The French and the Italian Parliaments in EU Affairs Post-Lisbon: True Empowerment or Cosmetic Change?

Diane Fromage*, Cristina Fasone

*Corresponding author for this work

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The role of national parliaments in EU decision-making has generally been considered marginal since
national parliaments participate indirectly through national executives. The Lisbon Treaty, however,
triggered important developments in this regard. Direct involvement of national parliaments
through the Early Warning System and Political Dialogue has prompted internal reforms. This article
argues that, because of the new procedures provided for by the Lisbon Treaty and the direct
relationship between the Commission and national parliaments, certain legislatures such as the
French and Italian have become stronger in their involvement in EU affairs. However, seven years of
practice post-Lisbon show that the innovations brought about by the new Treaty have fallen short of
fully satisfying national parliaments’ thirst for active engagement. We also observe that changes at
the national level have only been implemented progressively and have not yet been exploited to
their full potential.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1244-1259
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Contemporary European Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • National parliaments
  • Subsidiarity
  • European Union

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