After the Stockholm programme : an area of freedom, security and justice in the European Union?

Kaunert, C and Leonard, S 2010, 'After the Stockholm programme : an area of freedom, security and justice in the European Union?' , European Security, 19 (2) , pp. 143-149.

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The European Union (EU) is making strong inroads into areas of security traditionally reserved to states, especially into internal security, or Justice and Home Affairs(JHA). The area of freedom, security and justice (AFSJ), as it has been renamed in the Amsterdam Treaty, has seen significant policy developments since the late 1990s (Kaunert 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010a, 2010b, 2010c). Monar (1999) underlines the fact that there has been no other example of a policy-making area making its way so quickly and comprehensively to the centre of the treaties and to the top of the EU’s policy-making agenda. After major treaty revisions in Maastricht, Amsterdam, Nice, and, finally the Lisbon Treaty, which entered into force on 1 December 2009, as well as an increased political impetus through the European Council Summits in Tampere (1999), the Hague (2004) and Stockholm (2009), the area appears as one of the most promising policy fields for integration in the EU in the foreseeable future. This process has deepened even more significantly after the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001 in the United States, on 11 March 2004 in Madrid and on 7 July 2005 in London. Some scholars have even suggested that these empirical developments, and the resulting increasing involvement of the EU in internal security matters, have changed EU governance more generally. This special issue explores these significant developments in the AFSJ at both the treaty and policy levels, as well as its implementation at the national level, from various disciplinary perspectives.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for European Security
Journal or Publication Title: European Security
Publisher: Routledge
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0966-2839
Depositing User: C Kaunert
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2011 16:58
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 13:31

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