Sunday, February 05, 2006

Assessing Approximation of Administrative Principles and Practices among EU Member States

The public administration is a domestic affair for EU Member States. However, national public administrations have to apply the acquis communautaire in a homogeneous way in order to ensure that European citizens are able to enjoy the rights granted to them by the EU Treaties, irrespective of the country in which they live. National administrations have to apply European legislation as if it were domestic legislation. Do the other Member States have an interest in ensuring that each national administration has comparable quality and professionalism? Is there a process of administrative convergence among EU Member States? Are there benchmarks against which this convergence can be assessed?

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