Parliaments in the EU Multi-level Governance System
Developments after the Lisbon Treaty
Jean Monnet Project
With support of
Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission, Directorate-General Education and Cultures
In recent years, national parliaments of the member states of the European Union have undergone significant change in their functions regarding their participation in EU affairs. this development has often been characterised as de-parlamentarisation, leading to negative consequences for the democratic legitimation of the EU. the Lisbon Treaty, which took effect as of December 2009, aims to provide some remedy in this respect. According to the treaty, parliaments on both the European and the national - as well, as possibly even on the subnational - level gain increased possibilities to participate in the process of European policy-making. Hereby, the rights not only of the European parliament, but also of the (sub-)national parliaments are substantially improved.
The operative new regulations, closely linked to the "early warning system" on subsidiarity, provide a step towards a "multi-level-parliamentarism" which is yet to be developed furhter, both empirically and conceptually.
This was exactly the task that the Jean Monnet project by Prof. Dr. Gabriele Abels and Dr. Annegret Eppler, Ass.Jur. Sought to address. Activities consisted of workshops, conferences and publications in the context of the project.