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The Enforcement of EU Law and ValuesEnsuring Member States' Compliance$
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András Jakab and Dimitry Kochenov

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198746560

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746560.001.0001

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Defiance for European Influence—the Empty Chair and France

Defiance for European Influence—the Empty Chair and France

(p.422) 24 Defiance for European Influence—the Empty Chair and France
The Enforcement of EU Law and Values

Jacques Ziller

Oxford University Press

This chapter covers the Empty Chair crisis, the context of events leading up to the crisis, and its impact and implications on European integration. It begins with an account of the events leading up to the crisis, which was triggered by the 1965 EEC Council meeting. The issue to be solved was that of the financing rules for the common agricultural policy (CAP), although the chapter soon reveals that much more was at stake for France as well as the other Member States. One observer notes that the conflict ‘centred, more fundamentally, on the question of the governance of the Community (to use the modern phrase). The legal basis of the Commission’s activities and its independence were both in the balance’.

Keywords:   Empty Chair crisis, France, European integration, EEC Council, EEC, European Economic Community, CAP, common agricultural policy, governance, European influence

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