EuG-Urteil zur Europäischen Bürgerinitiative: Gut für Bürgerbeteiligung, zu spät für "Stop TTIP"

Am 10. Mai 2017 hat das Europäische Gericht (EuG) eine Entscheidung zur Europäischen Bürgerinitiative (EBI) getroffen, die Grundsatzcharakter hat. Das Urteil stärkt die Bedeutung der EBI und sichert eine weite Auslegung. Und es ermöglicht die frühe Anwendung einer EBI, die bei internationalen Vertragsverhandlungen eine Einflussnahme noch in diesem Stadium gestattet.

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Why the British demands on national parliaments must be resisted

Six years ago today, the Treaty of Lisbon came into force, introducing an early warning system for national parliaments concerned with the principle of subsidiarity. UK Prime Minister David Cameron has called for more incisive rights of national parliaments to block EU legislation. The UK government, which normally preens itself on its flexibility and pragmatism, is trying to impose a one-size-fits-all approach on national parliaments, ignoring their very different mandates, powers, practices, timetables and levels of political interest and staff support. The fact is that waving subsidiarity cards is the least important EU function of national parliaments.

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