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NGO Participation in the EU-Law-Making Process: the Example of Social NGOs at the Commission, Parliament and Council.

Butler, Israel de Jesus (2008) NGO Participation in the EU-Law-Making Process: the Example of Social NGOs at the Commission, Parliament and Council. European Law Journal, 14 (5). pp. 558-582. ISSN 1351-5993

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    Abstract

    This article explores the avenues used by non-governmental organisations working in the sector of EU social policy to influence the law-making process at the EU. The Commission's current transparency initiative has focused attention on the rules (or lack of) governing access to the Commission as the initiator of legislation. This article examines more broadly, on the basis of interviews, both the formal and informal means of accessing not only the Commission, but also the European Parliament (in particular through intergroups) as well as the Council. By using specific examples of legislation it illustrates the routes by which 'social' non-governmental organisations currently interact with these institutions, offering examples of how their work may impact on the output of the Commission, Council and Parliament. The article avoids an overly legalistic analysis with an original glimpse at the 'hidden' workings of the EU law-making process which has hitherto received little attention among legal academics and practitioners.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: European Law Journal
    Additional Information: This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: 'NGO Participation in the EU-Law-Making Process: the Example of Social NGOs at the Commission, Parliament and Council’ Vol. 14 No. 5 European Law Journal (2008) 558-582, which has been published in final form at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=1351-5993&site=1. Between review and final publishing the piece was updated to reflect developments in the EU Commission's Transparency Initiative finalised in 2008.
    Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Law School
    ID Code: 20990
    Deposited By: Dr Israel Butler
    Deposited On: 08 Dec 2008 09:41
    Refereed?: No
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:42
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/20990

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