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"Development of the European Parliaments's Powers: An Incomplete Agenda?"

Jacobs, Francis B. (2003) "Development of the European Parliaments's Powers: An Incomplete Agenda?". In: UNSPECIFIED, Nashville, Tennessee. (Unpublished)

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    From the Single European Act to the Amsterdam Treaty, successive IGCs led to a continuous increase in the European Parliament's (EP's) powers. In the Nice Treaty, little further progress was made for the Parliament. Have the EP's powers now reached a high water mark, or is there still a substantial agenda to complete? This paper looks briefly at the development of the European Parliament's powers, and then at the gaps that still remain (notably the need for an extension of codecision, a reform in the comitology system, budgetary equality, a strengthened role in EU nominations, and reinforced EP powers in the field of international trade, and as regards other international agreements). The paper argues that it is important that these gaps be filled in the current negotiations stemming from the Convention, but that it will then be time for the EP to move on to a new era, away from a primary emphasis on an institutional agenda and towards a new emphasis on more thorough-going and systematic use of its newly-won powers and influence.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > general
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Parliament
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2003 (8th), March 27-29, 2003
    Depositing User: Francis Jacobs
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2003
    Page Range: p. 22
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:15

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