A More Powerful European Council:
Old and new trends
Finnish Institute of International Affairs
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importance of the European Council within the European Unionís political system
has increased significantly due to the multiple crises that the EU has faced in
increasing role also reflects longer-term developments highlighting the
importance of high-level policy coordination in the EU, and the member statesí
central role in the EU decision-making.
context, a distinctly consensus-generating yet relatively powerful European
Council presidency has emerged under Herman van Rompuy and Donald Tusk.
power relations among the EU institutions, and efforts to steer the EU
legislative agenda, have raised concerns of a greater than anticipated change,
A degree of
flexibility and adaptability concerning the role and functions of the European
Council might provide efficacy, but could run counter to the objective to
establish it firmly within the legal and institutional framework of the EU.