Continuity and Change
Studies in EU Reform and Enlargement series
Edited by Edward Best, Thomas Christiansen and Pierpaolo Settembri
This volume brings together the results of research conducted by a number of scholars in the context of EU-CONSENT – a ‘Network of Excellence’ funded under the European Union’s 6th Framework Programme for Research and Development. EU-CONSENT brings together researchers from some 50 institutions from across Europe to share their research output on the question of ‘Wider Europe, Deeper Integration?’ The activities of the network, which is led by Wolfgang Wessels at the University of Cologne, are organized around a number of diﬀerent ‘work packages’ focusing on theoretical questions, sectoral studies and institutional dimensions of the relationship between EU reform and enlargement. This present volume publishes the research output of those who have been working together in ‘Work Package IV’, which addresses the evolution of the EU’s institutional system in the context of enlargement. This work package, which is coordinated at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht, is made up of four teams which are, respectively, looking at the role of national governments in Council and comitology (led by Edward Best and Thomas Christiansen), the European Commission (John Peterson), the European Parliament (Brendan Donnelly) and the bodies representing sub-state authorities and organized civil society at European level (Simona Piattoni). Each team has examined the way in which the enlargement process and the arrival of the representatives from the new member states has, or has not, changed the institutional mechanisms in those spheres. This book is the ﬁrst joint eﬀort by those active in this work...