PASOS leads consortium producing policy papers for European Parliament
News Source: PASOS Secretariat, Czech Republic
PASOS is leading a five-member consortium that has been contracted by the European Parliament to produce policy papers and briefs. The four-year project, called “Research Networks to Provide Foreign Policy Expertise,” kicked off in September 2014.
Two PASOS members — CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research and the European Council on Foreign Relations are partners on the project. The other members of the consortium are Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
The subjects of the policy briefs and papers will concern current and emerging issues falling within the areas of responsibility of Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), its Subcommittees on Security and Defence (SEDE) and Human Rights (DROI), and the Committees for Development (DEVE) and International Trade (INTA). The papers will target issues in the Eastern Partnership countries, Russia, Central Asia, and the Western Balkans.
PASOS and its partners will focus their expertise on policy options and/or analysis of situations, based on factual evidence and sound advice relevant to the committees’ work. The work produced by the partners will be used for the compilation of data and knowledge, cost-benefit analysis and impact assessments, and for outlining and evaluating policies and legislation. It is designed both to strengthen the committees’ knowledge and ability to respond to Commission proposals or Council activities, and to provide a solid basis for some of the committees’ own initiatives.
Each briefing will go through an author selection process, peer reviewer selection process, peer review, editorial process, and quality control management process. The consortium is also responsible for maintenance of an experts database, and making arrangements for experts to appear at Parliament hearings.
The EU needs to focus its attention on relations with those Eastern Partner countries that are willing to cooperate more closely and who truly wish to integrate with the Union, politically, economically and socially, according to a PASOS analysis presented to members of the European Parliament.