The European Council and the Community Method
As the European Council has become a European institution in the wake of the Lisbon Treaty, this Policy Paper by Philippe de Schoutheete looks back over its history and its competences exerted thanks to the crisis. It also looks at the role it could play in the future in the progressive construction of the government of Europe.
This Policy Paper by Philippe de Schoutheete is part of a series of works that Notre Europe has dedicated to the evolution of the European institutions in the wake of the Lisbon Treaty. It focuses in particular on the European Council, whose role has become so pivotal, that we can now refer not to a ‘triangle’ but rather to an ‘institutional trapezium’.
The second part reviews the changes introduced by this same Treaty with regard to the European Council, whose transformation into an institution is evidence of the importance that it has gained. The urgent matters that it has had to face have left it little time to define the priorities of EU activity, as set forth in the Treaty. But all throughout the crisis, the European Council has been the place where major decisions have been adopted.