Tuesday, 14 September 2004

Myth of the week: The European Union is democratically controlled; Part I – The Council of Ministers

In answer to the charge that “Europe is undemocratic and that power lies with unelected, faceless bureaucrats,” the UK Representation of the European Commission is fond of reminding us that

The most powerful decision-making body, the Council of Ministers, is responsible through its members to parliaments and electorates in every EU country.

Furthermore, it states, “Each country decides how to make its ministers accountable.”