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(p. 249) 14. The European Council and the Council of Ministers 

(p. 249) 14. The European Council and the Council of Ministers
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(p. 249) 14. The European Council and the Council of Ministers
Author(s):

Ian Bache

, Simon Bulmer

, Stephen George

, and Owen Parker

DOI:
10.1093/hepl/9780199689668.003.0014
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date: 22 March 2019

This chapter focuses on two European Union institutions that principally composed of government representatives: the European Council and the Council of Ministers. By virtue of their composition of government representatives (government heads, ministers, and civil servants), both the European Council and the Council of Ministers remain part of a hierarchy of EU institutions. The chapter first provides an overview of definitions and distinctions before discussing the intergovernmentalism of the European Council and how the Council of Ministers helped increase the supranationalism of the EU. It also considers the role of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) and various preparatory committees of the European Council and the Council of Ministers.

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