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The development of a role for national parliaments in the European Union
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This chapter seeks to examine the norms which the European Union (EU) has established regarding the role of national parliaments, and how these norms have evolved over time. It then offers some brief reflections on how domestic legal systems within the EU have tailored the role of their national parliaments in EU affairs. The chapter examines the Lisbon Treaty which saw the emergence of a more multi- dimensional role for national parliaments than had ever heretofore existed. An attempt had been made at the Nice conference to improve the Amsterdam Protocol. The Maastricht Treaty's ratification process had positive effects for national parliaments, with extra rights being conferred on them. The Constitutional Treaty was signed at Rome in 2004 but never entered into force, its ratification process halting after referendum defeats in France and the Netherlands in May and June 2005.

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