The Best of Both Worlds: The Unexploited Potential of Inter-parliamentary Cooperation in the EU

Karolina Borońska-Hryniewiecka
Content Type
Policy Brief
The Polish Institute of International Affairs
During his first visit to Warsaw after re-election as prime minister of the UK, David Cameron found an ally in support of one of his ideas to reform the EU. Rafał Trzaskowski, the Polish minister for Europe, speaking on behalf of the Polish government, officially endorsed the British position to strengthen national parliaments in EU policymaking. Yet, the proposals to date either require treaty changes or are merely technical adjustments. In fact, much more could be achieved by enhancing the mechanisms of inter-parliamentary cooperation within the existing scope of the treaties. Although this would play very well with the current institutional climate of better regulation and more transparency, it also requires a genuine political will on the side of EU institutions and Member States, which seem to be the missing link.
Politics, Regional Cooperation, Treaties and Agreements, European Union
Political Geography
United Kingdom, Europe