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September 22, 2010 【Seminar / Symposium / Lecture】

Pre-Seminar Report: EU and Federalism

As part of a pre-seminar series preceding the establishment of the Joint Graduate School on EU Studies, Dr. Martyn de Bruyn of Northeastern Illinois University led a seminar entitled "The EU and Federalism" on July 22nd, 2010.

Is EU integration essentially federalism or associationism? This issue, one of the classical debates concerning EU integration, is currently returning to the forefront. This is because as EU integration progresses, the control of the EU by citizens has been weakening, leading to what has been called a deficit in democracy. How should this situation be addressed? One method is to strengthen the authority of the European Parliament. This supra-nationalistic solution, however, is problematic because the authority of the European Parliament is weak in the policy-making sphere. Another method is to strengthen the role of each country's parliament according to the principle of complimentarity.

Dr. de Bruyn's report invited numerous questions from many attendees, including visiting scholars and faculty members, as well as graduate students. An active discussion followed the talk, and the seminar was a productive experience for all involved.


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