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Theory and Reform in the European Union$
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Dimitris N. Chryssochoou, Michael J. Tsinisizelis, and Stelios Stavridis

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780719049910

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719049910.001.0001

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The Amsterdam reforms

The Amsterdam reforms

Partial offsets and unfinished business

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(p.67) 3 The Amsterdam reforms
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Theory and Reform in the European Union
Author(s):

Dimitris N. Chryssochoou

Michael J. Tsinisizelis

Stelios Stavridis

Kostas Ifantis

Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719049910.003.0003

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

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