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Type of publication: Straipsnis kitose duomenų bazėse / Article in other databases (S4)
Field of Science: Politikos mokslai / Political sciences (S002)
Author(s): Molis, Arūnas
Title: The Role and interests of small states in developing European security and defence policy
Is part of: Baltic security and defence review. Tartu, Estonia : Baltic defence college, 2006, Vol. 8
Extent: p. 81-100
Date: 2006
Keywords: Small states;Lithuanian interest;European security
Abstract: The main actors of international politics are competing large states. Smaller states gain significance in the permanent struggle for power only when a certain favourable geopolitical situation develops. However, when the European Communities were founded in the 1950s, a considerable effort was made to allow the small Benelux Member States to feel at ease with the larger members. The small states gained proportionally bigger voice within the decision-making system compared to the larger ones. Each member state has got a right to veto within the Council of Ministers, equal access to European Commission and a proportionally higher number of representatives in the European Parliament. The fact that the new institutions of the Communities were mainly located in small Member States (Belgium and Luxembourg) further strengthened their position.1 This framework gave the small states the possibility to influence policy at the European level to an extent never seen before.[...]
Affiliation(s): Vilniaus universitetas,
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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