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The European Commission in the Post-Lisbon Era of Crises

Between Political Leadership and Policy Management


Edited By Michele Chang and Jörg Monar

The European Commission has alternatively been portrayed as an all-powerful institution controlling far too many resources versus a bureaucracy that operates at the behest of Member States. In recent years the EU has been beset by major challenges coming from the inside (the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty) and the outside (the global financial crisis). How has the Commission responded to these events? Has the Commission changed substantially in terms of its institutional structure or the functions it performs? To what extent was the Commission actively promoting such changes versus accepting initiatives emanating from the Member States?
This edited volume seeks to answer these questions by examining this institution and how it has performed in several major policy areas in which the Commission traditionally has been both very active and others in which its influence has been more limited. This comparative study examines the impact that the changes brought about this past decade has had on the Commission.


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ACER Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators AFSJ Area of Freedom, Security and Justice ALDE Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe CAP Common Agricultural Policy CCP Common Commercial Policy CEECs Central and Eastern European Countries CFSP Common Foreign and Security Policy CIS Customs Information System CJEU Court of Justice of the European Union COREPER Comité des représentants permanents / Committee of Permanent Representatives CSDP Common Security Defence Policy CV Curriculum Vitae DG Directorate-General DG CLIMA Directorate-General for Climate Action DG ECFIN Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs DG ENER Directorate-General for Energy DG ENVI Directorate-General for Environment DG JLS Directorate-General for Justice, Liberty and Security DG JUST Directorate-General for Justice DG HOME Directorate-General for Home Affairs DG MOVE Directorate-General for Transport DG TREN Directorate-General for Transport and Energy EAW European Arrest Warrant ECB European Central Bank ECHR European Convention on Human Rights ECI European Citizens’ Initiative ECLAN European Criminal Law Academic Network The European Commission in the Post-Lisbon Era of Crises 12 ECSC European Coal and Steel Community ECtHR European Court of Human Rights EDP Excessive Deficits Procedure EEAS European External Action Service EFSF European Financial Stability Fund EIB Excessive Imbalances Procedure EMU Economic and Monetary Union EP European Parliament EPP European People’s Party EPPO European Public Prosecutor’s Office EPSO European Personnel Selection Office ERDF European Regional and Development Fund ESDP European Security and Defence Policy ESF European Social Fund ETS Emissions Trading System EU European Union Eurojust European Union Judicial Cooperation Unit Europol European Police Office...

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