chapter  3
20 Pages

Interparliamentary cooperation within Europe

ByCHRISTINA BENGTSON

In recent years national parliaments have gained an ever-greater prominence in the discussion of Europe’s future. National-level support for decisions made in the Council is necessary for these decisions to be legitimate.1 The lack of national-level support contributes to the ‘double democratic deficit’2 and has supported the notion that the democratic deficit cannot be eradicated by parliamentarization at the European level alone. It has become recognized that national level actors, especially national parliaments, must become involved in European matters – at both the national and European levels.