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The Italian Parliament in the European Union

Edited by: Nicola Lupo, Giovanni Piccirilli

ISBN13: 9781509936670
Published: February 2020
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2017)
Price: £30.00
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"The Lisbon Treaty states that national Parliaments shall contribute to a better functioning of the EU. Can they really do it and therefore enrich the European democracy? How far can they extend their original sovereignty without distorting political responsibilities that should be geared upon the European Parliament? The authors analyze the experience of the Italian Parliament under the light of these crucial questions and their exhaustive answers are greatly helpful to the readers of all over Europe." Giuliano Amato, Judge of the Italian Constitutional Court.

This important new collection explores the role of the Italian Parliament in the Euro-national parliamentary system as an example of an increased role for national parliaments within the composite European constitutional order. It illustrates how parliamentary interactions within the European Union are highly systematic, with integrated procedures and mutual interdependence between the various institutions and stakeholders. The book argues that this dynamic is vital for both the functioning and the future equilibrium of democracy in the EU. This is significant, particularly given the challenges posed to democracy within the EU institutions and the Member States. Notwithstanding its peculiarities (a symmetrical bicameral system in which both Houses are directly elected, hold the same powers and are linked through a confidence relationship with the government), the Italian Parliament deserves specific attention as a lively active player of the European polity. The grid for its analysis proposed by this collection may also be applied to other national parliaments, so contributing to the development of comparative research in this field.

European Jurisdictions, EU Law, Italy
Introduction: The Italian Parliament and the New Role of National Parliaments in the European Union - Nicola Lupo and Giovanni Piccirilli
Part I: Italy Coping with the Process of European Integration
1. The Transformative Role of the Parliament in the Italian Experience - Pietro Falletta 2. The Role of the Italian Parliament in the Stipulation of International Treaties: Rise and Decline of the `Authorisation Model' - Giuliano Vosa 3. Formulating and Implementing EU Law and Policies: `Ascending' and `Descending' Phases and Beyond - Renato Ibrido 4. The Evolution of Italian Representation in the European Parliament: Electoral Laws, Systemic Effects and MPs' Characteristics - Alessandro Chiaramonte, Lorenzo De Sio and Vincenzo Emanuele
Part II: The Formation of the National Position in the EU
5. The Function of Scrutiny and Political Direction of the Government, Between Foreign Affairs and European Affairs - Giovanni Rizzoni 6. European Affairs within the Chamber of Deputies - Antonio Esposito 7. European Affairs within the Senate of the Republic - Davide A. Capuano 8. The Coordination with the Regional Councils - Cristina Fasone
Part III: The Italian Parliament in the `Euro-national' Parliamentary System
9. Procedures vis-a-vis the Commission: The Subsidiarity Scrutiny as a Way to `Reconnect' EU Democracy - Nicola Lupo 10. Procedures vis-a-vis the European Council and the Council: Approval, Delay and Veto Powers - Giovanni Piccirilli 11. Procedures vis-a-vis the European Parliament and the Other National Parliaments: Interparliamentary Cooperation - Elena Griglio 12. Procedures vis-a-vis the Court of Justice of the European Union: Ex Post Subsidiarity Scrutiny - Werner Vandenbruwaene 13. Procedures vis-a-vis the Institutions of the New Economic Governance - Massimo Nardini 14. Procedures vis-a-vis the `Masters of the Treaties': The Parliamentary Role in the Revision of the Treaties - Barbara Guastaferro
Part IV: The Italian Future in a European Perspective
15. Understanding the Impact of the Autonomy of National Legislatures on the EU Policy Process - Amie Kreppel 16. The Italian Symmetrical Bicameral System in EU Affairs - Maria Romaniello 17. The 2016 Attempted Reform of the Italian Senate in a European Perspective Luigi - Gianniti Conclusion: `Silent' Constitutional Transformations: The Italian Way of Adapting to the European Union - Nicola Lupo and Giovanni Piccirilli
Afterword: European Democracy and National Parliaments (Through the Prism of Matteo Renzi) - Peter L. Lindseth

Series: Parliamentary Democracy in Europe

Executive-Legislative (Im)balance in the European Union ISBN 9781509930005
To be published October 2020
Hart Publishing
Parliamentary Oversight of the Executives: Tools and Procedure in Europe ISBN 9781509925681
To be published September 2020
Hart Publishing
Interparliamentary Cooperation in the Composite European Constitution ISBN 9781509924424
Published September 2018
Hart Publishing
The Italian Parliament in the European Union (eBook) ISBN 9781782258742
Published October 2017
Hart Publishing
The Italian Parliament in the European Union ISBN 9781782258735
Published October 2017
Hart Publishing
Interparliamentary Cooperation in the Composite European Constitution (eBook) ISBN 9781782256984
Published March 2016
Hart Publishing