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Paul Craig

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199568628

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568628.001.0001

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Crisis, Reform, and Constitutionalization

Crisis, Reform, and Constitutionalization

(p.35) 2 Crisis, Reform, and Constitutionalization
EU Administrative Law

Paul Craig

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the impact of the resignation of the Santer Commission, which had profound significance for EU administration, and the controls to which it was subject. The resignation received front-page attention in the press, proof for those minded to believe it of the malaise which had long existed within that organization. Its downfall was prompted by the First Report of the Committee of Independent Experts. This was followed in quick succession by reforms instituted by Romano Prodi as the new President of the Commission, by the Committee of Independent Experts' Second Report, by the White Paper on Reform of the Commission and implementation of these reforms. An understanding of these developments is crucial in order to appreciate the current pattern of EU administration. The chapter charts these developments leading to administrative reform, including the Financial Regulation of 2002, which established a constitutional framework for Union administration of the kind that had not existed hitherto.

Keywords:   Santer Commission, EU administration, administrative reform, Financial Regulation

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