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Decision-making in the Enlarged Council of Ministers: Evaluating the Facts. CEPS Policy Brief, No. 119, 28 January 2007

Hagemann, Sara, and De Clerck-Sachsse, Julia. (2007) Decision-making in the Enlarged Council of Ministers: Evaluating the Facts. CEPS Policy Brief, No. 119, 28 January 2007. [Policy Paper]

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    [From the Introduction]. Many experts and practitioners expected the 2004 enlargement to affect both the efficiency and content of policymaking in the EU. Contrary to these expectations, most accounts of decision-making in the Council of Ministers have concluded that the EU’s most important legislative body has functioned relatively smoothly following the enlargement ‘big bang’ in 2004. Yet many aspects of the enlargement of the EU institutions have not been adequately reported or evaluated. In order to give a more nuanced insight into the impact of enlargement, this Policy Brief presents and analyses data revealing some of the general changes that have occurred in the Council since May 2004. The analysis shows that this institution has indeed been challenged by the difficult task of getting 25 member states to come to agreement. One can then only wonder what the consequences are for an EU of 27. Furthermore, although the findings do not appear to reflect any immediate crisis in terms of the overall efficiency of the institution, the evidence is mixed with regard to individual policy areas. Lastly, the data indicate that the internal working processes in the Council have been influenced by the expansion. Each of these observed changes may in the long run have important implications for the nature and content of policy-making in the EU, and pose further challenges to the transparency of the institution and accountability of the government representatives.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > Council of Ministers
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > decision making/policy-making
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Policy Briefs
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2008
    Page Range: p. 8
    Last Modified: 03 Apr 2012 11:55

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