The Origins of Comitology

  • Jens Blom-Hansen
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)


The establishment of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the early 1960s required extensive and detailed technical regulation which the Council of Ministers could not carry out alone. It simply lacked the time and resources to respond to the needs of day-to-daymanagement. To get an impression of the administrative challenge, it is worth quoting at length from the Commission’s own announcement of its new ‘considerable managerial responsibilities’ on 30 July 1962, the day the Common Agricultural Policy came into force:


Member State Common Agricultural Policy Management Committee Custom Union National Control 
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© Jens Blom-Hansen 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jens Blom-Hansen
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceAarhus UniversityDenmark

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