Mind the Gap: The Evolving EU Executive and the Constitution
Professor Curtin delivered the third Walter van Gerven Lecture. She warned to mind the gap between the evolving EU executive and the Constitution. The lecture focuses on the more low level politics of the EU by analysing how the Union has evolved in institutional practice over the past decade. The manner in which powers and tasks have been delegated - both by the Commission and the Council - to a whole series of non-majoritarian agencies are a striking illustration of the development in practice of institutional structures without a legal basis in the constituent treaties or in the Constitution. Yet there is already a rich seam of legal and institutional practices surrounding such European level agencies. As the EU is doing away with its divisive pillars, the time has come to lift the veil on agencies and approach them in a horizontal fashion and embrace them fully within the evolving Constitutional framework.
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