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Theory and Reform in the European Union$
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Dimitris N. Chryssochoou, Michael J. Tsinisizelis, and Stelios Stavridis

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780719049910

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719049910.001.0001

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The Treaty of Nice and its critics

The Treaty of Nice and its critics

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Theory and Reform in the European Union

Dimitris N. Chryssochoou

Michael J. Tsinisizelis

Stelios Stavridis

Kostas Ifantis

Manchester University Press

This chapter focuses on the politics of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) 2000, which led to the signing of the highly debated and controversial Treaty of Nice (NIT), and shows the way the final agreement was reached and the increasing dissonance between larger and smaller EU states during the final steps of the negotiations. It recalls other important issues that were addressed in the IGC, such as the simplification of the Treaties and the hierarchy of Community Acts. The chapter also discusses the views of the Commission and other institutions on the Nice Process, takes note of the changes that were made to the weighting system and the NIT, and studies the concept of enhanced cooperation.

Keywords:   Treaty of Nice, final agreement, Community Acts, simplification of Treaties, Nice Process, weighting system, enhanced cooperation

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