In 2009, the Lisbon Treaty became effective within the European Union, substantially changing the existing institution through its amendments, and this book investigates how the rotating presidency is affected by the Lisbon Treaty and how the Belgian presidency--the first under the new rule book--has implemented changes for the 21st century. It shows that Belgium has created a new style of rotating presidency, going back to the basics of chairing the Council, while adjusting to its new political and institutional environment and setting precedents for the future. This examination will appeal to students and scholars of European Union politics well beyond the Member States.
Peter Bursens is a professor and chair of the comparative and European politics master's program at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. He actively researches European decision making, Europeanization, federalism, and democratic legitimacy of multilevel political systems. Steven Van Hecke is a senior research fellow of the Flemish Research Foundation at the University of Antwerp and a senior fellow at the Center for Religion, Culture and Society at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Beligium. His articles have been published in the Journal of European Public Policy and in Regional and Federal Studies.