National parliaments (NPs) had long been excluded from the European integration process and were in many Member States at best kept informed and rarely involved in daily EU aff airs. With the Lisbon Treaty and its introduction of the Early Warning System (EWS), as well as the Political Dialogue initiated by former Commission President Barroso, NPs have now become full actors in the EU. Th rough the Political Dialogue, they can express their opinion on the Commission Annual Work Programme and infl uence the Commission’s agenda. Now, through control of the respect of the principle of subsidiarity, and provided that their reasoned opinions attain the defi ned thresholds, they can potentially strike down an existing proposal. However the EWS leads to NPs still being constrained to a limited, reactive role: as ‘quasi veto-players’ and not one of ‘agenda-setter’. Recent developments in favour of the introduction of a ‘green card’ would change this situation profoundly as NPs would eventually be able to prompt the Commission to make legislative proposals on their behalf. Th is article sheds light on the evolving role of NPs in EU policymaking from the Lisbon Treaty onwards, from veto players to proactive institutions committed to the good functioning of the EU.

From veto players to agenda-setters? National Parliaments and their ‘Green Card’ to the European Commission / Fasone, Cristina; Fromage, Diane. - In: MAASTRICHT JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN AND COMPARATIVE LAW. - ISSN 1023-263X. - 23:2(2016), pp. 294-316.

From veto players to agenda-setters? National Parliaments and their ‘Green Card’ to the European Commission

FASONE, CRISTINA;
2016

Abstract

National parliaments (NPs) had long been excluded from the European integration process and were in many Member States at best kept informed and rarely involved in daily EU aff airs. With the Lisbon Treaty and its introduction of the Early Warning System (EWS), as well as the Political Dialogue initiated by former Commission President Barroso, NPs have now become full actors in the EU. Th rough the Political Dialogue, they can express their opinion on the Commission Annual Work Programme and infl uence the Commission’s agenda. Now, through control of the respect of the principle of subsidiarity, and provided that their reasoned opinions attain the defi ned thresholds, they can potentially strike down an existing proposal. However the EWS leads to NPs still being constrained to a limited, reactive role: as ‘quasi veto-players’ and not one of ‘agenda-setter’. Recent developments in favour of the introduction of a ‘green card’ would change this situation profoundly as NPs would eventually be able to prompt the Commission to make legislative proposals on their behalf. Th is article sheds light on the evolving role of NPs in EU policymaking from the Lisbon Treaty onwards, from veto players to proactive institutions committed to the good functioning of the EU.
Early Warning System; EU agenda-setting; ‘Green card’; National Parliaments; political dialogue
From veto players to agenda-setters? National Parliaments and their ‘Green Card’ to the European Commission / Fasone, Cristina; Fromage, Diane. - In: MAASTRICHT JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN AND COMPARATIVE LAW. - ISSN 1023-263X. - 23:2(2016), pp. 294-316.
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