A Common Man’s Guide to the Common Market by Hugh Arbuthnott, Geoffrey Edwards

By Hugh Arbuthnott, Geoffrey Edwards

The goal of this revised and prolonged booklet is to attempt to provide an explanation for how the regulations of the group are supposed to in attaining its fundamental goals. a quick background of the root and significant occasions are integrated and the formal associations and the particular decision-making methods are explained.

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Governments rely on the expertise and advice provided by their civil services for making decisions. The many committees of government officials at the Community level, from COREPER to the highly technical working groups set up within the Council structure, are a predictable and unavoidable 42 A Common Man's Guide to the Common Market consequence of the attempt to coordinate national policies in which there is considerable government intervention, whether legal, administrative or economic. Apart from the consultative committees, whose advice the Commission seeks when drawing up its proposals (see below), there are several other important committees of officials which play a vital role in the implementation of Community decisions.

Even before 1974, summit meetings had been considered necessary on a number of occasions to settle outstanding issues of disagreement or sensitivity. The regularisation of summits, as the European Council, increased the temptation of the Council of Ministers to send issues 'upstairs' for Heads of Government to decide on. 24 A Common Man's Guide to the Common Market The increased use of the European Council as a final arbiter or court of appeal was further encouraged by factors such as the greater publicity that the involvement of heads of government attracted.

Morgan, From Summits to Councils: Evolution in the EEC (Chatham House/PEP, 1976) C. ), The Presidenqy of the European Council of Ministers (Croom Helm/EIPA, 1985) M. Palmer, The European Parliament (Pergamon, 1981) G. Rosenthal, The Men Behind the Decisions (Lexington, 1975) For the Treaty references to the institutions see: Treaty of Rome, Part I Article 4 and Part V Articles 137-198; and the Single European Act 1986. 3 The Policy-making Process in the European Community The European Community is probably still better known - at least in the UK - for its failure to make decisions, for taking decisions too late or for taking the wrong decisions rather than for its speed, efficiency and success in reaching a consensus among the member states.

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