With or without Lisbon: continuous institutional change in the EU

WP 2 – Constitutional politics 

WP 2 events

Amsterdam, 15-16 May 2009


Organised by Ben Crum, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Venue: Felix Meritis, Amsterdam


Workshop summary (D46) (pdf)


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This workshop is to reflect upon the potential of institutional change that has emerged in the shadow of the attempts to move to a new Treaty. It does so by focussing on three sets of institutions: the European Parliament, the role of national parliaments in the EU architecture, and the European and national courts.

Workshop outline

List of participants (download pdf)


The workshop is organised within RECON’s WP 2 – The Constitutionalisation of the EU, the Europeanisation of National Constitutions, and Constitutionalism Compared. Read more on the research objectives of WP 2 and on the overall research objectives of RECON.


Programme (12.05.2009)

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Friday, 15 May 2009  


Welcome and introduction
Chair: Ben Crum

Europe’s challenge: reconstituting Europe or reconstituting democracy? | paper (log-in required)
Erik O. Eriksen and John Erik Fossum, ARENA, University of Oslo

Plan of the workshop
Ben Crum, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam




Session I: The European Parliament: Getting Closer to the People?

European integration and the powers of the European Parliament: (better) theory and (better) evidence | paper (log-in required) (co-author Rebecca Welge)
Berthold Rittberger, University of Mannheim

Strength in numbers? An evaluation of the 2004-2009 European Parliament | paper (log-in required)
Sarah Hageman, European Policy Centre, Brussels

Discussant: Gary Marks, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam/UNC Chapel Hill 


Coffee break


Session II: National Parliaments in EU Affairs 

The gatekeepers of European integration? The functions of national parliaments in the EU political system | paper (log-in required)
Tapio Raunio, University of Tampere

The rights of national parliaments in EU affairs: much ado abouth nothing – at least in Austria? | paper (log-in required)
Johannes Pollak, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna

Politicising EU decision-making and national parliaments: the case of the Services Directive | paper (log-in required)
Eric Miklin, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

National parliaments in EU affairs: an East-European perspective | paper (log-in required)
Petra Guasti and Zdenka Mansfeldová, Academy of Sciences, Prague

Discussant: Jan-Jacob van Dijk, Parliament of the Netherlands, Chair of the Joint Subsidiarity Committee


Conference dinner

Saturday, 16 May 2009  


Keynote speech

Continuous institutional reform in the EU
Adrienne Héritier, European University Institute, Florence


Coffee break


Session III: Legal Constitutionalisation Despite the Failure of the Lisbon Treaty?

National courts and the ratification of EU Treaties
Carlos Closa, CSIC, Madrid

Incorporating primacy in the Treaties: would it make a difference?
Julio Baquero Cruz, Center for Political and Constitutional Studies, Madrid

The constitutionalisation of EU administrative law
Deirdre Curtin, University of Amsterdam

Discussant: Michael Dougan, University of Liverpool




Session IV: Is There a Future for EU Constitution-Making?

Is the EU better off without formal constitution-making? | paper (log-in required)
Ben Crum, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Can EU constitution-making be avoided?
Renaud Dehousse, Sciences Po, Paris

The constitutional path of the European political project: lessons from Laeken and Lisbon | paper (log-in required) 
John Erik Fossum, ARENA, University of Oslo and Agustín José Menéndez, University of León

A postfunctionalist theory of European integration: from permissive consensus to constraining dissensus | paper (log-in required)
Gary Marks, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam/UNC Chapel Hill and Liesbet Hooghe, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Discussant: Thomas Christiansen, EiPA/ University of Maastricht


Drinks and buffet dinner (optional)



For more information, please contact Ben Crum (co-leader WP 2) or Danique Karamat-Ali (research assistant)