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Subject: European Union Basics (FAQ), Part8/8
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This list was edited by Roland Siebelink and Bart Schelfhout
<email@example.com>. 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Alan Fraser Reekie <email@example.com >
Nick Bernard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jozef van Brabant <Jozef_van_Brabant_at_UNHQ3@un.org >
David Lauder <email@example.com >
Jonathan Slater <firstname.lastname@example.org >
Hiski Haapoja <email@example.com>
Jorma Kyppo <firstname.lastname@example.org >
Tamio Nakamura <email@example.com>
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Hein Verkerk <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Antero Aunesluoma <email@example.com>
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Marc Bonnaud <email@example.com >
Achim Scheve <Achim_Scheve@mk2.maus.sauerland.de >
Jim Jackson <firstname.lastname@example.org >
Ferdinand Spitzer <email@example.com >
Willy Debacker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Alex E.H. Ng <email@example.com>
Magnus Boivie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Very helpful was the contribution made by Frangois Thunus
A major quality check of the whole list was performed by Richard Corbett
at <email@example.com> 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 «the
most comprehensive survey available on the structure, working methods and
powers of the European Parliamentµ, and by Neil Kinnock (European
Commissioner whose wife is a British MEP (PES) as «the most thumbed
book in the Kinnock householdµ.
And finally, Andrew Macmullen <firstname.lastname@example.org>, who helped me
a lot in sending many minor corrections and additional information. He
also gave some additional information:
«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.
DINAN (D.) 1994. An Ever Closer Union? London, Macmillan.
ARCHER (C.) 1994. Organizing Europe: the Institutions of Integration.
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.»
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,
NOEL (E.) 1994. Working Together--The Institutions of the European
Community. Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European
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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