Member States and European Integration

Research Project

Project manager: Josefin Almer Wulff

In 2011, SIEPS initiated a new project on/concerning statistics intended to supplement the data on regularly presented EU legislation. The project aims to examine the extent to which Swedish legislation emanates from the EU. In 2012, SIEPS published the report "...

Timeframe: Completed
Project Managers: Göran von Sydow and Pernilla Bäckman

Since 2003, SIEPS has had a project devoted to the rotating presidency of the EU. The entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty changes the role of the presidency in a number of ways and a set of functions previously exercised by the presidency are now in the hands of new functions at the EU-level. This has reduced the role of the...

Timeframe: Completed
Project manager: Josefin Almer Wulff

In this project the negotiations and implementation of EU legislation will be analyzed from a Swedish perspective. Focus will be on legislation relating to the internal market.

The main purpose of this project is to study how the European Union influences the Swedish model of public administration. Of particular interest is the EU decision-making process: the proactive phase (when the EU's policy is designed),...

Timeframe: Completed
Project managers: Fredrik Langdal and Göran von Sydow

A Terriritorial Agenda for the EU was adopted in Leipzig in 2007. Its purpose is among many things to strengthen the territorial cohesion in an expanding Union. Today three in four of the union’s citizens live in urban areas while three fourths of the territory is rural. In the Territorial Agenda a number of challenges are identified regarding the environment, cohesion, economic growth and access to...

Project manager: Göran von Sydow and Jakob Lewander

In 2005, in cooperation with the SOM-institute at Gothenburg University, SIEPS initiated a project that polls Swedish public opinion on European integration. A cooperation agreement between the two institutes has been set up and is subject to annual review.

The cooperation agreement allows SIEPS to use the polls as they are published. SIEPS also organises a seminar around...

Timeframe: 2010-2014
Project managers:  Jonas Eriksson, Josefin Almer Wulff and Anna Wetter

In the last few decades the public sector has been increasingly affected by a range of measures to improve its efficiency. Hence, we have witnessed governance reforms that aim to...

Timeframe: Completed
Project Manager: Fredrik Langdal

The European Union (EU)'s institutional framework relies on a delicate balance between small, medium and large Member States – a balance that has come under intense scrutiny in the Convention on the Future of Europe and the enlargement process. Within the decision-making triangle, the big states have traditionally favoured the Council to wield their power, while the small states have tended to regard the Commission as their closest ally.

The incentives of small states to seek close...

Timeframe: Completed
Project manager: Fredrik Langdal

In connection with the conclusions reached at the meeting of the European Council in Nice in 2000, it was stated that a clearer distribution of decision-making powers between the EU and its member states should be discussed.

A catalogue of competences defines who, or which level, has the authority to make decisions on specific matters. Up to now, EU has applied the principle of subsidiarity in order to determine...