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CAP Negotiations in Practice

Arlindo Cunha and Alan Swinbank

in An Inside View of the CAP Reform Process

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199591572
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725579 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591572.003.0004
CAP Negotiations in Practice

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To understand how CAP decisions are taken, this chapter goes beyond an analysis of the formal powers of the EU's institutions and examines instead the negotiating process. It stresses the role of the Commissioner and the commissioner's cabinet, that of the College of Commissioners which indirectly reflect the interests of the member states from whence they are drawn, and the reconciliation of divergent interests within the Commission services. Even though the final decision is the competence of the Council, the Commission proposal is of crucial importance since it shapes the policy direction and sets the scope of the Council debate. The rotating Presidency of the Council of Ministers has an important role to play in determining the pace of the negotiations, and the shape of the final compromise that must be acceptable to most member states and the Commission.

Keywords: Commission; cabinet; Council; Presidency; negotiation process

Chapter.  4497 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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