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Comitology and Parliamentarisation: Feedback Loops

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Vihar Georgiev

on 25 February 2011

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Transcript of Comitology and Parliamentarisation: Feedback Loops

What is it all about? Two quite distinct, and yet quite connected aspects of the institutional dynamic of the European Union: Comitology
Parliamentarisation Research Questions Are the two processes linked?
Is the link correlational, weak or strong, causal?
What are the limitations of the existing theoretical models? A Short History of Parliamentarisation 1970 - the Werner plan
1971 - the Luxembourg Treaty
1979 - election by direct universal suffrage
1986 - the Single European Act
1992 - the Maastricht Treaty
1999 - Treaty of Amsterdam
2001 - Treaty of Nice
2003 - Draft Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe
2007 - Treaty of Lisbon


1962 - first comitology committees
1983 - EP uses its budgetary powers to get information
1986 - amendment of art. 145 TEEC
1987 - First comitology decision
1994 - Modus Vivendi
1996 - Samland-Williamson agreement
1999 - Second Comitology Decision
2003 - hierarchy of legal acts introduced in the text of the Constitutional Treaty
2006 - new regulatory procedure with scrutiny
2009 - Treaty of Lisbon enters infto force
2010 - the Commission proposes new rules for delegated and implementing acts

Theoretical Models and Their Limitations Principal-agent theory (Pollack 2003)
Limitations of the principal-agent theory
Limitations of intergovernamentalist and neo-functionalist approaches in explaining parliamentarisation (Hix 2002)
The Main Finding With some delay,
the EP has indeed succeeded to transform
its decision-making powers
into influence over the comitology procedures. Implications for the Normative Discourse New division of labour?
Strengthening of the executive powers of the Commission?
The nexus with qualified majority voting in the Council?
The Community method in its classical form carries the seeds of its own destruction? Empirical observation, consistent with the overall process of parliamentarisation. Limitations of Parliamentarisation Absolute majority rule
Role of the European Council
Limits of communautarisation Conclusion The EP has consistently used its newly acquired powers in order to successfully influence the regulation of comitology
The process of parliamentarisation has also led to a partial parliamentarisation of the Commission itself, thus eroding the Community method of regulation
A Short History of Comitology Thank You!
viharg@yahoo.com http://eulaw.wordpress.com/ Comitology and Parliamentarisation: Feedback Loops Vihar Georgiev Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" UACES Student Forum 11 Annual Conference
Bath, 29-30 April 2010
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