On Wednesday 18 May 2022, we welcomed Dr. Adina Akbik (Leiden University) for a presentation of the key findings from her monograph on The European Parliament as an Accountability Forum: Overseeing the Economic and Monetary Union (Cambridge University Press 2022).
Since the euro crisis, the European Parliament has new powers to scrutinise EU executive actors in the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). How do parliamentary committees exercise these powers in practice? This book provides the first in-depth empirical study of the European Parliament’s practices of legislative oversight in the EMU and its contribution to political accountability at the EU level. Building on an innovative analytical framework for the study of parliamentary questions and answers, the book sheds light on the European Parliament’s possibilities and limitations to hold EU executive bodies accountable more generally. The case studies cover the period from 2012 to 2019 and include the European Central Bank in banking supervision, the European Commission, the Eurogroup, and the Economic and Financial Affairs Council. The presentation provided an overview of the book’s structure, analytical framework, and key findings. The session was chaired by Professor Dr. Fabian Amtenbrink, and Dr. Menelaos Markakis acted as discussant.