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The Treaty of Lisbon: Implementing the Institutional Innovations

by Sebastian Kurpas / Ben Crum / Philippe de Schoutheete / Jacques Keller / Franklin Dehousse / Sami Andoura / Antonio Missiroli / Sara Hagemann / Hervé Bribosia
15 November 2007

The Treaty of Lisbon: Implementing the Institutional Innovations

Sebastian Kurpas / Ben Crum / Philippe de Schoutheete / Jacques Keller / Franklin Dehousse / Sami Andoura / Antonio Missiroli / Sara Hagemann / Hervé Bribosia

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After a long period of internal introspection and deadlock over the Constitutional Treaty, the EU can now see some light at the end of the tunnel. If successfully ratified, the new European Treaty agreed by the Head of States and Government in Lisbon may provide the appropriate institutional tools for the EU to function with 27 member states.
However, the success of institutional innovations depends not only on legal provisions, but also on the way in which the provisions are implemented. Indeed, even a cursory examination indicates that the implementation of the new proposals is unlikely to be easy, and in some cases could be a source of serious difficulties in the future.
In the absence of serious analysis aimed at this latter question, three Brussels-based think-tanks have joined forces in a collaborative effort to fill this gap. Our aim is to highlight potential problems and, where possible, to suggest ways to avoid or attenuate their negative effects.
The analysis has focused on seven main institutional and policy domains: the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Presidency of the Council, the qualified majority voting in the Council, the role of national Parliaments, enhanced cooperation and foreign policy.
These issues have been intensively debated in working groups composed of researchers, external experts, and practitioners in the field. This report reflects the substance of that collective effort.

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About the Authors


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    Sebastian Kurpas
    Sebastian Kurpas
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    Ben Crum
    Ben Crum
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    Philippe de Schoutheete
    Philippe de Schoutheete
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    Jacques Keller
    Jacques Keller
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    Franklin Dehousse
    Franklin Dehousse
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    Sami Andoura
    Sami Andoura
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    Antonio Missiroli
    Antonio Missiroli
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    Sara Hagemann
    Sara Hagemann
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    Hervé Bribosia
    Hervé Bribosia
The Treaty of Lisbon: Implementing the Institutional Innovations
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