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  1. Introduction
  2. A description of the commission's extended powers can lead to consider this institution as a technocratic and uncontrollable superstructure
    1. The european commission : goals and means
    2. A technocratic superstructure ?
  3. However, accusations of 'democratic deficit' must be taken with much care
    1. The democratic control over the commission
    2. The commission's means and the lack of popular support


The resignation en bloc of the Jacques Santer Commission, a few months ago, after charges of nepotism and mismanagement against some of its members, including Edith Cresson and Manuel Marín, has cast discredit on an institution that has already been much criticized in the past, portrayed as a group of faceless bureaucrats or pretentious technicians: and General de Gaulle, in his time, used to say about the Commission, that it was a "technocratic Areopagus". However, does the Commission deserve this so nasty reputation? Is it accurate to say, as some commentators do, that it has too many powers?
An analysis of the Commission's actual powers will enable everyone to understand that the Commission has extended and hardly controllable powers which can make fear for a lack of democracy; but in the meantime, it seems obvious that these extended powers are needed to carry out efficiently the policies of European Union and that accusations of "democratic deficit" must be taken carefully.

Successor of the High Authority (under ECSC Treaty) the College of the 20 Commissioners is appointed by the Member-States along with the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers whose role is to appoint the President. Since the Treaty of Amsterdam , and as it has been the case a few months ago with the nomination of the Prodi Commission, the European Parliament proceeds to an interview of the candidates and votes for the investiture of the Commission.

[...] ) It is also the Commission which negotiates accession treaties The Commission also has an important role in the budgetary field, in making and giving effect to the budgets adopted by the European parliament. It administers the European Development Fund, the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund, and the European Regional Development Fund. The work of the Commission is divided into separate policy areas in much the same way as at national level governmental responsibilities are divided between ministries. Thus, the Commission's basic units of organization are its Directorates General. The size and internal organization of DGs varies. [...]


[...] Is the European Commission more or less powerful than it should be? Introduction The resignation en bloc of the Jacques Santer Commission, a few months ago, after charges of nepotism and mismanagement against some of its members, including Edith Cresson and Manuel Marín, has cast discredit on an institution that has already been much criticized in the past, portrayed as a group of faceless bureaucrats or pretentious technicians: and General de Gaulle, in his time, used to say about the Commission, that it was a "technocratic Areopagus". [...]


[...] The trend is to more democracy within the European Union generally speaking, and within the Commission, more specifically. For instance, the nomination of the commissioners is subject to the approval of the European Parliament. Moreover, say that the Commission has too much power is to misunderstand completely the processes of policy-making within the European Union and which consists of a permanent bargaining between the three main institutions (Commission, Parliament and Council): in no way does the Commission impose its views on anyone. [...]


[...] Besides, political consideration can inhibit the Commission from acting as vigorously as it could in some problem areas or particular cases. The Commission will try to avoid to politically embarrassing member states if possible The Commission's means and the lack of popular support The Commission has much less power than its detractors often suggest, it is not a decision-making body (this is the role of the Council), and its powers are being reduced as those of the other EU institutions (EP mainly) grow. [...]

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