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Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

Too big to run? Analysing the impact of enlargement on the speed of EU decision-making,... - 0 views

  • Too big to run? Analysing the impact of enlargement on the speed of EU decision-making

    1. Robin Hertz
      1. ETH Zürich, Switzerland, robin.hertz@eup.gess.ethz.ch
    1. Dirk Leuffen
      1. University of Konstanz, Germany

    Abstract

    The article analyses how enlargements affect the speed of European Union (EU) decision-making. In line with rationalist theories of group choice, we argue that enlargements increase the costs of organizing decisions, i.e. transaction costs. Increasing transaction costs, in turn, slow down EU law-making. We test this theory by estimating Cox regression models that incorporate time-varying covariates on all directives, regulations and decisions submitted by the European Commission between 1976 and 2006. In contrast to previous analyses, we show that an increase in group size indeed slows down EU law-making.

Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

14.10.10: EU states and MEPs clash over international talks - 0 views

  • Member states are considering taking the EU Parliament to court if it does not back down on demands for new powers on EU foreign policy and international agreements, EUobserver has learnt.

    Ambassadors representing member states at a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday (13 October) signaled their discontent over an inter-institutional agreement between the European Commission and the EU legislature which may give fresh powers to euro-deputies, especially when it comes to international negotiations on behalf of the EU.

  • The draft report, according to an analysis by the council of ministers' legal services, could lead to a stand-off between EU institutions if adopted as such next week in Strasbourg.

    "The court option is not off the table," one EU source said.

    Ambassadors will come back to the matter in their meeting next Wednesday, following the MEP's vote in the plenary.

    The crux of the matter is to what extent MEPs can be part of EU delegations to multilateral and bilateral meetings and negotiations with other countries. According to the draft, the Parliament wants to have its representatives guaranteed participation in all multilateral, but also bilateral agreements "of particular political importance" - for instance on trade or fisheries.

Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

13.10.10: MEPs to oversee details of Ashton spending - 0 views

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    The European Parliament has won the right to look into the nitty gritty of spending in foreign delegations in the EU's new diplomatic service amid mild alarm over rising costs.
    The provisional agreement was put together at an informal meeting between MEPs, EU officials and member states on Monday (11 October) and represents an easing of tensions between the assembly and Catherine Ashton's office after a dispute over diplomatic appointments last week.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

25.07.10: Will New Diplomatic Service Help EU To Speak With One Voice? - 0 views

  • The European Union is just months away from launching a new unified diplomatic service. But any hopes that the new structure will bring greater focus and effectiveness to the bloc's foreign policy are probably premature, analysts say.

    The European External Action Service (EEAS), whose creation was a key provision of last year's Lisbon Treaty, is expected to be fully operational on January 1. It eventually will be staffed with thousands of diplomats in Brussels and in EU missions around the world.
  • But while the new diplomatic corps may change the way the EU executes its foreign policy, it will not change the way the bloc's foreign policy is formulated. Foreign affairs within the bloc, observers say, will remain very much the prerogative of member states' national governments.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

16.03.10: EU Foreign Policymaking Post-Lisbon: Confused and Contrived - 0 views

  • Abstract: The European Union finally succeeded in ramming through introduction of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2009. The treaty was touted by the powers in Brussels as the vehicle that would create the long-awaited "single phone line" to Europe. Lisbon was to streamline the gargantuan EU bureaucracy and make communication between the two sides of the Atlantic smooth and tidy. Instead, the mess is worse than before, with five EU "presidents" tripping over each other and confusing Washington with ill-defined, overlapping, and flat-out confusing roles and foreign policy objectives. The Lisbon Treaty essentially allows the EU a foreign policy power-grab, the driving force of which is the notion that the countries of Europe will be stronger collectively than they are separately. But sovereignty cannot be traded for influence, and the EU's attempts to do so could threaten the security of Europe-- and of the United States.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

05.03.10: 'Difficult birth' awaits EU diplomatic service - 0 views

  • The birth of the European External Action Service, one of the most anticipated innovations of the Lisbon Treaty, will be a difficult one, admitted a top European Commission official yesterday (4 March).
  • Implicitly, he appeared to confirm that the blueprint, already drafted by Ashton's committee, was encountering difficulties in some member countries.

    A "long discussion" had taken place at the level of EU member-state ambassadors (Coreper) yesterday, he said, and talks were due to continue at the informal foreign ministers' meeting in Cordoba, Spain, tomorrow (5 March). The European Parliament will also have a say, he added.

    But recruiting staff from the member countries will take time, Vale de Almeida said, adding that upgrading the European Commission's existing network of foreign delegations will also take "a few months".

    Speaking to EurActiv, Vale de Almeida said that if the decision was taken by the end of April as planned, he expected the service to start work by the end of the year.

Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

23.11.09: New foreign policy chief to start work next week - 0 views

  • The EU's new foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, will take up her duties next week, in a continuation of the political whirlwind which saw her suddenly propelled from her short stint as trade commissioner to taking on what will be one of the union's most high profile jobs.
  • Ms Ashton, whose meteoric ascent has come as a surprise even to her, will have to hit the ground running. She is set to attend an EU-Ukraine summit on 4 December. The first EU foreign ministers' meeting, which she is supposed to chair under the new rules, will take place on 7 December.

    It will also fall to her to oversee the setting up the EU's external action service, a thousands-strong diplomatic outfit that one EU official described as the greatest-ever change to the commission's bureaucracy.

    Her 1 December start opens up other questions, such as what will happen to the trade portfolio which she will vacate and what will be the role of Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the current EU external relations commissioner.

    Ms Ashton's new job merges the external relations commissioner post with that of the high representative for foreign policy, currently held by Javier Solana, for the first time putting foreign policy clout together with the financial means to implement it into the hands of one person.

Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

09.02.09: Barroso attends Munich security conference - 0 views

  • For the first time ever, the president of the European Commission joined the Munich security conference over the weekend, a meeting of European, US and Russian leaders.
  • "I believe this is the first time a president of the European Commission has been invited to speak at the Munich Security Conference. Could this mean the Commission is thinking of strengthening its divisions of bureaucrats with those of the military kind? Or in fact does it mean that the security dimension is widening beyond its hard military core?" Mr Barroso said in his speech, sent to the media in a press release.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

Peterson (1999), Decision-Making in the European Union - 0 views

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    Based on exhaustive research, this book explains how the European Union makes decisions in seven major policy sectors. Content: Introduction Making Sense of EU Decision-Making Institutions, Rules, Norms The Internal Market External Trade Policy The Common
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

Dinan (2005), Ever Closer Union - introduction to European integration - 0 views

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    Ever Closer Union is a uniquely comprehensive and genuinely interdisciplinary introduction to the history and political development of the European Union, its institutions and key policies and the main challenges it faces in the twenty-first century. Full
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

Smith (2003), Europe's Foreign and Security Policy - 0 views

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    In this book, Michael Smith examines the specific ways foreign policy cooperation has been institutionalized in the EU, the way institutional development affects cooperative outcomes in foreign policy, and how those outcomes lead to new institutional refo
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

European Union Internet Resources - 0 views

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    EU Internet Resources compiled by Berkely University. Excellent portal with hundred of (commented) links to important sources in various categories (institutions, policies, research centers, documents and much more)
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

EUROPA - Gateway to the European Union - 2 views

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    The Gateway to the European Union with sections on policies, institutions, documents and the various services
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

EuroInternet - 0 views

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    Probably one of the most comprehensive portals to the EU including sections on publications, institutions, research institutions (!), teaching, documents, peoples, newsgroups, conferences, EU-policies
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

European Parliament: Strasbourg Plenary session 11-14 December - 0 views

  • The last Strasbourg plenary of the year will be one the busiest for MEPs. Parliament will vote in second-reading on a compromise between MEPs and the Council on the "REACH" chemical package. Parliament will also vote on the approval of Romanian and Bulgarian Commissioners-designate before the two countries join the EU on 1 January 2007. Belarus opposition leader Aliaksandr Milinkevich will be awarded the 2006 Sakharov Prize for "Freedom of Thought" by Parliament's President Josep Borrell.
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