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Monthly Archives: October 2014

EU Accountability Conference 2014

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How to achieve accountability at MS level for shared management? What should the remit for auditors at EU and national level be? How to account for EU policy’s effectiveness and measure impact? How should the European Central Bank (ECB) be held to account? Why is the ESM/ESFS a special case, and challenge, for public audit? How to democratically […]

Illegal Fishing and Europe: Control Begins At Home

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Oceana has reported on the concerning state of swordfish fisheries in the Mediterranean, highlighting in particular the indiscriminate targeting and trading of this fish by EU (particularly Italian) vessels. According to the NGO, EU inspectors recorded a series of serious incidents in Italy during March 2013. These included the widespread trading of undersize swordfish, unusually […]

The Barroso legacy: An academic look back

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Last week, the European Commission published its own legacy report in the form of a 600+ pages document titled “European Commission 2004 – 2014. A testimony by the president with selected documents“, opening the room for the first analyses of the legacy of 10 years with José Manuel Durão Barroso leading the European Commission. I have […]

Questioning the effectiveness of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

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Two special reports published this month by the European Court of Auditors question the added value of the EU budget when channelled through fisheries and regional development programmes, to projects aiming to protect and improve aquaculture, and biodiversity more generally. ‘Each year the EU produces about 1,3 million tonnes of fish from aquaculture, and the sector has a turnover […]

“Good Administration” comes to Deusto’s European Journal

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How much would you trust EU institutions if you suspected that they were badly governed? Not too much, I guess. Then why is it that arguments around EU democratic legitimacy tend to focus on better results (output legitimacy) or improved citizen participation (intput legitimacy)? This is likely because reforms aimed at improving public administration do not actually pay […]

The European Court of Auditors presents its Landscape Review

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On 3 September 2014, Maria-Luisa Sanchez-Barrueco (Universidad de Deusto), Paul Stephenson (SciencesPo Paris/Maastricht University), Hartmut Aden (Berlin School of Economics and Law) and Jacques Sciberras (European Court of Auditors) presented four papers in their panel ‘Financial Accountability in the European Union: Building the Cathedral of EU Legitimacy?’ at the 44th UACES conference in Cork, Ireland.   While […]

What is negotiation?

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Negotiation is unequivocally one of the most essential tools in any conflict management an resolution activities. The primary purpose of any negotiation activity is to reduce differences between the parties. The differences that are at the core of the dispute. The faster conflict escalates, the more crucial it is to start considering negotiation as an […]