Towards an Integrated Administration
Edited by Herwig C.H. Hofmann and Alexander H. Türk
Introduction: Towards a Legal Framework for Europe’s Integrated Administration
Herwig C.H. Hofmann and Alexander H. Türk This book aims to explore the legal challenges for the dynamically developing field of EU administrative law. They arise most importantly from the development towards an integrated administration in the EU.1 The book’s task is to contribute to a deeper understanding and discussion of this development’s underlying concepts and consequences. The contributions to this book look at how to ensure accountability, legality, legitimacy and efficiency of the actors involved in administration in the EU and their actions. In short, this volume is a contribution to the developing understanding of the fast evolving area of EU administrative law. The development towards today’s system of integrated administration of the EU has been defined through the evolution of legal, political and administrative conditions of administering joint policies. Legal problems of an integrated administration exist against the background of the transformation of both the EU Member States and the E(E)C and EU in the process of European integration. National administrations had developed under national public law as state-specific structures. These reflected different identities, historical traditions of organization and certain underlying values such as regionalization or centralized unification within a state. The effect of European integration has been to open Member States’ public law systems, obliging them to establish administrative institutions, bodies and procedures required for an effective exercise of shared sovereignty under the system of EU law. The reality of integrated administration thus is the story of the development of a system of decentralized...