Expert groups and democratic safeguards

John Moodie in this EUROPP blog post argues that while there are legitimate concerns over the use of Commission expert groups, there are adequate checks and balances in place to provide democratic safeguards.

First meeting of the Expert Group on Social Investment for Growth and Cohesion (Photo: European Commission)

The European Commission has set up a number of expert groups to aid the development of European policies. A balance is generally required between the gains in effectiveness and efficiency which expertise can provide for policymakers, and the democratic implications of relying too heavily on experts in the European policy process. John Moodie argues that while there are legitimate concerns over the use of Commission expert groups, there are adequate checks and balances in place to provide democratic safeguards.

Read the blog post here.

EUROPP (European Politics and Policy) Blog, 1 October 2013

Published Nov. 6, 2013 10:29 PM