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National Parliaments under the European Semester Mark Hallerberg, Benedicta Marzinotto and Guntram Wolff Hertie School of Governance and Bruegel 25. February.

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1 National Parliaments under the European Semester Mark Hallerberg, Benedicta Marzinotto and Guntram Wolff Hertie School of Governance and Bruegel 25. February 2012

2 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

3 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

4 Timeline--What Role for National Parliaments?

5 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?

6 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

7 Plenary Involvement—Domestic Plans Versus SCPs

8 Committee Involvement—Preparation of SCPs, NRPs

9 Committee Ex Post Monitoring—Do Committees Debate the Council ’ s Recommendations? Black is the response for the SCPs; Red is for the NRPs

10 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


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