2022-12-06: The Euro­pean Coun­cil and the ordi­nary leg­isla­tive pro­ce­dure: a con­tested rela­tion­ship

Jean Monnet Lecture by Edoardo Bressanelli, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa, Italy); 7:00 pm; HS 1, SoWi building, University of Innsbruck.

HS 1, University of Innsbruck, SoWi building, ground floor, Universitaetsstrasse 15, 6020 Innsbruck (A (how to reach us)

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

7:00 pm to approximately 8:30 pm

This event is held in English.

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Please consider the usual safety and hygiene recommendations (i.e. hand disinfection, distance etc.). No mask or "3G" proof mandatory.


The lecture focuses on executive leadership in the European Union and, specifically, agenda-setting. The supranational executive, the European Commission, has the power to initiate legislation and can prioritise those legislative dossiers which it deems more important in its Work Programmes. On the other hand, while the European Council is formally excluded from the legislative process, several studies have shown that the heads of state and government do influence the legislative negotiations, using their summit conclusions to task the European Commission and put pressure on the co-legislators. Drawing on the findings of one recently concluded and one on-going research project, the lecture will discuss the role and the capacity of the EU executive actors to set the pace of the legislative negotiations and prioritise specific legislative dossiers. In so doing, it will contribute to the classic debate between intergovernmentalism and supranationalism with novel data and will discuss the functioning logic of the EU political system.

Assoc. Prof. Edoardo Bressanelli

Edoardo Bressanelli (credit: private)

Edoardo Bressanelli (PhD, EUI) is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa and Senior Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Comparative Political Studies, European Union Politics, the European Journal of Political Research, the Journal of European Public Policy, among others. He is the author of three books – including “The Brexit Effect. What Leaving the EU Means for British Politics” (with G. Baldini and E. Massetti) – and the editor of five special issues. He has been a consultant for the European Parliament on European political parties, economic governance and foreign interferences.




Discussant: Dr. Camilla Mariotto and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Maurer, Department of Political Science, University of Innsbruck


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Department of Political Science, University of Innsbruck


Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science and EU integration, University of Innsbruck



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