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European Union Basics (FAQ), Part8/8

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   This list was edited by Roland Siebelink and Bart Schelfhout
   <[4]>. Please contact us by e-mail if you have any
   questions, corrections, contributions or remarks about this list.
   Several people contributed to the information contained in this list, thus
   making it more complete, accurate and up-to-date. I would like to thank
      Malte Lewan <>
      Alan Fraser Reekie < >
      Nick Bernard <>
      Jozef van Brabant < >
      David Lauder < >
      Jonathan Slater < >
      Hiski Haapoja <>
      Jorma Kyppo < >
      Tamio Nakamura <>
      Ole Villumsen < >
      Carsten Quell < >
      Hein Verkerk <>
      Antero Aunesluoma <>
      Joao Paulo Gomes < >
      Marc Bonnaud < >
      Achim Scheve < >
      Jim Jackson < >
      Ferdinand Spitzer < >
      Willy Debacker <>
      Alex E.H. Ng <>
      Magnus Boivie <>
      Very helpful was the contribution made by Frangois Thunus
      A major quality check of the whole list was performed by Richard Corbett
      at <> from the European Parliament who sent me
      many minor corrections as well as some major rewrites. Richard is an
      authority in the field as he is one of the authors of the most commonly
      used reference-book on the European Parliament (see below). His work has
      been endorsed by the President of the European Parliament as &laquo;the
      most comprehensive survey available on the structure, working methods and
      powers of the European Parliament&micro;, and by Neil Kinnock (European
      Commissioner whose wife is a British MEP (PES) as &laquo;the most thumbed
      book in the Kinnock household&micro;.
      And finally, Andrew Macmullen <>, who helped me
      a lot in sending many minor corrections and additional information. He
      also gave some additional information:
       &laquo;Most of the infomation contained here could be found in grea
     ter depth in basic text books on the EU. Three excellent up to date w
     orks (and all available in paperback editions) are:
      NUGENT (N.) 1994. The Government and Politics of the European Union.
      London, Macmillan.
      DINAN (D.) 1994. An Ever Closer Union? London, Macmillan.
      ARCHER (C.) 1994. Organizing Europe: the Institutions of Integration.
      Edward Arnold.
       The leading academic journal carrying excellent material on all asp
     ects of the EU is, in spite of its rather out-dated title: Journal of
      Common Studies (Blackwells, Oxford). This includes an invaluable ann
     ual supplement The European Union Annual Review of Activites.&raquo;
   Some of the (paper) sources I used to find the answers to the questions in
   this list are:
      WESTLAKE (M.) 1994. A modern guide to the European Parliament. London,
      Pinter, 302pp.
      NOEL (E.) 1994. Working Together--The Institutions of the European
      Community. Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European
      Communities, 66pp.
      STEIN (M.) & VON WITZLEBEN (A.), eds., 1994. Europe Info. Directory of
      important information sources in the European Union. Luxembourg, Office
      for Official Publications of the European Communities, 161p.
      CORBETT (R.), JACOBS (F.) & SHACKLETON (M.) 1995. The European
      Parliament. Cartermill, 3rd ed.
      EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, 1994.Fact Sheets on the European Parliament and the
      activities of the European Union. Brussels-Luxembourg, European
      Parliament/Directorate-General for Research, 473pp.
      The Treaties of Paris, Rome and Maastricht and the Single European Act.
      Various brochures published by the European Commission and the European
   Edited by Roland Siebelink & Bart Schelfhout
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