The Division of Competences between the EU and the Member States (2003:2)

In connection with the conclusions reached at the meeting of the European Council in Nice in 2000, it was stated that a clearer distribution of decision-making powers between the EU and its member states should be discussed.

A catalogue of competences defines who, or which level, has the authority to make decisions on specific matters. Up to now, EU has applied the principle of subsidiarity in order to determine which level that has the competence to make decisions, which has led to a situation where competence and power in given areas are spread across different levels of government, and shared between different actors. The purpose of this project is to satisfy the need for an overview of problems related to matters of assigning decision-making powers specifically in respect to: accountability; predictability; and effectiveness.

The report was presented at the seminar The European Convention and Distribution of Competences and is a part of the research project Strategy 2004.

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