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National Parliaments after the Lisbon Treaty and the Euro CrisisResilience or Resignation?$
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Davor Jancic

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198791621

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198791621.001.0001

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Mind the Gap! The Implications of Comitology and the Open Method of Coordination for National Parliaments

Mind the Gap! The Implications of Comitology and the Open Method of Coordination for National Parliaments

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(p.97) 6 Mind the Gap! The Implications of Comitology and the Open Method of Coordination for National Parliaments
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National Parliaments after the Lisbon Treaty and the Euro Crisis
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Gavin Barrett

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198791621.003.0006

This chapter considers some of the less well-known methods of EU decision-making, namely, comitology and the Open Method of Coordination (OMC). It examines the ways in which decision-making in these ‘non-standard’ fields differ from decision-making in the traditional ‘Community’ system, and the implications such differences have for national parliaments’ approach to accountability. It advances two hypotheses. The first is the high probability of strong similarities emerging between, on the one hand, the development of Member State parliaments' perspective regarding such non-standard methods of integration and, on the other hand, the evolution of the approaches of national parliaments towards the traditional ‘Community’ system. The second hypothesis is that earlier Member States’ choices regarding their parliaments' European role should be reviewed and, if necessary, adapted in the light of the proliferation of decision-making methods at EU level, so as to avoid any risk of an appropriate role for national parliaments being circumvented.

Keywords:   national parliaments, comitology, accountability, open method of coordination, EU decision-making

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