7 June 2018
EU_RICA project team member Dovilė Rimkutė together with the European Parliamentary Research Service presented a joint report on pesticide risk regulation in the EU. The report was presented in the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety meeting at the European Parliament. The Members of the European Parliament and the European Commission engaged in the debate regarding the findings of the study. The recording of the committee meeting can be accessed on the European Parliament’s website.
Closing Date: 29th April 2018
We are looking for a motivated Postdoctoral candidate to join the project.
See full vacancy HERE
24 April 2018
Dovilė Rimkutė has completed a study for the European Parliament titled "Mapping the practices of scientific (risk assessment) evaluation of active substances used in plant protection products". The study was carried out at the request of the European Parliamentary Research Service, Ex-Post Evaluation Unit of the European Parliament. +
It aimed to explain ‘why scientific divergences in the risk assessments carried out by highly reputable regulatory agencies have emerged’. Empirically, the study focused on the glyphosate, 2,4-D, neonicotinoid pesticides and bentazone scientific assessments conducted by regulatory agencies worldwide. This study drawn on the analysis of primary documents, an online stakeholders’ survey and semi-structured interviews with the representatives of regulatory agencies (the European Food Safety Authority, the European Chemicals Agency, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety). The study concluded that the diverging scientific conclusions on the studied substances have emerged because different risk assessors have engaged in different types of scientific evaluations (hazard-based assessment versus risk-based assessment). Furthermore, the following factors were identified as important causes explaining scientific divergences in scientific evaluations: (1) agencies relied on different data sources to assess risks and hazards; (2) they applied different scientific approaches (i.e., methodologies) to assess the collected data; (3) they engaged in the different interpretations when weighing indefinite results.
The results of the study will be presented at the European Parliament on the 7th of June 2018.
The study can be accessed on the European Parliament's website. Please see p. 455-588
10 - 14 April 2018
EU_RICA project lead Madalina Busuioc together with Sjors Overman (Utrecht University), Thomas Schillemans (Utrecht University) and Matt Wood (University of Sheffield) co-directed a 5-day workshop at ECPR Joint Sessions, Nicosia. This workshop brought together an international group of 20 scholars to discuss the relationship between accountability and reputation in the public sector.
For the workshop programme HERE.
For more details click HERE.
22 - 25 August 2018
Madalina Busuioc and Sharon Gilad (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) are organising a panel at the ECPR General Conference in Hamburg.
The panel welcomes empirical, theoretical/conceptual as well as normative papers that focus on the political outcomes and effects of bureaucratic reputation/reputation management.
Full details HERE.
1 October 2017
Madalina Busuioc has completed a study for the European Parliament titled "EU Justice Home Affairs Agencies: Securing Good Governance". The study was carried out at the request of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament. The study examines the governance structure of EU Justice and Home Affairs agencies with a focus on their core reporting and scrutiny mechanisms and makes key recommendations in this respect. The report draws on interviews with the heads of five Justice and Home Affairs agencies (Europol, Eurojust, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, the European Asylum Support Office and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights) and key staff.
The study can be accessed on the European Parliament's website.