The Role of the General Affairs Council Revisited in Light of the Experience of 18 Months with the Lisbon Treaty

Molina A. de Cienfuegos , Ignacio (2011) The Role of the General Affairs Council Revisited in Light of the Experience of 18 Months with the Lisbon Treaty. Elcano Newsletter (78). 6 p.. ISSN 1698-5184

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Abstract

The General Affairs Council (GAC) has so far not lived up to the expectations created by the Treaty of Lisbon, which in principle assigned it an important position within the EU system. The EU’s new General Affairs Council (GAC) –chaired by the Trio Presidency– was designed to fulfil the role of strategic coordinator of policy-making in the Union. Nearly a year-and-a-half since its creation, this aim is even more pertinent than ever, since the need to develop that function has become more acute. The GAC has not asserted itself politically and other possible coordinators that are well established and permanently based in Brussels –such as the President of the European Council, the COREPER, and even the Secretariat General of the Council– are not the ideal actors to carry out the coordinating function, which needs a strong political involvement of the member states at the ministerial level. The GAC has probably achieved the basic goal of guaranteeing a minimum of consistency in the work of the nine other Council configurations and it has formally prepared and followed up on the meetings of the European Council. However, it has failed to become a powerful and distinctive actor with a strategic approach.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Estudio sólo disponible en inglés
Uncontrolled Keywords: Europa
Subjects: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS.
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > SINGLE EUROPEAN MARKET.
SCIENCE; RESEARCH; METHODOLOGY > COMPARISON; EVALUATION > EVALUATION
ECONOMIC POLICY; SOCIAL POLICY; PLANNING > ECONOMIC POLICY; PLANNING > REGIONAL PLANNING
INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK > POLITICS > POLITICAL INTEGRATION
Divisions: Real Instituto Elcano, RIE
Depositing User: Jorge Horcas Pulido
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2012 02:50
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2012 02:50
URI: http://biblioteca.ribei.org/id/eprint/2167

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