About: institutional reform

Deirdre Curtin
Brexit 18-04-2014

The Next Stage of European Democracy

Politicians and academics should welcome an in-out referendum in the UK in 2017: it is a fantastic incentive to come up with new ideas on ways of governing Europe, writes Deirdre Curtin.
Brexit 27-07-2012

Mandelson: Eurosceptic Czech-UK alliance ‘going nowhere’

Britain is in danger of being forgotten by its European partners as its government struggles to reconcile the eurosceptic and ‘anti-European’ sides of its main ruling party, says former EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson.
Enlargement 24-07-2009

The Unfinished Business of the Fifth Enlargement Countries

"Five years (or two and a half, in the case of Bulgaria and Romania) following accession, EU membership for the ten central and eastern European states […] has not marked the end of the process of transition of those countries," writes Assya Kavrakova in a recent report for the European Policies Initiative (EuPI).
Public Affairs 24-03-2009

Parliament moves to broaden committee system

The European Parliament last week (20 March) adopted a broad package of reforms designed to modernise decision-making by streamlining the functioning of its committees. But the full implications of the move will not become clear until after the EU elections in June.
Public Affairs 25-02-2009

Cautious welcome for proposed EP health committee

A leading public health NGO cautiously welcomed plans to establish a dedicated health committee in the European Parliament, calling on the European Commission to make its health commissioner responsible for pharmaceutical policy too.
Public Affairs 16-07-2008

Ombudsman raps MEPs over allowances

The EU Ombudsman has stressed that the European Parliament is continuing to fail to comply with transparency rules regarding the allowances its members receive. But the institution's Vice President Diana Wallis yesterday (15 July) insisted that reforms are already underway to address the bulk of his concerns.
Public Affairs 10-07-2008

Parliament bans small political groups

Political groups with less than 25 members will be outlawed after the June 2009 elections to the European Parliament. But the changes, approved by a majority of members during yesterday's (July 9) plenary in Strasbourg, were labelled "detrimental to democracy and parliamentary efficiency" by liberal MEPs.
Med & South 20-05-2008

Russia’s economic rebirth

Russian economic recovery is all the more remarkable given the doom and gloom surrounding the 1990s, but this resurgence needs to be upheld by further reforms, argues Lúcio Vinhas de Souza in a CEPS paperback published in May.
EU Priorities 2020 29-04-2008

Professor: EU works well even without Lisbon Treaty

The EU continues to function just as well as before enlargement, according to Professor Anand Menon from the European Research Institute at the University of Birmingham. Speaking to EURACTIV.sk in an interview, he said an important innovation of the Lisbon Treaty is the "yellow card procedure", which would give national parliaments a say on draft Commission proposals. 
EU Priorities 2020 29-04-2008

Interview: Lisbon Treaty ‘not as necessary as we thought’

The EU has continued to function as well as it ever did following the 'big bang' enlargement of 2004, Professor Anand Menon, from the University of Birmingham's European Research Institute, told EURACTIV.sk in an interview, expressing his scepticism over the real need for the Lisbon Treaty.
EU Priorities 2020 18-04-2008

‘Silly’ questions prompt reform of Parliament rules

The European Parliament may soon start to "filter" written questions, which are often regarded as silly or irrelevant. But a tug of war is taking place on how strict the filter would be, as setting restrictions on MEPs' right to ask questions to the Commission would not be easily accepted.
Public Affairs 12-03-2008

Commission seeks to improve governance of EU agencies

The European Commission yesterday (11 March) renewed its efforts to define the role of its numerous regulatory agencies, charged with advising the EU institutions and taking technical decisions in fields ranging from food safety to the bloc's police and judicial missions, by establishing common rules for all three institutions to boost their "transparency and effectiveness".
Future EU 03-03-2008

Treaty of Lisbon: A sustainable answer to constitutional questions?

The Treaty of Lisbon represents "another milestone" towards further EU integration in a journey which started over 20 years ago with the Single European Act, write Andreas Hofmann and Wolfgang Wessels of the University of Cologne in an article for 'Integration' magazine.  
EU Priorities 2020 08-02-2008

Appointing the next European Council president

Developing a procedure for the appointment of the first permanent president of the European Council would be more useful at this stage than putting forward names of individuals, according to French MEP Alain Lamassoure.
Future EU 11-12-2007

Treaty of Lisbon ‘must not fail’

The Treaty of Lisbon represents the abandonment of the "constitutional concept" whereby the current EU treaties would have been replaced by a single text, writes Marianne Dony for the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).
Future EU 04-12-2007

Implementing the Treaty of Lisbon

The implementation of the Treaty of Lisbon's institutional innovations may encounter "serious difficulties", according to an analysis by three Brussels think tanks.
Public Affairs 22-11-2007

Abolish 12 unnecessary EU departments

Twelve directorate generals at the European Commission should be abolished, claims Alex Singleton in a paper for the Globalisation Institute.
EU Priorities 2020 16-11-2007

Breaking out of the vicious circle of EU politics

The scope of EU decision-making must be enlarged if Europe is to "break out of the vicious circle of always waiting for a miracle to fall out of the sky", writes Daniel Cohn-Bendit, co-president of the Greens group in the European Parliament, in the autumn edition of Europe's World.
Future EU 05-11-2007

The Reform Treaty: two treaties for the price of one?

The EU's Reform Treaty has actually produced two treaties: "a treaty on the EU, which contains most of the institutional provisions, and a second treaty on the functioning of the Union", write Daniel Gros and Stefano Micossi of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).
Public Affairs 26-10-2007

Parliament adopts ‘more attractive’ plenary structure

Political group leaders in the European Parliament yesterday (25 October) unanimously adopted proposals to fundamentally reform the structure of its plenary sessions in an effort to make its work more efficient and attractive to the public.
EU Priorities 2020 23-10-2007

Treaty reform: over and done with…at last

Last week's treaty summit may mark the end of an entire phase of the European integration process in which progress has chiefly been made through institutional "giant leaps forward", argues a post-summit analysis from the European Policy Centre (EPC).

Reform Treaty leaves unions with mixed feelings

The European Trade Union Confederation and social NGOs have welcomed the new 'Reform Treaty' agreed upon by EU leaders in Lisbon last week. At the same time, they expressed disappointment over Poland and the UK's opt-outs from the Charter of Fundamental Rights.
EU Priorities 2020 22-10-2007

Europe’s future: a chance for wise men?

It is not a foregone conclusion that the 'committee of wise men' proposed by Nicolas Sarkozy to reshape the EU's future will be a success, and it is vital to prevent it from being "instrumentalised in the political arena", argues a new Spotlight Europe paper.
Future EU 19-10-2007

EU summit: leaders strike treaty deal

European leaders on Thursday (18 October) reached a deal on a new 'Reform Treaty', ending two years of stalemate following the rejection of the draft EU Constitution in 2005. But attention is now soon to turn to ratification, with several countries under pressure to hold a referendum on the new text.

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