The groups will discern what is likely to change the legislative process and EU institutions in today’s increasingly multi-polar, multilevel, multi-actor and technology-driven world, European Parliament Secretary-General told the launch conference.
With new actors on the global stage and structures changing to accommodate devolved powers as well as executive fora such as the G8 and G20, decision-making is more and more complex. The decisions themselves are also influenced increasingly by non-governmental actors – whether non-profit organisations, private companies or individuals.
But it is no longer enough to describe the system as multi-polar, multi-level and multi-actor, said EP Secretary-General Klaus Welle at the launch event for the ESPAS working groups in October 2012. Technological change has added a ‘multi-tech accelerator’ to the mix, he said.
ESPAS is an attempt to understand complexity. It provides an opportunity for the different EU institutions to assess the challenges ahead together and to prepare for a response in the next legislative period.
Contractors and experts will provide the working groups with studies and ideas on what may change the legislative process and institutions. The working groups will then need to reflect on ‘how to use these ideas to bring them to life, to make their content workable,’ said Welle. ‘Ideas about long-term trends and their impact will have to be tried and tested, as well as looked at from the different institutional angles.’