Regional Governance in the EU
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Regional Governance in the EU

Regions and the Future of Europe

Edited by Gabriele Abels and Jan Battke

The role of regions in the European Union has been frequently debated since the 1980s. This comprehensive book provides a thorough overview of the issue from a variety of perspectives, analysing regional governance and territorial dynamics in the EU and its member states. Focusing on the implications of the democratisation–regionalisation nexus, it argues that a ‘Europe with the regions’ may promote good governance and ameliorate the democratic deficits of the EU.
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Chapter 12: Regions and the parliamentarisation of EU governance: is the Early Warning System the solution?

Anna-Lena Högenauer


Regional parliaments were for a long time neglected in EU policy-making. The main way for them to try to influence EU legislation was to try to control their regional executive, which - in many cases - had only limited influence itself. The failed Draft Constitutional Treaty and later the Treaty of Lisbon changed the situation by allowing regional parliaments to participate in the new Early Warning System (EWS). The introduction of the EWS provided regional parliaments with new opportunities to engage with EU legislative proposals, and is seen to have the ability to empower regional parliaments in a number of ways. This study analyses to what extent regional parliaments make use of the EWS in practice. On the basis of an analysis of the reasoned opinions of regional parliaments from four member states the chapter argues that the impact of regions on the parliamentarisation of the EU is still limited.

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