JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies

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Edited By: Michelle Cini and Amy Verdun

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Virtual Issue: EU Presidencies

JCMS Annual Review – EU Presidencies Virtual Issue

Every six months the baton of the EU Presidency is passed from one Member State of the European Union to another. Although the nature of the presidency has changed in recent times thanks to the introduction of the trio system and the innovations of the Lisbon Treaty, under both new and old arrangements holding the EU presidency allows a Member State the opportunity to push its priorities, inject new life in other areas which have fallen dormant and re-direct attention to a new policy sphere or geographical area. The Member State also becomes a focal point of the Union for those six months and is expected to react to events and lead - or more likely help co-ordinate - the EU’s response. Nonetheless, there are limits to what can be achieved by any Member State in just six short months. A country’s size, ambition and the circumstances in which it takes over the mantle of the EU presidency can greatly influence a Member State’s ability to make a difference. Moreover, as a former French Minister for Europe put it, the Member State holding the Presidency ‘reaps what others have sowed and sows what others will reap’.

This virtual issue brings together the articles on the Presidency published in JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies. Written by a series of experts on the specific Member States, the 26 articles here (and available as free downloads) on 18 different Member States were originally published in the JCMS Annual Review of the European Union. The articles not only chart the priorities, preferences, achievements and failures of the respective holders of the EU rotating presidency, but offer an insight into the changing nature of the role.

This special issue was launched to coincide with the publication of the JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2010.

Tim Haughton and Nathaniel Copsey

Rotating presidencies (Jan-Jun and Jul-Dec)
2013: Lithuania and Ireland
2012: Denmark and Cyprus
2011: Hungary and Poland
2010: Spain and Belgium
2009: Czech Republic and Sweden
2008: Slovenia and France
2007: Germany and Portugal
2006: Austria and Finland
2005: Luxembourg and UK
2004: Ireland and Netherlands
2003: Greece and Italy
2002: Spain and Denmark
2001: Sweden and Belgium
2000: Portugal and France
1999: Germany and Finland
1998: UK and Austria