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The National Co-ordination of EU PolicyThe Domestic Level$
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Hussein Kassim, Guy Peters, and Vincent Wright

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296645

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198296649.001.0001

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(p.161) 7 Greece
The National Co-ordination of EU Policy

Calliope Spanou

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses the national co-ordination of European Union (EU) policy in Greece, seeking to show that in terms of formal arrangements the country is more or less in tune with other EU members, although co-ordination deficiencies are often apparent and pronounced. The chapter highlights the ‘inanimate’ character of the arrangements in place and their neutralization by the absence of clear priorities set at the political level and diffused throughout the political–administrative system. The co-ordination scheme is described as looking like a truncated pyramid, where everything is in place apart from the unifying element at the top. It is further argued that although the existing arrangements are apparently well entrenched, they are not unalterable, and that what is essentially required is leadership from the centre and for government to lay down general orientations in the European policy domain; the core executive needs to take daring decisions and mark clear priorities so that ultimately it becomes possible to give a sense of direction. The three main sections of the chapter discuss the prerequisites of co-ordination, the ‘truncated pyramid structure’ of the Greek administrative system, and the missing link of governmental steering.

Keywords:   administrative system, domestic policy, EU policy, European Union, Greece, institutional structures, national co-ordination, political system

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