Schulz on collision course with Cameron over national parliaments’ role

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“The introduction of a ‘red card’ mechanism would significantly alter the constitutional equilibrium in the EU and transform national parliaments into a collective veto player that could block the European Commission’s legislative initiatives, said Valentin Kreilinger, a research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute.

Instead of a bigger house of cards with a new ‘red card’, the EU institutions and the other member states should concentrate their efforts on improving the current system, added Kreilinger.

“The Commission could promise to consider a yellow card more seriously – or, alternatively, the Council or European Parliament could make a political commitment to drop a Commission proposal if national parliaments oppose it – and the eight-week timeframe could be extended or interpreted in a slightly more flexible way,” he added.