EUROLOB II - Europeanization of Interest Intermediation
EUROLOB II investigates if and how national and European business interest associations (BIAs) respond with modified strategies of interest intermediation to the new competitive situation caused by enlargement (reduced "ear-time") and the new consultation regime of the Commission, which institutionalised the principle of "participatory governance" and new procedures promoting the access of European NGOs. The research is based on the replication of an earlier survey (EUROLOB I, 1999), addressed to BIAs in Germany, Great Britain, France and the EU. For comparative reasons it has been extended to BIAs in Poland and to European level general interest associations. The quantitative analysis is supplemented with a series of interviews.
In 2013 interviews were conducted as an addition to the EUROLOB survey. They focused on information on the mode and aim of interest representation of business interest associations (BIAs) in the EU. Further, changes of the population and the organization of BIAs were investigated. For the time being interviews were conducted with German and EU-level umbrella and sectoral organizations of the chemical industries, the electrical industries, and the mechanical engineering industries. First results were presented at the 3-Länder-Tagung in Innsbruck/Austria in September 2013. Further interviews are planned with BIAs from other industrial sectors and from the remaining project countries.