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Its White Paper focuses on four main action themes: Better involvement and more openness: The issued on 11 December reviews the progress achieved over the past 16 months with regard to governance issues.
It shows that continue reading Commission has already developed and launched the majority of the actions proposed in the White Paper. A public consultation had been launched following the publication of the White Paper and ran through 31 March The Commission reports that the response to its public consultation "was modest in numbers contributions but rich in content.
Similarly, a geographical imbalance across the EU was in evidence as regards contributions, perhaps reflecting differences in public consultation culture and tradition. The Commission reports that the public response largely supports the White Paper's definition of the principles underlying European governance of openness, participation, accountability, effectiveness and coherence. Part of the pub lic response regrets the apparent limits of the White Papers understanding of "governance" which focuses predominantly on the effectiveness and efficiency of the EU decision-making system.
The Commission was seen to disregard issues of democratic legitimacy and democratic deficit in European integration. The principles of democratic legitimacy and subsidiarity thus have been proposed as additions to the underlying principles.
Should there be disagreement, the Commission is able, through the conciliation procedure, to "hold the ring", using the Parliament as a counterweight to offset any blockages in the Council. This was endorsed by Jacques Delors, former President of the Commission, according to whom civil society organisations facilitated what he called "participatory democracy" According to the Commission, "the 1—2 million Europeans directly involved in trans—European networks related to European policies have both the motivation and the required mastery of European affairs to facilitate the emergence of an organised European civil society" The ungrateful people, it appeared, were loving the wrong Big Brother. Chabert's speech President of the Committee of the Regions, Minister and Vice-President of the Brussels-capital RegionBrussels, on 24 October [ In academia much of the considerable research funding available for EU—approved projects can be obtained only when researchers ally themselves to institutes in other member states, thus forming the desired "networks" with a European identity. Even churches and religious communities from whom a "particular contribution" is expected, 14 are included. The Commission will work more closely together with them to enable them to contribute to decision shaping and policy execution.
The public consultation supported the following key governance approaches of the Commission: Reactions from EU actors to the publication of the White Paper have generally been positive. Certain sections of the press, however, have questioned whether its recommendations will actually meet its key objective: