Nico Groenendijk

Nico Groenendijk
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences · Department of Organisation, Leadership and Management

PhD

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Introduction
Nico Groenendijk is professor of Public Policy at Inland Norway University (Norway). From 2005-2017 he was Jean Monnet professor of European Economic Governance at the University of Twente (Netherlands). From 2014-2021 he was visiting professor in European Studies at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu (Estonia). Nico Groenendijk has a background in public administration and in public sector economics. He has specialized in EU governance and fiscal federalism.
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September 2020 - May 2021
Oslo Metropolitan University
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  • Professor
June 2018 - May 2020
Oslo Metropolitan University
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  • Fellow
September 2014 - July 2021
University of Tartu
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  • Professor

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Publications (88)
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The Final Research Report contains the main findings of the PATGOV Project.
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This Policy Bbrief contains the policy recommendations from the PATGOV Project.
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This paper looks into two EU decentralized agencies that are involved in the management of intellectual property rights (IPRs), and that-to date-have been under-researched: (a) the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) that deals with trademarks and industrial designs, and (b) the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) that deals with...
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This article addresses flexibility and differentiated integration in the domain of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Most research on flexibility and differentiated integration starts from the premise of non-differentiation as default mode, which is relevant mainly to the former first Maastricht pillar, with its supranationalist charac...
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This conference paper analyses the European Patent Organization from the perspective of scholarship on delegation to IOs and principal-agent theory. The paper argues that the EPOrg is a so-called complex agent, with delegation taking place from a multitude of principals (the contracting states) to an agent in a wider sense (the EPOrg), followed by...
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This paper addresses the topic of patenting related to the notion of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). Focusing on patents in the field of biotechnology, we assess to what extent current patenting practices of the European Patent Organization, and more specifically of its executive body, the European Patent Office (EPO) align with RRI prin...
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Within the framework of the European Semester, it has been pointed out that the Baltic countries share some deficiencies in the socio-economic domain: inadequacy of the social safety net, a high at-risk-of-poverty rate (especially for people with disabilities and older people), major deficiencies in public services delivery, and relatively huge inc...
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This chapter (in a volume of essays, published by the Dutch Council for Public Administration) discusses recent developments regarding sustainability and ecological transition in the Netherlands, and the impacts they (should) have on the current Dutch system of intergovernmental financial relations. Given the character of the current challenges in...
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This paper assesses the potential impact the EaP has on (conventional) arms export control in the EaP countries. Arms export control is a policy area in which the EU has recently stepped up its involvement, mainly in light of the de-stabilising influence of EU arms export to countries in the Middle East. However, Ukraine (already heavily involved i...
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The implementation of Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements (DC-FTAs) within the framework of the EU Eastern Partnership (EaP), comes with costs and benefi ts for the three EaP countries involved (Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine). Association processes are different from earlier accession processes in the sense that they have a more limited sc...
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This paper analyzes three transition countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) regarding four essential features of fiscal federalism: (a) the administrative set-up, (b) the tasks and functions allocated to sub-national governments, (c) revenue structure and fiscal autonomy, and (d) fiscal discipline. The practices in the three countries are analyz...
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Of all EU member states the three Baltic countries were hit the hardest by the economic crises in 2008-2010 but they recovered relatively quickly, with all three countries even being able to qualify for EMU membership (Estonia joined the Eurozone in 2011, Latvia in 2014 and Lithuania in 2015). The speed and determination with which the Baltic count...
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The purpose of this paper is to describe the role of monitoring committees (MCs) in the next programming period of EU cohesion policy. It beginns with the analysis of the main changes that MCs are facing (in terms of regulatory changes), and secondly describes to what extent changes have already been made or are envisaged by five Dutch MCs. From th...
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Recently, the European Commission has put forward proposals for the next program period of EU Cohesion Policy (EUCP). Part of these proposals is an increased emphasis on performance management. This paper analyses what we know so far on performance management of EU cohesion funds. It will be argued that, despite the frequent use of terms like “soun...
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Per 1 januari 2008 is na jarenlange voorbereidingen het FPC Van Mesdag in Groningen van dienstonderdeel van het Ministerie van Justitie (rijksinrichting) verzelfstandigd tot privaatrechtelijke stichting. Door de toenmalige staatssecretaris van Justitie is in april 2007 aan de Tweede Kamer toegezegd dat de verzelfstandiging na twee jaar zou worden g...
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This chapter deals with two examples of macro-regions in the EU: the Benelux and the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS). Building on the distinction between “old” and “new” regionalism, it discusses some characteristics of regions in general, and of sub-integration schemes within the EU in particular. These characteristics are applied to the t...
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In light of recent controversial patent decisions in biotechnology, this article argues that the current European patent examination and opposition procedures do not suffice to balance the patent system These procedures do not provide sufficient guidance for patent examiners to deal effectively with the emerging life science technologies. The Europ...
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In Nederland is bij herhaling gepleit voor uitbreiding van het belastinggebied van provincies en gemeenten. Ook de Europese Unie wil, bij monde van de Europese Commissie, een eigen belastinggebied. In dit artikel wordt stilgestaan bij de omvang van de Nederlandse subnationale belastinggebieden in vergelijking tot andere Europese landen en bij de on...
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In this article data on fi scal autonomy of different levels of government in the European Union are presented. Within Europe central governments still hold the lion’s share of the power to tax and spend. Other levels of government largely have to make do with upward and downward funding schemes which seriously diminish their fi scal autonomy. It i...
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This paper explores one type of administrative mechanism to achieve high-quality patents: Article 115 of the European Patent Convention, which permits the inclusion of third parties to provide input to the prior art search and to communicate relevant information to the examiner in charge. Our empirical research analyzes the field of human genetic i...
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In this article we argue that the regulation of Intellectual Property (IP) protection should go beyond the traditional regulatory models and follow a more flexible regulatory framework. Considering the range of industrial needs and developments, the article develops a differentiated Community IP protection model that could stimulate growth and inno...
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Benchmarking and peer review are essential elements of the so-called EU open method of coordination (OMC) which has been contested in the literature for lack of effectiveness. In this paper we compare benchmarking and peer review procedures as used by the EU with those used by the OECD. Different types of benchmarking and peer review are distinguis...
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This paper deals with spatial quality as a possible factor in location choices made by companies. Actual location decisions as well as location theory have changed over time. In the industrial era primary "hard" cost factors were dominant, to be supplemented by agglomeration factors ever since the 1950s. Over the last decades "soft" tertiary factor...
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Over the last two decades we have witnessed a major growth in transborder and inter-territorial cooperation by local authorities and regions in Europe, as a result of ongoing European integration. Such cooperation can take many different forms, depending on the concrete needs of the local and regional entities involved, on the one hand, and the roo...
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The Netherlands and Norway are quite different countries in terms of size and in their relation to the EU. The Netherland is a founding member whereas Norway decided not to join the EU. Nevertheless, both are strong in EU governance research and their scholars are involved in many international academic networks. In order to facilitat a comparative...
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Een van de nieuwe instrumenten in het EU cohesiebeleid 2007-2013 is JESSICA. Dit instrument behelst de oprichting van revolverende fondsen voor stedelijke (her)ontwikkelingsprojecten. JESSICA is tot op heden niet echt populair. De oorzaken daarvoor liggen in de complexiteit van het instrument en in de beschikbaarheid van goede alternatieven. Bovend...
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Netherlands JUNE 2006 Brownfield revitalization offers great opportunities for structural economic change, but in most cases redevelopment does not take place spontaneously. The main reasons for reluctance to redevelop brownfield sites are: a. the possible risks brownfields entail, and b. the lack of knowledge concerning the way these risks (and th...
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In its recommendation on the 2004 update of the Broad Economic Policy Guidelines (BEPGs), the European Commission (2004) issued country-specific recommendations for fiscal policy in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries that have recently joined the European Union (EU) (henceforth the EU-10 countries). All countries except Estonia and Sl...
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The aim of this article is to gain some understanding of the way the European Court of Auditors (ECA) assesses European Union (EU) member states’ performances in managing EU finances. To this end the ECA's annual reports for 1996–2001 have been analysed. We find that the information provided in the ECA annual reports is somewhat unsystematic, which...
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This chapter focuses on the allocation of policy-making functions within the European Union, confronting 'traditional' fiscal federalism theory and 'modern' governance theories. First a reconstruction of fiscal federalism theory is put forward. Fiscal federalism and governance theories are then discussed at three levels. At the level of the actual...
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In July 2002 the Treaty on the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) expired. The ECSC is now being dissolved, its assets are transferred into special research funds, and European coal and steel policy is integrated into mainstream EU industrial policy. The ECSC's main task was to integrate the post-war European coal and steel industry, but the...
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This paper explains fraud frem an economic point of view, using traditional economic tools and reasoning. It is shown how a supply-of-fraud function can be defined and estimated for individuals, and subsequently aggregated to derive crime rates for societies. Another approach is to explain the behaviour of fraudsters as rent-seekers, afa mode Gary...
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With the coming enlargement of the EU, and with the ongoing dispute over the national incidence of the EU-budget, budgetary discipline with respect to the general EU-budget will become of increasing importance. Budgetary discipline can be achieved by commitment to numerical targets, or by procedural strategic dominance of a party that is sympatheti...
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In this paper the concept of tax co-ordination within the European Union (EU) is discussed, in view of the coming enlargement of the EU. The tax externalities that possibly arise in a single market are analysed, as well as the ways these externalities can be prevented or internalised. These theoretical reflections are placed alongside the actual sy...
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One of the new avenues in the study of political corruption is that of neo-institutional economics, of which the principal-agent theory is a part. In this article a principal-agent model of corruption is presented, in which there are two principals (one of which is corrupting), and one agent (who is corrupted). The behaviour of these principals and...
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De Miljoenennota 1991 schiet te kort in zoverre het de afwegingsfunctie van de begroting betreft. belangrijke beslissingen worden uitgesteld tot de 'mid-term review', in het voorjaar van 1991. Ook zijn vraagtekens te plaatsen bij de presentatie van de cijfers over de collective-lastendruk en bij diverse voor 1991 getroffen maatregelen. bovendien za...

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ECOPROC is a project where researchers from OsloMet and UiO, together with the Norwegian Digitalisation Agency (DFØ) and The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS), will help public organizations to buy food and catering services more sustainably. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and runs from October 2020 until September 2024. Public organizations find it hard to use procurement regulations to stimulate sustainability. Procurement departments often explicit lack sustainability strategies in their public procurement and do not always set up adequate requirements for sustainability in tenders. Sometimes they use unnecessary requirements in tenders, e.g. demands for suppliers to be able to deliver in the whole country. They may recycle old contracts or use too large or framework contracts. They do not always sufficiently investigate the needs in their own organization and may be afraid to break procurement rules. They may lack resources for administration and management of contracts and may not have a good overview of local suppliers. For small businesses and social entrepreneurs, it is therefore difficult to compete in public tenders. The ECOPROC project will measure maturity of organizations regarding innovative sustainable development. It will analyse the way procurement departments in municipalities (and in one state organization, Oslo Metropolitan University) use procurement regulations. It will help public organizations to buy more sustainably, preferably from local providers. It will also develop a training program to help organizations do this. The project will develop a digital platform that will gather smaller local businesses and social entrepreneurs and make it easier for procurement departments to find them. The projects’ ambition is the spread this evidence-based model for more sustainable procurement to all municipalities and public organizations.
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement MSCA-799203 (for the period 1/6/2018 - 31/5/2020). The functioning of the European patent system has been called into question from many different angles. The criticisms range from discontent with low patent quality and with backlogs in patent examination to ethical concerns about ‘patents-on-life’, and from accountability/legitimacy problems of the European Patent Office (EPO) to fundamental doubt about whether patenting fits the current research and innovation models, especially in emerging technologies such as for example biotechnology. The current European patent system is however a rather closed system (that primarily services patent applicants) and it is not inclined to take on board such criticisms and/or considerations that are relevant to society at large. Put differently: the system is currently not aligned with the main principles of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). Research in this field seems however to be stuck in –very similar- diagnoses of what is wrong with the system. The project takes the analysis an important step further by looking at changes needed in the governance of the European patent system in order to substantially enhance its responsiveness to societal stakeholders. It tries to explain the limited actual use of inclusive mechanisms that are currently available in the European patent system. It assesses similar mechanisms that are used by other regional patent systems and could potentially be transferred to the European patent system. It looks at changes needed in the institutional set-up of the European patent system in order to enhance responsiveness. The project also analyses changes needed in European patent law that could open up the patent system to more inclusive IP rights, and it addresses the likely impact the new EU Unitary Patent will have on the responsiveness of the European patent system.