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European Parliament President Borrell seeks precise definition of competences

 

Subsidiarity control possible even without an EU constitution

The series of statements on the subject of “Subsidiarity and  proportionality: The role of parliaments" was opened by the President of the European Parliament, Josep Borrell Fontelles. The EU, he said, was in the process of creating a supranational democracy and was thus engaged in an experiment. Each individual institution would have to perform its duties during the creation of this supranational democracy.

Mr Borrell vigorously contradicted the accusations that the European Parliament was too powerful. He replied that by contrast with national parliaments, the European Parliament has no legislative initiative and was only able to draw up opinions on proposals from the Commission. According to Mr Borrell, European legislation also contributed added value because there could only be one joint answer to global problems. In so doing, one would naturally have to exercise great care.

The European Parliament President called for a more precise definition of the EU competences, although he conceded at the same time that sources of friction and shared competences would be unavoidable. However these questions should be solved politically and could on no account be decided by judges,  Mr Borrell emphasised. He also believed the countries had to devote themselves more to the question about what they had in common and therefore appealed for corresponding political commitment.

 

Date: 20.04.2006