The European Council And The Council Of Ministers

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Essay: ‘The European Council and the Council of Ministers are the best way to ensure democracy in the EU.’ Do you agree? Illustrate your answer with examples. A democratic legislature requires law-makers to be elected by its citizens and present as their representatives. The significance of democratic values in the EU governance. The democratic foundations of the EU have been defined in the Treaty of Lisbon – democratic equality, representative democracy and participatory democracy. Throughout the last few decades, series of constitutional reforms have been done with the aim to mitigate democratic deficit and to enhance the democratic legitimacy and authority of the European Council and Council of Ministers. However, due to their…show more content…
The doctrine of representative democracy is, prima facie, manifested in the representation of this intergovernmental institution. However, this is insufficient to determine whether it achieve democracy better in the EU. Although it provides political backbone to the general direction and priorities of the EU and maintain its crucial importance in the EU policy-making process, its influence to the upholding of democracy in the EU is relatively minor in comparison to the Council of Ministers. Unlike the Council of Ministers, the European Council does not exercise legislative functions. This restriction has not only prevented the European Council to intervene the law-making process, but also restrained it from redressing the democratic deficit emerged within the legislative bodies. Ultimately, it can be deduced that the European Council is not the best way to achieve democracy in the EU. The Council of Ministers With its significant legislative functions, the Council has regrettably received wide range of critics regarding its democratic deficits. Certain attempts to transfer its legislative powers have been implemented. For example, the joint legislative procedure was established as the ordinary legislative procedure by the Treaty of Lisbon. It was designed to decentralise the legislative power and transfer it to the European Parliament, which is directly voted by
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