About: national parliaments

Future EU 16-07-2018

Left-right ideological divide remains relevant in Western Europe

Despite the rise of populist parties, right-left division remains relevant, particularly on issues such as immigration and the role of the government, according to a study by the American think tank The Pew Research Centre. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Future EU 05-12-2017

Cattaneo: Brussels is a pied piper who forgot about diversity

The European Union must strengthen inter-parliamentary dialogue at national and above all regional level. Otherwise, it risks alienating even further European citizens who want a say in the decision making process, says Raffaele Cattaneo in an interview with EURACTIV.

A ‘yellow card’ and the damage done

The European Commission is expected to overrule the yellow card” triggered by national parliaments today (20 July), over the revised Posted Workers directive. Valentin Kreilinger reflects on the damage this decision is likely to cause.
EU Elections 2014 12-05-2014

The intergovernmental drift has weakened the EU, says Parliament’s VP

The Lisbon Treaty paradox, under which more power was given to the European Parliament, but EU leaders have gained in prominence, has undermined Europe and paved the way for growing Euroscepticism, said European Parliament Vice-president,  Isabelle Durant, in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Deirdre Curtin
Brexit 18-04-2014

The Next Stage of European Democracy

Politicians and academics should welcome an in-out referendum in the UK in 2017: it is a fantastic incentive to come up with new ideas on ways of governing Europe, writes Deirdre Curtin.
Public Affairs 07-11-2013

What role for national parliaments in EU law making?

The Lisbon Treaty entrusted national parliaments with new tools to hold their governments accountable for decisions taken at the European level. The fact that some national parliaments do very little to use these tools, shows a true “democratic deficit”, Richard Corbett writes.
Future EU 11-06-2013

Make MPs think European to boost EU legitimacy

The links between national parliaments and the European Parliament should be strengthened in order to tackle the EU democratic deficit and increase EU legitimacy. A more fundamental reform would be to implement the long-discussed idea of establishing a forum for national parliamentarians in Brussels, writes Charles Grant.
Elections 09-05-2012

European Parliament plans for 2025

The European Parliament must think long-term and take bold decisions to incorporate ‘change’ in its organisational culture, said its Secretary-General Klaus Welle, in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Future EU 30-06-2011

Giscard: Europe needs a people’s congress

EU leaders are too focused on the short term of upcoming elections and lack a strategic vision to give new impetus to European integration and better connect with citizens, said Valéry Giscard d'Estaing in an interview with EURACTIV.
EU Priorities 2020 30-06-2011

Giscard: Europe needs a people’s congress

EU leaders are too focused on the short term of upcoming elections and lack a strategic vision to give new impetus to European integration and better connect with citizens, said Valéry Giscard d'Estaing in an interview with EURACTIV.
EU Priorities 2020 24-01-2011

Buzek: Freezing the EU budget is ‘very dangerous’

Freezing the European Union's budget as demanded by some countries would be "very dangerous" as the EU needs greater investments to overcome the economic crisis, said European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Public Affairs 04-10-2010

European Parliament wants to be hub for national MPs

Following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, which grants EU parliaments a bigger say in Brussels policymaking, MEPs are set to intensify work with national assemblies' committees, said European Parliament Vice-President Silvana Koch-Mehrin in an interview with EURACTIV.
Public Affairs 04-10-2010

MEP: European Parliament needs to be hub for national MPs

Following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, which grants national parliaments a bigger role in EU policymaking, MEPs are set to strengthen the cooperation between national and European members of Parliament by intensifying work among policy committees, said European Parliament vice-president Silvana Koch-Mehrin in an interview with EURACTIV.
Future EU 20-07-2010

Irish parliament seeks greater EU scrutiny powers

Taking their cue from the Lisbon Treaty, Irish MPs this month called for new scrutiny powers compelling the Dublin government to take their views into account before agreeing to new EU legislation.
Regional Policy 15-07-2010

National parliaments debate EU’s future regional policy

National and EU parliamentarians meeting in Brussels earlier this week (12-13 July) held a debate on the future of European regional policy, resulting in many opinions including a call for the European Social Fund to remain under regional policy control.
EU Priorities 2020 10-06-2010

Experts seek to lift taboo on European budget

While EU finance ministers squabble over European Commission demands that national governments must send their budgets to the EU executive for review before they are sent to national parliaments, MEPs and experts have drawn up strategic proposals to create the momentum for a political debate on the EU budget.
Euro & Finance 02-06-2010

Parliaments debate closer budgetary coordination

The unprecedented crisis that has hit the euro zone calls for better budgetary coordination and national parliaments have a big role to play here, said MPs and MEPs meeting in Brussels to discuss greater synergies between European and national budgets.
EU Priorities 2020 04-12-2009

National Parliaments and the EU

National parliaments have come to play an increasingly important role in the functioning of the EU, cooperating with the European Commission and the European Parliament as well as with each other. The Lisbon Treaty further strengthens their influence on EU decision-making.
Public Affairs 02-12-2009

Treaty opens EU door to national parliaments

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso sent a letter to the speakers of the EU 27's national parliaments this week, informing them of their increased powers under the Lisbon Treaty, EURACTIV has learned.
Future EU 04-11-2009

National parliaments key to Lisbon’s success

"The formal involvement of national Parliaments in EU political choices is one of the main keys to the success of the Lisbon Treaty," writes French MEP Alain Lamassoure of the centre-right European People's Party in an October editorial, proposing a number of measures for implementation in early 2010.
EU Priorities 2020 15-06-2009

Voting at shopping centres ‘saved’ election turnout

As the dust settles on the European Parliament elections, EU officials and experts do not seem to be overly concerned by the low turnout, instead stressing the lessons learned from positive experiences like allowing people to vote in railway stations and shopping centres, and over the Internet.
Future EU 23-06-2008

National parliaments seek to bridge EU democratic gap

Speakers of national parliaments from across the 27-member bloc have echoed an EU summit decision last week to carry on with the Lisbon Treaty ratification process and give the chance to all countries to express their views. EURACTIV spoke to Bernard Accoyer, the president of the French 'Assemblée Nationale'.
EU Priorities 2020 05-12-2007

National parliaments ‘greatest winners’ in Lisbon Treaty, say MEPs

A majority of MEPs and national parliamentarians alike believe the Treaty of Lisbon will enhance the role of national parliaments in EU decision making, it has emerged following discussions on 4-5 December.
EU Priorities 2020 20-04-2006

EU seeks to counter fears of “creeping centralisation”

The Austrian Presidency has organised a conference to discuss how the EU can be brought closer to its citizens and what contributions regions, local authorities and national parliaments can make.