Funding award: Can the EU govern efficiently and with the people?

Most EU legislation is concluded by informal agreement between the European Parliament and Council of Ministers together with the European Commission in ‘trilogue’ negotiations, to which the public have no access.

A series of collaborative research projects (funded separately by the national research councils of Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK), seek to open up the ‘black box’ of these informal negotiations and examine what impact public debates have on these negotiations, and how the EU institutions use these debates to negotiate their respective positions.

We have been awarded an ESRC grant which will be held by Robert Gordon University (Principal Investigator: Justin Greenwood, Aberdeen Business School: Co-Investigator, Christilla Roederer-Rynning, University of Southern Denmark).