This contribution, which concludes the special issue, provides some reflections regarding the way in which national parliaments manage and adapt to the numerous and particularly varied challenges posed by the European integration process. In particular, this work discusses two normally agreed upon assumptions about national parliaments being mainly passive institutions and appearing on the EU scene only with the Treaty of Lisbon. Subsequently, this work summarises some of the findings of the articles included in the special issues that shed new light on the many roles of national parliaments in the EU and on some of the main characteristics of their Europeanisation process. Their analyses follow different approaches, some adopting a political science methodology, others a legal approach; some focussing on a single area of policymaking, others addressing cross-sectorial topics; and some concentrating their comparative analysis on a small number of states, other on a reduced amount of years. Nevertheless, all works consider both the European and the national dimensions. Overall, the articles help to get a clearer although still incomplete overview of the effects of the provisions of the Treaty of Lisbon attributing “European powers” to national parliaments, whose implementation took place while the EU was facing a series of crucial crises and deep transformations. It is argued that further research along the same path is still ahead. The research should possibly adopt the same methodology and focus on the regular institutional interaction between the EU and the national levels through the so-called “Euro-national parliamentary procedures”. In its last part, this article argues that the role of national parliaments in the future evolution of the European integration process, specifically in a more asymmetric Europe, is going to increase. However, it is far from clear through which institutional mechanism the democratic legitimacy resources of national parliaments might be used.

In the shadow of the treaties. National Parliaments and their evolving role in European Integration / Lupo, Nicola. - In: POLITIQUE EUROPÉENNE. - ISSN 1623-6297. - 59:1(2018), pp. 196-215. [10.3917/poeu.059.0196]

In the shadow of the treaties. National Parliaments and their evolving role in European Integration

Nicola Lupo
2018

Abstract

This contribution, which concludes the special issue, provides some reflections regarding the way in which national parliaments manage and adapt to the numerous and particularly varied challenges posed by the European integration process. In particular, this work discusses two normally agreed upon assumptions about national parliaments being mainly passive institutions and appearing on the EU scene only with the Treaty of Lisbon. Subsequently, this work summarises some of the findings of the articles included in the special issues that shed new light on the many roles of national parliaments in the EU and on some of the main characteristics of their Europeanisation process. Their analyses follow different approaches, some adopting a political science methodology, others a legal approach; some focussing on a single area of policymaking, others addressing cross-sectorial topics; and some concentrating their comparative analysis on a small number of states, other on a reduced amount of years. Nevertheless, all works consider both the European and the national dimensions. Overall, the articles help to get a clearer although still incomplete overview of the effects of the provisions of the Treaty of Lisbon attributing “European powers” to national parliaments, whose implementation took place while the EU was facing a series of crucial crises and deep transformations. It is argued that further research along the same path is still ahead. The research should possibly adopt the same methodology and focus on the regular institutional interaction between the EU and the national levels through the so-called “Euro-national parliamentary procedures”. In its last part, this article argues that the role of national parliaments in the future evolution of the European integration process, specifically in a more asymmetric Europe, is going to increase. However, it is far from clear through which institutional mechanism the democratic legitimacy resources of national parliaments might be used.
À l’ombre des traités. Les parlements nationaux et l’évolution de leur rôle dans l’intégration européenne Cette contribution, qui conclut ce numéro spécial, propose quelques réflexions quant à la façon dont les parlements nationaux répondent et s’adaptent aux nombreux défis qu’induit le processus d’intégration européenne. Cet article remet en cause plus particulièrement deux éléments qui, supposément, caractérisent les parlements nationaux : leur qualité d’institutions largement passives, et le fait qu’ils ont commencé à jouer un rôle sur la scène européenne seulement après l’entrée en vigueur du traité de Lisbonne. Puis, cet article résume certaines des conclusions présentées dans les articles inclus dans ce numéro spécial en rapport avec les nombreux rôles joués par les parlements dans l’Union européenne (UE), et quant à certaines des caractéristiques du processus d’intégration européenne. Les analyses présentées dans les différents articles adoptent, en effet, différentes approches : certains ont recours à la méthode juridique, alors que d’autres s’appuient sur celle de la science politique. De plus, certains se concentrent sur un secteur spécifique, quand d’autres étudient plusieurs politiques concomitamment, et, enfin, certains comparent plusieurs Etats membres alors que d’autres limitent leur analyse à une période bien définie. Ceci étant, tous les articles inclus dans ce numéro spécial prennent en compte tant la dimension européenne que la dimension nationale. Ainsi, ils contribuent à obtenir une vision plus claire, bien qu’encore incomplète, de l’impact qu’a eu l’attribution de « pouvoirs européens » aux parlements nationaux avec l’entrée en vigueur du traité de Lisbonne ; la mise en œuvre de ces pouvoirs ayant, en outre, eu lieu alors que l’UE faisant face à de profondes crises et d’importantes transformations. On avance ici que de plus amples recherches allant dans le même sens sont encore nécessaires. Elles devraient suivre la même méthodologie en se concentrant sur les échanges entre niveaux national et européen au travers des « processus parlementaires euro-nationaux ». Dans sa dernière partie, le présent article avance que le rôle des parlements nationaux va continuer à croître dans l’évolution future du processus d’intégration européenne, en particulier dans une Union plus asymétrique. Le mécanisme institutionnel à travers lequel le potentiel des parlements nationaux en matière de légitimation démocratique va être utilisé reste, toutefois, encore à définir.
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