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<b>From Maastricht to the Constitutional Treaty: the Return of National Parliaments?</b>

Berthold Rittberger

in Building Europe's Parliament

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199273423
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602764 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199273421.003.0007
 							From Maastricht to the Constitutional Treaty: the Return of National Parliaments?

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Analyses the developments from the Maastricht Treaty leading up to the approval of the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe. It is first shown that after adoption of the SEA, the role of national parliaments in EU decision-making has become an ever more salient item on the agenda of the member states. Asks whether this ‘trend’ towards empowering national parliaments follows the same logic as the empowerment of the European Parliament. Furthermore, the chapter explains why the empowerment of national parliaments still lags behind that of its EU-level counterpart, the European Parliament.

Keywords: Amsterdam Treaty; Maastricht Treaty; national parliaments; Nice Treaty; qualified majority voting; Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe

Chapter.  7943 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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