The Treaty on EU - Maintain the 3 Pillars or pull them down?


One of the innovations envisaged in the failed Constitutional Treaty 2004 and the Lisbon version of the TEU 2008 is the intention to remove the differentiation between the three Pillars of the TEU. The more supranational First Community Pillar and the two more intergovernmental Second and Third Pillars, on CFSP and Police and Judicial Co-operation in Criminal Matters respectively, are merged into one ‘Pillarless’ framework.

But, will the EU be more effective with a Pillarless structure?

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