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German Research Institute for Public Administration

The Internationalisation of the European Administrative Space

The more the European Administrative Space consolidates itself "inwards", the more important it becomes to organise and structure its "outward" effects, as well as to plan for the "repercussions" that the international coordination processes will have on the national administrations - mediated by the European institutions.

Undoubtedly, the need for administrative cooperation at the international level has increased considerably in recent decades. This can be seen, for example, with respect to cooperation within the framework of Interpol, in the fight against tax evasion, the implementation of climate change policies, the fight against irregular immigration, and the development of global or even "only" regional "standards of good administration" (e.g. those mediated by the Council of Europe or the OECD).

What new fora and forms of coordination between EU institution and member states on the one hand, and third countries or international organizations on the other, have emerged in this area? How efficient are these when it comes to representing European positions vis-à-vis third countries and their associations? Which global influences are transmitted through administrative cooperation between the European Administrative Space and other administrative offices or international bureaucracies?

In addition, more transnational administrative agglomerations now occur worldwide - be it in certain sectors or even in specific national structures modeled after the European Union. The European Union must coordinate with the latter to be capable of offering effective solutions also within the European Union.

How do administrations in the EU cope with increasing integration into global structures and processes? Which international protagonists and legal norms are of outstanding importance? Which forms and formats of coordination with these other entities exist at the European level? Which possibilities of pro-active management do European politics and administration have to realise their potential and maximize their influence on the international level?

Programme Director

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Stelkens

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Stelkens




Prof. Dr. Cristina Fraenkel-Haeberle