• Jean Monnet Chair: "Public Administration and European Integration"

    Jean Monnet Activities consist of six Actions (Modules, Chairs, Centres of Excellence, Support to Associations, Networks and Projects) that aim at promoting excellence in teaching and research in the field of EU Studies worldwide and foster the dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers on EU policies.

    JMAs are co-funded by Erasmus+, the EU Programme in the fields of Education, Training, Youth and Sport for the period 2014-2020, established by Regulation (EU) 1288/2013 of the European Parliament and the Council. The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) supports the implementation and management of the Programme in cooperation with the Commission's Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG EAC). Detailed information on the funding opportunities is available in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.

    A Jean Monnet Chair is a teaching and research post with a specialization in EU Studies awarded to university professors around the world for three years. JMCs are designed to:

    • deepen teaching in EU Studies embodied in an official curriculum of a Higher Education Institution
    • provide in-depth teaching on EU matters for future professionals in fields which are in increasing demand on the labour market
    • encourage, advise and mentor the young generation of teachers and researchers in EU Studies subject areas
    • organize activities (conferences, seminars, workshops) targeting to policy-makers at local, regional and national level as well as to civil society

    The JMC "Public Administration and European Integration" (PAEU) is hosted at the Department of International, European and Area Studies (School of International Studies, Communication and Culture) in Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences of Athens, Greece. It is awarded to Associate Professor of "State Administration and European Integration" Anargyros G. Passas for the period 2014-2017.

    The Chair aims at the development of teaching and research on EU policy and decision-making system with a specific focus on the role of Public Administration in all levels of governance (European, national, subnational/local) and stages of the EU policy process (policy initiation, agenda-setting, policy formulation, deliberation, decision, policy implementation and evaluation) based on the four categories of European public policies (regulatory, distributive, redistributive and constitutive).

    To this end, the Chair consists of the following Activities:

    • two introductory courses on the political and institutional system of the EU at the undergraduate (bachelor) level of studies (Department of Political Science and History & Department of Social Policy, Panteion University)
    • two courses at the postgraduate level offering an in-depth analysis of the EU policy process using the theoretical and methodological tools of Policy Analysis (Master's Programme in "European Law and Public Policy", Department of International, European and Area Studies, Panteion University)
    • one training course delivered at the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government (EKDDA) addressed to young professionals recently hired in the public service
    • one conference, two workshops and a roundtable on the implementation of EU law as well as selected sectoral policies in Greece

    JMC PAEU aims to promote excellence and innovation in teaching and research in EU studies by fusing the academic theoretical knowledge with applied politics and the administrative praxis. More specifically, all the Chair's activities are based on:

    (a) the theory and methodology of EU Policy Analysis recently introduced in European Studies

    (b) an in-depth analysis of the EU institutional system and the policy process in all levels and stages, at its formal and informal/real life aspects (e.g. committee governance, pre-legislative stage, Council's consensual practices, relation between the different branches of the legislative process - trilogues and fast-track legislation, etc.)

    (c) the participation of Greek Civil Servants with teaching and negotiation skills, experienced in handling European affairs

    • by having an active role in policy formulation and policy coordination in their department or on a horizontal/interministerial basis and
    • in representing the Greek government and administration in various EU deliberating or negotiating meetings/bodies (e.g. Commission's expert groups, Council's workings/parties, ex "comitology"/implementing acts committees etc.) at the different levels and stages of the EU policy process.

    This method promotes a cross-sectoral and multi-disciplinary approach (public policy and policy analysis, public administration and administrative science, public management, law, institutional analysis, comparative government) in EU teaching and research.

    The main outcomes of the Chair's activities will be to:

    • Consolidate and diffuse the Policy Analysis approach to the research of the European integration process
    • Equip students and young professionals with a thorough understanding of the way that EU policies are formulated, implemented and evaluated today relevant for their professional career either in the private sector (e.g. consultancy, private firms), or the public sector as EU specialists
    • Promote EU research and the production of new knowledge in various EU policy areas/fields (e.g. PhD thesis, memoires, essays etc.)

    Specific attention is paid to the necessity of openness of the Greek public administration to the civil society and the necessity of an intensive participation, of the latter in the formation of Greek European policies/positions and negotiation tactics before they represent it to the various deliberating (pre-legislative stage) or negotiating EU bodies (legislative stage) thus creating the best possible conditions for the prompt and successful implementation of EU policies in real life.