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ACEA Competitiveness Award 2010 goes to 'Bruges' graduate Chiodo for thesis on EU stakeholder consultation
Brussels, 18/06/2010 – Rossella Chiodo, graduate from the College of Europe in Bruges, has won this year’s ACEA Competitiveness Award for a thesis on the effectiveness and influence of stakeholder consultation during impact assessments of the European Commission.
“Stakeholder consultation is fundamental for legitimising the political process in the European Union”, Chiodo says about the topic she chose, “not least when it comes to impact assessments.” Her findings include that stakeholder consultation on impact assessments is not used as efficiently as possible, partly due to political contention taking the upper hand over input from stakeholders.
ACEA Secretary General Ivan Hodac congratulated the winner. “Rossella Chiodo addresses a topic that policy makers and stakeholders deal with on a daily basis. Impact assessments are crucial for policy making, all the more when technical issues are involved, and relevant stakeholder intelligence should be fully used to achieve accurate results.”
It is the fifth time that ACEA, the Brussels-based European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, awards a College of Europe student for a thesis that shows academic excellence and investigates a dimension of EU regulation and industry competitiveness without necessarily being automotive-industry specific.
The cooperation between the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association and the College in Bruges is rooted in the mutual conviction that close understanding is essential between industry & business, academia and the EU institutions, many of which recruit from the College of Europe. European integration is still work in progress. Continuous interaction between society’s decision makers is of utmost significance to preserve what has grown and draft effective regulation while avoiding unnecessary bureaucracy.
Before her master’s degree in European political studies at the College of Europe, Chiodo was a researcher at the Institute for Political Studies in Milan and obtained degrees in international studies and sociology.
The European automotive industry is key to the strength and competitiveness of Europe. The ACEA members are BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler, FIAT Group, Ford of Europe, General Motors Europe, Jaguar Land Rover, MAN Nutzfahrzeuge, Porsche, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault, Scania, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group and Volvo Group. They provide direct employment to more than 2.3 million people and indirectly support another 10 million jobs. Annually, ACEA members annually invest over €26 billion in R&D, or about 5% of turnover.
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