First workshop 26-27 May 2016, Maastricht

The EUFINACCO network, a recently established UACES Collaborative Research Network, invites paper proposals in view of a workshop on “Financial Accountability in the European Union” on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th May 2016 at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, in the Netherlands.

The deadline for submission is Friday 25th March. Informal enquiries, as well as paper proposals, should be sent to one of the three convenors of the network, Paul Stephenson (

Please provide us with your full name, email address, affiliation, and 4-6 keywords for your paper, along with your title and abstract (300-500 words). More information can be found at: and

The network hopes to be in a position to cover accommodation for all participants, and to pay a partial or full contribution towards transport costs for PhD students and early career researchers.

Best wishes,

Paul Stephenson, Hartmut Aden, María-Luisa Sánchez-Barrueco

Background to the EUFINACCO CRN

EUFINACCO (Financial Accountability in the European Union) is acknowledged as UACES collaborative research network for the period 2015-2018. We are a small (20) but growing network of scholars from various academic disciplines (political science, public policy, law, economics, sociology and criminology) working on issues related to financial accountability in the EU.

Our respective research interests thus converge at one point: the implementation and control of the EU budget. Issues of financial accountability may be approached from various perspectives, including, among others:

· questions concerning accountability, legitimacy, transparency, democracy.

· fields of practice such as auditing, taxation, accountancy and budgeting.

· stages of the policy process such as implementation and evaluation (ex ante / ex post).

· institutions such as the European Court of Auditors, European Parliament (Budgetary Control), European Commission, Anti-Fraud Office, European Central Bank.

· institutional issues of reform, roles, design, leadership, culture, ethics, learning.

· financial instruments such as the European Stability Mechanism and European Semester.

· policy areas, from the CAP and Structural Funds to CFSP and economic governance.

· analytical lenses such as multi-level governance and theories of integration.

All of the above fit in the scope of EUFINACCO research network to the extent that a sufficient impact on the EU budget and its implementation or control is present.

We aim to engage academics and researchers, including doctoral students, EU officials, policy practitioners and civil society in our debates and collaborative research projects.

Looking ahead to ECPR in Trento and UACES in London

The contribution of EUFINACCO CRN to the Annual UACES Conference in London will be primarily oriented towards an edited volume on Financial Accountability in the European Union, to be submitted by early 2017.

We hope to present papers at the London UACES annual conference on:

1.- Conceptualizing financial accountability in the European Union: theories, methods, multilevel governance, principal-agent theories, leadership, public ethics, …

2.- The input of various actors. This strand will explore the specific contribution to EU financial accountability of the relevant bodies at the European and national level; e.g. the European Court of Auditors, the Commission, Ombudsman, European Parliament (notably CONT/COCOBU), OLAF, Supreme Audit Institutions, audited bodies at the EU and national level…

3.- Financial accountability accross policy areas. This strand targets issues of practical implementation of financial accountability accross EU policies and/or in contexts of multilevel governance.

Also, if you happen to be attending the ECPR Standing Group Conference in Trento (16-18 June 2016), feel free to drop by our EUFINACCO panel on “Financial Accountability for EU Cohesion Funding” (Panel no. 056).


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