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What Comes After the Last Chance Commission? CEPS Policy Priorities for 2019-2024

Mehtap Akgüç , Mehtap Akgüç and Jorge Núñez Ferrer, Jorge Núñez Ferrer and Cinzia Alcidi , Cinzia Alcidi and Daniel Gros, Daniel Gros and Sara Baiocco , Sara Baiocco and Weinian Hu, Weinian Hu and Miroslav Beblavý, Miroslav Beblavý and Zachary Kilhoffer, Zachary Kilhoffer and Steven Blockmans , Steven Blockmans and Karel Lannoo, Karel Lannoo and Sergio Carrera , Sergio Carrera and Jacques Pelkmans, Jacques Pelkmans and Willem Pieter De Groen , Willem Pieter De Groen and Andrea Renda, Andrea Renda and Christian Egenhofer , Christian Egenhofer and Sophia Russack, Sophia Russack and Milan Elkerbout , Milan Elkerbout and Guillaume Van der Loo, Guillaume Van der Loo (2019) What Comes After the Last Chance Commission? CEPS Policy Priorities for 2019-2024. [Policy Paper]

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    Abstract

    When the current European Commission began its mandate on 1 November 2014 under President Jean-Claude Juncker, it did so in highly inauspicious political circumstances. The EU was still suffering one of the most severe financial and economic crises since World War II; unemployment had hit unprecedentedly high levels; intergovernmental emergency measures burdened the Union’s democratic quality; and the trust in European institutions of a politics-fatigued electorate had hit an all-time low. President-elect Juncker published ‘political guidelines’ to mark ‘a new start for Europe’.1 This ‘agenda for jobs, growth, fairness and democratic change’ served to limit legislative action to ten policy fields (see Box 1) and restructure the internal set-up of the College to enable the so-called ‘last-chance Commission’ to turn the corner.2 The revised structure was supposed to channel the Commission’s attention towards ‘big-ticket’ items – easing off on regulation of eco-friendly light bulbs and water-saving shower heads. But political circumstances deteriorated and blew the Commission off course. There was an unexpectedly high influx of people seeking refuge on the European continent; severe instability in Europe’s direct neighbourhood; terrorist attacks on home soil; and a rise of populist forces across Europe. The ‘poly-crisis’ revealed deep divisions and incompatible preferences for problemsolving strategies among member states, which undermined the unity of the EU and triggered a far-reaching debate on the future direction of the bloc.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Commission
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Special Reports
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2019 09:22
    Number of Pages: 135
    Last Modified: 30 Apr 2019 09:22
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/97036

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