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The Dilemmas of European Decision-making and the Illegitimacy of the Fiscal Compact

EU decision-making assumes agreement at two levels: the national and the European. The dilemma highlighted by the crisis is how to make collective EU decisions acceptable not just to the 28 governments and MEPs but also to each of the peoples they represent. This problem cannot be resolved by either taking problematic decisions out of the political domain or confining them to decision-making purely at the EU level.
Prof Richard Bellamy
February 2014 More...

Starts: Feb 26, 2014 12:00:00 AM

From Sick Man of Europe to Economic Superstar

New research suggests that economic policy played no essential role in the dramatic resurgence of Germany’s economy, with important lessons for Europe.
Prof Christian Dustmann et.al.
February 2014 More...

Starts: Feb 5, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Horizon 2020 Launches! What Can We Expect?

After many months of plans, news and social media chatter, the EU’s new “Horizon 2020” programme for investing €70 billion* in science and innovation from 2014-2020, has launched. The first calls are now online and UCL plans to be at the forefront of participation.
Dr Michael Galsworthy
January 2014
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Starts: Jan 7, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Video, summary and media response from "Transparency and Lobbying in the EU"

18 November 2011

Follow up on our recent event with Diana Wallis MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament.

See the summary and video below, read an extended note of the discussion here (pdf) or an article and commentary on the event in Public Affairs News

Transparency in the EU has been of increasing interest in recent years, with questions raised about the accountability of EU institutions, the influence of lobbyists, the distribution and purpose of Community funding, and the code of conduct within European institutions. 

These questions of transparency are increasingly important as issues of democracy and accountability in the EU are fiercely debated and the Union faces some of its toughest challenges as a result of the global financial crisis. The UK’s continued debate over Europe, with a notable Eurosceptic voice among citizens and Government, make these questions about who is accountable; what influence lobbyists have and the transparency of their activities; and the conduct of representatives and officials in the EU is of increasing importance.

The European Transparency Initiative led by the European Commission has offered one response to some of these questions; more recently a new Transparency Register will act as a common register for interest representatives in Europe, aiming to promote transparency with regard to interest groups and lobbyists.

Diana Wallis MEP, who has been instrumental in establishing the Transparency Register, delivered a keynote presentation setting out the aims of the Register and discussing some of the problems that remain to be addressed with regard to transparency in the EU. Michael Shackleton (Head of the European Parliament Information Office in the UK) provided a response, before a Q&A panel discussion. The event was chaired by Professor David Coen (UCL Political Science).

The event was co-organised by the European Institute with UCL Public Policy and the European Parliament Information Office in the UK.