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Rethinking the European Union: IGC 2000 and Beyond

Edward Best/Mark Gray/Alexander Stubb (eds)
ISBN 13 978-90-6779-147-2 EIPA Code #: 2000/05 Year: 2000 Pages: 327

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The European Union is in a process of adjustment, with the prospect of enlargement from fifteen Member States to nearly thirty. There is already a pressing need to increase efficiency and legitimacy in the Union. The 2000 Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) centres on crucial institutional issues facing the EU. The challenge is not only to reform European institutions in the face of greater numbers, but also to rethink European integration in response to changing realities.
This book brings together contributions from senior practitioners, academics, and several negotiators in the IGC. It offers insight into the political debate and the broader implications of the institutional issues, as well as the parallel processes concerning European Security and Defence Policy and a Charter of Fundamental Rights. It also looks beyond the IGC, challenging many assumptions underlying the current debate, with the aim of contributing to innovative approaches to managing an ever more diverse Union.

'This volume will be much appreciated by everyone concerned about the future shape of Europe and will be welcomed by all those in the Member States responsible for negotiating the Intergovernmental Conference.'
Paavo Lipponen, Prime Minister of Finland

'The quality and variety of the texts that this book brings together make it a valuable contribution to the dialogue required on the future of Europe. This will assist understanding of the main issues of institutional reform which the EU must face to make a success of enlargement.'
Michel Barnier, Member of the European Commission

'This is a significant contribution to a European political debate on institutional reform without which we will never be able to overcome the paralysing effect of bureaucratic inertia and narrow national preferences.'
Philippe de Schoutheete, former Permanent Representative of Belgium to the European Union

'The discussions taking place over institutional reform of the EU need to be opened up. This book links the political debate and academic approaches to the questions in a way which will be very useful both to practitioners and to professors.'
William Wallace, Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science