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Subsidiarity control

 

Monitoring the application of the principle of subsidiarity

The national parliaments are given a greater role in the European decision-making process under the Constitutional Treaty, which introduces an "early warning mechanism". This means that national parliaments receive legislative proposals from the European Commission direct at the same time as the Council and European Parliament, and can examine whether these proposals infringe the principles of subsidiarity or proportionality.

 

Examination of legislative proposals by national parliaments

The Commission must review its legislative proposal if one third of national parliaments or chambers of a national parliament (for Austria: National Council, Federal Council) consider that the proposal does not comply with the principles of subsidiarity or proportionality. In addition - to the extent that their legal system so provides - Member States may take action before the Court of Justice of the European Union, on their own initiative or on behalf of their national parliament or one of its chambers, on grounds of infringement of these principles.

 

Date: 23.02.2006