The conference is organized in the framework of Prof. Ramona Coman’s course POLI D 409 ‘Decision-making in the EU’.

The European Commission: a technocratic institution with a political mission

The main objective of the course POLI D 409 on ‘Decision-making in the EU’ is to provide students with in-depth knowledge of decision-making processes of the European Union. One way of doing so is by introducing the functioning of EU institutions, including their organisation and roles in the decision-making process. Decision-making procedures and modes of governance are also analysed.

The 4th lecture of the course aims at enhancing the students’ understanding of the role of the European Commission, its powers and how it works. When discussing the functioning and the role of the European Commission, including collegiality, Dr. Patrin will use the political-technocratic correlation as the common thread, while also making the link with more recent developments such as euroscepticism and populism. This also related to the reading on the “decline of the European Commission”.

The 45-minute lecture will be followed by a Q&A session to discuss whether the European Commission today is rather a technocratic body or a political institution, and why.

About Maria Patrin

Maria Patrin is a Research Associate at the Robert Schuman Centre of Applied Studies at the European University Institute (EUI). She obtained her PhD in law at the EUI in 2020. Her doctoral dissertation looked into the European Commission’s principle of collegiality. Her research focuses on EU constitutional law and institutions. Prior to her PhD, she worked for several years as a Director of Public Affairs in Brussels. 

Practical information

Dr. Patrin’s guest lecture will take place on Friday, 9 October from 10 to 11h30 via Teams.

The lecture will be given in English. This event is open to the public. 

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