The European Commission, previously often seen as the European Union's civil service, has in recent years increasingly come to play a more political role. At the same time, revisions in the European treaties have led to more democratic control by empowering the European Parliament. For instance, the results of the recent European Parliament elections directly impacted the appointment of the next President of the European Commission. Within the civil service, a clear line has been drawn between politics and the administration. Anchrit Wille from the Institute of Public Administration at Leiden University in The Netherlands, argues that as a consequence, the European Commission is becoming more like a regular government.
Has the European Commission become a "normal" executive institution? What main changes have taken place in the Commission's way of functioning? How has the increased political control of the European Parliament altered the Commission? What can Europe expect from the next Commission in terms of democratisation?
Anchrit Wille from the Institute of Public Administration at Leiden University in the Netherlands will present her research on the topic, followed by a panel discussion with Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive of the European Policy Centre.
Moderation by Jill Craig, Deputy General Manager of Edelman Brussels.
Registration and sandwich lunch from 12:00.