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"Post-Maastricht Legilsative [Legislative] Procedures: Is the Council "Institutionally Challenged"?"

Miller, Gary. (1995) "Post-Maastricht Legilsative [Legislative] Procedures: Is the Council "Institutionally Challenged"?". In: UNSPECIFIED, Charleston, South Carolina. (Unpublished)

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    With the Maastricht Treaty now almost two years in operation the institutional system is changing and explanations of how the system works will have to change as well. The Treaty gave rise to a number of fundamental challenges to the Council as an institution. This paper focuses in particular on the "codecision" procedure laid down in Article 189b of the EC Treaty, but sets the operation of this new decision-making procedure in the context of a whole series of challenges for the Council which arose from the Maastricht Treaty and its difficult process of ratification. It shows how this procedure built on the existing cooperation procedure, giving the Parliament the power to reject legislation and obliging the Council to negotiate with it in a "Conciliation Committee" which recalls similar institutions in bicameral legislatures in certain federal systems. The paper describes how the procedure has operated since its inception by using case studies and statistics. It explains how the institutions have tried to adapt to the new demands placed on them by the procedure. To finish up the paper gives an overview of the shortcomings of the procedure and summarises proposals for reform which are circulating in view of the Inter-governmental Conference to be convened in 1996, and tries to relate the proposals to the experiences of the different institutions with the operation of the procedure and look at ways in which it could be simplified. The tentative conclusions of the author are that, if codecision survives 1996 intact or if it is modestly improved and extended, it will have an increasing impact on the institutional system and particularly on the balance between Council and Parliament and on the role of the Commission. But its biggest impact is likely to be on the Council, for its decision-making practices and culture are going to have to evolve if codecision is to become more efficient.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Parliament
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > general
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > Maastricht Treaty
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > Council of Ministers
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1995 (4th), May 11-14, 1995
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2007
    Page Range: p. 29
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:45

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