Why are we augmenting the role of national parliaments in European affairs? Should we continue to do so?
in The evolving role of national parliaments in the European Union
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The empowerment of national parliaments has certainly involved a diversification in approach from the original democratisation method of deepening and broadening a directly elected European Parliament's involvement in the legislative process. Effective national parliamentary involvement in European Union (EU) policy matters requires adequate structure, e.g. the provision of adequate information and adequate time to carry out these functions. The quantity of information reaching national parliaments makes necessary systems to filter out less important data, the efficiency of which, however, depends much on parliamentary research and administrative resources. National parliaments also operate in different political contexts, capable of leading to differing approaches concerning EU-related powers. Hence, national parliaments may demand more accountability in European affairs if there is a national context of Euroscepticism, and also have more influence where there is a minority government.


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