Accountability in EU Economic Governance: European Commissioners in Polish Parliament

Open Access Journal | ISSN: 2183-2463

Article | Open Access

Accountability in EU Economic Governance: European Commissioners in Polish Parliament


  • Tomasz P. Woźniakowski Hertie School, Germany


Full Text   PDF (free download)
Views: 379 | Downloads: 185


Abstract:  This article analyses the interactions between the members of the Polish parliament with the European commissioners in the context of the European Semester, the annual cycle of economic coordination. The Commission drafts crucial documents in this process which assess the implementation of the Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs): the Annual (Sustainable) Growth Survey and the Country Reports. The goal of this article is to assess how the Commission is held to account by a national parliament and how this affects the level of implementation of CSRs. The findings suggest that the Commission is accountable to this national parliament, even if the form of accountability taken is rather innovative and its policy impact limited, at both the EU (the CSRs tend to be immune to Members of [national] Parliament’s contestation) and the national level, as the implementation of CSRs seems to be independent of the level of their scrutiny.

Keywords:  CSRs; European Semester; EU accountability; EU economic governance; national parliaments; Sejm

Published:   13 August 2021


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v9i3.4335


© Tomasz P. Woźniakowski. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction of the work without further permission provided the original author(s) and source are credited.