D-Skills Lecture: The Enhanced and Cooperation Mechanism: Constraints and Opportunities for the European UnionD-Skills Lecture:

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Prof Goran Ilik addressed the issue of EU decision-making instruments used by the European Union to advance integration. The lecture focused on the Enhanced Cooperation Mechanism(EnC) instituted as a flexible tool under the Amsterdam Treaty and further extended by the Nice and Lisbon Treaty to new areas such as the CFSP and defence sphere.

The lecture has exemplified the areas where the Enhanced Cooperation Mechanism has been applied, such as the Patent or Divorce Law or the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO).

Prof. Ilik argued that the EnC can act as a foderator of the EU. The presentation used the “dynamic core federator” concept, advanced by Karl W. Deutsch in 1957, as a balancer between the federation units and protector of the whole from the domination of a single member or a group of members.

The lecture was attended by undergraduate students in European Studies enrolled in the EU Policies and Multi-level Governance in the European Union classes.

The online lecture ended with a Q and A session.

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