Enhanced Cooperation under the Lisbon Treaty

Nico Groenendijk

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Enhanced cooperation is often regarded as being a way out of EU decision-making deadlock and as a major possibility of proceeding with European integration in selected areas. Although the mechanism has been in place since the Treaty of Amsterdam, enhanced cooperation has only recently become a reality, in two policy fields: divorce law and the single EU patent. Using these two cases, in this paper the pros and cons of enhanced cooperation (as compared to unitary integration and alternative integration) are analyzed. The paper concludes by pointing out some possible weaknesses of the enhanced cooperation mechanism.
Original languageUndefined
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventResearch Meeting on European & International Affairs 2011 - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 9 Mar 20119 Mar 2011


ConferenceResearch Meeting on European & International Affairs 2011
OtherMarch 9, 2011


  • IR-80704

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