The European Parliament in the post-crisis era: an institution empowered on paper only?

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Abstract

Following the adoption of Eurocrisis Law, the European Parliament (EP) has been strongly empowered in the Economic and Monetary Union. It may intervene mostly in three ways: by the means of control mechanisms around Euro summits, during Economic Dialogues and in the framework of the European Parliamentary Week and the Interparliamentary conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance. An analysis of the practice reveals however that thus far this empowerment has remained largely theoretical; The EP could still better exploit the potential of its newly attributed capacities.The reform proposals currently under discussion were found to bear some potential if adequately used, despite being (still) of a soft nature like the ones currently existing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-294
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of European Integration
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • European Parliament
  • Eurocrisis
  • Accountability
  • Economic Dialogue
  • SECG interparliamentary conference
  • democratic legitimacy
  • Euro Summit

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