Legitimacy of EU policies: perspectives for the new legislature
The Embassy of the Netherlands in Berlin, with the support of Europäische Bewegung Deutschland, kindly invites you to a panel discussion on: „Legitimacy of EU policies: Perspectives for a new legislature“.
The European Union nowadays faces substantive challenges. It is therefore of crucial importance that the European Union enjoys sufficient legitimacy in the eyes of European citizens and that it is perceived as a democratic layer of government. There has been much debate on the political legitimacy of the EU and in some member states a European democratic deficit is discussed. In the Netherlands, the issue of legitimacy has been subject of lively debate for a number of years. Also in Germany critical voices exist.
During the European Parliaments elections last year, euro-critical parties gained remarkable victories. With the start of a new European legislature, issues of legitimacy will be an important challenge for the European institutions. Particularly the position and the role of the national parliaments is an important aspect of this debate. Are national parliaments sufficiently involved in the European decision making process? Which solutions can be found at the national and European level? What role should the European institutions play, especially the European Commission and the European Parliament? These and other questions will be addressed during the panel discussion.
- René Leegte is a member of the Dutch Parliament for the VVD liberal party and was rapporteur for democratic legitimacy in Europe to the Dutch Parliament in 2013/2014. He is the author of the report “Ahead in Europe. On the role of the Dutch House of Representatives and national parliaments in the European Union”.
- Gunther Krichbaum is a member of the German Bundestag for the CDU party. He is the Chairman of the Bundestag’s Committee on the Affairs of the European Union since 2007.
- Deirdre Curtin is Professor of European Law at the University of Amsterdam and Director of the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG). She is currently (2014-2015) a Regular Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. Her research focuses on the growth of EU executive power and its public accountability.
- Moderator: Dr. Nicolai von Ondarza is Deputy Head of the Research Division EU/Europe at the prominent think-tank Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik. His research focusses especially on the principles of European integration and the EU institutions.