We collect form primary and secondary sources the positions of member states, regarding the different issues of fiscal and economic integration that have been discussed since Maastricht. For an in-depth analysis of member states’ positions on fiscal and economic integration since the outbreak of the Eurozone crisis, we aim to conduct approximately 165 semi-structured interviews with national and European decision makers. The interviewees, who may be national government representatives (ministers and relevant state secretaries), high-level bureaucrats (at national and European levels) or interest group representatives, will be selected in collaboration with our regional experts within the consortium. We will provide three different datasets:
- EMU_Historical: Historical database of member state preferences on contested issues related to fiscal integration and governance that were discussed during all. Intergovernmental Conferences and Stability and Growth Pact reforms since 1992. This dataset will focus on a few meta-issues that were discussed repeatedly.
- EMU_Positions: Current database of member state preferences on contested issues of fiscal integration and governance that were discussed between 2010 and 2015. This dataset will cover about 50 issues related to EFSF, EMS, Six/Two Packs, Fiscal Compact and the banking union legislation.
- EMU_Formation: Member state preference-formation database. This dataset will focus on the role of different actors in forming the member state preferences in general, and in particular on member states’ negotiating positions on four contested issues during 2010-2015.
The legal experts compiled fact sheets on legal foundations for fiscal, economic, and monetary integration for all 28 EU member states. They provide concise information on the main characteristics of the national constitutional systems, including the system and role of national jurisprudence, parliaments and governments. Further, they brief on the constitutional foundations and limits in the field of Economic and Monetary Union. This covers among others specific constitutional provisions on EMU membership, accession, treaty amendments, or limits to the (further) transfer of powers through Treaty amendments.