VII United Kingdom - 1992
The agenda of the 7th COSAC in London on 10-11 November 1992 was determined by the general political situation in Europe at the time. The EC was shaken after a narrow majority of the Danish electorate had rejected the Maastricht Treaty in June, and an even narrower majority of the French electorate had voted in favour. The EC had launched a response to the ratification crisis: subsidiarity, openness and opt-outs became the basic formula that the heads of state or government would propose at the Edinburgh summit later the same year. COSAC therefore discussed the democratic deficit, especially the role of national parliaments and the European Parliament in ensuring democratic accountability in the Communities.