Think Tanks

Democracy & Constitution

2 Jun 2009 12:05:00

An end to "Ever-Closer Union"


"The European Institutions as an Interest Group - The Dynamics of Ever-Closer Union" (PDF)

Author: Roland Vaubel

Publication date: 2 June 2009

The report argues that the European institutions are more out of touch with the views of their citizens than ever before. The ratification of the Lisbon Treaty will reinforce the creep of centralisation by transferring more competencies to the EU and further dilute the power of national governments. The report advocates widespread changes to the European Commission, the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Court of Justice in order to prevent any more dislocation between those who work for the European Union and the people they represent.

30 Apr 2009 15:19:00

How the European Parliament has real power over our lives

Open Europe

"What does the European Parliament do and how does it affect your everyday life?" (PDF)

Author: Open Europe

Publication date: April 2009

This report tries to rebut the often held opinion that the European Parliament has no actual power. The report claims MEPs now have a "veto" over national governments on about 75% of all European legislation and that the Lisbon Treaty will increase the power of the European Parliament still further. The report contains several recommendations to make the European Parliament less distant and more transparent such as a 20% cut in salary for MEPs and full disclosure of their salaries, pension provisions and expense entitlements.