19 Mar 2014

Shifting EU Institutional Reform into High Gear

Report of the CEPS High-Level Group

Sonia Piedrafita / Steven Blockmans

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To contribute to the important debate on EU institutional reform in the run-up to the European Parliament elections and the start of a new Commission, CEPS formed a High-Level Group on EU Institutional Reform under the leadership of Danuta Hübner MEP and member of the CEPS Board of Directors. The report of this distinguished group of MEPs, former and current EU institutional members and leading scholars on EU law and institutional affairs focuses on reforms that could be taken within the framework of the current treaties to build a more responsive and accountable Union. The report analyses the main inter- and intra-institutional weaknesses in terms of efficiency, democracy and differentiation and puts forward a number of recommendations addressing issues such as the reorganisation of the College of Commissioners, the promotion of strategic legislative planning, the enhancement of the role of the EP and the rotating Presidency of the Council, the improvement of the democratic accountability of the European Council and the adequate engagement of the national parliaments.

The report was written by rapporteurs Sonia Piedrafita, CEPS Research Fellow, and Steven Blockmans, CEPS Senior Research Fellow and Head of the EU Politics and Institutions research unit.