OPAL - Observatory of Parliaments after the Lisbon Treaty

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OPAL Project Description

This project is a response to a joint call within the Open Research Area in Europe for the Social Sciences by the Research Councils of Germany, France the UK and the Netherlands (ANR-DFG- ESRC-NWO). The project constitutes a joint endeavour of the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Paris), University of Cologne, Cambridge University and Maastricht University.

Research theme

The role of national parliaments in European integration is a topical issue in current political and academic debates. The Treaty of Lisbon significantly expands the influence of national parliaments in EU policy-making. To this end, the new treaty has introduced “Provisions on Democratic Principles” stipulating that “national parliaments contribute actively to the good functioning of the Union”.

Very little research has been done on the question of how these institutional reforms and new legal stipulations actually impact on the role of national parliaments in EU affairs in practice. This joint project addresses this gap and for the first time gathers comprehensive data on parliamentary involvement in EU affairs across all 27 Member States.

It will carry out in-depth research on four specific issues:

For the kind of qualitative work that we do, see here.

The following case studies will form a substantial part of the qualitative research:

For the kind of quantitative empirical work that we do, see here.

Our core collective publications will be:

Our online paper series aims to publish work in progress on the role of National Parliaments in the European Union after Lisbon. To view the current working papers in our series please click here. The full text of these papers can be downloaded in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.


The OPAL consortium

Associated members:

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