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EU Agencies Problem-Solving, Performance & the Accountability Overload: Squaring the Impossible Circle?, Brussel

Atomium in Brussel.
© Kevin Bergenhenegouwen
datum 11 april 2018 - 13 april 2018
plaats Brussel, België
locatie Egmontstraat 11 1000 Toon locatie
organisatie Universiteit Maastricht (UM)

Wednesday 11th April, 2-6pm

Session One: Accountability & Institutional Overload - How did we get here?

13.45 - 14.00 Registration with coffee and tea

14.00 - 14.30 Merijn Chamon (Ghent University) ‘The constitutional value of accountability in agencies’ institutional design’

14.30 - 14.45 Comments and Reflections

14.45 - 15.15 Tatjana Turkovic (Europol) ‘Contemporary challenges of EU agency operation - Europol example’

15.15 - 15.30 Comments and Reflections

15.30 - 15.45 Break

15.45 - 16.15 Cleo Davis (University of Edinburgh, ‘‘Exploring the existence of legitimacy concerns in the Commission’s decision to create the three European Supervisory Authorities’

16.15 - 16.30 Comments and Reflections

16.30 - 17.00 Letizia Gianni (EUI), ‘Weighing Costs and Benefits in EU administrative practice: the case of ESMA’

17.00 - 17.15 Comments and Reflections

17.15 - 18.00 Plenary Discussion

Commentators: Andreas Eriksen (ARENA) and Chara Vlachou (University of Orléans)

Thursday 12th April, 9.00-11.30am

Session Two: Scientific Knowledge Building

9.00 - 9.30 Alessia Monica (University of Pavia), ‘Protecting Third Parties in EU scientific advisory agencies: a tool to boost accountability’

9.30 - 10.00 Natassa Athanasiadou (Maastricht University), ‘Towards public control of scientific studies? Revisiting the independence of expertise in the glyphosate era’

10.00 - 10.30 Vesco Paskalev (University of Hull), ‘Accountability or Taking Things into Account: The Case of Glyphosate’

10.30 - 11.00 Comments and Reflections

11.00 - 11.15 Plenary Discussion

Commentators: Sabrina Röttger-Wirtz (University of Tilburg), Ellen Vos (Maastricht University)

11.15 - 11.30 Break

Session Three: Crisis, Innovation, Stability

11.30 - 12.00 Islam Jusufi (Epoka University), ‘The institutional design of the EU agencies: the case of European Agency for Reconstruction’

12.00 - 12.15 Comments and Reflections

12.15 - 12.45 Marko Milenkovic (Johns Hopkins University - CCSDD Bologna), ‘Western Balkans and differentiated integration - the potential role of the European Union agencies’

12.45 - 13.00 Comments and Reflections

13.00 - 13.30 Plenary Discussion

Commentator: Merijn Chamon (Ghent University), Andrea Ott (Maastricht University)

13.30 - 14.30 Lunch

Thursday 12th April, 2pm-6pm

Session 4: Innovation, Problem-Solving and Institutional Design

14.00 - 14.30 Oleksandr Moskalenko (University of Turku), ‘The European Parliament and EU Foreign Policy agencies: quid pro quo’

14.30 - 14.45 Comments and Reflections

14.45 - 15.15 Tobias Tesche (EUI), ‘Fiscal Councils: Towards a new Public Accountability’

15.15 - 15.30 Comments and Reflections

15.30 - 16.00 Break

16.00 - 16.30 Bernardo Rangoni (EUI), ‘Retelling the European banking union: experimentalist governance in hierarchical disguise’

16.30 - 16.45 Comments and Reflections

16.45 - 17.15 Andreas Eriksen (ARENA), ‘The Facts of Administrative Accountability’

17.15 - 17.30 Comments and Reflections

17.30 - 18.00 Plenary Discussion

Commentators: Martin Weinrich (EUI), Michelle Everson (Birkbeck College)

Friday 13th April: 10am-1pm

Dialogue Roundtable - An Agenda for Institutional Reform

9.30. - 10.00 Registration and Coffee

10.00 - 12.00 Roundtable chaired by Michelle Everson and Ellen Vos

Following two years of action and interaction from and between academics and practitioners it is time to take stock, begin to prepare our conclusions and identify purposes for the future. Building on the work of the workshop and of the TARN network, we aim in this session, to draw up an agenda for reform:

Has the agency mandate been extended too widely?

Can other forms of institutional innovation take the strain?

Are new forms of accountability available which are more compatible with the duty of the EU executive to provide efficient and effective (good) governance?

How can we minimise politics where it is a distraction; how can we maximise politics where it is needed?

How does the poor bureaucratic function in a world of complex and conflicting demands for accountability and action?

12.00 - 13.00 Lunch


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