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Voting in the European Union - Central Europe’s lost voice

Author(s): doc. Ing. Ondřej Schneider MPhil., Ph.D.,
Type: IES Working Papers
Year: 2008
Number: 22
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Published in: IES Working Papers 22/2008
Publishing place: Prague
Keywords: European Union, voting system, European Council, new member states
JEL codes: J08, J51, K31
Suggested Citation: Schneider, O. (2008). “ Voting in the European Union - Central Europe’s lost voice ” IES Working Paper 22/2008. IES FSV. Charles University.
Grants: GACR 402/08/0501 (2008-2010) Political Economy of Public Spending
Abstract: Ten Central European countries became members of the European Union in the years 2004 - 2007. They constitute 20% of the EU’s total population; and even though their economic output is much lower, it rises dynamically. New members’ impact on the EU policies has nevertheless been limited. This is due not only to the arcane voting rules within the EU, but also to the lack of a common agenda among the Central European countries. Our paper illustrates that the new members rarely vote together and that their influence is thus fairly limited. We argue that as the EU seemingly lacks energy to implement further reforms that would stimulate its economy, impetus for change may come from Central European countries. To that end, however, they have to coordinate their voting and become a more coherent voting group than they are now.
Downloadable: WP 2008_22_Schneider

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