What we have here is a clash between two organisational cultures: the model of the 1950s confronting the new demands of the 1990s. Tony Blair is right to demand a root-and-branch reform of the Commission, but his five-point plan does not go far enough. Steve Richards is correct (Comment, 17 March) to argue that the momentum is with far-reaching reform.
It is not simply a matter of imposing new financial systems on the Commission: the entire model has to be changed. This means reform of the Commission's organisational structures, its staffing and promotions policies, and the process whereby its heads are selected. Out with the institutional philosophy of Jean Monnet and in with new management values and practices.
Professor KEVIN FEATHERSTONE
Department of European Studies
University of BradfordReuse content