National parliaments should have more say in EU lawmaking, according to the conclusions of the European Convention’s Working Group on the Principle of Subsidiarity, adopted on 19 September.
The Working Group on the Principle of Subsidiarity, chaired by Spanish MEP Inigo Mendez de Vigo, is in favour of shifting the balance of power in the EU towards the national parliaments.
This will please Britain, France and Spain who demand more powers for the national parliaments and governments at the expense of common EU bodies.
The subsidiarity working group proposes that national deputies could reject laws proposed by the Commission if they believed the issues could be better dealt with at a national level.
The working group also called for an “early warning system” with which national parliaments would ensure that the Commission is not transgressing its mandate. The group proposes that the Commission should send proposed laws to national parliaments who would decide whether the issue should be dealt with at the EU or national level. The European Court of Justice could be asked to arbitrate in case of disagreement.
Another Working Group of the Convention, dealing with the role of national parliaments, has endorsed this plan.