Defiance for European Influence —The Empty Chair and France

A. Jakab and D. Kochenov (eds.) The Enforcement of EU Law and Values (OUP 2017, Forthcoming)

20 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2016

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Jacques Ziller

University of Pavia, Department of Political and Social Sciences

Date Written: October 18, 2016

Abstract

This chapter covers the Empty Chair crisis, the context of events leading up to the crisis, and its impact and implications on European integration. It begins with an account of the events leading up to the crisis, which was triggered by the 1965 EEC Council meeting. The issue to be solved was that of the financing rules for the common agricultural policy (CAP), although the chapter soon reveals that much more was at stake for France as well as the other Member States. One observer notes that the conflict ‘centred, more fundamentally, on the question of the governance of the Community (to use the modern phrase). The legal basis of the Commission’s activities and its independence were both in the balance’.

Keywords: Empty Chair crisis, France, European integration, EEC Council, EEC, European Economic Community, CAP, common agricultural policy, governance, European influence

JEL Classification: K33, N44, N94

Suggested Citation

Ziller, Jacques, Defiance for European Influence —The Empty Chair and France (October 18, 2016). A. Jakab and D. Kochenov (eds.) The Enforcement of EU Law and Values (OUP 2017, Forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2854229

Jacques Ziller (Contact Author)

University of Pavia, Department of Political and Social Sciences ( email )

Strada Nuova, 65
Pavia, Pavia 27 100
Italy

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