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Title: The Maltese parliament and EU affairs
Authors: Harwood, Mark
Keywords: Europe -- Foreign relations -- Malta
Legislative bodies -- Malta
Malta -- Foreign relations -- Europe
Central-local government relations -- Malta
Issue Date: 2014-11
Publisher: Pademia
Citation: Harwood, M. (2014). The Maltese parliament and EU affairs. Online Papers on Parliamentary Democracy 1I/2014, 3-20.
Abstract: The Maltese Parliament has involved itself in EU affairs since 2003 when it established a system for monitoring the government’s EU negotiating position. This was complemented in 2010 with a system for managing the Early Warning Mechanism. However, Parliament’s involvement does not automatically imply an effective role and Malta manifests several of the limitations associated with Westminster, upon which it is based, as well as the specific characteristics associated with small legislatures. This paper analyses how the Parliament manages EU affairs, what factors limit that involvement and concludes by stating that calls for mainstreaming EU affairs in the parliament’s work are unlikely to bear fruit in the Maltese context because the factors determining the degree of involvement are diverse while the Maltese political system enjoys high levels of popular endorsement, suggesting that there are no incentives to recommend change.
ISBN: 978-94-91704-09-3
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