The European Union ( Eu )

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The European Union (EU) legislation has gone through evolution through many treaties in order to establish a better democratic legitimacy of its legislative procedure. It has been discussed that the core elements of democratic legitimacy can be found in two dimensions, the input-dimension and the output-dimension. The input-dimensions focuses more on citizens’ rights and possibilities for participation and contestation, and their right to elect their own representatives. Besides that, the input-dimension also described that in order for democratic legitimacy to be achieved, the representatives within the EU must be accountable through transparent procedures of election and government in the representative in the system that must be in accordance to the rules of law. The system should also stick to the ideal system of the separation of powers. The output-dimension further demonstrated that decisions taken by the representative should satisfy the majority of the represented rather than satisfying personal or minority interests.

On the other hand, there has been many debates as to whether the Treaty of Lisbon has managed to enhance the democratic legitimacy of the EU legislative procedure over the years. Before the Treaty of Lisbon took place, decisions upon agreeing on a proposed legislation was made only between the Council and the Parliament through a co-decision procedure. A legislation cannot be adopted if it was opposed by the Parliament. However, the Treaty of Lisbon…

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