The Policy Fellow at the Hertie School’s Jacques Delors Centre is one of the 12 experts chosen to develop recommendations for institutional reforms.
Created through a cooperated initiative by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and by the German Foreign Office, the group of 12 non-governmental experts will be working on proposals to strengthen EU institutions, to gain in efficiency and democratic guarantees and adapt them to future enlargements.
The working group was launched on 23 January, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty and the German-French Council of Ministers. Perspectives from other European countries shall also be included in their analysis.
“It is obvious that the EU needs an institutional overhaul to maintain its capacity to act. (…) we bring together German and French experts at one table (…) to strengthen our common European project,” said German Minister of State for Europe and Climate Anna Lührmann.
Following the conference on the Future of Europe, the working group was set-up jointly by the German Minister and her French counterpart, Laurence Boone, Secretary of State for European Affairs. In a recent tweet on the project, the French Secretary of State described the three main objectives for the first working session to be the simplification of procedures, acceleration of action and involving citizens.
This working group is further composed of Daniela Schwarzer (Open Society Foundations), Shahin Vallée (DGAP), Nicolai von Ondarza (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik), Olivier Costa (CNRS CEVIPOF), Pervenche Beres (Fondation Jaurès), Funda Tekin (Institut für Europäische Politik), Christine Verger (Institut Jacques Delors), Sophia Russack (Centre for European Policy Studies), Franz Mayer (Universität Bielefeld), Gilles Gressani (Grand Continent) and Gaëlle Marti (Université de Lyon III).
Here is an overview of several projects the Jacques Delors Centre is involved with to promote the two countries’ collaboration.