Does the Stockholm Programme Matter? The Struggles Over Ownership of AFSJ Multiannual Programming

CEPS Paper in Liberty and Security in Europe No. 51/December 2012

40 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2013

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Sergio Carrera

Centre for European Policy Studies

Elspeth Guild

Radboud University Nijmegen - Faculty of Law; Kingsley Napley - Department of Immigration; The British Institute of International and Comparative Law; London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Date Written: December 14, 2012

Abstract

Does the 2009 Stockholm Programme matter? This paper addresses the controversies experienced at EU institutional levels as to ‘who’ should have ownership of the contours of the EU’s policy and legislative multiannual programming in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ) in a post-Lisbon Treaty landscape. It examines the struggles around the third multiannual programme on the AFSJ, i.e. the Stockholm Programme, and the dilemmas affecting its implementation. The latest affair to emerge relates to the lack of fulfilment by the European Commission of the commitment to provide a mid-term evaluation of the Stockholm Programme’s implementation by mid-2012, as requested by both the Council and the European Parliament.

This paper shifts the focus to a broader perspective and raises the following questions: Is the Stockholm Programme actually relevant? What do the discussions behind its implementation tell us about the new institutional dynamics affecting European integration on the AFSJ? Does the EU actually need a new (post-Stockholm) multiannual programme for the period 2015-20? And last, what role should the EP play in legislative and policy programming in order to further strengthen the democratic accountability and legitimacy of the EU’s AFSJ?

Keywords: Stockholm Programme, AFSJ, EU, post-Lisbon Treaty, European integration

Suggested Citation

Carrera, Sergio and Guild, Elspeth, Does the Stockholm Programme Matter? The Struggles Over Ownership of AFSJ Multiannual Programming (December 14, 2012). CEPS Paper in Liberty and Security in Europe No. 51/December 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2190297

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