Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Future of EU Treaty Revisions

SIEPS European Policy Analysis, March Issue 2014:2epa

12 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2014

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Carlos Closa

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas CSIC

Date Written: March 2014

Abstract

The European economic crisis revived the discussion on future treaty revision. However, stringency of the revision procedure based on unanimity requirement presented an obstacle to fast resolution of complicated problems posed by the crisis. Faced with that difficulty, a majority of the Member States showed willingness to depart form the ordinary procedure and adopt necessary reform measures in form of intergovernmental agreements. In this policy analysis, Carlos Closa examines feasibility of future treaty revisions. With less than perfect options available – and far-fetched solutions proposed to resolve the dilemma – current demands for revision may remain unanswered for the time being.

Keywords: Treaty revision, ratification, unanimity, EU law, EU politics

Suggested Citation

Closa, Carlos, Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Future of EU Treaty Revisions (March 2014). SIEPS European Policy Analysis, March Issue 2014:2epa. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2422898

Carlos Closa (Contact Author)

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas CSIC ( email )

Calle Albasaz
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Madrid, 28075
Spain

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