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The European Parliament as a political institution:

The past, present and future of Europe's democratic legislature

Tuesday 13 July 2021 | 13:30 - 15:00 hours


This EPRS Book Talk looks at an important new volume in Italian on the history, role, powers and values of the European Parliament - the directly-elected branch of the European Union political system and the only elected transnational law-making body in the world. The author, Professor Giacomo Di Federico of Bologna University, will talk about his book and why he wrote it, and be joined by a panel of parliamentarians and academics, who will reflect together about the past, present and future of the Parliament as a political institution. The title of the text - ‘Alla (ri)scoperta del Parlamento europeo: 1979-2019’ or ‘Re-discovering the European Parliament: 1979-2019’ - is designed to draw attention to the often-ignored uniqueness of the Parliament and its 'added value' in the EU system, in not only advancing a positive European agenda, but in offering a citizens' input into the European political process and in holding the executive to account.




Professor Giacomo DI FEDERICO, Professor of EU Law, Department of Legal Studies, University of Bologna

Elisabetta GUALMINI, MEP, Member of EP Committees on Budgets, and Employment and Social Affairs; Professor, University of Bologna; former President of Istituto Cattaneo

Sandro GOZI, MEP, Member of EP Committees on Internal Market, and Consumer Protection, and Constitutional Affairs

Martin WESTLAKE, Former Secretary General, EESC; Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges, and LSE; author of ‘A Modern Guide to the EP’

Eleanor SPAVENTA, Professor of European Union Law, Bocconi Law School, Milan

Moderation by Gaby UMBACH, Part-time Professor, Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute (EUI)