The European Parliament in the Nomination and Investiture of the Commission

Adrienne Héritier, Katharina L. Meissner, Catherine Moury, Magnus G. Schoeller

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In this chapter, we examine why and how the EP managed to expand its powers in the nomination and investiture of the European Commission from zero at the outset of European integration to a quasi-election of the Commission President using the Spitzenkandidaten procedure in 2014. This chapter provides evidence that the EP has been using a multitude of strategies to increase its rights in this area. Notably, the EP very successfully applied the strategies of unilateral action, an alliance with the Commission and national parliaments as well as an arena-linkage strategy to introduce informal institutional change in its favour. These were subsequently formalised in treaty changes, as the EP formed alliances with some member states.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Administrative Governance
EditorsThomas Christiansen, Sophie Vanhoonacker
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-16777-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-16776-9
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameEuropean Administrative Governance
ISSN (Print)2524-7263
ISSN (Electronic)2524-7271


  • European Commission
  • European Parliament
  • Investiture
  • Moving first
  • Spitzenkandidaten procedure


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