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18:30 - 20:00 12 October 2015

National Parliaments and the EU


Cruciform B404 - LT2 | Cruciform Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Klaus Welle, Secretary General of the European Parliament
Charles Grant, Director of the Centre for European Reform
Lord Boswell, Chairman of the House of Lords’ EU Select Committe
Chair: Prof Albert Weale, Emeritus Professor of Political Theory and Public

Strengthening the role of national parliaments is one central demand in the UK’s agenda in re-negotiating the terms of its EU membership. In addition, Parliament’s control over EU decision making promises to be an important battleground of debate in the referendum campaign. The House of Lords EU Committee published an important report on the question in March 2014.

A common claim is that national parliamentarians have a better sense of the citizens’ concerns than their counterparts in the European Parliament, and should therefore play a greater role in EU decision-making. But would this improve democratic control?


UCL European Institute
+44 (0)20 7679 8737 | european.institute@ucl.ac.uk


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