A survey of senior European officials, involving Edinburgh University researchers, has been backed by European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.
The survey evaluates the attitudes of officials in the European Commission - the executive body of the European Union - in order to gain an insight into the workings of the organisation.
Researchers from the University and across Europe are currently compiling the findings of the survey, called "The European Commission of the 21st Century: Views From the Inside". Its results will be presented to stakeholders later this year.
President Barroso said that the findings of the survey will help improve the operations of the European Commission.
The Commission of the 21st Century has produced the largest and richest data set on attitudes of Commission officials ever uncovered. The project's findings will help us make the Commission a more efficient and effective administration that better serves European citizens.
José Manuel Barroso
European Commission President
President Barroso, an honorary graduate of the University, added that he is proud that the European Union has assisted in the scientific study, “without fear of the results and with a genuine desire to learn more about the overall feelings and motivation of the people that work for this unique organisation”.
The study, which was carried out between September 2008 and November 2009 and is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), evaluates the attitudes of over 4,500 European Commission staff.
University Professor John Peterson said that the results will allow original and detailed analysis of the European Commission as a modern 21st Century administration.
The European Commission is probably the most powerful administration in the world. The intent of this project is to see how unique and different it is.
Professor John Peterson
Head of Politics & International Relations
This article was published on Jun 16, 2010