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The European Parliament and the European Commission: You Cant Always Get What You Want

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The Treaty of Amsterdam, which entered into force on 1 May 1999, left a certain number of 'left-over' issues: changes in the size and composition of the Commission, re-weighting of votes in the Council, possible extension of qualified majority voting (QMV) as well as other necessary amendments to the Treaties arising in connection with the reform of the European institutions. The IGC was convened under the Portuguese Presidency of the Council on 14 February 2000. This chapter sets out to analyse the role of two institutional actors at the IGC, the European Parliament (EP) and the Commission, before, during and after the Conference. After a short overview of the state of affairs within both institutions prior to Nice, the chapter sets out to compare the formal role both institutions are prescribed to play at IGCs (by the Treaties) with the actual transposition of these provisions into the practical political process.

Keywords: European commission; European parliament (EP); IGC; Nice treaty; qualified majority voting (QMV); treaty of Amsterdam



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