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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of European Union Law
EditorsAnthony Arnull, Damian Chalmers
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Chapter13
Pages327-349
Number of pages23
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9780199672646
ISBN (Print)9780199672646
DOIs
E-pub ahead of print1 Mar 2015
Published23 Jul 2015

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NameOxford Handbooks
PublisherOUP

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Abstract

Comitology has become an integral feature of the EU’s legal system by integrating national administrations and the European Commission within a formally established organizational framework for the adoption of implementing acts at Union level. The comitology system allows the Member States to sanction the delegation of considerable powers to the Commission while at the same time allowing them to retain a varying degree of control over the exercise of those powers. The cooperation between national civil servants and the Commission behind closed doors has provided a forum for consensual problem solving and could be said to have contributed to greater efficiency of the Union’s implementation process. At the same time, the ever expanding use of comitology within Union law and the politically sensitive nature of its output make it necessary to ensure its operation meet the Union’s demands of democratic legitimacy and accountability.

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