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Supranational

Describing an organization that exists in multiple countries. While, theoretically, supranational could refer to multinational corporations, the term most often describes an international government or quasi-government organization. Examples include the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund. Supranational organizations often have a direct role in regulation. For example, an international treaty may set up certain standards for international trade. It is important to note, however, that enforcement of these provisions is left to individual, sovereign governments.
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Congress, who have accused international secretariats of having ambitions of supranationality.
In that sense, the Vatican supports the idea of supranationality and gradual global integration of churches through joint social activities (with the aim of evangelization), while the SOC to larger extent was and still is theologically and "nationally" directed, insisting on church criteria of dialogue and cooperation.
Supranationality -- in this case the process through which a trinational body whose powers are agreed upon could have preeminence over domestic legislative bodies -- seemingly posed a threat to Mexican sovereignty.
European governmance is thus marked not only by reversed intergovernmentalism but, more importantly, by a test synthesis of supranationality and intergovernmentalism.