Helsinki, 31 January 2014 - Parliamentarism in European Economic Governance
The approaching elections for European Parliament will be undoubtedly shaped by the ongoing financial and economic crisis that affects a significant part of European electorate. Even if the competences in the economic policies are still largely in the hands of national governments and parliaments, the recent changes in the European economic governance suggest that the marco-economic policy choices will feature high on the election agendas and debates. For the first time the outcome of the election might determine who will lead the European Commission for the upcoming years. Meanwhile, the parliament’s role in the new system of European Economic Governance is still in development. Relatedly, populist and Eurosceptic political movements with diverse political agendas have advanced in many member states and will shape the election. What will be the main themes of the elections? What kind of parliament is currently in the making? And what will the implications of the elections on the EU political system and its policies?