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Dilemmas of European IntegrationThe Ambiguities and Pitfalls of Integration by Stealth$
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Giandomenico Majone

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199274307

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199274304.001.0001

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Institutional Balance Versus Institutional Innovation

Institutional Balance Versus Institutional Innovation

(p.83) 5 Institutional Balance Versus Institutional Innovation
Dilemmas of European Integration

Giandomenico Majone

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the delegation of implementing powers by the Council (or by the Council and the EP) to the Commission or to European agencies. While delegation to the Commission may involve wide discretionary powers, European agencies are denied the regulatory powers which national agencies normally have. The Commission uses the principle of institutional balance to impede institutional developments which would reduce its own role, but would enhance the credibility of European policies. The division of roles between the Commission and the agencies aggravates an already serious accountability problem.

Keywords:   agencies, comitology, implementing powers, Meroni doctrine, non-delegation doctrine, regulatory networks, regulatory reform, rulemaking, self-regulation

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