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The Commission and the Council Secretariat in the 2000 IGC

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This chapter investigates ‘what went wrong’ for the two institutions in the 2000 IGC, and how these institutions, nevertheless, were able to gain some influence on the margins. A theoretical framework is first put forward that details how supranational influence is contingent upon both the context and actual strategies employed by supranational actors<!--[endif]--> in an IGC. Following this, the chapter will first review the preferences of the two supranational actors in the 2000 IGC, showing that they do not always reflect Member State government preferences. Thereafter, the chapter looks at the bargaining resources that the Commission and the Secretariat had in the 2000 IGC which could potentially be translated into influence through the negotiation process. Next, the analysis will investigate the context of the IGCs, showing the contextual factors which limited the range of opportunities available to the two actors. Finally, the empirical analysis details the actual strategies used by the two actors in their relatively unsuccessful attempts to gain influence upon the final result. The sources used for this analysis include a series of interviews with high-level civil servants in the two institutions, and with civil servants in both the United Kingdom and Denmark, along with relevant primary and secondary literature. In the conclusion, these results are compared against the relative influence of the two institutions in other IGCs, and with the parallel negotiation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.<!--[endif]-->
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Treaty of Nice
EditorsFinn Laursen
Number of pages39
Place of publicationLeiden
PublisherMartin Nijhoff Publishers
Publication year2006
ISBN (print)1871-4110
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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