Enhancing the EU's Transboundary Crisis Management Capacities: Strategies for Multi-Level Leadership (Transcrisis)

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Funding source

EU Horizon 2020

Project Details

Start date: 01/04/2015
End date: 31/03/2018
Funding: 2280209 EUR


The European Union (EU) is facing the daunting prospect of transboundary crises: threats that escalate across nationalborders and policy domains. EU member states must collaborate to address these crises. EU governance can playa pivotal role in facilitating a joint response. But does the EU have the institutional leadership capacities to dealwith transboundary crises? The response to the financial crisis - a textbook example of a transboundary crisis -revealed deep problems with crisis leadership, including conflicting diagnoses, regulatory gaps, unclear politicaljurisdictions and responsibilities, a lack of problem solving capacity, and blame-shifting. Growing euroscepticismhas been directly related to the EU's role during this transboundary crisis. This project outlines the institutionalrequirements for effective and legitimate crisis leadership in the face of transboundary crisis. We define crisisleadership as a set of strategic management functions, including the detection of impending threats, the collectionand sharing of information, the coordination of partners, and the communication to the public about the crisis and theresponse. The project analyses the capacities of political leaders in EU institutions and member states to fulfill theseleadership functions. It will pinpoint the existing and required capacities to support these functions. It investigates thecrisis management capacities of individual political leaders, and EU institutions. It explores the effects of politicalleadership on the member state level and studies how crisis management capacity is exercised in various policysectors. The project will result in recommendations for effective and legitimate crisis leadership. It establishes a ‘crisismanagement capital index' that allows for an evidence-based assessment. It proposes strategies to build support fortransboundary crisis management in a multilevel system, reconnecting citizens with an idea of what the EU can do forthem.

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