17 January 2012
A few days ago, European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström joined micro-blogging community Twitter as @MalmstromEU. As her first 140-character contribution, Malmström wrote:
"10 years since opening of Guantanamo. A disgrace that prisoners are still held without trial. President Obama, time to live up to your promise."
Malmström's tweets are in English. The account is managed both by the Commissioner and her cabinet staff, but tweets by the Commissioner are signed with her initials in order to make the distinction clear to readers.
During the past week, tweets have revolved around subjects such as the upcoming French election ("1/3 of French adhere to ideas of Front National. Election risks being ugly. Leadership needed to stand up for European values"), the recently dismantled drug trafficking network in Sweden and Bulgaria ("Crime knows no borders, neither should we") and last year's questions from the European Parliament ("Just learned that EP sent 12 000 questions to the Commission last year. Seems to be a slight inflation of this democratic instrument").
Cecilia Malmström blogs in English and Swedish since several years, but is relatively new to the Twitter universe. About her first impressions, she says:
"To me, Twitter is very useful as a news monitoring tool. And I'm a bit of a news addict, so I am becoming quite hooked already. It is also a perfect way of getting a feel for the debate on different issues, getting to know people's concerns better, and to correct misunderstandings about my own policy field as Commissioner."
Find all of the Commissioners tweets at twitter.com/MalmstromEU