Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Introduction: Overview of the Intergovernmental Conference 2000 and the Treaty of Nice

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

The Treaty of Nice was negotiated by an Intergovernmental Conference (IGC), which ran through most of the year 2000. This treaty introduced a number of institutional changes in the EU. Nice dealt with three related issues known as the Amsterdam 'leftovers' because the Treaty of Amsterdam in 1997 had failed to solve them: (1) re-weighting of votes in the European Council; (2) increased use of Qualified Majority Voting (QMV) in the Council and (3) size and composition of the Commission. Using theories of decision-making, negotiations and international political economy in combination has allowed Moravcsik to construct a parsimonious framework for the study of international cooperation including international integration. The end game in Nice became a tough bargaining process, with questions of national prestige playing an unusual role. Nice was mainly about institutional choice (or design) and not so much about substance.

Keywords: European Union; Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) 2000; Moravcsik framework; Qualified Majority Voting (QMV); Treaty of Amsterdam; Treaty of Nice; weighting of vote



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The Treaty of Nice — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation