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July: A Snapshot

Get the month’s key stats at a glance.

Volume: Nearly 12k Tweets Overall

  • Almost 11,700 tweets sent in total — translating to over 400 per day!
  • Retweets accounted for almost 50% of the total.

Activity: Heatwave Sparks Conversation

Peaks in activity:
  • 13 July: discussion of the Uber Files.
  • 19 July: reaction to the extreme temperatures experienced in many parts of Europe.

Leaderboard: Most Vocal

Jon Worth leads comfortably thanks to daily Twitter threads documenting his #CrossBorderRail journey — an initiative to highlight the issues with international train travel within the EU.

Hashtags: Overseas Events Influence Conversation

Events outside the EU’s borders featured heavily in the conversation, with significant emphasis on Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine. Brexit also reared its head again; commentators observed the UK’s Conservative Party leadership contest, during which candidates discussed issues resulting from the UK’s exit from the EU (such as the future of the Northern Ireland Protocol, and the lengthy queues at the UK-France border).

The Deep Dive: Energy

Each month we’ll drill down into one key area of the policy conversation, based around the Commission and Council priorities. This month, it’s energy. Energy is one of the most salient topics of the moment. Covered under the European Green Deal and featured as a priority of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU, energy has again been pushed to the forefront of the conversation as a consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It’s therefore no surprise that #gas appears at the top of the table in the online energy conversation. Our policy influencers pointed in particular to the EU’s plans to reduce gas demand ahead of the winter in a bid to safeguard energy supplies — a move prompted by the reduced gas supplies currently being received via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. The proposal sparked lively debate among Member States and political commentators alike, with EU energy ministers eventually signing off on a redrafted version of the Commission’s plan in late July. Gas appeared alongside nuclear as MEPs debated the EU taxonomy for sustainable activities and ultimately voted in favour of including these energy sources within it. That decision didn’t come without controversy, though, as captured by journalist Dave Keating. Online attention also turned to Azerbaijan as Commission President Ursula von der Leyen signed a new Memorandum of Understanding on a Strategic Partnership in the Field of Energy with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. The move includes plans to increase gas supplies to the EU from Azerbaijan, contributing to the Commission’s intention to diversify energy sources as part of its REPowerEU Plan. As for the most prominent voices in July’s energy conversation… Notably, two of the top three most vocal figures — Georgi Gotev and Frédéric Simon — are from EurActiv. Their Twitter output largely centred around boosting the outlet’s relevant coverage. Pieter Cleppe sits in second place as he used Twitter to amplify his Paper.li page, where he collated energy-related content from other users.

Wrapping Up

The current political priorities are unlikely to vanish from the agenda any time soon — which makes us think that this August may not be as slow as a typical Brussels August. Look out for next month’s edition of The Brussels Dispatch to see how the online conversation evolves!

Methodology

  • We used Quorum’s custom social media monitoring capabilities to analyse the Twitter output of over 130 influential figures from across the Brussels Bubble.
  • Time period: 1-27 July 2022.
  • Retweets are excluded, except where specified.
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July: A Snapshot

Get the month’s key stats at a glance.

Volume: Nearly 12k Tweets Overall

  • Almost 11,700 tweets sent in total — translating to over 400 per day!
  • Retweets accounted for almost 50% of the total.

Activity: Heatwave Sparks Conversation

Peaks in activity:
  • 13 July: discussion of the Uber Files.
  • 19 July: reaction to the extreme temperatures experienced in many parts of Europe.

Leaderboard: Most Vocal

Jon Worth leads comfortably thanks to daily Twitter threads documenting his #CrossBorderRail journey — an initiative to highlight the issues with international train travel within the EU.

Hashtags: Overseas Events Influence Conversation

Events outside the EU’s borders featured heavily in the conversation, with significant emphasis on Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine. Brexit also reared its head again; commentators observed the UK’s Conservative Party leadership contest, during which candidates discussed issues resulting from the UK’s exit from the EU (such as the future of the Northern Ireland Protocol, and the lengthy queues at the UK-France border).

The Deep Dive: Energy

Each month we’ll drill down into one key area of the policy conversation, based around the Commission and Council priorities. This month, it’s energy. Energy is one of the most salient topics of the moment. Covered under the European Green Deal and featured as a priority of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU, energy has again been pushed to the forefront of the conversation as a consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It’s therefore no surprise that #gas appears at the top of the table in the online energy conversation. Our policy influencers pointed in particular to the EU’s plans to reduce gas demand ahead of the winter in a bid to safeguard energy supplies — a move prompted by the reduced gas supplies currently being received via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. The proposal sparked lively debate among Member States and political commentators alike, with EU energy ministers eventually signing off on a redrafted version of the Commission’s plan in late July. Gas appeared alongside nuclear as MEPs debated the EU taxonomy for sustainable activities and ultimately voted in favour of including these energy sources within it. That decision didn’t come without controversy, though, as captured by journalist Dave Keating. Online attention also turned to Azerbaijan as Commission President Ursula von der Leyen signed a new Memorandum of Understanding on a Strategic Partnership in the Field of Energy with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. The move includes plans to increase gas supplies to the EU from Azerbaijan, contributing to the Commission’s intention to diversify energy sources as part of its REPowerEU Plan. As for the most prominent voices in July’s energy conversation… Notably, two of the top three most vocal figures — Georgi Gotev and Frédéric Simon — are from EurActiv. Their Twitter output largely centred around boosting the outlet’s relevant coverage. Pieter Cleppe sits in second place as he used Twitter to amplify his Paper.li page, where he collated energy-related content from other users.

Wrapping Up

The current political priorities are unlikely to vanish from the agenda any time soon — which makes us think that this August may not be as slow as a typical Brussels August. Look out for next month’s edition of The Brussels Dispatch to see how the online conversation evolves!

Methodology

  • We used Quorum’s custom social media monitoring capabilities to analyse the Twitter output of over 130 influential figures from across the Brussels Bubble.
  • Time period: 1-27 July 2022.
  • Retweets are excluded, except where specified.
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July: A Snapshot

Get the month’s key stats at a glance.

Volume: Nearly 12k Tweets Overall

  • Almost 11,700 tweets sent in total — translating to over 400 per day!
  • Retweets accounted for almost 50% of the total.

Activity: Heatwave Sparks Conversation

Peaks in activity:
  • 13 July: discussion of the Uber Files.
  • 19 July: reaction to the extreme temperatures experienced in many parts of Europe.

Leaderboard: Most Vocal

Jon Worth leads comfortably thanks to daily Twitter threads documenting his #CrossBorderRail journey — an initiative to highlight the issues with international train travel within the EU.

Hashtags: Overseas Events Influence Conversation

Events outside the EU’s borders featured heavily in the conversation, with significant emphasis on Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine. Brexit also reared its head again; commentators observed the UK’s Conservative Party leadership contest, during which candidates discussed issues resulting from the UK’s exit from the EU (such as the future of the Northern Ireland Protocol, and the lengthy queues at the UK-France border).

The Deep Dive: Energy

Each month we’ll drill down into one key area of the policy conversation, based around the Commission and Council priorities. This month, it’s energy. Energy is one of the most salient topics of the moment. Covered under the European Green Deal and featured as a priority of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU, energy has again been pushed to the forefront of the conversation as a consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It’s therefore no surprise that #gas appears at the top of the table in the online energy conversation. Our policy influencers pointed in particular to the EU’s plans to reduce gas demand ahead of the winter in a bid to safeguard energy supplies — a move prompted by the reduced gas supplies currently being received via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. The proposal sparked lively debate among Member States and political commentators alike, with EU energy ministers eventually signing off on a redrafted version of the Commission’s plan in late July. Gas appeared alongside nuclear as MEPs debated the EU taxonomy for sustainable activities and ultimately voted in favour of including these energy sources within it. That decision didn’t come without controversy, though, as captured by journalist Dave Keating. Online attention also turned to Azerbaijan as Commission President Ursula von der Leyen signed a new Memorandum of Understanding on a Strategic Partnership in the Field of Energy with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. The move includes plans to increase gas supplies to the EU from Azerbaijan, contributing to the Commission’s intention to diversify energy sources as part of its REPowerEU Plan. As for the most prominent voices in July’s energy conversation… Notably, two of the top three most vocal figures — Georgi Gotev and Frédéric Simon — are from EurActiv. Their Twitter output largely centred around boosting the outlet’s relevant coverage. Pieter Cleppe sits in second place as he used Twitter to amplify his Paper.li page, where he collated energy-related content from other users.

Wrapping Up

The current political priorities are unlikely to vanish from the agenda any time soon — which makes us think that this August may not be as slow as a typical Brussels August. Look out for next month’s edition of The Brussels Dispatch to see how the online conversation evolves!

Methodology

  • We used Quorum’s custom social media monitoring capabilities to analyse the Twitter output of over 130 influential figures from across the Brussels Bubble.
  • Time period: 1-27 July 2022.
  • Retweets are excluded, except where specified.
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The Brussels Dispatch: July Edition

The Brussels Dispatch: July Edition

Welcome to The Brussels Dispatch — your monthly guide to what’s hot in the Brussels policy world. Discover key insights from the Twitter output of over 130 of the most influential voices in town — covering journalists, academics, trade association staffers, NGO advocates, and more.

July in Brussels. A time that’s synonymous with the grand départ and a slow but sure reappearance of ‘out of office’ messages. Although, not for everyone… Over on Twitter, our policy influencers watched and commented eagerly as the institutions thrashed out the details of key initiatives — including the EU taxonomy and the European Gas Demand Reduction Plan — ahead of the summer break.

Need something to read during your summer holiday? Look no further. Let’s sift through the conversation to see what got the Brussels Bubble talking last month.

July: A Snapshot

Get the month’s key stats at a glance.

Volume: Nearly 12k Tweets Overall

  • Almost 11,700 tweets sent in total — translating to over 400 per day!
  • Retweets accounted for almost 50% of the total.

Activity: Heatwave Sparks Conversation

Peaks in activity:

  • 13 July: discussion of the Uber Files.
  • 19 July: reaction to the extreme temperatures experienced in many parts of Europe.

Leaderboard: Most Vocal

Jon Worth leads comfortably thanks to daily Twitter threads documenting his #CrossBorderRail journey — an initiative to highlight the issues with international train travel within the EU.

Hashtags: Overseas Events Influence Conversation

Events outside the EU’s borders featured heavily in the conversation, with significant emphasis on Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine.

Brexit also reared its head again; commentators observed the UK’s Conservative Party leadership contest, during which candidates discussed issues resulting from the UK’s exit from the EU (such as the future of the Northern Ireland Protocol, and the lengthy queues at the UK-France border).

The Deep Dive: Energy

Each month we’ll drill down into one key area of the policy conversation, based around the Commission and Council priorities. This month, it’s energy.

Energy is one of the most salient topics of the moment. Covered under the European Green Deal and featured as a priority of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU, energy has again been pushed to the forefront of the conversation as a consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

It’s therefore no surprise that #gas appears at the top of the table in the online energy conversation.

Our policy influencers pointed in particular to the EU’s plans to reduce gas demand ahead of the winter in a bid to safeguard energy supplies — a move prompted by the reduced gas supplies currently being received via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. The proposal sparked lively debate among Member States and political commentators alike, with EU energy ministers eventually signing off on a redrafted version of the Commission’s plan in late July.

Gas appeared alongside nuclear as MEPs debated the EU taxonomy for sustainable activities and ultimately voted in favour of including these energy sources within it. That decision didn’t come without controversy, though, as captured by journalist Dave Keating.

Online attention also turned to Azerbaijan as Commission President Ursula von der Leyen signed a new Memorandum of Understanding on a Strategic Partnership in the Field of Energy with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. The move includes plans to increase gas supplies to the EU from Azerbaijan, contributing to the Commission’s intention to diversify energy sources as part of its REPowerEU Plan.

As for the most prominent voices in July’s energy conversation…

Notably, two of the top three most vocal figures — Georgi Gotev and Frédéric Simon — are from EurActiv. Their Twitter output largely centred around boosting the outlet’s relevant coverage. Pieter Cleppe sits in second place as he used Twitter to amplify his Paper.li page, where he collated energy-related content from other users.

Wrapping Up

The current political priorities are unlikely to vanish from the agenda any time soon — which makes us think that this August may not be as slow as a typical Brussels August. Look out for next month’s edition of The Brussels Dispatch to see how the online conversation evolves!

Methodology

  • We used Quorum’s custom social media monitoring capabilities to analyse the Twitter output of over 130 influential figures from across the Brussels Bubble.
  • Time period: 1-27 July 2022.
  • Retweets are excluded, except where specified.