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National and Regional Parliaments in the EU-Legislative Procedure Post-Lisbon

The Impact of the Early Warning Mechanism

Editor(s): Anna Jonsson Cornell, Marco Goldoni
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Published: 30-05-2019
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 384
ISBN: 9781509929696
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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About National and Regional Parliaments in the EU-Legislative Procedure Post-Lisbon

Much has changed in European constitutional law after the Lisbon Treaty, not least the efforts to increase democratic legitimacy by engaging national legislatures and introducing a stricter subsidiary review process, namely the Early Warning Mechanism (EWM).
This collection looks at how national parliaments have adapted to their new roles and looks at how the new system has impacted on relations between the EU legislative bodies and national parliaments. A team of experts from across Europe explore the effect of the EWM on the national constitutional orders; analyse the regional impact of EWM and evaluate the new system of scrutiny.

Table Of Contents

1. Introduction
Anna Jonsson Cornell and Marco Goldoni

Part I: Subsidiarity Review-Goals Achieved and Future Challenges
2. Is the Early Warning Mechanism a Legal or a Political Procedure? Three Questions and a Typology
Ian Cooper
3. Reconstructing the EWM?
Jörgen Hettne
4. Mapping out the Procedural Requirements for the Early Warning Mechanism
Anna Wetter
5. Interparliamentary Cooperation between National Parliaments
Bruno Dias Pinheiro

Part II: Regional Parliaments
6. Regional Parliaments and the Early Warning System: An Assessment and Some Suggestions for Reform
Diane Fromage
7. A New Player in the 'Multi-Level Parliamentary Field'. Cooperation and Communication of Regional Parliaments in the Post-Lisbon Scenario
Karolina Boronska-Hryniewiecka
8. Italian Regional Councils and the Positive Externalities of the Early Warning Mechanism for National
Constitutional Law
Cristina Fasone
9. Belgian Parliaments and the Early Warning System
Werner Vandenbruwaene and Patricia Popelier

Part III: The Early Warning Mechanism in National Constitutional Orders
10. Similar but Different-Comparing the Scrutiny of the Principle of Subsidiarity within the EWM in Denmark, Finland and Sweden
Anna Jonsson Cornell
11. The Scrutiny of the Principle of Subsidiarity in the Procedures and Reasoned Opinions of the Italian Chamber and Senate
Nicola Lupo
12. Speaking with One Voice? The French Parliament's Use of the EWM
Angela Tacea
13. Parliamentary Scrutiny of EU Affairs by the UK Parliament: The Primacy of Ministerial Accountability
Adam Cygan
14. Able and Willing? Early Warning System and Political Dialogue in the Bundestag and the Nationalrat
Katrin Auel
15. Like Two Peas in a Pod? The Functioning of the Early Warning Mechanism in the Czech Republic and Poland
Katarzyna Granat
16. The Trajectory of the Early Warning Mechanism
Marco Goldoni and Anna Jonsson Cornell


“... the edited collection reviewed here is able to add significant value to the existing field through its unified approach and its in-depth analysis ... We may like the idea of national parliaments, but if in reality this is left to a small body of people and mainly conducted through administrative tasks, to what extent can we speak of this as improving democratic legitimacy? This book contributes to our understanding of these important questions through its rigorous analysis of the mechanism's use in practice.” –  Andrew Woodhouse, Common Market Law Review

“This edited volume represents an engaging reflection on the evolution of [the early warning mechanism], and it usefully updates the abundant existing literature on this matter. It thoughtfully combines a more general critique of the EWM with a comparative analysis of the legal and political dimensions of its practical functioning.” –  Davor Jancic, Queen Mary University of London, European Law Review

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