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Pandemic will test parliamentary scrutiny in Europe

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Significance

Far-reaching law-making powers have been delegated to governments throughout Europe, which have engaged in unprecedented levels of public spending; the urgency posed by the pandemic made challenges from the courts less likely.

Impacts

  • Few parliaments will make reputational gains from the COVID-19 experience, levels of public trust being already low before the pandemic.
  • The distribution of public money for virus awareness campaigns has contributed to a trend of diminished media scrutiny in several countries.
  • The disruption provoked by COVID-19 will hasten legislatures’ digitalisation with remote voting, committee sessions and hearings.

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