The European Commission 2004-09: A Politically Weakened Institution?

Piotr Maciej Kaczynski (rapporteur)

EPIN Working Paper, No 23, May 2009

Brussles 05/2009

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The current European Commission reaches the end of its 2004-09 term. Experts from the European Policy Institutes Network (EPIN) have evaluated the successes and failures of the (first) Barroso Commission from their national perspectives. The findings from 25 EU member states are presented in a new EPIN Working Paper written by Piotr Maciej Kaczyński, Research Fellow at the Brussels-based think tank CEPS. The picture that emerges is of a Commission that has become politically weakened vis-à-vis the other institutions and in the Union as a whole. At the same time the Commission’s greatest success is the adoption of the Climate and Energy Package, which appears to be widely appreciated across the EU.

The Greek country report was produced by Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Vanessa Stachtou from ELIAMEP.

EPIN is a network of think tanks and policy institutes focusing on current EU and European political and policy debates. It is a comprehensive network with 31 members in 27 countries, including almost all the EU member states and candidate countries. EPIN aims to contribute to the debate on the Future of Europe through up to the minute, expert analysis and commentary and through providing easy access to understanding the different national debates.

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The European Commission 2004-09: A politically weakened institution? Views from the National Capitals, rapporteur: Piotr Maciej Kaczyński, Research Fellow, CEPS, Brussels, EPIN Working Paper No. 23, May 2009


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