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The Treaty of Nice and its critics

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/9780719049910.003.0004
The Treaty of Nice and its critics

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This chapter focuses on the politics of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) 2000, which led to the signing of the highly debated and controversial Treaty of Nice (NIT), and shows the way the final agreement was reached and the increasing dissonance between larger and smaller EU states during the final steps of the negotiations. It recalls other important issues that were addressed in the IGC, such as the simplification of the Treaties and the hierarchy of Community Acts. The chapter also discusses the views of the Commission and other institutions on the Nice Process, takes note of the changes that were made to the weighting system and the NIT, and studies the concept of enhanced cooperation.

Keywords: Treaty of Nice; final agreement; Community Acts; simplification of Treaties; Nice Process; weighting system; enhanced cooperation

Chapter.  11115 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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