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Does the Lisbon Treaty Effectively Limit the Power of the European Union?
Article first published online: 6 JUN 2013
© 2013 The Author. Economic Affairs © 2013 Institute of Economic Affairs. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Volume 33, Issue 2, pages 246–256, June 2013
How to Cite
Ciclet, É. (2013), Does the Lisbon Treaty Effectively Limit the Power of the European Union?. Economic Affairs, 33: 246–256. doi: 10.1111/ecaf.12019
- Issue published online: 6 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 6 JUN 2013
- European Commission;
- European Union;
- power limits;
Although the Lisbon Treaty recognises the necessity to limit the power of the European Union, some of its limitations are poorly expressed. As a result, the European Commission has the possibility to act arbitrarily by expanding Union power. The position of the Commission is pre-eminent, notably with respect to the drafting of EU measures. Not only can the Commission expand Union power, but it may also favour certain actors at the expense of the principals (Member States and their citizens). Indeed, the Commission may apply definitions of the ‘common European interest’ that go beyond the preferences of the principals.