What Are the Challenges for the European Parliament? Legislation, Scrutiny and Organisation

15-01-2015

The aim of this report is to emphasise some of the challenges that the EP will have to confront during the next parliamentary term. In legislative terms, MEPs will have to direct their attention towards trilogues, legislative initiative and reviews of pending proposals. As regards scrutiny, the global strategy of the EP towards the Commission (support or independence) is at stake. Delegated legislation and committee procedure also merit some attention. Finally, the internal organisation of the EP must be considered in the context of the image of the institution, be it the impact of the 'rationalisation' work undertaken during the 1980s or the way in which the political divisions are revealed or kept hidden.

The aim of this report is to emphasise some of the challenges that the EP will have to confront during the next parliamentary term. In legislative terms, MEPs will have to direct their attention towards trilogues, legislative initiative and reviews of pending proposals. As regards scrutiny, the global strategy of the EP towards the Commission (support or independence) is at stake. Delegated legislation and committee procedure also merit some attention. Finally, the internal organisation of the EP must be considered in the context of the image of the institution, be it the impact of the 'rationalisation' work undertaken during the 1980s or the way in which the political divisions are revealed or kept hidden.