The Community Method, the EU's "default" operating system
In this synthesis Renaud Dehousse takes a fresh look at an issue addressed in a number of articles published by Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute on the Community method and the development of Europe’s institutional system.
After discussing the reasons frequently put forward for arguing that the Community model is in a critical condition, it offers an alternative interpretation of the situation, viewing the Community method as a form of governance “by default” to which member states regularly resort, however many reservations they may harbour in its regard, when they find themselves forced to cooperate.
The following experts contributed to our “debate on the Community method”:
- and Florence Chaltiel.
This debate was nurtured by the seminar on the Community method co-organised with the Bureau of European Policy Advisors (BEPA) in Brussels on 28 February 2012 with a keynote speech by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and concluding remarks by António Vitorino, President of Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute.