Transforming strategic interaction into deliberative problem-solving: european comitology in the foodstuffs sector more by christian joerges the central argument of this contribution is that core institutional features of the european community (ec) should be read as supranational versions of deliberationist ideals. New developments in the food sector aim to develop more involvement of stakeholders in comitology which may turn to be an example to be followed also for other areas the food safety domain moreover shows that there is an increasing trend towards scientification of politics and policies at the expense of comitology. Comitology, on the other hand, constitutes a different kind of departure from the traditional community method—a departure within the method115 while the emergent norm, the comitology act (post-lisbon implementing act), is still of binding character, the institutional setting in which the act is adopted diverges from the traditional.
The outcomes of regulatory decision-making at the level of the european community are extremely heterogeneous many attempts at regulation are constantly blocked in the council, and others have been significantly watered down by intergovernmental bargaining however, there are examples in the. Comitology committees assisting the european commission total numbers of committees february 2008 policy sector: enterprise and industry (dg entr) 35. Authorisation and use of food additives in foodstuffs has been harmonised in the european union since 1995 when the last of the specific directives on food additives (95/2/ec) was adopted.
Joerges, christian and jürgen neyer (1997b) `transforming strategic interaction into deliberative problem-solving: european comitology in the foodstuffs sector', journal of european public policy 4: 609-625. 'transforming strategic interaction into deliberative problem-solving: european comitology in the foodstuffs sector', forthcoming in a special edition of jepp, edited by fritz w scharpf, containing a similar analysis with a greater emphasis on political science methodology. Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online easily share your publications and get them in front of issuu's. The central argument of this contribution is that core institutional features of the european community (ec) should be read as supranational versions of deliberationist ideals after outlining a. A new comitology decision for the 21st century resolution on the expenditure included in the community the single european act and the 1987 comitology.
Transforming strategic interaction into deliberative problemsolving: european comitology in the foodstuffs sector journal of european public policy, 4, 609 - 625 google scholar crossref. Within eu foodstuffs comitology committees7, as well as in the work of the european food with safety authority (efsa) and its mechanisms for scientific advice on food risks 8 central to the effectiveness of eu food safety and veterinary public health law is the oversight of its. 1 new comitology decision residue levels of pesticides in or on food and feed within the european community. Emphasis therefore is placed on identifying areas of interdependence and common interest with the aim of ensuring the coherence and reliability of the european management network in the foodstuffs sector. 2 comitology, as a word in the english language, is said to have been first used by c northcote parkinson this was in his phrase the science of comitology, by which he meant the study of committees and how they operate but in the context of the european communities comitology has a.
The field is chosen for two reasons: first, the foodstuffs sector is at a cross-roads with market-building interests now being confronted by the establishment of a europeanised regulatory machinery and secondly, the completion of the foodstuffs market ranked so highly on the community agenda that the legislative framework was completed before. The food safety sector provides a very good illustration of the expertise pattern it is characterised by a significant amount of implementing competences delegated to the commission and the creation of expert committees in order to assist the commission in drafting scientific regulation with the. The decision-making actor as the european community (ec) rather than the european union (eu) 3 jeffrey lewis has as recently as in a 2003 edition of comparative political studies commented that comitology has suffered from a kind of benign neglect in eu studies.
Official documents official journal of the european union eu law and other public eu documents, authentic electronic official journal of the eu - in 24 languages. As part of the efforts undertaken to improve community legislation on the basis of the farm to table concept, in the white paper on food safety, the commission announced its intention to update and complete. Comitology in the european union refers to a process by which eu law is modified or adjusted and takes place within comitology committees chaired by the european commission.
We, european associations representing a wide number of economic sectors affected directly or indirectly by comitology rules, consider that science-based decisions must be central to comitology to allow for legal and regulatory certainty in the eu. Items debated food safety additive in feedingstuffs - comitology procedure the council adopted by qualified majority, with the german, danish, austrian, finnish and swedish delegations voting against, the regulation concerning the authorisation of an additive in feedingstuffs (doc 6120/03. Directive (eu) 2016/2102 of the european parliament and of the council of 26 october 2016 on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies rules of procedures.