26 July 2018
Frans Timmermans’ subsidiarity proposals do not go far enough to address the EU’s democratic deficit.
Davor Jancic, Lecturer in Law at Queen Mary, assesses the report published on 10 July 2018 by a European Commission: ‘Taskforce on Subsidiarity, Proportionality and Doing Less More Efficiently’.
He argues that the proposals, though helpful, do not go far enough in addressing the democratic deficit that exists in the integration process.
He writes: “Being a Commission Taskforce, much of its recommendations seek to fine-tune the internal workings of the Commission. Yet a wider, more visionary approach to reform would have been preferable to politicise the public discussion on the future of the Union.”