UDC 341.217.04(4-672 EU)
Biblid: 1451-3188, 14 (2015)
Vol. 15, No 51, pp. 22-33

Оriginal article
Received: 01 Jan 1970
Accepted: 01 Jan 1970


Petković Petar (Институт за међународну политику и привреду, Београд), petar@diplomacy.bg.ac.rs

The enlargement policy was not without influence on the structural and political changes in the European Union. The most obvious example of the EU enlargement is the European Parliament which, from its beginnings to the last enlargement in 2013, increased its plenum by more than 600 delegates. Over time, the European Parliament has increased its role in the decision-making process in the EU too. From advisory positions, up to the co-decision procedure with the European Council, the European Parliament has become an indispensable institution in creation of the EU policy. The greater powers given to the Parliament opened the question of its responsibilities, especially in the context of the voting of newcomers parliamentarians from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.Open doubts about the possibility of political and party cohesion disturbance have addressed the European Parliament’s detailed role in the EU’s enlargement policy. Whilst the new members of Parliament came from the post-communist countries, the balance of the division by party groups is not disrupted. The parliamentary system has been able to direct individual interests in the direction of making traditional political coalitions within the European Parliament.

Keywords: European Parliament, enlargement policy, party cohesion, postcommunist countries, the resolution of the European Parliament, political groups