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Herwig C.H. Hofmann, Gerard C. Rowe, and Alexander H. Türk

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286485

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286485.001.0001

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A Typology of Administrative Tasks in the European Union

A Typology of Administrative Tasks in the European Union

(p.57) 4 A Typology of Administrative Tasks in the European Union
Administrative Law and Policy of the European Union

Herwig C.H. Hofmann

Gerard C. Rowe

Alexander H. TÜrk

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a typology of administrative tasks in the European Union. The tasks of public administration in the EU are multifaceted, polycentric, and joint, to be performed largely within a framework of multidimensional cooperation. The multifaceted nature of Union administrative tasks reflects both their key role and purpose, and their location, within the architecture of this supranational organization. Administrative action is undertaken in the framework of, and for the purpose of achieving, the overall policies and goals of the EU. This action takes place within the sphere of the Union's competences and operation, implementing the specific objectives of individual subject areas within that sphere. The broad framework for this is found in the specification of the overall mission of the EU as set out in the founding Treaties, especially in Article 3 of the Treaty of the European Union.

Keywords:   EU, administrative tasks, public administration, Treaty of the European Union

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