EP-National Parliament cooperation after Lisbon

04-02-2011

The Lisbon Treaty has been described as the 'Treaty of Parliaments'. Not only does it increase the power of the European Parliament but it also signi­fi­cantly boosts the role of national parlia­ments in EU activities. Prior to Lisbon, national parliaments had a relatively weak position. To compensate for this, inter-parliamentary cooperation was established both between themselves and collectively with the European Parliament (EP) through a number of forums and mechanisms.

The Lisbon Treaty has been described as the 'Treaty of Parliaments'. Not only does it increase the power of the European Parliament but it also signi­fi­cantly boosts the role of national parlia­ments in EU activities. Prior to Lisbon, national parliaments had a relatively weak position. To compensate for this, inter-parliamentary cooperation was established both between themselves and collectively with the European Parliament (EP) through a number of forums and mechanisms.