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The Mechanics of European Political Co-operation

Simon J. Nuttall

in European Political Co-operation

Published in print July 1992 | ISBN: 9780198273189
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684005 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273189.003.0002
The Mechanics of European Political Co-operation

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This chapter describes how the European Political Co-operation (EPC), the foreign policy arm of the European Community (EC), is organized and what it does today. For the first 17 years of its existence, EPC had no legal or formal standing. It is based on a private agreement among Foreign Ministers to organize regular meetings and follow certain conventions. EPC officials are included in the meetings of the European Council, which allows them to establish relationships with foreign ministers and other high-ranking state officials. Since political co-operation is an inter-governmental activity, the EPC has its own management functions, which are different from those of the EC.

Keywords: European Political Co-operation; foreign policy; foreign ministers; European Council; European Community; political co-operation; international co-operation

Chapter.  7009 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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