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Figures and references updated. Refers to discussions on the nomination and election of Ursula von der Leyen for the 2019-2024 term.

Updated on 30 January 2020. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 19 October 2020

Abstract and Keywords

The objective of the Community method is to ensure that, in the making, implementing, and enforcing of European Union law and policy, (a) the general European interest is safeguarded by the independent European Commission, which is responsible for proposing new EU legislation; (b) democratic representation of the people and the Member States takes place at the level of the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, which together form the EU’s legislature; and (c) judicial control is secured by the European Court of Justice. The article traces the historical origins and evolution of the Community method and assesses its continuing relevance against the background of alternative ways of decision making and coordination such as “intense transgovernmentalism” or “deliberative intergovernmentalism,” in which the European Council plays the leading role.

Keywords: European Union Politics, Community method, Union method, intensive transgovernmentalism, intergovernmental method, European Commission, European Council, European Parliament, Monnet, Schuman

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