Making Sense of Subsidiarity and the Early Warning Mechanism – A Constitutional Dialogue? (2014:9epa)


Through the Lisbon Treaty, the national parliaments were entrusted with the task of reviewing proposals of EU legislation in the light of the principle of subsidiarity, a task which in the special protocol on subsidiarity is called the Early Warning Mechanism. In this analysis the author argues that the review should be seen as a constitutional dialogue and not as a narrow legal control.

This publication is part of SIEPS´ project The Constitutional Development of the European Union.

Jörgen Hettne is a Senior Researcher in Law and Acting Director at SIEPS. He is also Associate Professor of EU Law at Lund University.