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Mind the Gap! The Implications of Comitology and the Open Method of Coordination for National Parliaments

Gavin Barrett

in National Parliaments after the Lisbon Treaty and the Euro Crisis

Published in print February 2017 | ISBN: 9780198791621
Published online April 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191834004 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198791621.003.0006

Series: Oxford Studies in European Law

Mind the Gap! The Implications of Comitology and the Open Method of Coordination for National Parliaments

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This chapter considers some of the less well-known methods of EU decision-making, namely, comitology and the Open Method of Coordination (OMC). It examines the ways in which decision-making in these ‘non-standard’ fields differ from decision-making in the traditional ‘Community’ system, and the implications such differences have for national parliaments’ approach to accountability. It advances two hypotheses. The first is the high probability of strong similarities emerging between, on the one hand, the development of Member State parliaments' perspective regarding such non-standard methods of integration and, on the other hand, the evolution of the approaches of national parliaments towards the traditional ‘Community’ system. The second hypothesis is that earlier Member States’ choices regarding their parliaments' European role should be reviewed and, if necessary, adapted in the light of the proliferation of decision-making methods at EU level, so as to avoid any risk of an appropriate role for national parliaments being circumvented.

Keywords: national parliaments; comitology; accountability; open method of coordination; EU decision-making

Chapter.  9163 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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