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The French parliament: a European scrutineer or national actor?

Jancic, Davor (2013) The French parliament: a European scrutineer or national actor? European Public Law, 19 (1). pp. 129-159. ISSN 1354-3725

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With the Treaty of Lisbon in force, the expectation for national parliaments to democratize EU decision making has risen tangibly. This raises the question of the relationship between them and the European Parliament, as two channels of EU legitimation. The main argument of this article is that, in circumstances of high political salience of EU initiatives, national parliaments can be deemed to be European actors, performing their constitutional functions within a broader EU legal order as direct counterparts of EU institutions. To demonstrate this, we delve into the French Parliament’s scrutiny of the Services Directive and the European External Action Service Decision, both of which have sparked strong reactions in many parliamentary corners of Europe. We focus on the role perceptions of the French MPs and senators in their ex ante monitoring of these two dossiers. The analysis reveals that political control is not always directed only at the Government but that EU institutions can be addressees of national parliamentary scrutiny.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2013 Kluwer Law International
Divisions: Law
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2013 15:00
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:40

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