A yellow card for the striker : national parliaments and the defeat of EU legislation on the right to strike
Journal of European public policy, 2015, Vol. 22, No. 10, pp. 1406-1425
COOPER, Ian, A yellow card for the striker : national parliaments and the defeat of EU legislation on the right to strike, Journal of European public policy, 2015, Vol. 22, No. 10, pp. 1406-1425 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/38246
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In May 2012 national parliaments of the European Union (EU) issued their first yellow card under the Early Warning Mechanism of the Treaty of Lisbon. A sufficient number of them raised objections to a legislative proposal – the Monti II Regulation regarding the right to strike – that the Commission was required to review the proposal, which it subsequently withdrew. This outcome was, demonstrably, not a coincidence but the product of extensive interparliamentary co-ordination, enabled by the initiative of one determined parliament (Denmark's Folketing), the opportunity provided by a well-timed interparliamentary meeting, and the network of national parliament representatives in Brussels. A dynamic political process was set in motion in which a number of parliaments joined the effort to obtain a yellow card by, in effect, ‘voting against' Monti II before the eight-week deadline. The episode shows that, despite claims to the contrary, national parliaments have the capacity and willingness to use their new powers to exercise a collective influence in EU affairs.
Published online: 1 April 2015; Article awarded with the 2015 PADEMIA Award for Outstanding Research on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/38246
Full-text via DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2015.1022569
ISSN: 1466-4429; 1350-1763
Keyword(s): Early warning mechanism European Union Monti II regulation National parliaments Subsidiarity
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