Department of European Union Policies
The main assumptions of the research program:
- The analysis of the functioning of EU policies, in particular economic and social policies;
- The monitoring and evaluation of the development of these policies, with particular emphasis on the legal and territorial aspects (including relevant aspects to Polish and Central Europe);
- The Evaluation of European policies during the crisis of the euro area.
Specific research topics:
European policies in the period of transformation of the European integration model
The assertion that the processes of European integration are nowadays less and less based on the community model is the starting point of the project . That model was based on relative balance between European institutions on the one hand, and gradually growing autonomy of community institutions (such as the European Commission or the European Parliament), which become independent from inter-governmental institutions, on the other hand. The community model also involved an equilibrium between the big member states and the smaller or peripheral ones. The system of community institutions and the cohesion of the EU regulatory system was one of the factors of this equilibrium . Solidarity was the core principle of the system. However, the community model described above undergoes erosion in the period of the eurozone crisis. A new integration model emerges, which involves growing formal and informal political influence of the strongest member states. Also, an asymmetry of power between inter-governmental institutions and other European institutions becomes more pronounced, as does a hierarchical order, listing the states from the strongest, to the smallest, politically weakest or peripherally situated. Growing political segmentation in the EU, which results in the emergence of different circles of integration, in pursuance with the “two-speed Europe” process is an additional process.
Whether the change of the integration model affects the specific EU policies is the main research question . Political segmentation processes had already been observed in the EU before the eurozone crisis. However, this specific crisis boosted the processes of segmentation. It caused a stronger tendency to institutionalize the cooperation within the Economic and Monetary Union, and a more pronounced tendency to introduce hierarchy between “close” and “remote” integration circles. Strengthening the integration within the eurozone also reinforces the political centre of Europe, organized around the strongest member states. As a consequence, the centre can exert a stronger influence not only on the eurozone, but also on other EU states and other EU policies.
Tomasz G. Grosse, Prof: Politics of law-making in the EU;
Artur Nowak-Far, Prof: Introduction to the single European market, The EU's economic management, Administration and management in the EU, Eurozone Crisis;
Krzysztof Szewior, Prof: Social Policy;
Jadwiga Nadolska, PhD: Social Policy, Social movements in Europe, The European labor market, Social problems of contemporary Europe, Employment rights in Europe.
Research projects carried out by the staff of the Department:
European policies in the period of transformation of the European integration model - grant of the National Science Centre;
Role of Geoeconomics in the European Union - grant for the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (Tomasz G. Grosse, 2010-2013);
The ex-ante evaluation of the Strategy of socio-economic development of Eastern Poland to 2020 (project carried out by Tomasz G. Grosse for Ecorys and Ministry of Regional Development, 2012-2013);
The new cohesion policy after 2013 (Tomasz G. Grosse - project carried out in collaboration with the group of experts for a Member of European Parliament J. Olbrycht);
Polish Presidency 2011: Holding the office of President of the Council of the European Union (Presidency) - legal, institutional and political problems (Artur Nowak-Far - grant from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, 2009-2011 - Project Manager);
Uniformity and consistency in the structure of the legal system integration and federation. Comparison of the legal system of the European Union and the Russian Federation (Artur Nowak-Far - an international project, the statutory research project of Warsaw School of Economics, 2009);
The integration of the Western Balkan countries with the European Union (Artur Nowak-Far, the statutory research project of Warsaw School of Economics, 2011 - Project Manager);
Semiotics of European Union law (Artur Nowak-Far, the statutory research project of Warsaw School of Economics, 2012 - Project Manager);
Adaptation of universities to the National Qualifications Framework in Poland (Krzysztof Szewior);
Social security of the state - Polish example (Krzysztof Szewior).