On Political Union in Europe: The Changing Landscape of Decision-Making and Political Accountability

CEPS Essays

14 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2013

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Philippe de Schoutheete

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Stefano Micossi

Associazione italiana delle società per azioni

Date Written: February 21, 2013

Abstract

This essay discusses how recent developments have modified the existing allocation of tasks between the EU and national levels and the legitimising mechanisms in decision-making by the EU institutions. It examines in turn the increasing differentiation emerging in member states’ participation in EU policies and institutions, the changing configuration of executive powers and its relationship to the community method, the criteria governing the transfer of economic powers from the member states to the Union and the emerging democratic accountability and legitimising mechanisms before both the European and the national parliaments. Some main implications for the future of European institutions are summarised in the conclusions.

Keywords: Political Union, Europe, EU, European institutions, EU policies, EU institutions

Suggested Citation

de Schoutheete, Philippe and Micossi, Stefano, On Political Union in Europe: The Changing Landscape of Decision-Making and Political Accountability (February 21, 2013). CEPS Essays, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2277479

Philippe De Schoutheete

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