Scientific Expertise and Open Government in the Digital Era: Some Reflections on EFSA and Other EU Agencies
Forthcoming in A.Alemmano and S.Gabbi (eds.) "Foundations of EU Food Law and Policy" (Ashgate, 2014)
15 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2013
Date Written: October 31, 2013
This paper presents some reflections on how the collaborative and crowdsourcing practices of Open Government could be integrated in the activities of EFSA and other EU agencies. First, it highlights the informational capabilities of EU Agencies, and it examines the instututional models adopted to obtain technical and scientific expertise in their decision-making processes. The paper moves on to describe the main features of Open Government, in particular the transparent and collective peer-production mechanism used in new digital products such as the open-source software or Wikipedia. Finally, the paper presents a series of arguments highlighting the benefits of the Open Government paradigm for expert regulatory bodies in the EU. It argues that Open Government could provide a concrete application to the principle set in Article 298 TFEU of "open, efficient and independent" EU public administrations.
Keywords: EU administrative law; Open Government; EU Agencies; regulatory decision-making; scientific assessment
JEL Classification: K23; K32; L66
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