February 21, 2013

A New Step Towards a European Code of Administrative Procedure (Thomas Perroud)

This post, by network member Thomas Perroud (Paris-Est, visiting scholar this term at Yale), originally appeared on the Comparative Administrative Law Blog and is reprinted here by permission.

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The European Ombudsman and the European Parliament have been pushing for some time now for the drafting of a European code of administrative procedure. The project is under way and the European Parliament has adopted a Resolution with recommendations to the Commission on a Law of Administrative Procedure of the European Union (available here).

The resolution is very general. The project would take the form of a regulation and should aim at guaranteeing the right to good administration by means of an open, efficient and independent administration based on a European Law of Administrative Procedure. The scope of the Code is clearer. It is limited to direct administration and to the relations with the public: it should apply to the Union's institutions, bodies, offices and agencies (‘the Union's administration') in their relations with the public.

An impact assessment was also made. It is to be found here.

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