Nav 11-1: Comitology in the EU

Length Browsing: 20 minutes Reporting: 25 minutes
  • To find out to what extent decision-making in comitology committees is technical or may be politicized.  
  • To learn to work with the online comitology register.
Introduction The comitology system forms an integral part of the implementation phase of EU policy-making. In this exercise, you will take a closer look at the activities of these committees by browsing their website.
  • Access the comitology register of the European Commission.
  • Click on Search the register.
  • Under the heading Service responsible, you can choose a specific policy area.
  • Select a committe from the list.
  • Under Meetings, select a meeting and read its agenda. (Bear in mind that the agendas published vary in level of detail. To complete this excercise, you’ll need to find a more detailed agenda.) Based on what you have read, answer the following questions:
  • Give a brief summary of the topics that were discussed during that meeting.
  • Were any decisions taken during the meeting? If so, were they purely technical decisions, or would you say that they are (to some extent) political in character?

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