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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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Executive Accountability to National Parliaments in Post-crisis EU Affairs

Executive Accountability to National Parliaments in Post-crisis EU Affairs

The Persistent Shortcomings in the Council and European Council Oversight

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(p.159) 9 Executive Accountability to National Parliaments in Post-crisis EU Affairs
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National Parliaments after the Lisbon Treaty and the Euro Crisis
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Diane Fromage

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198791621.003.0009

This chapter analyses the ability, or inability, of five national parliaments (NPs)—the British, French, German, Italian, and Spanish—to influence and hold their governments accountable for their action in the Council of the EU (Council) and the European Council. The analysis suggests that a mandating system in all parliamentary chambers is not desirable since it would eventually impair negotiations in Council and European Council meetings. Yet it does show that even after the Lisbon Treaty and the euro crisis, the existing scrutiny mechanisms remain insufficient for all parliaments to exert substantial influence on EU affairs. Most importantly, there are times when these mechanisms are not even fully used, although some progress can be observed in recent years. The chapter concludes by proposing a way forward in enhancing national parliamentary control over their government’s EU policy.

Keywords:   national parliaments, accountability, Lisbon Treaty, EU Member States, parliamentary control, Council of the EU, European Council

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