chapter  12
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The role of the Hungarian National Assembly in EU policy- making after accession to the Union: a mute witness or a true controller?


For a country that regained its sovereignty after 45 years of communist dictatorship, an important question should be how to preserve sovereignty in the future, not least when that country decides to join a new political and economic grouping. The use of the conditional tense here is deliberate: in Hungary, as in other new European Union (EU) member states, there is general support for EU membership, though meaningful discussion of the sovereignty dilemma has hardly ever taken place. It is against this background that arrangements have been put in place in the Hungarian National Assembly for the oversight and scrutiny of executive action in EU policy-making.