Research objectives and content
Keywords: Commission, Council, strategic policy planning, co-ordination, organisation, enlargement.
Objectives: In my research I would like to study the impact of enlargement and prospective enlargement on the EU and in particular the Commission and the Council of Ministers with respect to policy-making. A key research objective is to identify how the Commission acts (or fails to act) as generator of strategic policy initiatives. How will enlargement of the EU affect the ability of the policy machinery to formulate long-term policy objectives, develop policies, implement and monitor output? What will the "policy regime" of an "EU of the 20" be like? Another key question is how does enlargement affect the pattern of interaction between the Commission and the Council of Ministers? Studies of different policy sectors have already been carried out, but there is a lack of studies that look at the overall coherency of policies, the overall cross-sectoral policy co-ordination in the Commission.
Polemically we could ask: why is the Forward Studies Unit not of greater importance than it is? We need to have studies of the EU and its abilities to provide (coherent) strategic policy initiatives on vital areas such as the environment, security and macroeconomic management. What can we reasonably expect from the EU policy machinery in the future?
Training content (objective, benefit and expected impact)
My supervisor is Dr. G.R. Edwards who has an in-depth knowledge of the workings of the Commission. Furthermore, I will do field studies in the Commission and the COREPER if possible. This should give merge at insight in the workings and the shortcomings of the EU as a policy-making body. In my future career I plan to work with overall policy planning for either the Commission or COREPER. Training myself as a specialist in this broad, but in my opinion essential field, will enable me to contribute to future strategic planning of the EU A research trip to a non-European policy planning institute or university is also a possibility for inspiration (e.g. RAND).
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