The Multiple Dimensions of EU Lobbying
There are multiple ways to look at and approach your EU Lobbying Strategy, and the European policy-making scene has multiple dimensions: political, national and institutional.
Lobbying Brussels means analysing carefully these three key dimensions and trying to understand how each of them can be used to obtain the targeted result.
So chose your snapshot:
Each Member State carries a different weight in the EU decision-making process, depending notably on its economic situation, its number of MEPs in Parliament, the portfolio its Commissioner has, the number of votes it carries in Council, etc.
The political dimension is obviously critical in understanding the European institutions. Everyone is aware of the weight of the political groups in the European Parliament and of the fact that the policies of Member States within the Council are obviously affected by the political colour of the national government. However, some may not fully encompass the fact that Commissioners too are often politicians that stem from a given political group. The charts below aim to outline the weight of the EU political groups both within the European Parliament and the College of Commissioners, the Council being prone to too many changes (certainly as regards some Member States!).
There are obviously more than three institutions involved in the EU decision-making process but the European Commission, the Parliament and the Council do make up what is known as the “Decision-making Triangle”.
This is a triangle where, with the passing of time, each corner actually has a comparable weight in shaping the decisions taking at EU level, due to their inter-dependency. The latter is particularly true when considering the intricacies of the co-decision procedure, outlined in the “When?” section of this site.
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