Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 04/2013

From EMU to DEMU: The Democratic Legitimacy of the EU and the European Parliament

Andreas Maurer

April 2013

Istituto Affari Internazionali


Given the EU's legal and institutional structure, the European Parliament (EP) is in a weak position to fully participate in the governance of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). The Eurozone crisis did not alter this situation. Instead, the European Council and the Eurogroup gained many new, discretionary powers without being bound by any kind of uniform, coordinated or reliable control mechanism of the European Parliament. Overall, the parliamentary dimension of the EU's democracy deficit has been intensified. This paper explores ways to bring the European Parliament back into the reformed EMU governance framework.