Pappas, Spyros A. (1992) Towards a European Public Service. EIPAScope 1992(3):pp.9-13. pp. 9-13.
The title of this lecture - 'Towards a European Public Service' - may seem to imply that there is no such service today. Consequently, I can allow my thoughts free rein on how it should develop and how it should be. Of course, as a lawyer I am accustomed to working with vague ideas but, again as a lawyer, I am tempted to make some concrete points out of these vague ideas, and this is what I am attempting to do today. I would like to formulate some answers to the question of what is this phenomenon referred to as the European public service. But how shall I start? If the final goal - the European public service and its definition - remains vague, I need at least to have a solid starting point, and that is what do we mean by the public service. If we can define what the public service is, then we can attempt to find some answers to the question on the European public service. I suggest therefore that I first examine this meaning with you (A), although you may consider this quite easy. Then I propose to take a look at what the state of affairs is today (B) and, finally, in the light of the meaning we give to the public service and its evolution up till now in the European arena, we will be able to draw some conclusions as regards the European public service (C).
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