Eurocrats

Eurocrats in Europe

Description of Eurocrats

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes eurocrats in the following terms: [1] European bureaucrats, recruited from all the member states, some working their way up as career officials, others at senior level parachuted in from outside (parachutage). These officials, over two-thirds of whom work for the Commission, owe their loyalty and pay their taxes to the Eu (see more in this European encyclopedia). Europhiles make play of how few Eurocrats there are (around 29,000), but equally to the point is their influence on the tens of thousands of national civil servants who are seconded to them. This process, known as engrenage, or meshing, is designed to inculcate European attitudes into the officials of member states by seating them on joint committees with Eurocrats, where they collaborate in detailed technical work, for example on product safety, fish quotas or agricultural issues.

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Notas y References

  1. Based on the book “A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union from Aachen to Zollverein”, by Rodney Leach (Profile Books; London)

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