Intergovernmental Conference


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Intergovernmental Conference

Also called an IGC. An ad hoc committee formed periodically to amend the foundational treaties of the European Union. It consists of representatives of EU members, along with the European Commission. The European Parliament also participates. An intergovernmental conference is convoked at the behest of the European Council, which also meets at the conclusion of an IGC to work out any political problems. After the IGC, a treaty text is prepared and presented to member states for signature and ratification.
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He proposes, after adoption of his report in plenary by September, to organise a convention in 2011, followed by an intergovernmental conference to confirm the reform (see below).
"There is no obstacle before opening this chapter on June 26 (during the intergovernmental conference)," he said.
to make the treaty change official via an intergovernmental conference (mandatory for endorsing changes at high political level) without holding a convention.
Vondra also said that he exchanged views on how EU membership negotiations with Turkey could be progressed before the intergovernmental conference to be held at the end of July.
It must indicate whether it wishes to organise a convention or simply an intergovernmental conference, as requested by the European Council, to reform the Lisbon Treaty to this effect.
The European Council would prefer to organise a simpler and faster intergovernmental conference to avoid re-opening Pandora's box now that the Lisbon Treaty has come into force.
But this is only possible in two ways, either by putting in place an intergovernmental conference light' charged with coming up with a protocol, which would then be ratified by the 27 member states, or by using the opportunity of the ratification of the next accession treaty, for Croatia.
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