National parliaments are in any case represented in the institutions: through the Council of Ministers. If the Council met in public or, at the least, published its agendas and minutes, national parliaments could perform their controlling role more effectively through this channel.
If we are serious about making the Community subject to democratic control, we must enhance the rights of the European Parliament - not at the expense of national parliaments but at the expense of the other institutions. Two crucial reforms could achieve this: first, the European Parliament could elect the Commission; second, the European Parliament could be the equal of the Council of Ministers in making European laws.
This would be a balanced, democratic constitutional settlement: the establishment of a European parliamentary democracy with limited but effective powers.
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