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By: Gary Marks, François Nielsen, Leonard Ray & Jane Salk

In: Governance in the European Union

Chapter 3: Competencies, Cracks and Conflicts: Regional Mobilization in the European Union

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Competencies, Cracks and Conflicts: Regional Mobilization in the European Union
Competencies, cracks and conflicts: Regional mobilization in the European union
GaryMarks, FrançoisNielsen, LeonardRay and JaneSalk

The 1990s have seen the growth of a new and unheralded form of regional mobilization in the European Union.52 At the time of writing, fifty-four regional and local governments representing roughly three-sevenths of the population of the European Union have established offices in Brussels. Although they have no legal or formal place in the Union, the largest and best funded of these offices combine several functions. They provide the Commission and Parliament with regional viewpoints on all issues that concern them; they survey the European scene for upcoming issues to be brought to the attention of policy-makers in their home governments; they ...

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