The aim of this chapter is to assess the European Commission
under Romano Prodi’s presidency. Prodi took office in September
1999, at a time when both the Commission’s standing within the
European Union (EU) and its internal morale were floundering at
historic lows, the result of months of internal scandal and bruising,
public confrontations with the European Parliament, the media,
and the member governments. It is a testament to Prodi’s political
skills that a mere fifteen months later, the Commission is once
again on an even keel and charting a steady course, moreover playing
an important if not necessarily central role in the major debates
of the day in the European Union.
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