National parliaments: their emerging control over the European Council
This Policy Paper analyses the emerging control over European Council meetings and Euro summits that is exercised by national parliaments. The authors examine at what point in time control takes place, whether it takes place in committee or in the plenary, how intensively that control is exercised, and what model of control the individual national parliaments follow.
There were 109 plenary debates and 180 committee meetings that dealt with European Council meetings or Euro summits in the 27 member states between March 2011 and March 2012. On the basis of this data, the authors identify seven models of parliamentary control and formulate twelve recommendations that allow to combine room for manoeuvre of the head of state or government with deeply informed oversight.
With respect to the implementation of Article 13 TSCG, the authors propose to create an inter-parliamentary conference for budgetary and economic issues, following the example of the inter-parliamentary conference for CFSP and CSDP.
This Policy Paper is a 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.