Who Has the Power in the EU?. Jason M. Barr Department of Economics Rutgers University, Newark March 15, 2004. Outline of Talk. EU Government structure EU member and acceding countries Theory of Voting Power Measuring power in the EU EU 15 EU 27 ‘Post-nice’ EU 27 ‘Giscard’
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Jason M. Barr
Department of Economics
Rutgers University, Newark
March 15, 2004
Czech Rep. (5/1/04)
Turkey (na)EU Nations
(date of membership)
affect power of countries within the Council?
“The aim of the new EU constitution is to produce a lasting settlement which could endure up to 50 years, as opposed to the three years of the Nice treaty.
Academics have been poring over the new voting solutions being proposed to see who will be the winners, and who the losers, in any deal.”
-George Parker, journalist, www.FinancialTimes.com, 11/19/03
(# orderings of voters)
(#coalitions with i)
Who has the most power?
They have equal power.
Since nothing can pass without at least two players joining together.
Having only 3% of the votes is not indicative of actual power.
Who has the power?
Qualified Majority = 62 votes
At least 14 out of 27 countries vote yes
60% of population (289,840 votes) votes yes
Health and Social Welfare
Rules for media
EU info. dissemination
Non-EU foreign policy
Rules for political asylum
Fighting organized crime
Juvenile crime prevention
Urban crime prevention
Fighting human exploitation
Eurobarometer''For each of the following areas, do you think that decisions should be made by the (NATIONALITY) government, or made jointly within the EU?''
Post Nice EU 27
Why has Spain and Poland Opposed Giscard’s Proposal?
How does S-O power change?