• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Democratic Deficit in the EU.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Democratic Deficit in the EU The European Union continues to play a vital role in domestic areas of policy, but many people, however, still perceive the union as being 'distant' and believe the EU has little involvement and influence. The European Parliament is the only body which they have any control over and is by far the weakest. In my opinion the European Parliament can never make the Union democractic, because the average voter will always relate to his or her national political institutions more favourably as important decisions are seen to be taken behind 'closed doors'. The EU seems distant to most people, all the citizens can do is to vote for their MEP every few years who then sits in a parliament of around 600 people. The MEP in question does not have much say in what is going on. The main problem is that the EU Commission takes many important decisions even though none of its members are elected (they are chosen by individuals states). ...read more.

Middle

* Conducts external relations on behalf of the EU member states. * Manages the EU's budget. Dinan describes it as a "strategic authority established by the founding fathers to 'guarantee continuity of the integration project despite the political or geopolitical hazards' In a general sense "democracy" indicates a method by which society exercises influence on the process of governmental issues. According to Craig (2003) different features can be distinguished concerning the democracy argument: * 'distance issue': The assumption commonly made is that if the EU did not exist then matters within its capabilities would be dealt with at national level. Decesions would them be made closer to people hence alleviating this problem and parliaments would have greater control. * 'executive dominance issue': The integration process enhances the power of the (Council and Commission). This is because of the dominance of the Council as well as the European Council in the decision-making process of the EC. ...read more.

Conclusion

All of which must work together and be properly equipped and funded to do their jobs. The EU defines the rule of law as a constitutional system whereby the different organs of the state are aligned and limited in such a way that the state cannot illegally infringe on a citizen's rights. In this area EU law itself provides no specific parameters for the necessary reforms; in other words, with regard to the rule of law, acquis communautaire does not exist. www.cilc.nl/focus SUBSIDIARY The general description of the term subsidiary is not about transferring powers from central to national, regional and local level according to the Commission. Many suggest that the term is used by those who want to believe that the Commission is interested in giving powers to lower levels of decision making, although proposals show that this is not the case. The principle of subsidiary is described as a "non-starter" for distribution of powers between EU-level and national level. There are no proposals for how the principle could be put into practice, except the possibility of introducing "control procedures" to ensure compliance with the principles of "subsidiarity". ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level European Union section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level European Union essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    ‘The main democratic deficit in the European Union is psychological, not institutional.’ Discuss.

    4 star(s)

    The EU feels remote to the average citizen, a feeling that breeds scepticism towards it. This is combined with a lack of referendums to gauge public opinion on important issues. Indeed, in January 1999 not one of the eleven countries that joined the single currency held referendums on the issue.

  2. A clear explanation of key underpinning economic theories relevant to the EU.

    Living standards A part of the social policy is the social charter, which was implemented in 1989 to improve the lives of the European citizens. The social charter included these main parts: *The right to freedom of movement *The right to employment and remuneration *The right to improved working and

  1. To What Extent Does the EU Display a 'Democratic Deficit'?

    The use of PR systems raises the further problem of manifestos and mandates. Because one party on its own does not have a majority, it is difficult to decide which policies from which elected parties should be carried through by the European Parliament.

  2. Is there a democratic deficit in the EU? What are its implications and how ...

    a 'good kicking' during European elections, as seen in the UK, Spain and France, rather than vote on a broad manifesto of ideas. This is fuelled further by MEPs campaigning on local issues rather than European ones. The MEPs are divided along political, nation and regional lines, making it very unclear who they are representing.

  1. It is often said that the EU suffers from a democratic deficit".What is meant ...

    Those who argue that the EU suffers from a democratic deficit often attribute this to the inadequacies in the functioning of the major institutions involved in the EU. The Council of Ministers, which is one half of the EU's bicameral legislature (the other half being the European Parliament)

  2. Is a steady retreat from democracy a

    and insufficient education through publicity; this basically means people didn't know who to vote for and didn't feel their vote would really change anything anyway. With such a low turnout it is impossible to view MEPs as being truly representative of the citizens of their Nation States; Jason Kitkat (2004)

  1. To what extent is there a democratic deficit in the EU?

    The very complexity of the legislative procedures also means that it is virtually impossible for even experts to understand them. In addition much of the decision making takes place behind closed doors. They have also targeted European elections as decentralised, apathetic affairs.

  2. In view of the limits on the powers of the European Parliament it isoften ...

    My first reason for agreeing with the democratic flaw is based on the distribution of seats in the European Parliament. Members of European Parliament according to each member state are determined largely on population; the number of MEP's of a member state should reflect the population, however this is not exactly the case.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work