Nav 9-1: What is on the agenda?

Length Browsing: 25 minutes Reporting: 25 minutes
  • To assess what is currently on the ‘the agenda’ of the EU by analyzing conclusions from the European Council.
  • To locate European Council conclusions.
Introduction Meetings of the European Council are often one of the first steps of the EU-level agenda-setting process. In this exercise, you will explore its agenda and relate it to the motives different political actors could have for bringing these issues to the EU arena.
  • Go to the Meeting calendar of the European Council, listing past meetings.
  • Under Filter by entity, select “European Council”.
  • Click on the latest meeting, then open the conclusions document provided.
  • Which issues were on the agenda of this meeting?
  • Are you aware of all these issues or does the agenda contain issues that you have not heard of?
  • How salient were the issues brought forward by the European Council? Does it make sense that the European Council discussed these issues and not others? If yes, why? If not, which other issues would you have expected to be on the agenda? (i.e.: think of the political as well as the public importance of the agenda).
  • Give at least two reasons the European Council could have for tackling these issues at the EU level instead of leaving the responsibility (solely) to the member states.

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