14 Feb 2014

Defying the Oracle? The 2014 Greek Presidency of the EU Council

Filippa Chatzistavrou

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The Greek government would like to promote the idea that the country is an equal partner in the EU system of governance, despite the country's economic, political, and social implosion. This presidency is characterised by poor leadership and a lack of vision. It is being called upon to coordinate a presidential agenda without being substantially involved in its drafting; it simply mediates between European institutions. This trend has a negative impact on the behaviour and trust of public administrators, whose personal investment is vital for the smooth functioning of the presidency. The paper concludes that Greece’s presidency of the Council of the EU cannot be the standard-bearer for a pro-European message.

Filippa Chatzistavrou is an external collaborator in the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Athens, and Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) in Athens.