The EU's Political and Constitutional System

Research Project

Project Manager: Josefin Almer Wulff

SIEPS presents a yearly statistical survey of the legislation in the EU. The survey includes directives and regulations published in the Official Journal (OJ). The intention is to present the legal acts that have been adopted, the distribution...

Project Manager: Jonas Eriksson

The aim of the project has been to untangle the term sustainability as it is used in EU contexts and map out its application both in the areas it has traditionally been associated with as well as in more modern and less obvious contexts. The project will be terminated in 2016, during which two reports will be published. In the first report, the 2013 reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is examined; and in the second report, the new rules on patient...

Project Managers: Göran von Sydow, Josefin Almer Wulff and Jakob Lewander

Apart from the constitutional development, the EU’s political system is constantly evolving. The political framework and decision-making structure interact with the political outcome. The aim of this project is to analyse political processes and institutional...

Timeframe: Completed
Project Manager: Göran von Sydow and Fredrik Langdal

The purpose of this project is to study the processes, structures and institutions rather than the formal constitutional aspects of the EU. By regarding the EU as a multi-level political system is that a number of similar research questions concerning the representative system can be addressed on several levels and that the interdependence between the various levels can be addressed.

At least three...

Project managers: Göran von Sydow, Anna Wetter and Josefin Almer Wulff

The Lisbon Treaty, which came into force on 1st December 2009, entails a significant number of changes in central areas of EU governance. The Treaty marks the end of a long constitutional process, and introduces changes in the nature of cooperation within a series of policy areas. It is...

Timeframe: Completed
Project Manager: Josefin Almer Wulff

This project is financed by the 6th framework programme of the Commission. The project is administered by the Robert Shuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence. The overall purpose of the project is to identify and analyze new modes of governance in the EU.

SIEPS participates in two parts of the project. In one of them the way the European Council uses the OMC will be...

Timeframe: Completed
Project Manager: Carl Fredrik Bergström

The project "A Constitution for Europe" was initiated by SIEPS upon conclusion of the intergovernmental conference and signing of the Constitutional Treaty in autumn 2004. The aim of the project is to publish analyses of different aspects of the Constitutional Treaty and/or the ratification process.

Timeframe: Completed
Project Manager: Carl Fredrik Bergström

Treaty revisions at Intergovernmental Conferences regularly bring about changes in institutional rules governing decision-making in the European Union. By focusing uniquely on treaty reforms as highly salient events, less conspicuous, incremental changes that occur between Treaty revisions are overlooked.

But the importance of such "interstitial" change is considerable. This project examines change in areas of joint decision-making between the Council, the Parliament, and the...

Timeframe: Completed
Project Manager: Fredrik Langdal

As the battle for the budget of the European Union unfolds, the governments are setting priorities for the European Union. In this process, there are many references to our common interests and objectives. Advocates of various initiatives and projects often assert that their proposals will bring aboutEuropean added value.

This study seeks to shed light on the concept and its use in various policy settings. It also suggests some ways in which the formula could be converted from an all-...

Timeframe: Completed
Project Manager: Carl Fredrik Bergström

The objective of "Strategi 2004" was to produce and publish a series of reports analysing the challenges for the IGC 2003/2004. 14 reports, examining the proposals that could be expected to be of central importance for the EU and the IGC, was presented at seminars during spring 2003.