EP project on Democratic Control in the Member States of the European Council and the Euro Zone Summits

TEPSA together with Notre Europe won the tender to elaborate a study on the Democratic Control in the Member states of the European Council and the Euro Zone Summits. Many TEPSA and OPAL network experts are currently involved in the preparation to provide an analysis of the democratic control in each Member state.
The project is based on the assertion that there is a rising gap within the European Union between executive governance and parliamentary control. The aim is to provide a comprehensive overview with a common questionnaire for the 27 Member States and also in-depth reports for 12 Member States investigating the question of the significance of the parliamentary control of the European Councils and of the “information gap” between governments and parliaments. A synthetic perspective will also be elaborated including policy recommendations.
The interim study has been delivered on 13 September 2012 and the final study on 26 October 2012. In between a workshop with the experts for the 12 Member States of in-depth reports and advisors took place on 31 August 2012 at the North Rhine Westphalia Representation in Brussels. For more information please contact Laura Ventura  (laura•ventura©tepsa•eu)  

Study Democratic Control in the Member States of the European Council and the Euro Zone Summits

The studDemocratic control cover websitey on the Democratic Control in the Member States of the European Council and the Euro Zone Summits was written by a group of researchers from TEPSA and Notre Europe following the request from the Directorate General for Internal Policies, Policy Department C: Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs of the European Parliament.

The European Council is increasingly central to the governance of the European Union. Even if national parliaments have originally focused their involvement in EU affairs on the ordinary legislative process, most of the chambers have started to develop specific activities, before or after European summits. From ex-ante influence to ex-post accountability, seven different models of control have been identified. Beyond their differences rooted in national democratic systems, they call for twelve recommendations listed in this report.

Authors of the Study: Wolfgang Wessels (Trans European Policy Studies Association), Olivier Rozenberg (Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute), Mirte van den Berge (Trans European Policy Studies Association), Claudia Hefftler (Trans European Policy Studies Association), Valentin Kreilinger (Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute) and Laura Ventura (Trans European Policy Studies Association) and many TEPSA and OPAL network experts provided an analysis of the democratic control in each Member State. More information on the project are available here.

Policy paper: Democratic Control in the Member States of the European Council and the Euro Zone Summits

Policy paper has been written as synopsis of the main results of the study “Democratic Control in the member states of the European Council and the Euro zone summits” which TEPSA and Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute have written at the request of the European Parliament, Directorate General for Internal Policies, Policy Department C: Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs, IP/C/AFCO/IC/2012-012.

Authors of the Policy paper: Wolfgang Wessels (Trans European Policy Studies Association), Olivier Rozenberg (Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute), Claudia Hefftler (Trans European Policy Studies Association) and Valentin Kreilinger (Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute).

The studDemocratic control cover websitey on the Democratic Control in the Member States of the European Council and the Euro Zone Summits was written by a group of researchers from TEPSA and Notre Europe following the request from the Directorate General for Internal Policies, Policy Department C: Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs of the European Parliament.

The European Council is increasingly central to the governance of the European Union. Even if national parliaments have originally focused their involvement in EU affairs on the ordinary legislative process, most of the chambers have started to develop specific activities, before or after European summits. From ex-ante influence to ex-post accountability, seven different models of control have been identified. Beyond their differences rooted in national democratic systems, they call for twelve recommendations listed in this report.

Authors of the Study: Wolfgang Wessels (Trans European Policy Studies Association), Olivier Rozenberg (Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute), Mirte van den Berge (Trans European Policy Studies Association), Claudia Hefftler (Trans European Policy Studies Association), Valentin Kreilinger (Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute) and Laura Ventura (Trans European Policy Studies Association) and many TEPSA and OPAL network experts provided an analysis of the democratic control in each Member State. More information on the project are available here.

 

Workshop on National Parliaments and the European Council Project (NPEC)

In the context of the elaboration of the study on the Democratic Control in the Member states of the European Council and the Euro Zone Summits an internal workshop with the experts for the 12 Member States of in-depth reports and advisors took place on 31 August 2012 at the North Rhine Westphalia Representation in Brussels. The aim of the workshop was to present the findings on the state of the relationship between National Parliaments and the European Council/Euro Zone summits and to voice recommendations for future developments.

For more information please contact Laura Ventura at Laura•Ventura©tepsa•eu