International Regulatory Co-operation

The Role of International Organisations in Fostering Better Rules of Globalisation

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Borders are becoming increasingly porous, with growing flows of goods, services, people and capital. Governments, more than ever, need to co-ordinate their efforts to develop global standards to address climate change, as well as crises related to finance, health, environment and migration; secure peace; and ensure sustainable economic prosperity and social inclusion. International organisations play a key role in fostering multilateral action and addressing the fragmentation that may undermine effective domestic action. To shed greater light on international standard setting, this unique report collects, compares and assesses the practices of 50 international organisations on their governance arrangements, operational modalities, use of quality management disciplines and co-operation efforts. It analyses different types of organisations – inter-governmental, supra-national, trans-governmental and private – and identifies avenues for making their action more effective, inclusive and relevant.




European Commission (EC)

The Commission's main roles are set out in Article 17 of the Lisbon Treaty. They include to:

a) Set objectives and priorities for action, outlined yearly in the Commission Work Programme and work towards delivering them

b). Propose legislation, which is then adopted by the legislators, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers;

c). Enforce European law (where necessary with the help of the Court of Justice of the EU);

d). Manage and implement EU policies and the budget;

e). Represent the Union outside Europe (negotiating trade agreements between the EU and other countries, for example).


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