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The Amsterdam reforms

Dimitris N. Chryssochoou, Michael J. Tsinisizelis, Stelios Stavridis and Kostas Ifantis

in Theory and Reform in the European Union

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780719049910
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700242 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719049910.003.0003
The Amsterdam reforms

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This chapter discusses the revision process of the Maastricht Treaty. It assesses the politics of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) 1996/97 and looks at the extent to which the outcome of the revision process – namely the Treaty of Amsterdam – represents a development of the integration process, or if it is merely a combination of state competences. The chapter studies the Final Report of the Reflection Group, which was structured around three dimensions (efficiency, democracy and flexibility). It also discusses the issues of subsidiarity and transparency, the changes made to simplify European Union decisionmaking, the revisions made to the voting mechanisms in the Council and the expansion of Qualified Majority Voting. The chapter furthermore studies the classification of Community Acts, which came from the European Parliament's Institutional Affairs Committee and the Italian government during the IGCs.

Keywords: revision process; Maastricht Treaty; Intergovernmental Conference; Treaty of Amsterdam; Final Report; decisionmaking; voting mechanisms; Qualified Majority Voting; Community Acts; European Parliament

Chapter.  12190 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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