The Single European Act

Maria Green Cowles

in The Oxford Handbook of the European Union

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199546282
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

The Single European Act


The Single European Act (SEA) – signed in February 1986 – marked the first significant formal transformation of the Treaty of Rome, and was instrumental in implementing the EU's single market program. Its central feature was the modification of the Community's decision-making procedures that allowed for majority voting on key internal market matters. This article discusses the origins of the SEA, key provisions of the SEA, and the SEA's impact.

Keywords: SEA; EU; single market; decision making; Treaty of Rome

Article.  6328 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; European Union

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