Valentin Kreilinger, Research Fellow Politics and Institutions at Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute,
speaks at the seminar on “Parliamentarism in European Economic Governance” organised by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) and the European Policy Institutes Network (EPIN) in Helsinki on 31 January 2014.
The approaching elections for European
Parliament will be undoubtedly shaped by the ongoing financial and economic crisis
that affects a significant part of European electorate. Even if the competences in the economic
policies are still largely in the hands of national governments and
parliaments, the recent changes in the European economic governance suggest
that the marco-economic policy choices will feature high on the election
agendas and debates. For the first time the outcome of the election might
determine who will lead the European Commission for the upcoming years.
Meanwhile, the parliaments role in the new system of European Economic
Governance is still in development. Relatedly, populist and Eurosceptic
political movements with diverse political agendas have advanced in many member
states and will shape the election. What
will be the main themes of the elections? What kind of parliament is currently
in the making? And what will the implications of the elections on the EU
political system and its policies?