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  Europe’s political parties averse to ‘europeanisation’, research shows

Photo of article Europe has spent the past 50 years earnestly constructing a single political identity. A single economic zone has been created, a single currency instituted, and a European Union Minister of Foreign Affairs drafted into the yet-to-be ratified constitution. So as progress is being made towards a Europe-wide system of governance, how well are citizens’ views being taken into consideration to guide that governance? How good are national political parties at ‘europeanising’ their platforms? Well, not very, according to a collaborative research project funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council and undertaken by social scientists there and in Germany. The project has surveyed both traditionally Eurosceptic countries and those more sympathetic to the EU, and found that in both political parties rarely consider EU affairs a priority for their constituents.

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Published: 18 May 2007

  Commission launches call for analysing public perception of science programmes on European TV and radio stations

Photo of article The European Commission's DG Research has launched a call for project proposals aimed at gathering data and providing an analysis on how European citizens perceive the science and research programmes offered to them on TV and radio. The call, which is set to close on 23 May, comes under the Science in Society rubric in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and is part of the new ambitious audiovisual policy of the Research Department. This call will fund research investigating the ways the general public in Europe perceives, enjoys or dislikes current audiovisual science programmes. Findings will be broken down according to subjects' nationality and socio-economical background, as well as their expectations in this area.

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Published: 19 February 2007

  European oil companies show increased interest in their (green) image

Photo of article A recent survey of European oil companies found that environmental concerns are at the top of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy lists. The findings are based on replies to a survey of nine oil companies operating in Europe conducted by the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) in Norway in cooperation with the Stockholm Environmental Institute. The survey is part of a wider EU-financed project investigating CSR attitudes in Europe. Responses to the survey show that oil companies subject themselves to a number of different CSR protocols, but find that self-imposed, ‘company specific' instruments to be most effective.

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Published: 12 February 2007

  EU research project asks if traditional accountability is suited for modern times

Photo of article Public accountability has long been considered a cornerstone of European societies. Access to public officials' records and publicly traded companies' bank statements is considered such an ordinary concept that we hardly give it much thought. Yet, with today's overlapping layers of government coupled with a near-constant flow of information through numerous channels of communication some European researchers wondered what the traditional concept of public accountability means for contemporary Europe. Indeed, the rejection of the EU constitution was due in part to a lack of confidence in European public officials. For a closer look at such issues, the EU funded PubAcc, an FP6 project aimed at understanding public accountability within a contemporary context.

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Published: 19 December 2006

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