New publication on transitional allowances for former public office holders, December 2017

We recently presented a new study to the European Parliament on the transitional allowances for former office holders. The study covers practices in a series of institutions such as in the European Parliament, Commission and Council. The arrangements for these institutions are contrasted with approaches in several EU and non-EU countries.

While there is extensive research on what happens to public office holders after the end of their mandate, there is little knowledge on the allowance they receive between jobs. Office holders benefit of networking during their time in office which should put them in a position to secure a new job. As a result they are strongly exposed to conflicts of interest. Transitional allowance are meant to prevent this. However, the study shows that there is no empirical evidence out there on its effectiveness to prevent conflicts of interest. In addition, it is unclear what are the needs of officials following the end of their mandate and office.

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Evaluation for the OECD, December 2017

Were are currently conducting the evaluation of the EU-funded project Interrelations between Public Policies, Migration and Development (IPPMD) implemented by the OECD. The project’s goal was to provide policy makers with evidence on the way migration influences specific sectors (i.e. labour market, agriculture, education, investment and financial services, and social protection and health) and, how sectoral policies affect migration. The research focused on four dimensions of the migration cycle: emigration, remittances, return and immigration. Ten partner countries were involved: Armenia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Georgia, Haiti, Morocco and the Philippines.

In the framework of the IPPMD final evaluation, we attended the first OECD Development Centre’s Policy Dialogue on migration and development held in Paris in October. In November, we conducted field missions in the Philippines and Georgia to meet with the project’s focal points at the government level, the local research partners, international organisations and relevant government agencies and civil society organisations.

New collaboration with the Fundación Carlos de Amberes, April 2017

In April 2017, the Fundación Carlos de Amberes and Blomeyer & Sanz signed a collaboration agreement. With this collaboration, we aim to support the Foundation in promoting and developing international and European research programmes and activities, as well as promoting cultural exchange between Spain, France and the Benelux countries.

Together with the Foundation’s Centro de Investigación y Debate, we aim to strengthen knowledge and understanding of public policy in the EU and explore synergies between good governance practices adopted in different EU Member States.

We look forward to a fruitful collaboration. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

New publication on the impacts of the schemes revealed by the Panama Papers, April 2017

On 27 April 2017, Blomeyer & Sanz and the Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services presented a new study to the European Parliament committee on Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion titled: ‘The Impact of Schemes revealed by the Panama Papers on the Economy and Finances of a Sample of Member States’. 

The study assesses the impacts of the schemes revealed by the Panama Papers, a set of documents leaked from the law firm Mossack Fonseca detailing tax evasion and avoidance practices, and published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in April 2016. The study explores the concepts and roles of tax havens and offshore financial centres, their budgetary, and the economic and financial impacts in a sample of EU Member States. The research combined previous estimates of tax revenue loss with a microeconomic assessment based on data on companies that are thought to be linked to the Panama Papers schemes. The most significant impacts identified are the negative effects on Member States’ budgets, with wider knock-on effects on economic growth and financial markets. It is recommended that further steps are taken at the national, EU and international levels to increase transparency of corporate and individual taxation and to limit the scope for tax evasion and tax avoidance.

The full report can be found here. the presentation slides can be found here

New publication on codes of conduct and conflicts of interest under the EU Structural and Investment Funds, March 2017

On 22 March 2017, Blomeyer & Sanz presented a new study to the European Parliament committee on Budgetary Control titled: ‘Codes of Conduct and Conflicts of Interest at any governance level of the management of EU Funds’. The study reviews the Member States’ experience with codes of conduct and conflicts of interest affecting the partnership arrangements under the European Structural and Investment Funds. The focus is on conflicts of interest affecting the Monitoring Committees under the European Regional Development and European Social Fund. The study reviews the rules and other approaches to deal with conflicts of interest, discusses best practices and ends with conclusions and recommendations advocating a complementary rule and value based approach supported by transparency and ethical leadership.

The study was authored by Dr. Christoph Demmke (assisted by David Hanel), Roland Blomeyer, Dr. Thomas Henökel, Mike Beke, and Timo Moilanen.

The full report can be found here. The presentation slides can be found here.

New publication on the impact of the fisheries penalty point system, February 2016

Picture1In February we presented a new study for the European Parliament committee on Fisheries titled: Social and Economic Impact of the Penalty Point System.

This research study focuses on the social and economic impact of the penalty point system for serious fisheries infringements. Overall this study has identified challenges in relation to the penalty point system and its implementation. Stakeholders highlight concerns relating lack of transparency, problems of accountability, and lack of participation. Further, this report flags concerns that different implementation of the system on the national level negatively impacts smaller vessels and those fishing species with tight quotas or higher risk of bycatch.

Workshop on cybercrime, June 2015

In June 2015, Mike Beke participated in a workshop on cyber security and predictive policing organised in Brussels by the Societal Security Network – SOURCE. The aim of the network is to ‘create a robust and sustainable virtual centre of excellence capable of exploring and advancing societal issues in security research and development’. The workshop included experts from police, industry, policy-making, civil society, and academia. Societal challenges were discussed concerning the use of modern technologies and cybercrime.

More information on the Societal Security Network can be found here. More information on the workshop here.