By Alistair Jones
This A-Z advisor explains the most important strategies and associations associated with the ecu Union, in addition to short biographies of the major figures with regards to the basis and improvement of the ecu. it will enable scholars to hyperlink a few of the theoretical ideas with the folks who brought them. The ebook comes in handy in discerning among the British and ecu Parliaments -- scholars usually confuse a number of the techniques of the european with these of the British govt, and the definitions during this word list will reveal that the our bodies have differing roles to play in lots of points in their life.
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This was to be replaced by a fixed presidency (the president elected by heads of state and government) for a renewable twoand-a-half-year term. Further, the voting rules within the Council of Ministers were to be simplified. There would also be an EU Foreign Minister. Other changes included the size of the Commission, which was to be reduced to two-thirds of its present size from 2014, while upper and lower limits on the number of Members of the European Parliament for the largest and smallest states would be introduced.
THE EUROPEAN UNION A–Z 21 While many other common policies, such as the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), are seen as steps towards supranationalism, the CFSP is far more intergovernmental. This means that national interest tends to be put above a common EU interest. Changes were made in the Treaty of Amsterdam (1999) which curtailed some aspects of national interest with the reduction of unanimous voting. No longer was it possible for a single member state to veto any CFSP proposals. Instead, the option of abstention was included, rather than simple support or opposition to any proposals.
It is in this body that national concerns are raised and protected – sometimes at the expense of the EU. With the EU now having a membership of 27, it is becoming ever more difficult to protect national interests. Margaret Thatcher once complained that Britain had surrendered too much sovereignty. It is even more the case now than when Thatcher was speaking in the late 1980s that the only way to protect a country’s sovereignty is to ‘surrender’ some of it. Except in cases of extreme national importance, where the veto can be used, a country can only achieve its objectives by working with other members.
A Glossary of the European Union (Politics Glossaries) by Alistair Jones