A must read! Portrait in words and pictures of what the European Parliament is really like...
A vivid portrait in words and pictures of what the European Parliament is really like - its atmosphere, the people, the politics and the daily working life. The European Parliament’s former Secretary General, Julian Priestley, and Stephen Clark, its current head of web communications, paint an 'impressionist's canvas' that brings the European Parliament to life. They look behind and beyond the formal powers and procedures of the Parliament to explore its buildings, its history and culture, its politics, the personalities who have led it, how it does its work and the army of staff who make it function.
In the words of Jacques Delors: 'Readers will discover the workings of this institution ... and also the human drama ... this book will help you better understand this European adventure.'
Price: 35.00 €
A must-have handbook for anyone working at or with EU institutions
This book provides a comprehensive overview of the European Union and its functioning from a political, economic as well as legal perspective, outlining the EU’s institutions, policies and legal and decision-making mechanisms in simple language. It also contains a glossary of 400 terms, which can serve as a compendium on its own.
This book owes much of its success to the fact that it evolves together with the European Union, keeping its readers abreast of the latest changes in Europe’s architecture. One would be hard pressed to find many volumes that follow the EU’s development so closely, with subsequent editions published so frequently. This latest edition presents the post-Lisbon Union as overhauled by the Treaty of Lisbon, discussing the latest policy reforms from Europe’s response to the financial and economic crisis to agricultural policy reforms, from the EU as a global player to a revised European energy policy. As in the case of previous editions, the Handbook gives an exhaustive and up-to-date overview of the Union, making it an essential read for those who want to know more about the EU and how it works.
Price: 24.00 €
A closer look at the rotating Council Presidency
This book investigates how the EU’s rotating Council Presidency is affected by the Lisbon Treaty and how the Belgian Presidency (2010) has implemented the EU’s new rule-book in a new institutional environment. It shows that Belgium has created a new style rotating Presidency, going back to the basics of chairing the Council while adjusting it to its new political and institutional environment. In this way the Belgian Presidency has set precedents for the rotating Presidency to come. This book is recommended to students and scholars in EU politics, practitioners and anyone who has an active interest in the way the rotating Presidency functions today.
Price: 25.42 €
Analysis of the EU as an international actor within the context of NATO and the UN
This book offers a comprehensive analysis of the European Union as an International Actor and of its foreign policy of ‘effective multilateralism’ in both theory and practice. The core argument is that the EU has fostered integrative links – not only between states, but more recently also among international organisations. The study highlights the successes and critically examines the weaknesses of the EU’s effective multilateralism with NATO and the United Nations and offers concrete proposals for strengthening the EU as an inter-organisational security actor and Integrative Power in the short- and long- term.
The first part of this study analyses major theories of multilateralism and takes stock of 40 years of scholarship on conceptualizing the EU as a distinct foreign policy actor. The second part of the book examines the successes and drawbacks of the EU’s cooperation with NATO and the United Nations in the field of peace, security and international crisis management.
Keywords: foreign affairs, foreign policy, security, defense, integration, european union, united nations, nato, conflict, bosnia, congo, macedonia
Price: 45.28 €
Options, opportunities and obstacles for the EU to engage with Asia as a security actor
This book addresses options, opportunities but also obstacles for the EU to engage with Asia as a security actor. As the geopolitical point of gravity shifts to the east, the EU faces the challenge of dealing with ongoing global power shifts.
Contributors to this book address a number of issues that are key to identifying interests and policy options, including Africa and the Asia nexus, identifying European interests in Asia, the security dimension of the EU’s strategic partnerships with Asian powers, the effectiveness of the EU’s soft power, and the role of Russia in Asia’s security climate.
For a review of the book by David Y.L. Lin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and its former ambassador to the EU, go to: http://euobserver.com/reviews/118179
Keywords: security, defense, asia, china, eu-china relations, eu-asia relations, foreign affairs
Price: 37.74 €
In-depth analysis on the economic transformation of Turkey and its quest for EU membership
This book focuses on the experience of Turkey to date in fulfilling its EU membership requirements and its impact on Turkish economy. It begins with an evaluation on the economic dimension of the EU-Turkey enlargement negotiations process and follows with an assessment on the current strengths and weaknesses of the Turkish candidature by outlining how well Turkey has fared so far. Finally, it details the implications of the accession negotiations for various sectors of the Turkish economy
This book is of interest to both policy-makers and all scholars of the EU enlargement process as it provides an in-depth stock-taking exercise of the economic transformation of Turkey, much of which currently takes place away from media coverage.
For a review of the book by Selim Kunalp, the former Turkish Ambassador to the EU, go to: http://euobserver.com/1024/115909
Keyword(s): turkey, enlargement, economics, eu-turkey relations, accession
Price: 37.74 €
How are EU laws made – and how can their making be influenced at a practical level?
This book provides a practical step-by-step guide for anyone wanting to understand, study, or work with the EU institutions and decision-making. How are EU laws made – and how can their making be influenced at a practical level? And what has been the impact of changes brought about by the Treaty of Lisbon?
“A very insightful tool for citizens, political and private actors”, Maros Sefcovic, Vice-President of the European Commission
“A first ... a real nuts and bolts approach to how the EU legislative process functions”, Diana Wallis MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament
Price: 30.00 €
Theoretical and empirical case studies on security, migration and integration issues in Europe
Europe is confronted by a wide range of security threats, both new and traditional. New forms of nationalism, ethnic conflict and civil war, information technology, biological and chemical warfare, resource conflicts, pandemics, mass migrations, transnational terrorism, and environmental dangers challenge the limits of our ability to safeguard the values upon which European society is based.
This book provides theory and empirical case detail on several primary issues:
- Patterns of migration as a consequence of (among other issues) insecurity
- Insecurity of people while they are on the move
- Insecurity of migrants in their destination countries
Keywords: immigration, migration, border control, globalisation, security, defense, european union, human rights, civil society
Price: 23.58 €
The same three authors have co-written all eight editions of this book
This new edition of the leading textbook on the European Parliament has been fully updated to include the many important changes since the last edition in 2007 – including the results of the Treaty of Lisbon. The book systematically explains every aspect of how the Parliament is elected, organised and does it work.
“An invaluable guide to the institution's history, power and politics.”
Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament.
“This book is recognised in academia and among practitioners as the authoritative guide to the European Parliament.”
Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council.
Price: 30.00 €
Examination of future challenges for inland navigation by experts in the field
Future Challenges for Inland Navigation is a collection of scientific and sector-oriented contributions by authors from the field of inland navigation. The contributions cover topics on the consequences of possible strategic and economic developments up to 2030.
The future challenges for inland navigation presented in this book take into account market functioning, technologies and investments in inland navigation, all from a viewpoint of sustainability, in its three facets: economic, social and environmental. The book also presents a number of scenarios for possible strategies that the various market players may adopt, and insights into the anticipated economic consequences.
Keywords: shipping, port authority, public administration, policy
Price: 23.58 €
An analysis on the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO)
The European Anti-Fraud Office (Office de lutte anti-fraude, OLAF) was created in 1999 in the wake of the political crisis which led to the collective resignation of the European Commission. It has operated for more than ten years in a specific legal and institutional environment, which in turn, has been affected by the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon. The latter put an end to the pillar structure of the EU, turned the Charter of Fundamental Rights into a binding legal instrument and laid the foundation for the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO). Starting from the broader context of the protection of EU financial interests and touching upon the circumstances surrounding OLAF's creation, this book provides an in-depth analysis of OLAF's position within this context.
Price: 72.00 €
Presenting how the EU functions according to the Lisbon Treaty
This book provides a comprehensive and digestible overview of the Lisbon Treaty’s impact on the functioning of the European Union, its Member States, and citizens. It is based on a comparative structure, first presenting how the EU functioned before Lisbon and then describing the post-Lisbon situation.
The book was pre selected for the European Book Prize (Prix du Livre Europeen) in 2011 in non fiction category. The winner will be revealed in December 2011. The prize is a European Union literary award and it seeks to promote European values, and to contribute to European citizens' better understanding of the European Union as a cultural entity.
Price: 30.00 €
"One could hardly imagine a better commentator on the evolution of the European Parliament than Julian Priestley... formidable analytical skills." Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg
Sir Julian Priestley was Secretary-General of the European Parliament from 1997-2007, having been an official there since the 1970s. In this illuminating new book he looks at a series of key battles - all of which he witnessed at first hand - that contributed to the development of the Parliament's powers and influence.
The battles selected show Parliament engaged in a struggle not only to expand its formal institutional powers, in areas such as the budget, legislation and appointment, but also to command respect and recognition from the other European institutions. The author vividly demonstrates the complex interplay between politics and personalities in the Parliament and how internal political divisions at times proved a critical factor in determining outcomes.
Highly readable and deeply informative, this book is an essential complement to our textbook on the Parliament's powers and procedures, The European Parliament, by Richard Corbett MEP, Francis Jacobs and Michael Shackleton.
Price: 25.00 €
An essential read on the origin and future of the European Council
Under the Treaty of Lisbon, now ratified, the European Council for the first time becomes an EU institution - and its new full-time president is being talked of as the "President of Europe". This book is a must for anyone interested in how Europe is likely to be reshaped in the aftermath of the ratification of Lisbon.
In this essential new book veteran EU media correspondent, Jan Werts, explains how the European Council, from modest origins in occasional summits, has become the strategic driving force of the European Union. He casts light on how it operates, its role vis a vis the Commission, the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament, and how its role will further change under the Treaty of Lisbon, in particular with the intended appointment of a full-time President.
Price: 27.00 €
New consolidated version of the Lisbon Treaty
This consolidated version of the Lisbon Treaty includes all the articles in the TEU and the TFEU as amended by the Treaty. It also contains the Charter of Fundamental Rights, as well as 37 protocols and 65 Declarations annexed to the Lisbon Treaty.
Price: 15.00 €
In this book, researchers and scientists from thirteen different countries of the enlarged Europe plus Turkey have joined forces to offer us their insights into the development of the Information Society in their respective countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and Turkey. These experts offer us their analyses of these developments as they occurred during the first five years of the new millennium. Their analyses encompass the issues of technological absorption, of economic growth and of cohesion across the enlarged European Union.
Price: 34.95 €
A critical assessment on the use of Western European instruments in dealing with Central European land fragmentation
The process of European integration has progressed in an unprecedented way since 1958. European integration not only covers a larger territory but also explicitly relates to the territory in which it takes place. Structural improvement of certain 'old' industrial regions, the construction of high-speed railways, the creation of a Europe-wide network of protected nature areas and the promotion of an agriculture that respects the environment are key-issues that show this change.
Price: 28.30 €
A lesson in the history of European Unification since the end of the Second World War
Towards the end of the year 2011 and after many a Euro-summit convened to solve the serious EURO-economic crisis, one may wonder how long the European Union is going to survive? A lesson in the history of European Unification since the end of the Second World War may help to find an answer, or better still, to learn what to do and what not to do to assure the continuation of this fascinating process of peaceful unification.
This book not only tells a success story. It also makes us understand why after more than sixty years the Germans lack the solidarity and the French the political vision to turn the Euro-crisis into true progress towards unity. Against the background of Europe`s long and turbulent history, this book may also help to understand why it is so difficult to overcome nationalism and to practice the virtue of solidarity so central to the Christian source of Europe as a civilization.
Keyword(s): European history, European Union, economic cooperation, France, Germany, United Kingdom
Price: 30.00 €
A study on the networks of European Commission Officials
Working and communicating with and across nations and nationalities makes cultural differences a permanent part of everyday reality in multinational organisations like the European Commission. It has been frequently argued that nationality forms an important basis for forming networks in and around the European Union (EU) institutions. This has been linked to the ease of establishing communication and connection resulting from sharing a culture. Do cultural preferences shape the choices of Commission officials when composing their networks for obtaining task-related information or advice? Are national networks a myth or everyday reality in the European Commission? Why or why not?
Price: 23.11 €
Deze uitgave van Europese Basisteksten, intussen reeds de zesde, is volledig herzien en bestaat uit vier delen. In deel 1 vinden het Verdrag betreffende de Europese Unie en het Verdrag betreffende de werking van de Europese Unie hun plaats, alsmede hun protocollen, bijlagen en verklaringen. Om een vergelijking met de gewijzigde Verdragen te vergemakkelijken, werden in deel 1 ook de concordantietabellen met de oude en de nieuwe nummering van de twee Verdragen opgenomen.
Deel 2 bevat teksten inzake de Europese rechtspleging, terwijl in deel 3 documenten terug te vinden zijn aangaande de Europese besluitvorming, met name de reglementen van orde van het Europees Parlement, de Europese Raad, de Raad en de Europese Commissie, en het recente kaderakkoord over de betrekkingen tussen het Europees Parlement en de Europese Commissie. Ook twee recente verordeningen, nl. de “comitologieverordening” en de verordening over het burgerinitiatief, kunnen teruggevonden worden in deel 3.
Het ‘Handvest van de grondrechten van de Europese Unie’ heeft sinds 1 december 2009 dezelfde juridische waarde als de Verdragen. Dit Handvest kan teruggevonden worden in deel 4 van deze uitgave.
De in deze uitgave samengebrachte teksten werden bijgewerkt tot en met 15 maart 2011
Price: 39.50 €
A must-have guide on the European Commission - what it does, how it works and who are the key players
A practitioner-focused inside-view of what the European Commission is and does, who works for it and their different roles, and how it goes about its work.
Packed with practical information, this book is designed as a working tool and reference handbook for:
- Those working for the Commission – whether as officials, temporary or contract agents, consultants/contractors, seconded national experts or trainees
- Those working with the Commission – whether in other EU institutions, EU agencies, national and regional administrations, diplomats, policy-makers, NGOs, business groups, etc
- Those preparing EPSO competitions or with a professional interest in EU affairs
Price: 30.00 €