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The Irish Presidency:n Eutrality, Skills and Effective Mediation?

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This chapter analyses the conditions that allowed the Irish Presidency to be such an effective mediator. It develops a theoretical argument that suggests that two preconditions have to be given for effective mediation by a Presidency in intergovernmental negotiations. First, the government that holds the EU Presidency has to be neutral. Second, to be effective a Presidency has to possess certain mediation skills. It proposes that the Irish Presidency was effective in mediating during the latter part of the IGC of 2003-04 because its neutrality on the main issues under negotiation allowed other Member States to trust it, and because it possessed the necessary skills to act as an effective mediator. The chapter analyses whether the Irish Presidency fulfilled these two preconditions for an effective mediator. It also discusses the mediation tactics employed by the Irish Presidency to forge consensus among the EU Member States in the IGC of 2003-04.

Keywords: EU Member States; EU Presidency; IGC; intergovernmental negotiations; Irish Presidency; mediation skills; mediation tactics; neutrality



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