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By Hugh Arbuthnott, Geoffrey Edwards

The objective of this revised and prolonged e-book is to attempt to provide an explanation for how the guidelines of the group are supposed to in achieving its basic ambitions. a quick background of the basis and significant occasions are integrated and the formal associations and the particular decision-making strategies are explained.

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Governments rely on the expertise and advice provided by their civil services for making decisions. The many committees of government officials at the Community level, from COREPER to the highly technical working groups set up within the Council structure, are a predictable and unavoidable 42 A Common Man's Guide to the Common Market consequence of the attempt to coordinate national policies in which there is considerable government intervention, whether legal, administrative or economic. Apart from the consultative committees, whose advice the Commission seeks when drawing up its proposals (see below), there are several other important committees of officials which play a vital role in the implementation of Community decisions.

And yet national ministers can devote only a part of their time to Community business; they have equally pressing domestic responsibilities. These serve as a reminder that their function in the Council is primarily to make sure that their particular national interests are recognised and taken fully into account in any decision. The Presidency of the Council of Ministers rotates every six months among the twelve governments in strict alphabetical order, according to the name of the country in its own language.

With the agreement on the system of'own resources' in 1970 (see Chapter 12) the Parliament was given limited powers to determine a part of the Community budget by having the final say (subject to a two-thirds majority) over that part of the budget not already committed by the requirements of the Treaties. In practice this covers only a very small proportion of the budget, even though it accounts for expenditure on nearly all Community policies except the Common Agricultural policy. In 1986 several member states led by the UK took the Parliament to the Court of] ustice for attempting to raise that proportion of the Budget beyond acceptable limits imposed by the 'maximum rate' (see Chapter 12).

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