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The role of a national parliament of an EU member state - the case of the Slovene National Assembly

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
5.06.00  Social sciences  Political science   

Code Science Field
S170  Social sciences  Political and administrative sciences 
Keywords
National parliament, European union, government, supranational institutions, democratic deficit, transfer of the execution of sovereign rights, competences in decision making, legislative process, common policies, implementation of decisions, parliamentary control
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (3)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  20416  PhD Milan Balažic  Political science  Researcher  2004  320 
2.  19647  PhD Vladimir Prebilič  Educational studies  Researcher  2004 - 2007  606 
3.  02472  PhD Drago Zajc  Political science  Head  2004 - 2007  456 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0582  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences  Ljubljana  1626957  40,366 
Abstract
The European Union is a particular supranational organization, which is hardly to be compared with the institutions on the national level or with federal institutions since it has not been based on the principle of division of power. Its organization can be labelled as a kind of ''executive federalism''. Though national parliaments have an important function in securing the influence of nation states in the process of decision making on the level of the EU (primarely through their governments). As well, their activity is contributing to the diminishing of the ''democratic deficite''. Their role depends on a number od factors, among them especially on the actual relationship between the parliaments and the government as determined in the constitution and in special law on this relationship in the case when the government participates in the EU decision making. On the other side it depends on the internal organization of the parliament determining its overall efficiency and the position and competences of a special committee dealing with the EU matters, designed to control the government. Finally, it depends on the capacity of the MPs to understand the ''European'' matters as internal or domestic and of parliamentary groups to prepare clear and unambigious positions which may be regarded as general instructions or binding positions for the government in the course of negotiations. Member countries, especially smaller, have in their parliaments important vehicles for promotion of their interests in the process of european policy making. Considering the experiences of other parliaments of smaller member states (Danemark, Sweden, Finland and Austria) it is possible to expect, that the Slovene National Assembly will will be active and able to participate in the process of EU decision making in spite of some particular limitations ragarding its size.
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