The Coming of Age of the European Legislator
RETHINKING EUROPE'S CONSTITUTION, Andreas Kinneging, ed., pp. 175-196, Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers
22 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2008 Last revised: 10 Nov 2009
Date Written: September 20, 2008
This contribution questions the evolution of the European legislature. Is the European legislature - as it was established after the Maastricht Treaty - developing into a full fledged legislator comparable to state legislators? In order to answer this question the concept of 'legislature' is studied from different angles.Then the relation between the European legislature - as it emerges from the Constitutional Treaty and the subsequent Lisbon Treaty of 2007 - and the other European institutions is analysed and assessed. The contribution concludes that the European legislature is maturing and developing, sometimes even beyond the terms of the Treaties strictu senso.
Keywords: European legislature, European Constitution, checks and balances, legislative and non-legislative acts, delegation of legislative authority, comitologie, administration, judiciary
JEL Classification: R38, K10, K30, K40
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