EU-parlamentet efter Lissabonfördraget
2010/07/13 4 kommentarer
BBC har ibland (till skillnad från svenska media) riktiga nyheter som är läsvärda, deras artikel ”Viewpoints: European Parliament powers” är tex värd att läsa. Det är intervjuer med ett antal MEPs om vad de anser om parlamentets nya makt och några kommentarer tycker jag belyser den nuvarande problematiken väldigt tydligt.
Lothar Bisky (Germany), head of left-wing GUE/NGL group
With the Lisbon Treaty in force there has been a lot of talk in the European Parliament about its increased power in decision making – it’s just that: talk.
Parliament is actally not acting on its supposed new powers. Of course it has flexed its muscles to bring about some positive results, such as the rejection of the Swift agreement in February. But in the new vote on Swift [on 8 July] it has certainly shown its unwillingness to defend European citizens.
Without question, deals are being made behind the scenes. There are both advantages and drawbacks to this. If too many deals are being made behind closed doors it is a threat to transparency and democracy.
Rebecca Harms (Germany), Greens/EFA
Under the treaties MEPs are more powerful now, but we still have to develop and fight for our role.
In the Swift debate MEPs showed that the parliament can even stop an international negotiation on such a matter. But in the end MEPs behaved suprisingly weakly – in the second-round vote there wasn’t really a discussion of the compromise.
It was as if some children had behaved badly and after some serious meetings with the grandparents the children decided ‘OK, we’ve gone far enough this time’.
Jag hoppas parlamentet växer in i sin nya roll snart…