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ZEI Monitor: EU Progress 2019-2024

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ZEI follows policy progress in the ten areas which have priority for EU institutions over the period 2019-2024:

Commission Priority 6: A New Push for European Democracy

 

Policy areas

  • Future of Europe

  • Better Regulation.

 

European Commission Work Program:

2020

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Equality and non-discrimination initiatives

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European Democracy Action Plan

  • On 3rd of December 2020, the European Commission presented an Action Plan for Democracy, which aims in particular to strengthen the resilience of democracies within the Union. The action plan primarily refers to the increasing impact of digital communication possibilities on democracies. In this context, the Commission aims to adapt the new regulations to the digital revolution. The measures from the European Action Plan for Democracy are based on three main pillars:
    1. Protecting the integrity of elections and promoting democratic participation
    a. A sustainable democracy thrives on the commitment of its citizens. The Commission has therefore announced some measures in its action plan to promote free and fair elections.
    b. Among other things, the Commission will propose legislation on the transparency of political advertising and review the rules on the financing of European political parties.
    2. Strengthening the freedom and pluralism of the media
    a. Free and pluralistic media are essential for the decision-making process of citizens in democracies and are enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights.
    b. For this reason, the Commission also announces various measures, in particular the proposal of a recommendation on the security of journalists, as well as the presentation of an initiative to combat the abuse of rights in connection with strategic complaints against public participation.
    3. Combating disinformation
    a. Disinformation is false content that can harm the public and is distributed with the intention of deceiving others.
    b. In the Action Plan, the Commission proposes, among other things, to improve the EU's existing instruments for combating foreign interference and influence, in particular by allowing costs to be imposed on the perpetrator.

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Conference on the Future of Europe

  • On the 22nd of January 2020, the European Commission presented a Communication on the planned Conference on the Future of Europe, which is intended to discuss institutional issues and key EU objectives with EU citizens. The planned starting date was the 9th of May 2020. Results and recommendations from the debates will probably be presented in the first half of 2022 under the French Council Presidency. Institutional reforms should be in place by the next European elections in 2024.

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Rule of Law

  • On the 30th of September 2020, the European Commission published its Rule of Law Report with an assessment of the situation in each member state.
  • According to a statement by Commissioner Didier Reynders on the 26th of February 2020, the European Commission will publish reports on the state of the rule of law in all member states by September 2020.

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Better Regulation

 

ZEI-Studies on EU Institutional Matters

Sarah Gansen / Katarzyna Nowicka, Priority 10: Politicizing EU Policies - The Juncker Commission's Priority "Democratic Change", in: Stüwe, Robert / Panayotopoulos, Thomas (eds.): The Juncker Commission. Politicizing EU Policies (Schriftenreihe des Zentrum für Europäische Integrationsforschung, Vol. 79), Nomos: Baden-Baden 2020, p. 191-201. ISBN 978-3-8487-5597-4.

Robert Stüwe, Lessons Learned: How the Juncker Commission Navigated Politicized Policies, in: Stüwe, Robert / Panayotopoulos, Thomas (eds.): The Juncker Commission. Politicizing EU Policies (Schriftenreihe des Zentrum für Europäische Integrationsforschung, Vol. 79), Nomos: Baden-Baden 2020, p. 29-67. ISBN 978-3-8487-5597-4.

Martin Selmayr, Origins and Functioning of the Political Commission: An Assessment from Inside the Juncker Commission's Machine Room, in: Stüwe, Robert / Panayotopoulos, Thomas (eds.): The Juncker Commission. Politicizing EU Policies (Schriftenreihe des Zentrum für Europäische Integrationsforschung, Bd. 79), Nomos: Baden-Baden 2020, p. 205-216. ISBN 978-3-8487-5597-4.

Henri de Waele / Ellen Mastenbroek (Hrsg.): Perspectives on Better Regulation in the EU (ZEI Discussion Paper C 256 / 2019) (Abstract) (Download)

Ludger Kühnhardt, Unter Ursula von der Leyen muss die EU sich erneuern – kann sie das Korsett der nationalen Parteien sprengen?, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 26th of November 2019 (Link)

Katarzyna Nowicka, The Challenge of Introducing a Mandatory Lobbying Register, ZEI Insight No. 61 December 2018 (Download)

Robert Stüwe / Thomas Panayotopoulos, One goal – two ways: Testing the feasibility of Macron and Juncker’s EU visions, ZEI Insight No. 51 October 2017 (Download)

Henri de Waele: Law of the European Union: Institutions and Procedures, in: Koenig, Christian / Kühnhardt, Ludger (eds.): Governance and Regulation in the European Union. A Reader (Schriftenreihe des Zentrum für Europäische Integrationsforschung, Vol. 77), Nomos: Baden-Baden 2017, p. 27-57. ISBN 978-3-8487-4462-6.

Neil Nugent: Enlargements and their Impact on EU Governance and Decisonmaking, in: Koenig, Christian / Kühnhardt, Ludger (eds.): Governance and Regulation in the European Union. A Reader (Schriftenreihe des Zentrum für Europäische Integrationsforschung, Vol. 77), Nomos: Baden-Baden 2017, p. 99-119. ISBN 978-3-8487-4462-6.

Ludger Kühnhardt, Managing the Forces of European Populism: The next election to the European Parliament in May 2019 may become the first pan-European referendum, ZEI Insight No. 40 July 2016 (Download), first published in: The Globalist, 19th of July 2016, (Link)

Sally Brammer, Not a pack of bureaucrats: The new European Commission, ZEI Insight No. 1 December 2014 (Download)

Christina Wunder, Communication and Campaigning in European Citizens‘ Initiatives (ZEI Discussion Paper C224) Bonn 2014 (Download) (Abstract)

Ludger Kühnhardt, Gibt es eine politische Philosopie der Europäischen Union? (ZEI Discussion Paper C223) Bonn 2014 (Download) (Abstract)

Thorsten Kim Schreiweis, Die Demokratisierung der Europäischen Union (ZEI Discussion Paper C219) Bonn 2013  Download)

Frank Decker / Jared Sonnicksen,The Direct Election of the Commission President. A Presidential Approach to Democratising the European Union (ZEI Discussion Paper C192) Bonn 2009 (Download)

ZEI Insights Policy Brief Series (2014-2019)

 

ZEI Publications on European Treaty Reforms

Christina Wunder, Communication and Campaigning in European Citizens‘ Initiatives (ZEI Discussion Paper C224)Bonn 2014 (Download) (Abstract)

Ludger Kühnhardt, Gibt es eine politische Philosopie der Europäischen Union? (ZEI Discussion Paper C223) Bonn 2014(Download) (Abstract)

Thorsten Kim Schreiweis, Die Demokratisierung der Europäischen Union (ZEI Discussion Paper C219) Bonn 2013(Download)

Frank Decker / Jared Sonnicksen,The Direct Election of the Commission President. A Presidential Approach to Democratising the European Union (ZEI Discussion Paper C192) Bonn 2009 (Download)

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