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Summer Program "Parliamentary Democracy in Europe"

Summer Program "Parliamentary Democracy in Europe"

11th Edition

Transparency and parliamentary accountability between the EU and its Member States

11-15 July 2022 

 Luiss School of Government, Rome

Course to be held on campus

This summer program applies research-based knowledge and professional expertise to the study of the policies and measures tailored to enhance or, rather, limit (directly or indirectly) transparency and accountability both in the EU system of government and in the constitutional systems of the Member States. In particular, the increasing complexity of the institutional framework at both levels of government and the strong interdependence between them, on the one hand, trigger a problem of access to information and effective control of Euro-national decision-making processes, especially in the most sensitive areas like the EU external action and the economic and fiscal governance. On the other hand, a delicate balance should be found between institutional openness and democratic accountability and effectiveness of the policy-making particularly where fundamental rights and rule of law values are concerned. In addition to this, the course also intends to investigate the theory and practice of secrecy in the EU, in light of the long-standing discourse on the alleged detachment between supranational institutions and European citizens.

The program aims to explore the tension between democratic principles and secrecy and lack of transparency at national and European level, given the difficulty shown by representative institutions in dealing with those issues. Various institutions, with their specific configurations and sets of functions, are expected to ensure different levels of transparency. However, the executive dominance and the increasing influence of governmental and intergovernmental institutions makes it difficult for Parliaments to put in place effective accountability procedures in such a context. At the same time, Parliaments themselves are not immune to the allegation of not being transparent enough, given the legal framework and the practice of lobbying in a multilevel context.

This programme has been co-financed by the European Commission through EACEA (the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency), as a Jean Monnet Module (2016-2019) on Parliamentary Accountability and Technical Expertise: Budgetary Powers, Information and Communication Technologies and Elections (PATEU) and as a Jean Monnet Module (2012-2015) on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe (PADE).

This intensive summer course is organized in cooperation with:

Participants who are or have been affiliated to Luiss Guido Carli University or one of the partners will receive a discount of 10% on the fees.