MEPs back call for greater checks on the EU by national parliaments

The European Parliament have approved a report written by Sajjad Karim, which advocates more powers for the national parliaments of member states to have a greater say on EU legislation.

Additional checks will ensure that the EU legislates only on areas that are not best left to Member States and that the legislation is fit for purpose as well as proportionate.

 MEPs voted 545 to 25 in favour of adopting Sajjad’s report which effectively cuts red tape reducing the “democratic deficit” within the EU, echoing the concerns of many member states.

The proposals, put forward by Sajjad are the culmination of 2 years work on a key area of concern, not just in the UK in the run up to the Referendum, but to many other national governments.

Commenting Sajjad said: “I am delighted that MEPs across Europe have once again supported measures to give national parliaments a greater ability to check the EU’s work.

“ECR Group MEPs are leading the way in reforming the EU and reducing the democratic deficit. My report supports this reform agenda by promoting a greater respect for national parliaments.”

“The EU should only act when it wouldn’t be better left to the national or regional level. My report underlines that it must also be sure that its actions do not create an unnecessary burden on small or medium sized businesses, or damage competitiveness and if this is the case that they should be withdrawn. In order to have the most effective legislation, national parliaments must be able to give their opinion on proportionality, not just subsidiarity.

“The EU should not be afraid of working with national parliaments as it ultimately makes for better, more response legislation.”

Other proposals included in the Report are:

* Extend the time limit for national parliaments to submit opinions on whether action is best left to Member States

* An evaluation of the number of parliaments needed to trigger a yellow card – calling for legislation to be review

* The European Commission to automatically check its proposals does not create an unnecessary burden on businesses and competitiveness