
Speaking of presidencies, the Committee of the Regions plenary elected their new leader: Senator of the German-speaking community of Belgium, Karl-Heinz Lambertz
— CoR (@EU_CoR) July 12, 2017
Outgoing president Markku Markkula tweeted his congratulations saying: you can count on me as our tandem continues
Congratulations Karl-Heinz: you can count on me as our tandem continues https://t.co/YbVCKIfC2f
— Markku Markkula (@CoR_President) July 12, 2017
Katie Owens made a valiant attempt to get #ThankYouMarkku trending
— Katie Owens (@ktowens) July 12, 2017
Markku has been a passionate voice articulating need for cities and regions to be at the heart of EU in this pivotal time, said Gary Paterson
— Gary Paterson (@MrGaryPaterson) July 12, 2017
And Dominik Krakowiak said the two and a half years had passed quickly
— Dominik Krakowiak (@dkrakowiak_eu) July 12, 2017
And, Michel Barnier wins the comeback of the week responding to Boris Johnson’s suggestion that he can “go whistle” for a Brexit divorce bill
He replied: “I’m not hearing any whistling just the clock ticking” https://twitter.com/marta_vokshi/status/885081501032996865
Paula Watt reckoned he could hear the sound of the whole country face palming at what Boris Johnson says. https://twitter.com/xPaulaWattx/status/885129396713029632
“I can hear a lot of wind, but no whistling.” added Berlaymonster https://twitter.com/Berlaymonster/status/885134929000099841
Before taking bets on which British journalist will be the first to ask Mr Barnier whether he can, in fact, whistle.
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