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EU Law-making in Principle and Practice

1st Edition

By Edward Best


188 pages | 29 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2014-09-09
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This book is about how European Union (EU) law is made. It is about the ways in which legally binding rules in the form of EU Regulations, Directives and Decisions are produced through interaction between the EU institutions: the independent European Commission; the Council, bringing together the Member States; and the European Parliament, directly elected by EU citizens. It has a particular approach which distinguishes it from the many other books which are published on EU law, institutions, politics and policies. The aim is to make it possible for people not only to see the ‘big picture’ of EU law-making, and to understand the main principles which underlie this system, but also to find a lot of the practical details.

It therefore offers a concise overview of EU law-making which highlights the main principles and structures involved, and it places the different steps in context around a ‘policy cycle’. This cycle is illustrated not only by examples and mini-cases at all stages, but also by a more detailed case study which looks at the EU Timber Regulation around the whole cycle. In addition, the book supplies details about the procedures and practices of law-making which are often sought after by EU policy ‘practitioners’, as well as students of EU decision-making, and which so far have not been easily, if at all, to be found in published literature.

While the book should be of use and interest to all those interested in how the EU works, it is written with a certain emphasis on what it all means for public actors. Almost all public officials in Europe are affected in one way or another by decisions taken in the EU, and an increasing number of officials are directly involved in shaping or implementing these decisions. Yet, as the EU has grown in size, scope and complexity, it has become increasingly difficult for people to have a clear idea of what the EU actually does, and how it really works. It is not always obvious, even to officials who are personally involved, how individual actions in the EU setting fit into the overall policy process. This book aims to answer that question.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface and acknowledgements. List of illustrations. Part 2 1. Introduction: EU Law-Making and the Policy Cycle 2. Policy Initiation: the European Commission 3. Legislative Decision-Making: the Parliament and the Council 4. Delegated and Implementing Acts 5. Case Study: the EU Timber Regulation 6. Conclusions: EU Law-Making and EU Governance Part 3 Annexes Annex 1. EU legally binding acts (2010-2012) Annex 2. Special legislative procedures: indicative overview Annex 3. Non-legislative procedures for the adoption of legally binding acts directly based on treaty articles

About the Author

Edward Best is Head of Unit at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht, and Senior Fellow of Maastricht University. He holds a D. Phil from the University of Oxford. He worked in the regional security programme of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London before focusing on comparative regionalism and the management of regional organisations, serving as consultant for various regional bodies as well as the United Nations. Since the early 2000s he has specialised in EU decision-making and the political dimensions of European integration, delivering regular courses on decision-making in the EU institutions, bodies and agencies, and leading work packages in EU research networks on the EU institutions. He has produced numerous publications both on the EU and on regional governance in comparative perspective.


About the Series

Routledge/EIPA Managing the European Union Series

The EIPA Managing the European Union series is linked by a common theme which reflects the special expertise of the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA): bridging theory and practice with regard to the management of the European Union (EU).

The volumes in the series explore specific aspects of this common theme by examining, where appropriate, relations between and within the EU institutions themselves, between the institutions and the member states and between the EU and its global partners. Volumes address both general and specific issues and policy areas, ranging from the budget, to the internal market and to how the EU should respond to broader global changes. The series appears at a propitious moment, since the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, the global financial crisis and the associated cuts in the public sectors throughout the EU, as well as rapid changes in the international order, all demand fresh thinking and perspectives on managing the EU at a time of upheaval and transition.

The emphasis is upon analysing issues and challenges in the context of public administration and on offering practice-orientated conclusions, thus the volumes in the series are written with public servants in mind, not only in the EU institutions themselves, but also the civil services of the member states and even beyond. However, the series will also appeal to a more general readership of researchers and professionals, who will benefit from the clear identification and incisive analysis of current issues in EU management and administration.

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LAW / Government / General