By Hussein Kassim, Anand Menon, B. Guy Peters, Vincent Wright
The second one of 2 volumes to check how eu Union member states coordinate their eu guidelines, this booklet investigates the buildings, associations, and methods carried out via nationwide governments in Brussels. It bargains an in depth exam of the association, operation, and function of everlasting representations, and their position in nationwide structures of ecu coverage making, and appears on the volume to which interplay inside a typical institutional setting has caused convergence among nationwide preparations.
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Organization, composition, and internal operation In looking at the structure of the permanent representation, a ﬁrst—if rather basic—feature is size. 47 Peters (1999) suggests that size may be a function of the importance assigned to the task of co-ordination by the national government and may also reﬂect differing conceptions about how the task should be performed. A positive conception of co-ordination, for example, may call for a relatively small number of ofﬁcials to make authoritative decisions about the appropriate stance to be struck, while a more inclusive approach that prefers the direct participation of interested departments may favour the posting of a larger complement of personnel in Brussels.
The consultation process may be more or less formal. 22 In others, where consultation is more informal, national ofﬁcials may have to act on their own initiative to ensure that their government's position is registered. Once the consultation process has been completed, the draft proposal passes to the College. Consideration at the political level begins with a meeting of the ‘special chefs’—a meeting of the Commissioners' cabinet member responsible for the area under discussion. 23 Where the stakes are high, and sometimes even when they are not, member states may attempt to inﬂuence the College through one of ‘their’ Commissioners or their cabinets.
24 Hussein Kassim Council, COREPER's composition remains constant and its members tend to remain in post for relatively long periods (see Westlake 1995: 305–7). The stability of its membership, close and regular contact, combined with a common background in the diplomatic service, has turned COREPER into a club (Barber 1995). COPERER's responsibility for horizontal co-ordination of the various Council formations and vertical co-ordination of the working groups (de Zwann 1995: 298; Edwards 1996), its location at the intersection between the, and where the political meets the technical, and its function as the ﬁlter through which virtually all items of Union business must pass, make it an important venue for promoting and defending national interests.
The National Co-ordination of EU Policy: The European Level Volume 2 by Hussein Kassim, Anand Menon, B. Guy Peters, Vincent Wright