By Andy Smith
The ecu fee is a company which has come to fascinate or repulse quite a number nationwide politicians, newshounds and social scientists. unlike the existing picture of the fee as a 'bureaucrat's paradise', even if, and by utilizing the result of unique examine, this e-book intentionally units out to enquire this organization's dating to politics. It does so first by way of constructing numerous case-studies (health, improvement reduction, arrangements for japanese expansion, etc.) as a method of learning the relationships, networks and interdependencies which hyperlink commissioners and fee officers to nationwide politicians, civil servants and curiosity teams. moment, by means of having a look intimately at how the fee broadcasts its paintings, particularly via generating public info and liaising with the media, clean mild is shone upon the complicated query of the Commission's legitimacy. Politics and the ecu fee presents a framework for producing new information regarding, and interpretations of, the ability struggles on the middle of the european.
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In short, this was a means of institutionalizing the unchallengable aspect of the projects it carried out in Eastern Europe. Yet technicization also allowed the Commission to limit its partners’ ability to influence, control, and possibly sanction its activity in this domain. By compelling them to use technical language, in particular in the management committee, officials from PHARE made their counterparts work in a field of competencies they controlled and were at ease with. Technicization also made the programme’s ground-level realities more difficult to understand for national representatives and Members of the European Parliament.
When commissioners and their cabinet meet infrequently, or when such contact is often filtered through the chef de cabinet, such as in the case of Edith Cresson, the officials concerned have more autonomy to express their own interpretation of an issue. This view may reflect a general political line adopted by their commissioner, but it would seem that, in the politics of collegiality, having a general line is rarely the best means of winning arguments and influencing policy decisions. A third and final approach to inter-cabinet ‘pre-neogotiations’ is simply not to speak at all in such fora.
Règlement (CEE) no. 3906/89 du Conseil du 18 décembre 1989 relatif à l’aide économique en faveur de la république de Hongrie et de la république populaire de Pologne, [JO L375, 23 décembre 1989: 11–12], modified in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, but only to add new beneficiary countries. Doing politics and pretending not to 29 4 Interview with a former Director General of DG IA in charge of the PHARE programme. Paris, July 1999. 5 Interview with a civil servant from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, member of the PHARE management committee, Paris, November 1997.