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European Union Leader

European Union Leader

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European Union Leader
President of the European Council(first long term full time President)Jesuit trained at
St. John Berchmans Collegein Brussels
.Roman CatholicKnight of Malta“Van Rompuy was asked byKing Albert II (Knight of Malta
 
) to form a new government “article 
Dec 28 2008
 Germany, France propose collective'government' for the eurozone led by EU president
August 16 2011
http://classic.cnbc.com/id/44161662“European Council consists of the delegates of all the EU'smember-governments and has ultimate decision-making power in the EU , the Council is controlled byits secretariat (the Committee of Permanent Representatives, COREPER)In practice, COREPER and the EU-Commission control the Council, and Barosso is the President of the Commission, which is a much more tightly focused organization, entirely composed of career- bureaucrats and having enormous executive powers. The EU's so-called ' parliament' can be ignoredcompletely: it is a mere cosmetic appendage of this arrangement.”
 –
Andrew Reed - Office of Nigel Farage
,
European Parliament ,Brussels
 
 –
European Constitutiondrafted by a Knight of Malta.
President of the European CommissionSocialist Democratic party 1980-presentCommunist pre 1974Roman Catholic ?MasonIn 2003, Barroso hosted U.S President George W. Bush, BritishPrime Minister Tony Blair and Spanish Prime Minister José MaríaAznar in the Portuguese island of Terceira, in the Azores. The four leaders finalised the controversial US-led 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Under Baroso's leadership,
 
 
http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/areas/industrialrelations/dictionary/definitions/coreper.htmCOREPER Article 240(1) TFEU lays down that ‘a committee consisting of the Permanent Representatives of theGovernments of the Member States shall be responsible for preparing the work of the Council and for carrying out the tasks assigned to it by the latter.’ Coreper, which takes its acronym from the FrenchComité des représentants permanents, is made up of the head or deputy head of mission from the EUMember States in Brussels. Its defined role is to prepare the agenda for the ministerial Council of theEuropean Union meetings; it may also take some procedural decisions. It oversees and coordinates thework of some 250 committees and working parties made up of civil servants from the Member Stateswho work on issues at the technical level to be discussed later by Coreper and the Council. It is chaired by the Presidency of the Council.Coreper plays a pivotal role in the Community decision-making system, where it is a forum for bothdialogue (between the permanent representatives and between each of them and their capital) and political control (orientation and supervision of the work of the groups of experts). Although notempowered to take substantive decisions, Coreper processes Commission initiatives and sets theCouncil agenda. Many important decisions, including those in the policy area of employment andindustrial relations, are therefore effectively taken in Coreper. It is Coreper that initiates the detaileddiscussions, undertakes negotiations and determines the final compromises on employment andindustrial relations policy, later ratified by decisions in the Council.http://europa.eu/eucalendar/event/id/3043/mode/standaloneThe Permanent Representatives Committee or "Coreper" (Article 207 of the Treaty establishing theEuropean Community) is responsible for preparing the work of the Council of the European Union. Itconsists of the Member States' ambassadors to the European Union ("Permanent Representatives") andis chaired by the Member State which holds the Council Presidency.Coreper occupies a pivotal position in the Community decision-making system, in which it is both aforum for dialogue (among the Permanent Representatives and between them and their respectivenational capitals) and a means of political control (guidance and supervision of the work of the expertgroups).It thus carries out preliminary scrutiny of the dossiers on the Council agenda (proposals and drafts for acts tabled by the Commission). It seeks to reach agreement at its own level on each dossier, failingwhich it may suggest guidelines, options or suggested solutions to the Council.The agendas for Council meetings reflect the progress made in Coreper. They consist of A items, to beapproved without discussion following agreement within Coreper, and B items, for discussion.Coreper works in two configurations:1.Coreper I, consisting of the deputy permanent representatives, deals with technical matters;2.Coreper II, consisting of the ambassadors, deals with political, commercial, economic or institutional matters.Coreper deals with all areas of the Council's work apart from agricultural issues, for which AgricultureCouncil dossiers are prepared by the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA). When the Council setsup a special committee, such as the Political and Security Committee (PSC) for the CFSP or theEmployment Committee for the field of employment, these operate with due regard for Coreper's prerogatives.
 
What is COREPER?
COREPER is the designation of the two working groups/committees of officials whose task is the preparation of meetings of the Council. COREPER is an acronym made up of the initial letters of theFrench title for the Committee of Permanent Representatives, Comité des Représentants Permanents.COREPER comprises the Permanent Representatives of the Member States (i.e. ambassadors to theEU) and their deputies. Owing to the large number of matters handled by COREPER, it is divided intotwo committees: COREPER I, which comprises the deputies of the ambassadors to the EU, andCOREPER II, which comprises the ambassadors themselves and is therefore the more important of thetwo. COREPER II normally concerns itself with the matters dealt with by the European Council as wellas matters within the remit of the Councils for General Affairs and External Relations, Economic andFinancial Affairs, and Justice and Home Affairs. COREPER I prepares general matters within the remitof the other Council configurations. Within COREPER, officials discuss the political issues on theagenda for the next Council meeting, ahead of the meeting itself, and attempt to reach agreement on thematters wherever possible. Decisions are also taken within COREPER as to whether matters should besubmitted to the Council of Ministers for decision or whether they can be placed on the agenda as so-called ‘A points’. An A point is submitted to the Council for adoption without debate.Officials from COREPER I and II also represent the Council on conciliation committees in thecodecision procedure with the European Parliament, while the Presidency is represented at politicallevel. Working groups under COREPER Generally, a proposal for a legal act which is to be adopted bythe Council is initially dealt with in one of the 300 or so permanent working groups established under COREPER. The working groups cover the EU’s areas of cooperation. COREPER may also appoint adhoc working groups to deal with a specific matter if it is assessed that none of the permanent workinggroups are suited to dealing with the matter. The working groups under COREPER compriserepresentatives of the governments of the Member States, i.e. officials from the central administrationof the Member States and/or officials from the countries’ Permanent Representations in Brussels .Officials from the Commission also participate in the meetings. When the Commission has presented a proposal for a legal act which is to be adopted by the Council, the proposal is sent to the Council’sGeneral Secretariat, which sends it on to the Member States’ Permanent Representations to the EU. Asa rule, COREPER then decides which working group under COREPER should prepare the proposal to be dealt with by the Council. The task of the working groups is to try to arrive at a proposal on which itwill be possible to reach agreement in the Council. The working groups undertake a technical review of the proposals, and proposals for amendments to the original proposals are negotiated and drafted inorder to arrive at a proposal which will be acceptable to the Council. As a result of the discussions inthe working groups, an overview of the negotiating situation is achieved, and the working groups drawup a report on the matter. When a working group has completed its work on the matter or thenegotiations have reached an impasse, the matter proceeds to COREPER 

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