09 Sep 2013

The ‘Lisbonisation’ of the European Parliament: Assessing progress, shortcomings and challenges for democratic accountability in the area of freedom, security and justice

Sergio Carrera / Nicholas Hernanz / Joanna Parkin

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This paper examines the performance of the European Parliament in EU AFSJ law and policy-making from the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty until the end of the first half of 2013. The paper situates the EP in the new post-Lisbon institutional setting, documenting its transition to ‘AFSJ decision-maker’, and its new powers to shape and make policy covering the EU’s internal and external security agenda. While the paper finds that the EP has become an active co-owner of the EU AFSJ post-Lisbon, with the Parliament demonstrating a dynamic adjustment to its new post-Lisbon role and powers, the authors identify a set of new developments and challenges that have arisen in the conduct of democratic accountability by the EP in the AFSJ since 2009, which call for critical reflection ahead of the new parliamentary term 2014-2019 and the post-2014 phase of the EU’s AFSJ.

Dr. Sergio Carrera, Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Justice and Home Affairs Section at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Nicholas Hernanz, Research Assistant, Justice and Home Affairs Section, CEPS and Joanna Parkin, Researcher, Justice and Home Affairs Section, CEPS.