Presentation on theme: "National Parliaments under the European Semester Mark Hallerberg, Benedicta Marzinotto and Guntram Wolff Hertie School of Governance and Bruegel 25. February."— Presentation transcript:
National Parliaments under the European Semester Mark Hallerberg, Benedicta Marzinotto and Guntram Wolff Hertie School of Governance and Bruegel 25. February 2012
Background Presentation based on “ An Assessment of the European Semester, ” which appeared as IP/A/ECON/ST/ September 2012, Policy Department A: Economic and Scientific Policy, European Parliament Available at studiesdownload.html?languageDocument=EN&file= studiesdownload.html?languageDocument=EN&file= See also “ On the effectiveness and legitimacy of EU economic policies, ” Bruegel Policy Brief. November Available at
Premise-- More National Parliamentary Involvement Needed Effectiveness of the European Semester increased if national parliaments are involved “ Two Pack ” should check whether Stability/Convergence Programmes consistent with national legislation; parliamentary involvement in the whole process beneficial Legitimacy of whole process among populations also increased
Timeline--What Role for National Parliaments?
Research Questions In 2012, were national parliaments involved in the preparation of Stability/Convergence Programmes, or National Reform Programmes? At which level--plenary or committee? If committee, which committee? Was there any ex post discussion of recommendations the Council of Ministers made to individual Member States?
Survey of EU National Parliaments Received replies from 26 Member States (Staff in Bulgaria refused to answer) Surveys sent February 2012, returned February-August While there are questions for both 2011 and 2012, data most complete for 2012
Plenary Involvement—Domestic Plans Versus SCPs
Committee Involvement—Preparation of SCPs, NRPs
Committee Ex Post Monitoring—Do Committees Debate the Council ’ s Recommendations? Black is the response for the SCPs; Red is for the NRPs
Overall national parliamentary involvement in the process should increase European Affairs committees more likely to provide ex post control--should finance committees provide more active oversight? Conclusions