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POLS432PP_8 - The Institutions of the European Union The...

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The Institutions of the European Union The Council of the European Union
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What is the Council of the European Union? Better known as the Council of Ministers One of two legislative bodies of the European Union (The European Parliament is the other) Represents the member states (not independent)
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History   The Council was established as a counterbalance to the High Authority of the European Coal and Steel Community As we saw with the Commission, the history of the Council can be seen as a history of its power The power of the Council usually wanes if there is strong leadership in the Commission However, the major current rival to the Council is the Parliament Through various treaties the Parliament has been granted more powers as it relates to the Council
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Organization   Altogether there are nine different Council configurations: General Affairs and External Relations Economic and Financial Affairs (ECOFIN) Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Competitiveness Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Agriculture and Fisheries Environment Education, Youth and Culture
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Organization   The Council Presidency Presides over every aspect of the Council of the European Union Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) Two committees COREPER I (social and economic issues)
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2011 for the course POLS 432 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '09 term at Texas A&M.

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