Franck Biancheri

EUROPE : COMMUNITY OR EMPIRE?

14 x 20,8 cm - 168 p.

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Elements of reflection and principles of action for future European citizens

In 1992, Franck Biancheri was already very familiar with the community system, due to the various acquired experiences in the «community school» where he and the rest of the «builders» were formed (as he himself pointed out in the first chapter of this book). Here are some memorable ones: the creation of the European Student Forum (AEGEE-Europe); the campaign for the Erasmus Programme; the creation of the first trans-European political party named IDE; the prospective work of the Prometheus-Europe Association and, particularly the denunciation of the malfunctioning TEMPUS programme in 1991/92; the founding of the Euro-Prospective, his own Research and Audit Company for the Community programmes, as well as his working days within the European Court of Auditors (1991/1992). All those have enabled him to survey the corridors, lobbies and cabinets of all decision-making levels in Europe. He therefore knew at what level one needed to look for responsibilities of the system’s drifts and he used to address directly those whom he considered to bear the failures, but also the successes of the European project. Being always extremely pedagogical, he used to bring ideas, to describe the tools and processes, to consider scenarios and bring solutions to policy makers. All they had to do was to help themselves…

Weight 246 g
Dimensions 14 × 20.8 cm
Language

FR, EN

Type

PAPERBACK, PDF

SUMMARY

Summary

  • PREFACE
  • THE COMMUNITY AT A CROSSROADS
    • Back to the community school
    • The age of the builders
    • Community or empire: it is up to the European citizen to decide!
  • COMMUNITY OR EUROPE?
    • Europe and the European Community since the fall of the Iron Curtain
      • What is Europe?
      • Europe, a moving horizon
      • Europe is not the Community
      • What is the Community?
    • Principles for the functioning of the Community
      • Democratic constraint and political method.
      • Respect for diversity as a democratic constraint
      • 1990: Suddenly the Community leaves its laboratory
      • Maastricht: When the administrations alone hold the command
      • The Return of the Demons
      • Poor interpretation of principles and ignorance of constraints
  • THE EMPIRE IS BEING INSTALLED – A European Community inadequate for the 21st century
    • A Community under the monopoly of archaic elites
      • The Community imposture of the national political classes
      • When the valets replace the masters
      • The Lobbyist, the Canada Dry of the European Civil Service
      • Private Partners, or how to swing from Operationalto Decision-Making
    • The Divorce between the Community and the Public Opinions
      • Disregard for democracy and no more respect for diversity
      • A Community created by States on behalf of the people. Is it, really?
      • The subsidiarity concept: forgetting the respect for diversity, or how to feed the fear of the Community
      • Plurality, Diversity, Unity…
    • The increasing inefficiency of the modes of decision-making and operation within the European Community
      • Irresponsibility under influences
      • Community inertia and methodological conservatism
  • FACING THE YEAR 2000 WITH AN OUTDATED EUROPEAN COMMISSION
    • The European Commission, a hybrid of French centralism and German bureaucracy
      • Administrative archaism
      • Shortage of staff, poor allocation of human resources and inadequate recruitment
      • Outdated methodologies, which lack transparency and flexibility
    • The four main functions of the European Commission: normative, distributive, stimulative, representative
      • The normative function
      • The distributive function
      • The stimulative function
      • The representative function
      • The representative function of the Community and the ability to forecast
      • Happy with the communication?
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The author

Franck Biancheri

Franck Biancheri (1961 – 2012) was the Director of studies at LEAP (Laboratoire Européen d’Anticipation Politique) which foresaw the “global systemic crisis” as early as February 2006, and which has ever since been anticipating its evolution in the Global Europe Anticipation Bulletin (GEAB) whose public announcements are translated in more than 70 different languages and read by more than 10 million people worldwide each month. He was also one of the fathers of the Erasmus programme. Over the last twenty years, his activities have led him to bring his expertise to many governments and institutions of the European Union, as well as to the United States, the Muslim world, Latin America and Asia. He have also created two trans-European political parties : IDE which ran in the 1989 European election (France, Spain, Netherlands) and Newropeans which ran in the 2009 European elections (Germany, France, Netherlands).

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