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With the Lisbon Treaty celebrating its 3rd anniversary on December 1, it seems worthwhile to take stock and assess the current situation. Many of you will remember what the new Treaty heralded back in 2009: more efficient decision-making, simplified working methods, a streamlined institutional framework, and above all, a more transparent Europe. Three years on, however, we observe that post-Lisbon developments took the opposite direction: today, decision making is more legal and complex and transparency leaves much to be desired. This tendency has reached all spheres of EU decision making and has resulted in a procedural jungle, in which old points of reference have become obsolete.
96% of EU legal acts are now decided via secondary legislation

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With the Lisbon Treaty celebrating its 3rd anniversary on December 1, it seems worthwhile to take stock and assess the current situation. Many of you will remember what the new Treaty heralded back in 2009: more efficient decision-making, simplified working methods, a streamlined institutional framework, and above all, a more transparent Europe. Three years on, however, we observe that post-Lisbon developments took the opposite direction: today, decision making is more legal and complex and transparency leaves much to be desired. This tendency has reached all spheres of EU decision making and has resulted in a procedural jungle, in which old points of reference have become obsolete.
96% of EU legal acts are now decided via secondary legislation
Faced with this new reality, we observe how difficult it is for EU Public Affairs practitioners to keep track of post-Lisbon developments and to find their way through EU procedures, in particular when it comes to the adoption of secondary legislation. Yet, lagging behind the decision-makers and not knowing which step to take next leads to deadlock in EU affairs. In short, understanding the EU decision making process in all its components is a must if one does not want to lose edge in Brussels. 
With EU secondary legislation being particularly concerned by post-Lisbon changes and complexities, we decided to transfer our knowledge and know-how on this issue and provide EU Public Affairs Practitioners with one practical working tool: a Handbook on EU Secondary Legislation. The handbook was written in the spirit of keeping things as simple and clear as possible, and does by no means aim at turning readers into legal experts on EU secondary legislation.
10 chapters to transfer the necessary know-how
The Handbook is divided into 10 chapters and starts off with explaining why the term “comitology” does not cut the mustard anymore and why we speak of secondary legislation instead. It then outlines how comitology has evolved over the past 50 years and why today, more than ever, secondary legislation matters.
After these three introductory chapters we focus on the post-Lisbon procedural landscape, first pointing to the fact that EU practitioners are currently faced with three co-existing regimes - Regulatory Procedure with Scrutiny (RPS), Delegated Acts and Implementing Acts - and then briefly explaining how the Community acquis is currently being aligned to the post-Lisbon system and what this means in practical terms.
The last two chapters provide an outlook on the consequences of the current system and the new challenges it brings: an increased number of cases being battled out before the European courts, and finally, the necessity to adapt old lobbying strategies to the procedural landscape we now face.

Author(s):

GUEGUEN Daniel

Daniel Gueguen worked for many years as director of leading European trade associations. He is now active as a writer, trainer and consultant and chief executive of CLAN Public Affairs in Brussels.

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ISBN 9782960127102
Auteur GUEGUEN Daniel
editeur PACT EUROPEAN AFFAIRS
Date de publication 03/12/2012
Nombre de pages 91
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With the Lisbon Treaty celebrating its 3rd anniversary on December 1, it seems worthwhile to take stock and assess the current situation. Many of you will remember what the new Treaty heralded back in 2009: more efficient decision-making, simplified working methods, a streamlined institutional framework, and above all, a more transparent Europe. Three years on, however, we observe that post-Lisbon developments took the opposite direction: today, decision making is more legal and complex and transparency leaves much to be desired. This tendency has reached all spheres of EU decision making and has resulted in a procedural jungle, in which old points of reference have become obsolete.
96% of EU legal acts are now decided via secondary legislation
Faced with this new reality, we observe how difficult it is for EU Public Affairs practitioners to keep track of post-Lisbon developments and to find their way through EU procedures, in particular when it comes to the adoption of secondary legislation. Yet, lagging behind the decision-makers and not knowing which step to take next leads to deadlock in EU affairs. In short, understanding the EU decision making process in all its components is a must if one does not want to lose edge in Brussels. 
With EU secondary legislation being particularly concerned by post-Lisbon changes and complexities, we decided to transfer our knowledge and know-how on this issue and provide EU Public Affairs Practitioners with one practical working tool: a Handbook on EU Secondary Legislation. The handbook was written in the spirit of keeping things as simple and clear as possible, and does by no means aim at turning readers into legal experts on EU secondary legislation.
10 chapters to transfer the necessary know-how
The Handbook is divided into 10 chapters and starts off with explaining why the term “comitology” does not cut the mustard anymore and why we speak of secondary legislation instead. It then outlines how comitology has evolved over the past 50 years and why today, more than ever, secondary legislation matters.
After these three introductory chapters we focus on the post-Lisbon procedural landscape, first pointing to the fact that EU practitioners are currently faced with three co-existing regimes - Regulatory Procedure with Scrutiny (RPS), Delegated Acts and Implementing Acts - and then briefly explaining how the Community acquis is currently being aligned to the post-Lisbon system and what this means in practical terms.
The last two chapters provide an outlook on the consequences of the current system and the new challenges it brings: an increased number of cases being battled out before the European courts, and finally, the necessity to adapt old lobbying strategies to the procedural landscape we now face.

Author(s):

GUEGUEN Daniel

Daniel Gueguen worked for many years as director of leading European trade associations. He is now active as a writer, trainer and consultant and chief executive of CLAN Public Affairs in Brussels.

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