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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Future EU 08-04-2003

Convention in favour of co-decision for the budget procedure

A majority tendency in favour of applying co-decision to the budget procedure emerged from the Convention's debate of the Union's finances on 4 April.
Future EU 04-04-2003

Convention to address future EU finances

The 105-member Convention on the future of the Europe will debate the Union's finances on the second day of its plenary session on 4 April.
EU Elections 09 04-04-2003

Convention divided over proposal to create an EU public prosecutor

The Convention on the future of Europe debated the draft articles on the area of freedom, security and justice at its plenary session on 3 April. Whilst there was wide divergence of positions on the proposed creation of the European public prosecutor, most speakers supported the idea of setting up a European border guard.
EU Priorities 2020 25-03-2003

EU may hold special Summit on institutional reform in June

The Greek Presidency of the EU is examining the possibility of organising a special summit in June to discuss the institutional reform.
EU Priorities 2020 24-03-2003

Convention meets in extra session to debate EU’s objectives

The Convention will hold an additional session on 26 March to continue its debate on draft Articles 1 to 7.
Future EU 19-03-2003

Convention keen to deal with EU’s finances

The Convention President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing has revealed new draft articles of the future Constitutional Treaty, dealing with the EU's finances.
Future EU 19-03-2003

Convention’s progress report taken off the Summit agenda

Due to the imminent war in Iraq, EU leaders have taken the debate on the Convention's progress report off the agenda of their Brussels Summit on 20 March.
Future EU 18-03-2003

Iraq crisis takes a toll on EU reform

Growing rift among the European governments over the Iraq crisis has contributed to a delay in the drafting of the EU constitution. The Convention President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing stated at the plenary session on 17 March that it might not be possible to present a draft to the European Council in Thessaloniki on 20-21 June 2003.
Future EU 17-03-2003

Convention tackles subsidiarity and role of national parliaments

At its next session on 17-18 March, the Convention will discuss subsidiarity and the role of national parliaments in the EU.