National Parliaments and the European Union:
Necessity of Assigning a Supranational Role
Associate Professor, Athens University of Economics and Business, Jean Monnet Professor in EU Law
This Article conducts a theoretically informed critical analysis of the role national parliaments could assume as regards the process of the European integration. Analyzing the structure of the institutional system of the European Union under the concept of the principle of democracy, it seeks to conceptualize the necessity of assigning a supranational role to the national parliaments as well as to reveal and evaluate the difficulties in undertaking this role. Part I of the Article outlines the principles dictating the necessity of assigning a supranational role to national parliaments, combining and developing the imperatives of various concepts in order to secure a firm theoretical basis. Part II analyzes, conceptualizes and evaluates the difficulties national parliaments face in undertaking a supranational role as regards the process of the European integration. Using primary data produced by interparliamentary meetings, this Article renders obvious that operating in a complex institutional system national parliaments have to develop new forms of organization and operation in order to assume properly their new European role. The quicker this role is assumed, the safer and more proper the European parliamentary model will be revived.