European Political Co-operation and the Community

Simon J. Nuttall

in European Political Co-operation

Published in print July 1992 | ISBN: 9780198273189
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684005 | DOI:
European Political Co-operation and the Community

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This chapter discusses the interaction between the European Political Co-operation (EPC) and the European Community (EC). One of the best examples of the use of Community instruments to pursue EPC policies is the application of sanctions. The decision to impose sanctions is taken as a political judgment issue at EPC and the corresponding measure is then adopted by the Community. The EPC is dependent on the Community for its financial needs, having no budget of its own, and the pooling of Member States has proved to be ineffective. The process of rapprochement of the EPC and the Community was temporarily halted in 1984 by the affair concerning the precursors of chemical weapons and was resumed with the launch of the EC-COMECON.

Keywords: European Political Co-operation; European Community; sanctions; COMECON; chemical weapons; political co-operation

Chapter.  8017 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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