Policy Paper 10/03/2023

The Parliamentarization of the European Commission

This policy paper aims at providing food for thought on possibles ways for the further democratisation and federalisation of the European Union.

The average EU citizen does not always comprehend the complexity of division of powers between the institutions of the European Union. For instance, the appointment of the European Commission’s President the and College of Commissioners does not reflect the approach of direct democracy, used for electing the Members of the European Parliament. This is why, the process of appointed representatives can be perceived as less democratic compared to direct elections. Using the basic premises of parliamentary democracies, this suggests a reform of the Commission that according to the author, would help its further democratic legitimacy.

This publication is produced by VISIO with the support of the European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP). Co-funded by the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union and ENoP.

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