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The European Commission as a Strategic Agenda Setter: the Case of the Convention on the Future of Europe and the Ensuing Ratification Crisis

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This chapter analyses the role of the European Commission as a strategic agenda setter during the Convention on Future of Europe, and its efforts to provide leadership for the EU during the ratification period that followed the signing of the subsequent Treaty. Leadership has been identified as a key component in determining the success or otherwise of a Commission. In the context of the Convention, it is arguable that the two Commission representatives were called on to perform at least two roles: one involving promotion of institutional interest; and chairing sectoral working parties. It is this episode that the chapter examines. It suggests that the Commission failed to have a significant impact on the deliberations and outcomes of the Convention. It concludes by discussing reasons for failure of the Commission to offer a way out of the impasse, as well as an explanation of the German Presidency being more successful.

Keywords: Convention on the Future of Europe; European Commission (EC); European Union (EU); German Presidency; institutional interest; ratification crisis; sectoral working parties; strategic agenda setter



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