Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

National Parliaments in the Eurozone Crisis. Challenges and Transformations

Dr Cristina Fasone, EUI / LUISS Guido Carlo School of Government, Rome

15Apr2014 13:00 - 14:00

Lecture

Have the Eurozone crisis and the following reaction on the part of the European and national institutions actually marginalized the national parliaments or can they also be seen as an opportunity for legislatures to redefine their functions? Based on a comparative study, Cristina Fasone will attempt to answer this question.

The Eurozone crisis and the following reaction on the part of the European and national institutions are deemed to have severely undermined parliamentary prerogatives and even challenged one of the landmark principles of constitutionalism: ‘No taxation without representation’. Such an outcome has occurred in a context where the inter-institutional balance within the EU Member States, in particular the relationship between the legislative and the executive branch, has been reshaped by the process of European integration in favour of the executives for a long time.

The aim of the paper is to assess whether the Eurozone crisis has really led to a marginalization of national parliaments; or, rather, according to the measures adopted at European and national level and to national case-law, it can be seen as an opportunity for legislatures to redefine their functions in the constitutional system and to strengthen their (currently weak) legitimacy, given their failure to provide sustainable public accounts. 

The paper will be based on a comparative analysis of national parliaments in five Eurozone Member States: France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. These countries have been selected on the grounds of their diverse economic conditions – e.g. Italy, Portugal and Spain have benefited from financial assistance – and of their different forms of government.

The speaker

Cristina Fasone holds a PhD in Comparative Public Law from the University of Siena and is currently Max Weber Post-doctoral Fellow in Law at the European University Institute, Florence (Italy) and Academic Coordinator of the Summer School in ‘Parliamentary Democracy in Europe’, LUISS Guido Carli School of Government, Rome (Italy). Her monograph looks at the relationship between parliamentary committee systems and forms of government in France, Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union and she has also published on the role of parliaments in regional integration processes, in particular in the European Union, and on the principle of subsidiarity. Her research project deals with the impact of the Euro Crisis Law on national constitutional systems, in particular on how it affects the role of constitutional judges and of legislatures.

Attendance

Attendance is free of charge. For organizational reasons, please sign up for the meeting by sending an email to Angela Moisl at acelg@uva.nl.

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