Implementing Lisbon: narrowing the democratic deficit?

Janis A. Emmanouilidis, Corina Stratulat

EPC Policy Brief

Brussels 03/2010

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Now that the Lisbon Treaty has been in force for three months, this Policy Brief by Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Corina Stratulat assesses how far it can help to overcome the EU’s alleged democratic deficit. The authors conclude that the measures it contains: strengthening the European Parliament, enhancing the role of national parliaments or introducing direct democracy in the form of the ‘citizens’ initiative’ can improve the quality of democracy in the EU but only if the Member States are willing and able to demonstrate the value added of the ‘new EU’ to its citizens.

The EPC Policy Brief was published on 9 March 2010 and can also be found on the EPC website. See here


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