Citizen Representation in the EU after the 2009 elections to the European Parliament: The Role of National Parliaments

Ruiz de Garibay, Daniel (2009) Citizen Representation in the EU after the 2009 elections to the European Parliament: The Role of National Parliaments. Elcano Newsletter (58). 7 p.. ISSN 1698-5184

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Abstract

The EU has a democratic deficit and some reforms have been proposed to increase the involvement of national parliaments in its political system. The existence of the EU implies a dispossession of national parliaments that has only partly been resolved at the European level. This classic definition of a democratic deficit leaves two possible solutions. The immediate solution is to increase the power of the European Parliament (EP) so that it can fully compensate the loss suffered by national parliaments. However, problems relating to the EP 19s legitimacy and its currently limited capacity to engage with citizens restrict this solution 19s possibilities. A second option is to involve national parliaments in the EU. This option is not problem-free, given the limited capacity of national parliaments to equally represent European citizens regardless of their nationality. As a result, a third option is proposed: cooperation between the European Parliament and national parliaments. In this respect, the establishment of a representative office for national parliaments in Brussels can be considered the best possible investment.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Estudio sólo disponible en inglés
Uncontrolled Keywords: Europa
Subjects: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > SINGLE EUROPEAN MARKET.
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS > EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK > HUMAN RIGHTS > DEMOCRATIZATION
INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK > POLITICS > POLITICAL INTEGRATION
INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK > POLITICS > POLITICAL PARTICIPATION
INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK > POLITICS > POLITICAL PROBLEMS
INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK > POLITICS > ELECTIONS
Divisions: Real Instituto Elcano, RIE
Depositing User: Jorge Horcas Pulido
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2012 09:51
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2012 09:51
URI: http://biblioteca.ribei.org/id/eprint/1714

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