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Commission and the Council Secretariat:how They Gained Some Influence

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The 2000 IGC was an almost exclusively intergovernmental affair. The 2000 IGC contrasts with the negotiation of previous major IGCs, where both the Commission and Council Secretariat have played central roles, enabling them in the process to gain significant influence upon outcomes. This chapter investigates 'what went wrong' for the two institutions in the 2000 IGC, and how these institutions, nevertheless, were able to gain some influence on the margins. The chapter reviews the preferences of the two supranational actors in the 2000 IGC. It looks at the bargaining resources that the Commission and the Secretariat had in the 2000. After the provisional text of the Treaty of Nice was finally agreed upon, the Secretariat had the job of tidying up the Treaty. Finally, the empirical analysis details the actual strategies used by the two actors in their relatively unsuccessful attempts to gain influence upon the final result.

Keywords: council secretariat; European commission; IGC negotiation; intergovernmentalconference (IGC) 2000; Nice treaty; supranational actor



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