Flexibility in Europe

Description of Flexibility

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes flexibility in the following terms: [1] The 1997 Treaty of Amsterdam disappointed some integrationists (and encouraged others) by endorsing the principle that the Community’s institutions could occasionally be used by a majority of member states to achieve their objectives without involving all the remaining member states. This right is subject to a veto by the non-participants. The Treaty does not, however, provide much comfort for sceptics, since such flexibility, or ‘closer co-operation’, is available only as a last resort and on the basis that the acquis communautaire is unaffected. (See also Variable geometry.)


Notas y References

  1. Based on the book “A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union from Aachen to Zollverein”, by Rodney Leach (Profile Books; London)

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