Valentin Kreilinger

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    Economic surveillance and coordination mechanisms won’t work without proper scrutiny by national parliaments

Economic surveillance and coordination mechanisms won’t work without proper scrutiny by national parliaments

The principle of strengthening national parliaments in the EU’s legislative process has attracted substantial attention in recent years. Perhaps more important, however, is their role in economic governance. After the European Council of 17-18 March endorsed the policy priority areas of the Annual Growth Survey, Valentin Kreilinger writes that national parliaments can play a key role in scrutinising the […]

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    The ‘euro toolkit’: How to save Schengen in four key steps

The ‘euro toolkit’: How to save Schengen in four key steps

The European Commission presented proposals on 15 December related to the Schengen area and the Frontex border agency, with the European Council due to meet on 17-18 December to discuss the proposals and how to resolve the ongoing refugee crisis. In light of the proposed reforms, Valentin Kreilinger writes that Europe’s handling of the Eurozone crisis offers four key insights […]

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    David Cameron’s proposal to give national parliaments a ‘red card’ over EU laws is deeply flawed

David Cameron’s proposal to give national parliaments a ‘red card’ over EU laws is deeply flawed

David Cameron has sent a letter to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, outlining the key elements that he will seek in a renegotiation of the UK’s EU membership. As Valentin Kreilinger writes, one of Cameron’s demands is to strengthen the role of national parliaments in the EU’s legislative process, with the provision of a so called ‘red […]

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    Efforts to increase inter-parliamentary cooperation in the EU are progressing at a snail’s pace

Efforts to increase inter-parliamentary cooperation in the EU are progressing at a snail’s pace

The principle of increasing the role of national parliaments in the EU’s legislative process has been promoted by several political actors, with the Treaty of Lisbon introducing a so called ‘yellow card’ system under which national parliaments can force the European Commission to review a legislative proposal. Valentin Kreilinger writes on recent decisions and initiatives related to the role […]

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    The relationship between national parliaments and the European Parliament remains contested in the area of economic governance

The relationship between national parliaments and the European Parliament remains contested in the area of economic governance

The Fiscal Compact, which was signed by 25 of the EU’s member states in 2012, foresaw the creation of an inter-parliamentary conference to enable national parliaments to discuss major issues of economic and financial governance. The third meeting of this ‘Inter-parliamentary Conference for Economic and Financial Governance’ will be held on 29 and 30 September. Valentin Kreilinger writes that […]

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    The 2014 European Parliament elections will see populist parties make gains, but they will remain a battle for control between mainstream parties

The 2014 European Parliament elections will see populist parties make gains, but they will remain a battle for control between mainstream parties

European Parliament elections are due to take place in May 2014. Yves Bertoncini and Valentin Kreilinger write that while populist parties are likely to increase their numbers in the parliament, the major centre-left and centre-right parties will once again come out ahead, with a number of possible coalitions emerging from what is currently an open field. They argue that the […]

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A veto of the European Parliament against ACTA would be a way for MEPs to reassert themselves against member states.

Recent months have seen protests across Europe against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which seeks to protect intellectual property. Valentin Kreilinger argues that the European Parliament now has an opportunity to take into account the views of Europe’s citizens and veto the agreement, meaning that the agreement would have to be renegotiated. At the end of March, the International Trade […]

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