How the EU Institutions Work: Your handbook and guide to EU decision-making

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EU legislation has major impacts on virtually every aspect of life in the EU Member States, as well as on many businesses and other stakeholders in non-member countries. However the EU decision-making process, with its complex and unique interplay between institutions and stakeholders, can seem an impenetrable mystery.

This book is a foundation text explaining systematically and comprehensively how this decision-making works. Successive chapters explain the role of each of the EU institutions in the legislative process, clearly describing each step in sequence. The book then moves on to showing how the interplay of the institutions, and the engagement of stakeholders, works in practical terms to shape legislation from start to finish.

Packed with timelines for how legislation is adopted, checklists of key points and actions, flowcharts and explanatory diagrams – this is a highly accessible resource for study, reference and planning.

Note: This book can be read as a standalone or in conjunction with How to Work with the EU Institutions: A Practical Guide to Successful Public Affairs in the EU (ISBN 9781838089818), which shows how stakeholders can engage successfully with and influence EU decision-making.

Who is the book for?

  • EU public affairs professionals
  • Students and young professionals looking to work in the Brussels bubble
  • Academic and training courses on EU institutions and decision-making
  • EU officials engaged in legislative procedures
  • National and regional government officials involved in EU legislation
  • Law firms in the EU arena
  • NGOs, federations and businesses working with the EU institutions
  • Non-EU governments, businesses and NGOs affected by EU legislation
  • Libraries with EU interests

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Introduction, by Erik Akse

  1. The European Commission, by Erik Akse and Alan Hardacre
  2. The Council of the EU and the European Council, by Sabina Kajnč Lange
  3. The European Parliament, by Joost Mulder and Alan Hardacre
  4. Other EU Institutions and Bodies, by Erik Akse, Alan Hardacre and Nadia Adrien
  5. The Ordinary Legislative Procedure, by Joost Mulder, Alan Hardacre and Nadia Adrien
  6. Delegated and Implementing Acts, by Alan Hardacre, Michael Kaeding and Sabina Kajnč Lange
  7. Index

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Product Details

Publication Date
8 Sep 2020
Page Count
185 x 246mm