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Title: Roles in the national coordination of EU policy-making
Authors: Borg, Amanda (2013)
Keywords: European Union -- Politics and government
Malta -- Politics and government
Political planning -- European Union countries
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: Three institutions involved in the Maltese coordination system are PPCD, MEUSAC and the Permanent Representative's office of Malta to the EU. When adopting a position as part of the national coordination of EU policy-making, their role is influenced/shaped by the establishment of a high level of exchange of information and consultation, the sensitivity of the dossier, the nature of the issue/policy area and/or the respective extent of national interest and whether the proposal is in line with existing legislation. The process presents various challenges. In order to have a successful and effective national position with respect to a particular policy, amongst others, one must know the subject and the impact and there must be meaningful and timely consultation. This study concludes that given the wide involvement of the Permanent Representative's Office and its role, the said office is the most forceful and influential when compared to PPCD and MEUSAC in adopting a position. However, the timely involvement of all parties is necessary in order for national coordination to be successful and effective. It is only very rarely the case that disagreements cannot be resolved. National interest prevails for the different parties involved. This study recommends that one understands the work practices within the EU. In addition, meaningful replies are to be provided for feedback requested. One could resort to a means of communication that allows immediate interaction between different parties when an immediate reply is needed. The study also sheds light on the need for the role of the EU Affairs Directorates to be that of coordinating technical experts to issue a position. In addition, while civil society needs to prepare in advance for sessions organised by MEUSAC, it is essential that feedback is provided to civil society on positions adopted.
Description: M.A.PUBLIC POLICY
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacEMAPP - 2013

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