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What an extraordinary year for the EU: EPRS-EUI conference on 2014

Written by Marcin Cesluk-Grajewski The European Union has undergone major changes in 2014, which bodes well for its ability to regain citizens’ trust and put behind the economic crisis. The EU’s institution have grown stronger, but they need to play their cards well to stem the tide of radical euro-scepticism,  academics and politicians told a … Continue reading

EP-EUI conference to examine importance of 2014 for the EU

Written by Marcin Cesluk-Grajewski 2014 is certain to feature prominently in the history of European Union institutions. For the first time, EU citizens could influence who became president of the European Commission by voting in the European elections for a candidate from a particular political group. Will this become a precedent? Will it move the EU … Continue reading

In focus – the European Parliament has more power

The European Parliament (EP) is the only directly elected EU institution. The upcoming elections will highlight the increase in its powers subsequent to the Lisbon Treaty – for example, the EP will elect the European Commission President, on the basis of a proposal from the Heads of State, and taking into account the European elections. … Continue reading

The European Parliament’s election of the President of the European Commission

Updated on 3 June 2014 The European Union’s architecture has been largely criticised for its alleged democratic deficit, which many see in the lack of political accountability of the European Commission (EC), as the EU’s executive, to the European Parliament (EP). In order to increase the legitimacy of the EU decision-making process, the Lisbon Treaty … Continue reading

Democratic Deficit in the Economic Governance of the EU

The financial crisis and the anti-crisis measures thereafter highlighted the issue of democratic scrutiny over decisions taken by the European Council and the Member States (MS) outside the framework of the European Union (EU). This has triggered debate about the EU’s democratic deficit in the area of the Economic Governance, because of the limited powers … Continue reading

EU subsidiarity check by National Parliaments

The position of national parliaments in the EU was strengthened in various ways by the Lisbon Treaty in order to enhance democratic legitimacy. Protocol 2 of the Lisbon Treaty introduced a mechanism of subsidiarity scrutiny by national parliaments on draft EU legislation. The so called early warning system including the yellow and orange card procedures give them a … Continue reading

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