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ÒCoreper EnlargedÓ: how Enlargement Affected the Functioning of the Committee of Permanent Representatives

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  • Jakob Lempp

    (Institute of Political Science; Dresden University of Technology)

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Before enlargement, many experts expected that the functioning of most EU institutions would be severely affected by the accession of the ten new member states in 2004. Compared to these expectations, effects that actually occurred were relatively moderate. Especially in the Committee of Permanent Representatives, enlargement took place smoothly and without major disturbances. However, some changes are noticeable. The paper analyses the way how enlargement influenced the functioning of Coreper. The analysis is based on 41 qualitative interviews with experts from the Council General Secretariat and from Permanent Representations from both ÔoldÕ and ÔnewÕ member states.

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  • Jakob Lempp, 2007. "ÒCoreper EnlargedÓ: how Enlargement Affected the Functioning of the Committee of Permanent Representatives," European Political Economy Review, European Political Economy Infrastructure Consortium, vol. 6(March), pages 31-52.
  • Handle: RePEc:epe:journl:v:6:y:2007:i:march:p:31-52
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    Keywords

    Council of Ministers; Coreper; Permanent Representations; enlargement; informality; committee governance;

    JEL classification:

    • F50 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - General
    • F53 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Agreements and Observance; International Organizations

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