Rotation in the Council Bringing Citizens Closer to the EU?

Seeger, Sarah


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Dokumentart: Bericht / Forschungsbericht / Abhandlung
Institut: CAP - Centrum für angewandte Politikforschung
Sonstige beteiligte Institution: Bertelsmann Foundation
Schriftenreihe: CAP Policy analysis
Bandnummer: 2007,6
Sprache: Englisch
Erstellungsjahr: 2007
Publikationsdatum: 06.04.2009
Originalveröffentlichung: (2007)
DDC-Sachgruppe: Politik
BK - Basisklassifikation: 89.73 (Europapolitik, Europäische Union)
Sondersammelgebiete: 3.6 Politik und Friedensforschung

Kurzfassung auf Englisch:

The new “Lisbon Treaty”, which was tied up at the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) 2007 and which shall enter into force in January 2009, seeks to rebalance the institutional structure of the European Union (EU) and thereby to recalibrate the EU’s various sources of legitimacy. A central goal is to reduce the “EU-citizens gap” and thus to enhance the EU’s supranational and social legitimacy. This paper examines the impact the reforms might have on one of the most influential actors of the European Union – the EU Council Presidency – and its ability to link the EU closer to its citizens. The concept of second-order legitimacy will be applied as a framework for the analysis. It will be argued that the Lisbon Treaty provides room for manoeuvre that would enable the Council Presidency to strengthen the ties between the EU and the European citizenry. However, due to the Council’s functional logic, this margin is clearly limited.

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