The Balance of Competences Review, as it is called, aims to provide an analysis of what the UK’s membership of the EU means for the UK national interest.
The government is carrying out a review of
the EU's competences, which the Foreign Secretary launched in July
2012. This is an audit of what the EU does and how it affects the
It is important that Britain has a clear
sense of how its national interests interact with the EU's roles,
particularly at a time of great change within the EU.
Government departments are consulting
Parliament and its committees, business, the devolved
administrations, and civil society to look in depth at how the EU's
competences (the power to act in particular areas conferred on it
by the EU Treaties) work in practice. The UK's European partners
and EU institutions are also contributing evidence to the review,
and it will examine issues that are of interest across the EU,
seeking to improve understanding and engagement.
Government departments will then report on areas of competence
and their findings will be published during the course of the
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