A history of budgetary powers and politics in the EU : the Role of European Parliament. Part II : the non-elected Parliament 1957-1978
Title: A history of budgetary powers and politics in the EU : the Role of European Parliament. Part II : the non-elected Parliament 1957-1978
Author: DE FEO, Alfredo
Citation: Luxembourg : Publications Office of the European Union, 2016
Series/Number: Historical Archives Unit of the European Parliament; Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies; European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS); European Union History Series 2016; Study; PE 563.508
External link: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2015/563508/EPRS_STU(2015)563508_EN.pdf
This study provides a history of budgetary powers and politics in the EU during the period 1957-1978, focusing on the role of what was then still a non-(or indirectly) elected European Parliament. It follows a timeline divided into three periods: (i) beginnings (1957- 1964), (ii) preparations for modification of the Treaty (1965-1969), and (iii) the first phase of democratic control (1970-1978). The modifications to the Treaty of Rome, with the two budgetary treaties of 1970 and 1975, were the results of conflicts, diplomacy and compromises. After more than 20 years the balance of power between the institutions had changed; full democratic control had not been achieved, but important progress had been made, and Parliament, though still not directly elected, had gained in influence and respect. This study gives a detailed description of various elements of the budgetary powers shaped by the two treaties, in particular those which would enable the elected Parliament to continue its fight for more influence and greater powers, not only in the budgetary domain but also in legislative and institutional matters too.
Type of Access: openAccess