The Changing Role of the European Council in the Institutional Framework of the European Union

This book answers two questions: what is the relationship between the European Council and the other EU institutions and what are the various roles of the European Council in the EU decision-making process?
Author(s):
Frederic Eggermont
Series:
Ius Commune Europaeum
Volume:
102
book | published | 1st edition
February 2012 | xxvi + 405 pp.

Paperback
€89.-


ISBN 9781780680613


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In this book – intended for everyone interested in EU decision making – two main research questions will be answered. Firstly, what is the relationship between the European Council and the other EU institutions? Secondly, what are the various roles of the European Council in the EU decision-making process? The results of this research will show that European Council conclusions have been used extensively in this decision-making process, and this has increased considerably over time. Based on the analysis of European Council conclusions and legal texts a typology is created to provide an orderly picture of the European Council’s various roles, such as the European Council as a political initiator, as an interpreter of the Treaties and as an appeals council.


About the author
Dr. Frederic Eggermont is Assistant at the Law Faculty of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is also Assistant Auditor at the Council of State of Belgium.

Chapters

Table of Contents (p. 0)

PART A. WHAT IS THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL?

Chapter I. History of the European Council (p. 1)

Chapter II. Composition of the European Council (p. 25)

Chapter III. Competences and functioning of the European Council (p. 55)

PART B. THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL AND ITS RELATION WITH OTHER EU INSTITUTIONS AND OTHER ACTORS

Chapter I. EU institutions (p. 93)

Chapter II. Other actors (p. 155)

PART C. EUROPEAN COUNCIL CONCLUSIONS IN LAW AND POLICY MAKING IN THE EU

Chapter I. European Council as allocator of budget funds (p. 191)

Chapter II. European Council as political initiator (p. 211)

Chapter III. European Council as interpreter of the Treaties (p. 255)

Chapter IV. European Council as a European (economic) government? (p. 263)

Chapter V. European Council and the implementation of decisions (p. 269)

Chapter VI. European Council establishing bodies (p. 283)

Chapter VII. European Council as an appeals council (p. 297)

Chapter VIII. European Council in the CFSP (p. 307)

Chapter IX. European Council in the area of freedom, security and justice (p. 319)

Chapter X. European Council involved in individual decisions (p. 333)

Chapter XI. European Council involved in relations with Member States and third countries (p. 339)

Conclusions (p. 347)

Selected Bibliography (p. 373)

Annex – Suggested changes to the Treaties (p. 393)

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Editorial Board
Prof. Dr. J. Smits (chair - Tilburg University, the Netherlands)
Prof. Dr. M. Faure (Maastricht University and Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands)
Prof. Dr. E. Vos (Maastricht University, the Netherlands).


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