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The accountability gap in EU law, Marios Costa

The accountability gap in EU law, Marios Costa
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 143-151) and index
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non fiction
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The accountability gap in EU law
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Marios Costa
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Routledge research in constitutional law
Almost two decades ago, the fall of the Santer Commission against a background of allegations of maladministration and nepotism had the effect of placing accountability on the political agenda of the EU institutions. More recently, the non-ratification of the Constitutional Treaty, the difficulties of the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty and the current financial crisis have increased the calls for accountability in the EU. This book investigates whether any progress towards more accountability and transparency has been made in the post-Lisbon era by taking a holistic approach to the subject. Marios Costa argues that currently the EU institutions and the Member States are not in a position to hold the so-called independent agencies as well as the various committees and expert groups accountable. Despite recent progress, the EU still needs to put forward an acceptable constitutional framework which will truly secure accountability at the EU level of governance
Table Of Contents
The Accountability Gap in EU Law- Front Cover -- The Accountability Gap in EU Law -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- List of abbreviations -- Table of cases -- Table of European Union documents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Chapter 1: Introduction and preliminary remarks: European Union accountability -- Defining accountability: explanation of the term -- Chapter 2: Accountability within the Commission -- Introduction -- The legal framework on the Commissioners' accountability -- The facts of the Cresson case -- Concluding remarks -- Chapter 3: The access to documents regime in the EU -- Introduction -- Historical overview of the legislative background -- The pre-regulation regime: the Code of conduct -- The Treaty of Amsterdam (Article 1 TEU) -- Regulation 1049/2001 and the relevant case law -- Concluding remarks -- Chapter 4: Accountability of the EU decentralised agencies -- Introduction -- Historical overview -- Different types of agencies -- Accountability issues -- Concluding remarks -- Chapter 5: The invisible hand of the EU committee-based system: the case of delegated and implementing acts -- Introduction -- Setting out the problem -- Lifting the veil of secrecy -- The post-Lisbon regime -- Concluding remarks: accountability of the committee-based system - myth or reality? -- Chapter 6: Accountability through locus standi and the role of the Court of Justice -- Introduction -- Overview of the access to justice regime -- Access to justice -- Locus standi post Lisbon: the contribution of the Court -- Has the Treaty of Lisbon solved or postponed the accountability problem? -- Concluding remarks -- Chapter 7: Concluding remarks: what is the future for accountability in the EU? -- Appendix I -- Appendix II -- Appendix III -- Bibliography -- Index
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