The Intergovernmental Pillars of the European Union

Hardcover | October 1, 2002

byEileen Denza

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The Three-Pillars System of the European Union was intended to give flexibility to, and ultimately to extend, the area over which the EU could exert its influence. The Second and Third Pillars reflect a different level of integration and centralization, with the result that the Union can have inputinto the more politically sensitive and legally complex areas. The most well-documented pillar is the European Communities Pillar, where Community legislation takes place, and Community methods, rather than intergovernmental methods, prevail. However, it is argued that the two intergovernmental pillars - the common Foreign and Security Policy, and Cooperationin Justice and Home Affairs - make an important contribution to the increasing legal sophistication of the Unions constitution. The former has enabled the European Union to assert its own identity without compromising the sovereignty of the Member States, whilst the latter can be seen as a half-wayhouse for subjects too sensitive for immediate integration into the Community Legal Order. This analytical examination of the combination of public international law methods and Community methods at work in Europe is essential reading for all those with an interest in the future development of the European Union.

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The Three-Pillars System of the European Union was intended to give flexibility to, and ultimately to extend, the area over which the EU could exert its influence. The Second and Third Pillars reflect a different level of integration and centralization, with the result that the Union can have inputinto the more politically sensitive a...

Eileen Denza is a former Legal Councillor to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She was the legal advisor to the UK representation to the European Community from 1980 to 1983, and was Council to the EC Committee in the House of Lords from 1987 to 1995.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:424 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.07 inPublished:October 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198299354

ISBN - 13:9780198299356

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Pillars of the Temple1. Two Legal Orders: Distinguishing Features of the Intergovernmental Pillars2. Evolution of European Political Cooperation and Formation of the Second Pillar3. Evolution of Cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs and Formation of the Third Pillar4. CFSP Achievements and Weaknesses5. The Second Pillar under the Treaty of Amsterdam6. Achievements and Weaknesses of Justice and Home Affairs Cooperation7. The Residual Third Pillar under the Treaty of Amsterdam8. Cross-Pillar Action: The Struggle for Consistency9. Judicial Control of the Pillars10. Parliamentary Control of the Pillars11. Security and Defence Policy

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`'this is wholly to be commended as an excellent piece of work. It is written throughout in readable, economical and perspicuous English. It must quickly become an indispensable work of reference.''British Yearbook of International Law