(Original post by Riken09)
Very few people do this unit :/
I'd say theres going to be something on the UK staying in or out. So make a case for and against UK member of the EU :P
Wow, we're actually a small miniorty? Its such a shame, with what has happened over the 2015 elections, Nigel Farage's wins in the 2014 european elections.
Well, no wonder the EU is not the most popular subject.
Still, I'll post a couple of essays I've written, and everyone else can share their ideas and so and so forth.
How significant is the Council of the EU?
The Council of the EU is a principal legislative body that passes EU law jointly with the European Parliament. For example in 2008 it made the final decision when the European Parliament voted on a law in equal pay. In respect the European Parliament powers were restricted during this final stage of decision making process, which allowed the Council to make the final call on the law, and the EP was determined to an advisory function, but could also have its say as well, though in limited terms. Therefore the Council was significant as it was able to pass the decision after reviewing both sides from the Commission and the European Parliament.
The Council of the EU has become especially significant with the Latvian Presidency taking over in 2015 over the Italian Presidency. For example, the Latvian Presidency is planning talks about the Multi-annual plan to preserve Baltic/Cod stocks relating to the Common Fisheries policy. It will ensure that management of these stocks will be achieved to meet the targets of the CFP. The consequence of this allowed the Council to present it plans to other EU institutions, and has garnered the support of all member states who seek to reform the CFP in one way or the other. It effectively managed to make all member states come to a consensus which is a difficult thing to do in European politics when it comes to tricky areas such as the CFP or the CAP. Therefore the Latvian Presidency which represents the Council outside, is now in charge of the making of internal/external fisheries policy of the EU council, and makes it very significant as it is able to deal in a policy which is very difficult to reform.
The Council of the EU become significant as they approved the budget with ECOFIN and the EP in terms of economic matters. For example, this year the Commission’s proposed 315 bn euro investment is to be invested in infrastructure and development. The spending was significantly less compared to previous budgets, coming to 141.2bn. It also approved measures to prevent tax fraud and tax avoidance. Member states would for tax fraud, have to extend mandatory exchange for information for a longer period.These extra powers heightened the Council’s powers, enabled it to move forward in terms of economic matters, and significantly established the institution to become expectantly reliable on approving budget matters. Therefore where other institutions are unable to exert their power on such as the EU budget, The Council is able to do with the help of ECOFIN, a primary sub-group within the Council that enables it to become very significant as it deals with the economic matters of the EU, especially after damaging effects of the eurozone crisis.