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Finland: We Have to Live with This Result

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Finland established itself as a new Member State of the European Union through the Amsterdam process. Amsterdam experiences laid the foundations to the Finnish approach to the IGC 2000. During the period between the Amsterdam Council and the opening of the Nice process, Finland established itself as a member of the core in the European Union. Political inquiries in Parliament rest on two main committees: the Grand Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee. The size and composition of the Commission, the weighting of votes in the Council, the extension of qualified majority voting (QMV) and the inter-institutional issues were at the forefront of the Finnish approach. During the accession negotiations Finland stressed that with reservations it accepted the acquis also in the field of the Common Foreign Security Policy (CFSP). The main conclusion is that Finland profiled as an institution specific country in the Nice negotiation.

Keywords: Amsterdam Treaty; Common Foreign Security Policy (CFSP); European Union; Finnish Treaty of Accession; IGC 2000; Nice negotiation; qualified majority voting (QMV)



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