The European Parliament and the negotiation of the Multiannual Financial Framework
Parlament Europejski a negocjacje nad Wieloletnią Perspektywą Finansową
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The paper examines the role of the European Parliament in the process of adopting the MFF for 2014–2020. Th is particular case is attention-worthy for at least two reasons: firstly, it demonstrates the actual political role of the EP in relation to fiscal policy, where this institution’s power is much weaker than in other regulatory matters. Secondly, it illustrates the role of the EP during a period of economic crisis, and therefore at a time when the impact of the intergovernmental factor on European policy was much increased. In doing so, the author will verify three hypotheses. The first is that although the legislative competences of the EP are rising steadily, this does not mean that the relative power of this institution is also on the ascent, i.e. to a comparison with intergovernmental institutions. Secondly, the author is to consider whether the activity of the EP is not primarily used for the purposes of political legitimisation and marketing. Thirdly, he is to verify the claim that the EP is a platform for the development of supranational elites.
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