EU Committee Governance between Intergovernmental and Union Administration
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Committees are an essential part of the functioning of modern governance. Some committees are official, whilst others are unofficial or even ad hoc. They play a crucial role in the daily operation of the European Union (EU) system of governance by providing expertise in policy development and decision-making, by linking member states’ governments and administrations with the EU level and by increasing the acceptance of European laws and programmes in the member states. EU committees are important arenas for EU governance as well as melting pots of national and supranational government systems. In various guises, committees are active at every stage of the political process within the EU machinery — assisting the Commission in drafting legislation, preparing the dossiers on which the Council takes decisions and supervising the implementation of EC law by the Commission. The latter are generally referred to as comitology committees, although the term is sometimes extended to include all committees (Christiansen and Kirchner 2000).
KeywordsEuropean Union Member State Expert Committee Committee Meeting European Union Level
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