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Subsidiarity in the EU

During the last two decades the EU has gained more and more competences to formulate public policies. This happend within a broader process of sharing sovereignty and legitimacy with the Member States. In a nutshell, the subsidiarity principle says that “in areas which do not fall within its exclusive competence, the Union shall act only… » read more

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Back in the 50’s solidarity was one of the main drivers behind the decision of Benelux, France and Germany to create a common market for steel and coal. Since then, solidarity stood at the core of the European project and played a major role in the EU’s expansion towards Eastern Europe. Both in 2004 and… » read more

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Governance is one of the buzzwords that politicians, scholars and civil society use to define a unique blend of relationships that make the EU such a distinctive construction in terms of functions and representation. Traditional governments are not capable anymore to capture the dynamic of inter-governmental agreements and supranational decision-making processes having a direct impact… » read more

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Beforehand, we addressed the confusing ETC language on indicators and argued that the context indicators are usually defined by the national statistical services and used to measure an objective to be met, a resource to be mobilized or an effect to be obtained and are highly contingent with their environment. Anheier et. al summarize this… » read more

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Cross-border cooperation is set to continue as one of the main objectives of the ETC for the next programming period of 2014-2020. In a unique construction such as the EU, which blends inter-governmental and supra-national institutions, national and local governments it becomes mandatory to use clear terminology and simplify the public speech. According to Ferdinand… » read more

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Usually, the indicators set up for cross-border co-operation Programmes are national driven and do not properly match the local needs for joint development. Furthermore, they lack transparency (non-clear data sources and no measurement methodologies), thus they are not well suited to reflect any improvements in the quality of life of the citizens living in the… » read more

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The Arab Spring is also about the conflict between governments and governance. The former understand power from a top-down perspective and leave no real space for democratic participation. The latter sees power not exercise over but with the others as a better way to ensure participation and deliver public goods. In such circumstances violence seems… » read more

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During the implementation of a cross-border programme, the following EU Regulations must be respected: EC Regulation 1080/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the ERDF; Council Regulation no. 1083/2006 laying down the provisions on the ERDF, ESF and Cohesion Fund and the Commission Regulation no 1828/2006 setting out the rules for the… » read more

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