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The European Parliament – ‘Europe’s Democratic Conscience’
The European Parliament – ‘Europe’s Democratic Conscience’

Author(s): Dragana Đurašinović-Radojević
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Beogradski centar za bezbednosnu politiku
Keywords: European Parliament; parliamentary oversight; democratic deficit; Common Security and Defence Policy; armed forces; European Union

Summary/Abstract: The European Union’s institutional deficit stems from the transfer of executive powers from the national to the Union level, but with no similar transfer of parliamentary powers or mechanisms of responsibility, from national parliaments to the European Parliament. This paper examines the manner in which the European Parliament exercised oversight of six military operations within the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), as well as whether the Lisbon Treaty has conferred on this institution the required formal powers with respect to both authorisation for carrying out such operations and their funding and control. It will also cover the possible model of future cooperation between the European Parliament and national parliaments encouraged by the Lisbon Treaty, especially as regards the CSDP.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 17
  • Page Range: 13-25
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English