Montesquieu Instituut: van wetenschap naar samenleving

What kind of democracy for the EU? The European Parliament One Year After Lisbon

In samenwerking met het Montesquieu Instituut, organiseert de Faculteit der Letteren en Sociale Wetenschappen van de Universiteit Maastricht een lezingenreeks over de relatie tussen de Europese Unie en haar burgers.




Op donderdag 12 mei sprak dr. Michael Shackleton, Hoofd van Bureau Europees Parlement van het Verenigd Koninkrijk en bijzonder hoogleraar voor Europese Instituties aan de Universiteit Maastricht over de rol van het Europees Parlement bij de democratisering van de EU.



`What kind of democracy for the EU? The European Parliament One Year After Lisbon', Maastricht, 12 May 2011

The last Maastricht Monnet Lecture of this academic year was given by Dr Michael Shackleton, Head of the UK Office of the European Parliament (EP) and special chair in European institutions at Maastricht University. As the previous lecturers in the series this year, Dr Shackleton focussed on the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty. He more particularly discussed the enhanced role of the European Parliament, often seen as one of the big winners of Lisbon. Following an overview of the EP's new legislative, budgetary and international powers, he successively looked into its capacity to use its enhanced role. Seen the many different actors involved in EU policymaking, he showed that impact cannot be taken for granted and the EP is not necessarily always a winner. Continuing important challenges for the EP are its visibility and accountability towards its electorate. Lisbon is an important new step in the long process whereby the EP has become an increasingly important actor in the EU political system but it is certainly not the last one.