How the EU Institutions Work

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 shows 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
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 185 x 246mm | 444g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1838089802
  • 9781838089801
  • 165,432

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 Kajnc 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 Kajnc Lange
7. Index
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About Erik Akse

Erik Akse is a trainer, speaker and adviser in the areas of EU decision-making, policy development and Better Regulation, and co-founder of the Impact Assessment Institute. Contributors to the book are experienced practitioners in the field of EU legislative procedures.
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