Enhancing the role of national parliaments in the European Union's decision-making process has for some time been a popular way in which policy-makers have sought to address legitimacy problems in the European Union, the Early Warning Mechanism being only one example. In response to these developments, an increasing number of scholars have addressed the question of how parliaments make use of these powers in practice. An important dimension of the process - the role of parliamentary officials in parliamentary scrutiny and control - has so far been neglected in the literature. Against this background, this article examines the role of the representatives of national parliaments in the European Parliament with the aim of understanding the role and the nature of this bureaucratic network'. While falling short of an epistemic community, these officials play an important role in enabling parliamentary scrutiny through the dissemination of information.
- NATIONAL PARLIAMENTS
- inter-parliamentary cooperation
- parliamentary scrutiny