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The regional offices in Brussels

From “push and pull” to “people and place”

Justin Greenwood

English abstract: The potential of “people and place” is assessed as a means to broaden research about regional political actors into key questions about their role in European integration, largely dormant since the European Commission's 2001 White Paper on Governance raised the potential for territorial authorities to bridge EU institutions with territorial civil society. Interviews were conducted with a subset of executives from EU liaison offices performing leading roles in the formation and maintenance of a cluster of cognate networks. A key driver involves differences in their working constraints, assessed by a dual typology of offices in conjunction with literature applied to lobbyists in outreach contexts. A tendency to “go native” over time, coupled with the opportunities for long-time post holders to control their own working agendas, may lead to activities orientated toward bringing the EU to regions, rather than just promoting their regions in EU institutions.

Spanish abstract: “La gente y el lugar” son un medio para ampliar investigación sobre los actores políticos regionales en la integración europea, preguntas ausentes desde que el Libro Blanco sobre Gobernanza de la Comisión Europea (2001) elevó el potencial de las autoridades territoriales para establecer relaciones entre la sociedad civil y las instituciones de la Unión Europea (UE). Se entrevistaron ejecutivos de oficinas regionales de enlace de la UE que desempeñan actividades importantes en la formación de un conjunto de redes afines. Un factor clave involucra diferencias en sus restricciones de trabajo, evaluadas por una tipología dual de las oficinas junto con la literatura aplicada a grupos de presión en contextos de divulgación. Una tendencia a “volverse nativo”, junto con oportunidades para los antiguos funcionarios de controlar sus agendas, puede conducir a actividades que promueven la UE en las regiones, en vez de simplemente promover sus regiones en instituciones de la UE.

French abstract: Cet article évalue le potentiel des «personnes et des lieux» comme un moyen d'élargir la recherche sur les acteurs politiques régionaux sur des questions clés relatives à leur rôle dans le processus d'intégration européenne, en berne depuis la publication du Livre blanc de la Commission européenne en 2011 sur la gouvernance qui a soulevé le potentiel qu'avaient les collectivités territoriales à combler le dé ficit des institutions de l'UE en collaboration avec la société civile territoriale. Les entrevues ont été menées auprès d'un sous-groupe de cadres des bureaux de liaison de l'UE chargés du premier rôle dans la formation et le maintien d'un groupe de réseaux apparentés. Un facteur clé implique des différences dans leurs contraintes de travail, évalués par une double typologie des bureaux en conjonction avec la littérature appliquée aux lobbyistes dans des contextes de sensibilisation. Une tendance à «aller indigène» au fil du temps, couplé avec les possibilités pour les titulaires de poste à long termes de contrôler leurs propres programmes de travail, peut conduire à des activités susceptibles d'orienter l'UE dans le sens des régions, plutôt que de promouvoir essentiellement la promotion des régions au sein des institutions de l'UE.

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Anna Scolobig, Luigi Pellizzoni, and Chiara Bianchizza

Commission (EC) . 2000 . “ Directive 2000/60/EC Establishing a Framework for Community Action in the Field of Water Policy .” Official Journal of the European Communities L 327 (European Commission, Brussels) http://eur-lex.europa.eu/ (accessed 11

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Constanza Parra and Frank Moulaert

Postpolitical Quandary of Night Flights at Brussels Airport .” Environment and Planning A 42 ( 7 ): 1577 – 1594 . 10.1068/a42269 Ostrom , Elinor . 2007 . “ Sustainable Social-Ecological Systems: An Impossibility? ” Paper presented at the Annual Meetings

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Franco Ruzzenenti and Aleksandra Wagner

2020: A Strategy for Competitive, Sustainable and Secure Energy . Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. Document 52010DC0639, Brussels

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Ocean Thinking

The Work of Ocean Sciences, Scientists, and Technologies in Producing the Sea as Space

Susannah Crockford

to at a conference in Brussels who saw the coast as a flat plane or wall because she was yet unable to incorporate hydrological data. The straight lines of models chafe and bruise the fluidity and mobility of the ocean ( Steinberg and Peters 2015: 253

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Extractive Conservation

Peasant Agroecological Systems as New Frontiers of Exploitation?

Anne Cristina de la Vega-Leinert and Peter Clausing

, 2014 . “Climate-Smart Agriculture”: The Emperor’s New Clothes? CIDSE Discussion Paper . Brussels : CIDSE Climate—Food Working Groups . www.cidse.org/publications/just-food/food-and-climate/csa-the-emperor-s-new-clothes.html (accessed 15 June

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Round table report

Advancing regional social integration, social protection, and the free movement of people in Southern Africa

Lorenzo Fioramonti

The round table on “Advancing regional social integration, social protection, and free movement of people in Southern Africa” was organized as part of the conference “Regional governance of migration and social policy: Comparing European and African regional integration policies and practices” held at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) on 18–20 April 2012, at which the articles in this special issue were first presented. The discussion was moderated by Prince Mashele of the South African Centre for Politics and Research and the participants included: Yitna Getachew, IOM Regional Representative for Southern Africa, Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA); Jonathan Crush, University of Cape Town and Balsillie School of International Affairs, Canada, representing the Southern Africa Migration Program (SAMP); Vic van Vuuren, Director of Southern African ILO; Vivienne Taylor, South Africa Planning Commission; Sergio Calle Norena, Deputy Regional Representative of UNHCR; Laurent De Boeck, Director, ACP Observatory on Migration, Brussels; Wiseman Magasela, Deputy Director General Social Policy, South African Department of Social Development; and Sanusha Naidu, Open Society Foundation for South Africa.

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Elisabetta Nadalutti

legal texts, ethical values are part of our everyday discussions in relation to CBC programs. (Interview with the author, Brussels, April 2019) Indeed, “the European Union does not have a narrative that addresses this ethical dimension. … Certainly

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Coronavirus with “Nobody in Charge”

An open reflection on leadership, solidarity, and contemporary regional integration

Harlan Koff and Carmen Maganda

! The Editors References Affolderbach , J. , Du Bry , T. , Gonzalez , O. , & Parra , C. ( 2012 ). Reinforcing governance: Perspectives on development, poverty and global crises . RISC 2010. Brussels : Peter Lang . 10

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Ecosystem integrity and policy coherence for development

Tools aimed at achieving balance as the basis for transformative development

Harlan Koff, Miguel Equihua Zamora, Carmen Maganda, and Octavio Pérez-Maqueo

: Strategies for the way forward . Brussels : CEPS . Denizer , C. , Kaufmann , D. , & Kraay , A. ( 2013 ). Good countries or good projects? Macro and micro correlates of World Bank Project Performance . Retrieved from siteresources