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Comitology reform: setting the record straight

19 April 2012
Elisa Molino (External authors) and Corina Stratulat (Senior Policy Analyst)


In this Commentary – initially published by the European Voice on 12 April 2012 – Corina Stratulat and Elisa Molino argue that the Lisbon Treaty has made comitology more transparent, streamlined and democratically legitimate. However, the system will always be complex and involve trade-offs – such as legitimacy vs. efficiency, simplicity vs. legitimacy, or politicisation vs. efficiency. For this reason, the authors maintain that calls for future reform will have to take stock of the inherent limits and intended purposes of the comitology system.

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