On Thursday October 4th 2012, the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament organised a workshop on Challenges of multi-tier governance in the EU. The Constitutional Affairs Committee had invited several experts to discuss the topic in four panels: 1) Flexibility and differentiated integration under Lisbon treaty: What is the impact of the differentiated integration on the functioning of the EU?; 2) European and national institutions in multi-tier governance: What are the roles and tasks for the EU institutions and national institutions?; 3) Legitimacy and accountability of the multi-tier governance: Does multi-tier governance challenge the EU legitimacy and its accountability to the citizens?; 4) Multi-tier governance beyond existing mechanisms: Are new competencies, powers and constitutional mechanism needed?
Several researchers from the TEPSA network were invited, including Jean-Victor Louis, Honorary Member of the TEPSA Board, on “Institutional dilemmas of the Economic and Monetary Union”; Renaud Dehousse, Director of the Centre d’études européennes of Sciences Po – TEPSA’s French member institute, on “Inter-institutional balance in the EU: is the community method still relevant?”; Wolfgang Wessels, Chairperson of the TEPSA Board, on “How to assess an institutional architecture for a multi-level Parliamentarism in differentiated integration?”; and Iain Begg, Member of the TEPSA Board, on “Budgetary solidarity in multi-tiered Union?”.