Shadowy Legislating: Conciliation in the Sixth and Seventh European Parliament
UACES Conference Paper. Brugges 2010 (updated version 2012)
25 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2012 Last revised: 31 Jan 2015
Date Written: March 9, 2012
The article analyzes how the Parliament’s leadership reacted to the Eastern Enlargements of the European Union between 2004 and 2011. We focus on trade-offs between efficiency and transparency in the light of the practice of trialogues. Do trialogues exclude or substantively limit the representation of new Member States in EU decision-making? Is the creation of such mechanisms in accordance with EU primary law? The analysis reveals an emerging core-periphery structure that threatens the legitimacy of Parliament and the EU political model as a whole.
Keywords: European Parliament, Trialogue, Conciliation, Eastern enlargement, new Member States
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