By Michael W. Bauer
How will we procedure the Commission's function as co-manager of coverage implementation? Why may still we predict the fee to be pulled into household coverage execution and to amass anything like an implementation administration potential? How should still we conceptualise the Commission's linkage with post-decision administration concerns? eventually, how does the Commission's involvement within the program of european guidelines, if any, considerably switch every thing?
Such questions are spoke back during this learn, that's involved in what will be referred to as the implementation administration capability of the eu fee. easily placed, this is often the function the fee performs within the implementation of large-scale eu spending programmes. whereas it's real that the Commission's important prerogatives are to draft laws and facilitate bargaining, it additionally has a job in post-decision coverage administration. This position is of accelerating value for the rising governance of the ecu Union.
Readership: social scientists, newshounds and all these drawn to the position of the eu fee in shaping european policies.
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Table 5 - EU Structural Funds Objectives 1994-1999 Objective 2 3 4 5a 5b Promoting the development and structural adjustment of regions where development is lagging behind Converting regions seriously affected by industrial decline Combating long-term unemployment and facilitating the occupational integration of young people Facilitating the adaptation of workers to industrial changes and to changes in production systems Speeding up the adjustment of agricultural structures and promoting the modernisation and structural adjustment in the fisheries sector Facilitating the development and structural adjustment of rural areas Development and structural adjustment of regions with an extremely low population density Source: Commission I 996d: 11.
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