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Improving decision-making in the EU

1 October 2014
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)



Fabian Zuleeg maintains thatin what concernsEU decision-makingfour key challenges need to be addressed: crisis management (which requires more flexibility and speedy but accountable decisions); cohesive and comprehensive responses to systemic challenges (rather than a ‘silo approach’); as well as increasing politicisation and fragmentation of decision-making. Referring to the structure of the Commission, the author notes that the lack of a clear cluster structure in the new Juncker Commission will require a clear definition of responsibilities. Regarding the governance challenge posed by the politicisation of the Commission, the author proposes outsourcing some of the functions by establishing independent bodies. He also argues that the EU level needs to gain more executive powers, accompanied by accountability mechanisms. Referring to the challenge coming from the limitations of the EU rules-based system, he calls for instruments that can be employed quickly and to ensure Member State compliance. Another challenge is that of the impeded possibility of further pooling sovereignty, which could be tackled by giving more executive powers at EU level and increasing the politicisation of the system.

Improving decision-making in the EU