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EU Law after Lisbon$
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Andrea Biondi, Piet Eeckhout, and Stefanie Ripley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199644322

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644322.001.0001

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The European Union after the Lisbon Treaty: An Elusive ‘Institutional Balance’?

The European Union after the Lisbon Treaty: An Elusive ‘Institutional Balance’?

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(p.228) 11 The European Union after the Lisbon Treaty: An Elusive ‘Institutional Balance’?
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EU Law after Lisbon
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Thomas Christiansen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644322.003.0011

The chapter examines the new institutional dynamics of the European Union after the Lisbon Treaty, with a particular focus on the relationship between the European Commission and the Council of Ministers. It discusses the changes introduced by the Lisbon Treaty — the creation of the position of the President of the European Council, the joint appointment of the High Representative for Foreign Policy as Vice-President of the European Commission and Chair of the Foreign Affairs Council, the setting up of the European External Action Service and the resultant implications for the rotating Presidency — and analyses the way in which these innovations affect the balance between the institutions. This analysis includes the political level (the relations between the Commission President, the European Council President and the Presidency) as well as the administrative level (the impact on the services of the Commission, on the Council Secretariat and on the involvement of national administrations). By way of conclusion, the chapter will reflect on the consequences that the new institutional provisions will have on the coherence, effectiveness and legitimacy of EU governance.

Keywords:   EU institutions, European commission, Council of Ministers, institutional balance

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