Nugent, Neill. (1993) "The Community Integration Process Post-Maastricht". In: UNSPECIFIED, Washington, DC. (Unpublished)
[From the Introduction]. Following the political agreement at Maastricht in December 1991 on the contents of the Treaty on European Union, there was considerable optimism in the early months of 1992 on the future prospects for Community integration. The Treaty had not wholly resolved the many differences which exist in the Community about the preferred nature and pace of integration but it certainly had seemed to clear much of the ground. It had done so by, on the one hand, specifying the next steps in the process of deepening integration and, on the other hand, opening the way for progress to be made on widening integration. Regarding the deepening, there was the (largely) symbolic creation of the Union, and an array of specific provisions designed to promote both institutional deepening - via measures to enhance the efficiency and democratic nature of the Community/Union - and policy deepening - via extensions and consolidations of the policy responsibilities of the Community/Union. Regarding the widening, it was decided at Maastricht that with the deepening question 'resolved', at least for a while, attention could be turned to the applicant states and to this end the Commission was asked to present a report to the June 1992 Lisbon Summit on the implications of enlargement for the Community/Union's future development.
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