Scheinin, Martin (1998), p. 31. The seriousness of this defect will according to Scheinin depend on the role of the national Parliaments in relation to NCBs and the operation of national Governments in the Council. According to Dashwoodet al, the political accountability of the ECB makes a domain where the European Parliament will have to play a role in a context very different from that prevailing at national level. See Dashwood, Alanet al (1999), p. 519. An important aspect of the future role of the European Parliament is its ability to exert control on the Commission and the new independent agencies, among them the ECB. According to the authors, the Parliament has several times asked for greater powers e.g. in the appointment procedure of the Executive Board members in the same way it participates in the appointment of the Commission.