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Barroso worried commission could take a hit in new EU treaty - EUobserver.com
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso is worried that his institution will be sidelined under the new EU treaty which potentially introduces a new power hierarchy into the European Union.

In a frank interview with Belgian newspaper de Standaard, Mr Barroso admits that he is eyeing the new treaty with some concern as it risks seeing member states circumvent both the commission and European Parliament and take decisions among themselves.

"If the new treaty is ratified, which I strongly hope, we will have to make sure that its changes are not abused to reduce the de facto power of the European institutions."

Member states are currently putting the final touches on the EU treaty which is hoped will be in force by 2009.
by Fran on Tue Oct 9th, 2007 at 11:38:06 PM EST
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So, is this a coup by the Council?

Not that they are not in their rights, after all the EU is an intergovernmental organization.

We have met the enemy, and it is us — Pogo

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 04:34:25 AM EST
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The constitutional treaty also favoured the Council somewhat. But Barroso should not be too scared about 'abuse'. Any conflict of authority can be brought before the European Court of Justice, which has a clear preference for the Commission and the European Parliament.
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 05:12:51 AM EST
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