This book offers a comprehensive systematic analysis of the European Union’s Early Warning System (EWS) for subsidiarity, which was introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon. The book includes both a detailed theoretical analysis of the EWS as well as an assessment of how national parliaments have responded to EU legislative proposals under the system. Philipp Kiiver explores whether the EWS could function as a mechanism of legal accountability offering a partial remedy to the European Union’s much-discussed accountability deficit. The Early Warning System for the Principle of Subsidiarity provides an overview of the historical developments of national parliamentary involvement in the EU and also considers the broader implications of the EWS, including its relationship to democracy and legitimacy.
The book will be of particular interest to academics and students of EU Law, Constitutional Law and Political Science.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. National Parliaments in the European Union 3.The Institutional and Procedural Logic of the Early Warning System 4. The Material Scope of the EWS: Subsidiarity and Other Criteria 5. The EWS as an Accountability Mechanism 6. The EWS as Legal Review: National Parliaments as Councils of State 7. National Parliaments in the Constitutional Reality of the Early Warning System
Philipp Kiiver is an associate professor of European and comparative constitutional law at Maastricht University. He obtained his law degree (2003) and his PhD (2005) from Maastricht, and specializes in international parliamentary studies. He is the co-author of an introduction to comparative constitutional law and has published several books and articles on the role of national parliaments in the European Union.