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By Karin Geuijen, Paul Hart, Sebastiaan Princen, Kutsal Yesilkagit

Rules within the ecu are mostly made by way of nationwide civil servants who organize and enforce judgements in Brussels in addition to at domestic. regardless of their very important function, those nationwide civil servants shape a comparatively hidden global that has bought little realization from either the media and teachers. This quantity considers a large choice of assets and learn how you can solution such questions as: what percentage civil servants are literally all for EU-related actions? What do those civil servants do once they interact with the ecu? and the way do they negotiate their twin roles? the hot Eurocrats bargains distinctive and worthy perception into those civil servants and their operating practices—and uncovers a few secrets and techniques on this planet of european governance alongside the way. 

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4 The virtuous spiral of organisational Europeanisation The data from our survey support two major conclusions. In terms of individual involvement in EU-related work, some 30% of respondents indicate that their work is affected by the EU. Within this category, however, the vast majority of civil servants spend relatively little time on EU-related activities. As a result, EU-related work seems to remain somewhat of a specialised activity in the Dutch national government. Besides a relatively broad group of civil servants for whom the EU is only of peripheral concern, there is a smaller group of civil servants who spend all or most of their time on the EU.

1, approximately 30% of respondents answered in the affirmative. We will refer to this 30% of respondents as civil servants ‘whose work is affected by the EU’ or ‘who are involved in EU-related work’. Most of the subsequent analyses are carried out solely within this group of respondents. 1 EU involvement among civil servants (N=4502) toward a europeanised civil service? a survey study 33 THE NEW EUROCRATS 29-02-2008 11:09 Pagina 34 It is difficult to say whether 30% is a high or a low figure, because comparable data for other countries are scarce.

After this preliminary filter, respondents were then asked to indicate how important each of the eight types of activities were in their work, using a five-point scale from ‘totally unimportant’ to ‘very important’. Respondents then had to indicate how many hours per week on average they spent on these EU-related activities. This allowed us to assess not only the number of civil servants working on EU-related activities but also the amount of time spent on these activities. Finally, respondents were presented with six statements on the way their organisations managed and facilitated EU-related activities.

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