Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 06/2014

Institutional reform in the EU

Philippe de Schoutheete

February 2014

EGMONT – The Royal Institute for International Relations


This Policy Brief discusses the potential reforms of the EU institutions that can take place during the 2014 – 2019 legislative term. It argues that negotiations on Treaty change are a possibility, but they should only start in the second part of the legislature. In the meantime, several institutional reforms that can improve the functioning of the EU – and hence increase its legitimacy – should already be considered.